Tuesday, September 23, 2008

On My Nightstand - Song of the Silent Harp by B. J. Hoff

B. J. Hoff transports the reader to Ireland during the mid-1800's Potato Famine. We huddle with the Kavanaugh family next to a fireplace, listening as death slips through the door. Heartless landlords hasten the grim reaper's progress through the small town. The only hope they have is embodied in Morgan Fitzgerald, whose wild ways and political activities keep him teetering on the edge of disaster.

The tale was riveting, the tension almost unbearable, and the hope for a happy outcome so strong I couldn't put the book down. If you enjoy historical fiction, Song of The Silent Harp is your cup of tea.

8 comments:

Jessica said...

Hmmm, I used to read BJ Hoff when I was younger. I'll have to try to pick this book up. My aunt has a ton of Hoff books.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jessica -

I also enjoy BJ's blog, Grace Notes. The research she puts into her books is amazing. Schools could use them as textbooks.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Annie said...

Sounds interesting!

Inspire said...

This sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Annie -

B.J. did a great job of pulling the reader into the story. The characters' desperation became mine, and their triumphs made my heart leap.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi InSpire -

B.J.'s a master storyteller.

Thanks for commenting. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Cindy Swanson said...

Susan, that entire series is amazing...I read it several years ago and became a huge BJ Hoff fan. I'm happy now to be able to call her an online friend. I remember reading the first book in that series and, like you, thinking it was unbearably sad. The subsequent books in the series aren't as tragic.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Cindy -

Thanks for the information on the series. I've often visited BJ's blog, and occasionally emailed her. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.

Blessings,
Susan :)