Friday, December 13

Book Review: Flight of the Earls

Title: The Flight of the Earls

Author: Michael K. Reynolds

Pages: EBook 314

Summary: 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.

My Rating: 4/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book started out with promise, as I found the premise to be interesting, unfortunately due to some issues with the characters and their influence with the plot, the book turned to be not a very good read for me.

My main issue with the book was I felt Clare was far too much of a Mary Sue. The plot constantly felt it was being bent and twisted for her favour, so it began to feel very unrealistic. The historical side of the book was very well written and at times interesting, there was a lot of background information and little details the author brought to the immigration experience. Unfortunately Clare as a character kept getting in the way, and from the start I had disliked her as a character, but her heavy influence in the book made it a struggle to get through.

In the end this was a book that didn't work for me.

Would I recommend it to read: I do think some readers would enjoy the book, but it's not high on my list of books recommended books.

What to read next: The next book in the series, Brooklyn by Colm Tobin

Challenges: Ireland Reading Challenge

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