Tuesday, May 10, 2011

B J Hoff's Song of the Silent Harp ~ Reviewed

SONG OF THE SILENT HARP – (The Emerald Ballad)
BJ Hoff
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (July 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736927883


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.


Song of the Silent Harp is about Nora Kavanagh, and her son, Daniel. They are living in Ireland in the midst of the potato famines, and plan to flee to America with a long time friend, Morgan Fitzgerald. In the meantime, another close childhood friend of Nora and Morgan, Michael Burke, has already left Ireland for America and is working as a policeman in New York City. Michael pays the fare to get Nora, Daniel and Morgan to America. What follows is the story of their escape out of Ireland and into America.

It took a little while to get into the book, but once I did, I found it very interesting. It was interesting to learn about the lives of the Irish immigrants in the late 1800’s, and the struggles they went through.

Reviewed by: Laura Porter

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