Loved this book. A page turner about the Irish and how they were abused. HOw some kept their faith even though they questioned God. Where was He in their lives? I loved they way the author writes and keeps you on edge through out the whole book.
Loved this book. Was able to feel the despair or the characters, hurt for them and cry with them. Also to feel their hope for a new beginning. I can't imagine going through the horrible times these people did. Can't wait to read the rest of the Emerald Ballad books.
The first of one of the great historical Christian fiction series. B.J. Hoff became a favorite author of mine after I flew through this series. Not a fan of history classes, I have grown to love learning history through the eyepiece of characters in well written novels. Highly recommend!
Jennifer H. reviewed Song of the Silent Harp (Emerald Ballad, Bk 1) on
This series of five books was very well written as are all of B.J. Hoff's books, however, this series tends to go on forever giving an account of the Irish's suffering during the great famine. Sickness and death piled up one after the another, it gets so depressing. I've spent weeks reading this series and just had to talk myself into picking up book number 4. I seriously wanted to read the last few pages of these last two books and call it quits. I read to escape reality. I enjoy suspense and drama, but there has to be an end in sight. Unless you have a lot of extra time on your hands and can get through this series quickly, I recommend picking one of her other series, like Daybreak.
To Nora Kavanagn the tiny Irish village of Killala is the only home she has ever known. But her home is being ravaged--first by the devastating Potato Famine of the mid-1800's, then by the merciless absentee landlords who threaten to take over her family's one precious possession--the land. One after another, the fever brought on by the famine claims hr husband, daughter, and closest friends, leaving Nora and her young son Daniel in immeasurable sorrow and poverty