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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sons of An Ancient Glory...Review

About the book:
In Book Four of her bestselling The Emerald Ballad Series, BJ Hoff continues to build the drama and excitement of her sweeping mid-19th century Irish American saga. In Ireland, poet, patriot, and schoolmaster Morgan Fitzgerald is locked in conflict with his closest friend’s rebel son—who steals the heart of Morgan’s adopted daughter. Among the streets of New York, Pastor Jess Dalton and his feisty wife, Kerry, continue to battle against poverty and persecution while taking the Gospel to both the powerful and the poor of the city. Readers will be swept into an epic tale of life and death, heartache and victory, all the while revealing the ancient, enduring glory of an entire people.

The Fitzgerald, Whittaker and Burke families return in Book 4 of The Emerald Ballad series, along with some new additions.  Tierney has gone to Ireland to see Morgan and, true to form, finds trouble.  Morgan and Evan await the births of their children even as tragedy strikes and a young one is lost.  With the additions of Quinn and Billy especially, the story broadens and deepens.  It is a story about the strength of people who are undeterred in the face of adversity and who find those reserves of faith when everything seems bleak.  BJ Hoff has a remarkable way of showing us that God really does know his children individually.

Full of Irish history and with steadfast, unforgettable characters, epic is the perfect word to describe this series. I am anxious to read the last book, and to find out what happens to everyone. 
Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

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