Land of a Thousand Dreams (Emerald Ballad Series #3)

Land of a Thousand Dreams (Emerald Ballad Series #3)

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by B. J. Hoff
     
 

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In famine-ravaged Ireland, the revered poet-patriot Morgan Fitzgerald, himself brought down by a gunman's bullet, seeks to restore his ruined life and bring hope to the next generation. With the help of his mysterious West Indies companion, Sandemon, Morgan establishes a school at Nelson Hall and provides a home for the "fey Belfast orphan," Annie Delaney,

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In famine-ravaged Ireland, the revered poet-patriot Morgan Fitzgerald, himself brought down by a gunman's bullet, seeks to restore his ruined life and bring hope to the next generation. With the help of his mysterious West Indies companion, Sandemon, Morgan establishes a school at Nelson Hall and provides a home for the "fey Belfast orphan," Annie Delaney, and the beautiful, mute "Innocent," Finola. But when violence and tragedy strike, Morgan finds himself locked in battle with the powers of darkness—for his own future and the future of those he loves.

On the other side of the ocean, Morgan's friends Michael and Nora discover that the Land of Opportunity teems with poverty, political corruption and racial tension. From the opulence of Fifth Avenue to the squalor of the slum at Five Points, the city of New York staggers under the injustice and degradation brought on by organized crime and the exploitation of the flood of immigrants pouring into the nation. Unaware that his own son Tierney has been lured into the nefarious schemes of Patrick Walsh, Michael vows to bring Walsh to ruin—and may bring down Tierney in the process.

In Land of a Thousand Dreams, award-winning author B.J. Hoff continues to spin the unforgettable drama of Ireland's battle to survive—both on the Emerald Isle and in the streets of the New World. Their faith is strong, but will the dreams of a better life prevail?

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"Every book I read by BJ Hoff leaves me wanting more and I highly recommend Land of a Thousand Dreams. Her mastery for creating vivid characters coupled with an engrossing story makes her one of today's leading names in inspirational fiction."
Lori Copeland, author of The One Who Waits for Me and Walker's Wedding
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
The serene cover of a fair-haired young woman amid a lush Irish landscape belies the turmoil in the pages of this saga spanning the Atlantic from Dublin to New York City. Some of the disturbing themes include rape, slavery, human sacrifice, and prostitution. The author spins an interesting tale with sympathetic characters; however, the New York City chapters aren't integrated with the parts of the story set in Ireland. The author could easily have written two separate books. Good versus evil—everything boils down to this in both tales. The very first time a character is introduced, readers will know what side he/she is on. There is redemption for two minor characters that are able to tame their inner demons and change from bad to good. Vivid writing and many plot twists will please Christian fiction devotees. There is much "telling," instead of "showing," when it comes to the inner thoughts of child characters. These characters sound like adults when they reflect on circumstances, predicaments, etc. Each chapter is preceded by quotes from the Bible or from Irish poets and patriots. An author's note discussing Christianity in Ireland's history is found at the back of the book. This title is Book 3 in the "Emerald Ballad" series. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786235766
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Emerald Ballad Series , #3
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
680
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.36(d)

Meet the Author

BJ Hoff's bestselling historical novels continue to cross the boundaries of religion, language, and culture to capture a worldwide reading audience. Her books include Song of Erin and American Anthem and such popular series as The Riverhaven Years, The Mountain Song Legacy, and The Emerald Ballad. Hoff's stories, although set in the past, are always relevant to the present. Whether her characters move about in small country towns or metropolitan areas, reside in Amish settlements or in coal company houses, she creates communities where people can form relationships, raise families, pursue their faith, and experience the mountains and valleys of life. BJ and her husband make their home in Ohio.

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Land of a Thousand Dreams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent series.
MaryelLC More than 1 year ago
Every book I read by B.J. Hoff leaves me wanting more and I highly recommend Land of a Thousand Dreams. Her mastery for creating vivid characters coupled with an engrossing story makes her one of today's leading names in Inspirational Fiction. Lori Copeland, author of The One Who Waits for Me and Walker's Wedding.