I’m not up on my Irish history, even though I’m of Irish descent from a couple different ancestors. The incidents in this book revealed a part of Irish history I’d heard about, but only in passing. The life and trials of Clare Hanley are well-described and each chapter drew me further into her life.
If you enjoy historical fiction, this book certainly lives up to that expectation. I prefer the romantic side of historical fiction, and “Flight of the Earls” does have some romance, but not enough to categorize it in the romance genre. However, it kept me engaged and willing to spend my time reading it.
It’s 1846 in Ireland. When her family’s small farm is struck by famine, Clare Hanley and her younger brother, Seamus, set out across the ocean to the Promised Land of America.
Five years prior, Clare’s older sister Margaret and her Uncle Tomas emigrated in similar fashion and were not to be heard from again. But Clare must face her fears as she lands in the coming-of-age city of New York. There she discovers love, adventure, tragedy, and a terrible secret which threatens to destroy her family and all she believes.
Flight of the Earls is the first book in a historical novel trilogy based on Irish immigration in the 1840s.
Rating: 4 stars