(Review) Song of Erin by BJ Hoff
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers.
Genre: Fiction, Ireland, America, immigration.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
The Song of Erin is a sweeping story with a large featured cast of characters (and their individual stories): Jack Kane, Brady Kane, Gabriel Vaughan, Terese Sheridan, Cavan Sheridan, David Leslie, Samantha Harte, and Roweena.
The characters are an assorted mix from all walks of life: a business man, artist, rogue, a fisherman, an Irish immigrant creating a life in America, an impressionable young woman, a deaf girl, a young American woman looking for employment, and a caring missionary doctor.
The story takes place in both New York City and Inishmore, Aran Islands, Western Ireland.
I loved this book for several reasons.
- A multitask story. Multiple characters with their own voices and story-lines. The author is the narrator; but Hoff lets the characters show me the details of their lives, feelings, aspirations, triumphs, disappointments, fears, and joys.
- A story that crosses the Atlantic. Characters are in both countries, Ireland and America.
- Complex realistic stories about difficult situations in life.
- A dimensional view of love relationships.
- Consequences of wrong choices.
- Grace and mercy is shown through the characters.
- I was not lost by the pace of the story, but was pulled along until the last page.
- The characters and story line are believable and realistic.