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Song of the Silent Harp (Emerald Ballad Series #1)

Song of the Silent Harp (Emerald Ballad Series #1)

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by B. J. Hoff

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Song of the Silent Harp, Book One of BJ Hoff’s acclaimed and bestselling Emerald Ballad series begins the five-book saga of three friends raised in a tiny Irish village devastated by the Potato Famine of the mid-1800s, as they struggle to survive and hold onto their faith during Ireland’s darkest days…

Nora Kavanagh has lost her


Song of the Silent Harp, Book One of BJ Hoff’s acclaimed and bestselling Emerald Ballad series begins the five-book saga of three friends raised in a tiny Irish village devastated by the Potato Famine of the mid-1800s, as they struggle to survive and hold onto their faith during Ireland’s darkest days…

Nora Kavanagh has lost her husband and young daughter, and now lives in fear of losing her home. She and her young son, Daniel, have only one hope for survival, the poet/patriot—and love of Nora’s youth--Morgan Fitzgerald. But his dangerous involvement with a band of Irish rebels keeps him in constant danger and puts the possibility of a future for him and those he loves in jeopardy.

Michael Burke, a close childhood friend of both Nora and Morgan, left his homeland for America and is now a New York City policeman. A widower with a difficult, rebellious son, he still remembers Nora with love and fondness and wants nothing more than to help her escape the cataclysmic famine and build a new life…with him.

This panoramic epic of love and faith and adventure spans an ocean to follow three of BJ Hoff’s most memorable characters in their quest for survival and courage and hope.

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Harvest House Publishers
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Emerald Ballad Series , #1
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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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Song of the Silent Harp (Emerald Ballad Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Ireland's inhabitants starve as the great potato famine rages. It seems not only England, but also God himself is punishing Ireland. Nora Kavanagh is sure that God is punishing her. Her husband and daughter have died. Her father-in-law and oldest son are terribly ill and she has no way to pay the rent. Her childhood friend, Morgan Fitzgerald, occasionally supplies her with food he obtained through less than honest means. When one of her two remaining sons is suddenly in peril, Nora has no choice but to leave Ireland and sail for America. Her hope lies with America and Michael Burke, another childhood friend who now serves as a policeman in New York City. Will she ever be free of the fog of despair that binds her? Will they even survive the journey to America? Sometimes the deepest and most genuine faith is born of adversity. There is a notable difference between a book that drags because it is boring and a book that moves slowly because the author writes so vividly. Song of the Silent Harp belongs in the latter category. The author has a way of drawing the reader into each of the main characters. Although it seemed the novel was progressing slowly, I never lost interest in the book. Each character was well-developed and authentic. I would not call this book depressing, but it is a heavy read as it deals with the great potato famine in Ireland as well as sickness, death and lost love. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was far better than I expected it to be and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
TheReadersCove More than 1 year ago
The famine grew to epic proportions when the potato crops failed and failed again. Starving, sick, and weak the people of Ireland faced certain death. The roadside, strewn with bodies of young and old, was a horrid site. When hope of survival is lost where can you turn? B.J. Hope has created an unforgettable tail entwined around these perilous times. I found the descriptive writing abundant and easy to visualize. The characters are varied and work well together, creating a vivid contrast amidst the devastating life of the poverty stricken Irish. Love is the power that moves us when there is nothing left. Nora Kavanagh's losses are great, but she pushes forward with a mothers love. Determined, independent and stubborn, Nora puts her family in danger when she denies assistance from a childhood friend. Can the great Morgan Fitzgerald change her mind? The struggle to survive, again impossible odds, will touch your heart. After reading "Song of the Silent Harp" you will be forever changed. (The Prologue, though it contained interesting information, seemed to confuse instead of enlighten.)
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Song of the Silent Harp by B.J. Hoff is the first book in the Emerald Ballard series. Nora Kavanagh is struggling to survive in the days of the Irish potato famine living in Killala in County Mayo. She's already faced the death of her husband and young daughter from the Hunger, and now her eldest son. Morgan Fitzgerald, known as the bandit, Red Wolf, has been in love with Nora since they were children, but his love for his beloved Eire has always been stronger. He's been taking care of Nora as best as he can, but when things become even more dire and they face eviction into the cold road, he tries to get her to agree to leave their home for a new life in America. Michael Burke is a police sergeant in America who grew up with Nora and Morgan. He had asked Nora to be his wife before he left, but she turned him down. Despite his marriage to the late Eileen, he still has feelings for his Irish sweetheart, and when Morgan asks him to care for her should she come to New York, he has mixed emotions about their life together. But even in Nora leaves Ireland, there is no guarantee that she and her family will arrive safely in America. Hoff easily handles the multitude of characters in various locations, and her characters are fully-fleshed and the dialogue realistic and compelling. The tension during the chase scene was incredible. As Nora, Morgan, and the rest scramble to escape Cotter and make it to the ship, I could barely breathe. Hoff is a master of writing the epic novel; there is plenty of romantic drama, suspense, faith, tragedy, and unexpected twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent series.
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Wyn More than 1 year ago
The story of The Hunger, the Irish famine of the 1800's. The author has accomplished an amazing and detailed research of the famine in Ireland. The book is laden with the visual horrors of the famine, the hopelessness, the slow dying from starvation, the indifference of the landowners, and the entitled belief of some of the English that the Irish were simply of no account and less than human. The story is of 3 friends from a poor village in Western Ireland, 2 boys and a girl. Michael leaves for America before the troubles, Morgan the poet becomes an outlaw, and Nora marries a good man and has a family but never gets over her love for Morgan. The story is of the Kavanaugh family, an old family with a special harp. The first chapter starts out with a little background when in the 1600's Eoin Kavanaugh took the family harp and escaped the Cromwell massacre at Drogheda; then it jumps to Killala in January 1847. Who will survive the famine, who will stay behind, who will marry Nora, will she make it alive to America aboard the ship that isn't what it seems. The first in The Emerald Ballad series drops one right into the middle of the Kavenaugh family tragedy of starvation, love, hate, hopelessness, and an enduring though often broken faith.