Saturday, November 2, 2013

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: The Prodigal (Michael Hurley)

17929231Pride, betrayal, forgiveness . . . and the eternal sea. The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O’Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. Aidan Sharpe, a fallen lawyer, struggles with self-doubt and his growing affection for Molly McGregor, a fearless towboat captain who cannot find the courage to love. They will all be drawn into a 2,000-year-old mystery that unfolds with the reappearance of the ship.

prodigaltourgaMichael Hurley and his wife Susan live in Raleigh, North Carolina. Born in 
Baltimore in 1958, he studied English at the University of Maryland and law at St. Louis University. Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, was a collection of essays, self-published in 2005, based on wilderness canoeing expeditions with his children. It was selected as a finalist in the Nature category for ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year award. In 2013 Hachette Book Group published his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, under their Center Street imprint. The Prodigal is his first novel.

If you are a fan of mysteries of the sea then this is the book for you!!! I loved how the author gave the background of all the main characters. The way all of them were portrayed as being good hearted but having made mistakes in the past made the story very captivating. 

 The book starts with the story of a virgin princess long ago that ran from her father with her lover. They escaped by boat and where never seen again. Then the story picks up in modern day with a big shot lawyer Aiden Sharpe, from Raleigh, NC that has spent a weekend on Ocracoke Island. When Aiden and his friends return from their trip he is faced with the biggest challenge of his career. Aiden finds himself in serious trouble and decides to quit his job after having his license suspended for a year. He finds himself back on the Island of Ocracoke living with Father Marcus. They find themselves in the middle of a mystery involving an interesting lady that seemed to have came out of the sea and a 150 year old boat found abandon at sea! 

 I loved this book! What happen with Aidens law partner Boyce...WOW!...did not see that coming. I would have liked to find out more about Emily...and I would have liked Aiden to find out why she never returned his call. This was an intense story with some complex characters! I would highly recommend this read! I give it 4 stars! 


  1. Wow, that's a crazy good prize. This book sounds interesting, I"d never heard of it before! But glad you enjoyed. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  2. This book sounds like a very good read. Thanks for the chance to win.