Title: The Ballad of Billy Shay
Release Date: Available now
Reviewer: Chelsea Burdick
One of the most impressive things about The Ballad of Billy Shay is that the author Sylvia E. Halloran has clearly done a significant amount of historical research about the Gold Rush time period, particularly in California. Halloran clearly and expertly creates a true to life Gold Rush town. She is also able to include details about the process of mining and other chores which makes her world easy to believe. In order to create something so well done, Halloran has clear knowledge of the time period and region. She maintains historical accuracy which makes this novel a fantastic historical fiction novel.
The intended audience is most likely readers who love historical fiction. Historical fiction readers will appreciate the research that Halloran has put into creating an authentic and historically accurate California Gold Rush town. Fiction readers that don’t typically read historical fiction will also appreciate the phenomenal writing in this book.
Overall, The Ballad of Billy Shay by Sylvia E. Halloran presents a fantastic and historically accurate look at the California gold rush while also weaving an unforgettable story with a unique cast of characters. Halloran’s writing and research skills shine throughout the book leaving readers with a clear view of the people and time period. With excellent plot development and character development, readers will fall in love with the colorful cast of characters in The Ballad of Billy Shay.