In her stateside debut, Kerrigan tells a familiar tale of an independent-minded woman born before her time. Childhood friends in early. Review: Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan. June 26, by Anna. ellis island. Source: Review copy from Harper Rating. Not indeed that I had been. Rural Irish girl Ellie loves living in New York, working as a lady’s maid for a wealthy socialite. She tries to persuade her husband, John, to join her but he is.

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She wants to go back to America but decides to stay in Ireland and be the good farmer’s wife. But she finally under duress returns to her husband and then I’m supposed to feel like she is a heroine because what a sacrifice for her to give up her rich boyfriend to go islsnd to her humble husband who she never stopped loving of course because she is a good girl like that.

Stay tuned for my review of the second book, City of Hope. John is very much opposed to her going even though she promises to only be gone for a year. I was also fascinated by the lack of class distinction in 20’s New York, the fact that an intelligent, hard working young girl could raise herself from servitiude to wealthy, independent living with such apparent ease – and Kerrigah think it will be that image that stays ierrigan me from this book.

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And one can understand how easy it might be to then become a bit selfish, islabd been given a taste of freedom and modernity. We see the story from Ellie’s point of view, and what struck me was that her voice is Irish, but not overly so.

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Then he is seriously injured as a kaet in the IRA, and they soon sink into poverty. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

The Angels of Lovely Lane. I liked the way they tried to be together, overcoming the limits of the rural society they lived in.

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A secondhand account reports a man dying and another man being beaten to death. I hoped that Ellie would never return to America. They really are worth giving a try. Readers of historical fiction, as well as fans of the novels of Frank Delany and other Irish themed works, will islanf their time spent on Ellis Island.


I highly recommend this book.

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Feel free to e-mail me at diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com. This is the story of Ellie Hogan who journeys to America from Ireland in hopes of earning money to help her husband pay for a surgery he needs.

We shared a friendship and a love that isn’t known until you find it in your best friend like John Hogan and Ellie Flaherty. The only redeeming qualities of the book that bumped it up to 2 stars instea Terrible. I know, I know! Quotes from Ellis Island: Her intention is to handle his affairs and convince John to come back with her to New York.

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We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. How to write a great review. Kwrrigan she is faced with the decision of which way her life will turn. I found myself wanting to marry him myself I received Ellis Island from Harper for review. I understand ierrigan she wanted to stay in New York and wanted John to join her. While I had been living my life free from the microscopic study of curious neighbors since I left Ireland, I only became aware of my freedom in that moment.

Other than that, Ellis Island is an engaging glimpse of the past.

Ellis Island (Ellis Island, #1) by Kate Kerrigan

This was a well-crafted, well-written story, but I can’t give it more than three stars because of how utterly unlikeable I found the heroine, Ellie. Death of a family member, social and socioeconomic conflict, religion, poverty, war, elis illness and injury, love, relationships.

I have so little patience for whiny women who have a wonderful marriage but they just happen to meet an eligible rich bachelor who through no fault of hers, I mean it was just innocent flirting, falls in love with her, but she stands her ground and says she is happily married, so they are just best buddies, completely platonic, nothing wrong with that, no Maybe it is a little harsh to only give it one star, but the last half third?


I’m trying very hard here not to put in any spoilers, as I think it’s pretty unfair to do that for an as-yet-to-be-published novel, so you’ll excuse the brief description. The contrast between Irish rural life and the boasting modern life of Twenties New York promised to be exiting and interesting. For full review, please click the link: I loved this book!

She is enjoying her freedom and her new life.

Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. First, the beginning of the book is a bit spare in the luscious detail of setting that give color and texture to the pages.

Although the book is titled ‘Ellis Island’, the island had a very small role in the story. While I enjoy a fast plot izland never was one to enjoy wading through long passages of pure description, I felt the beginning of this one could use more for the simple reason that it would help with the pacing.

One reads about all of the immigrants who came to America for a better life but very rarely do we get a glimpse of those who opted to go back across the ocean. Sometimes we find that person in our very best friend we have grown up with.

Book Fiend rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Children of Lovely Lane. I have read reviews, ktae and bad, based solely on the ending. Poverty and despair will drive you to make decisions that otherwise you thought impossible.

From the title I too thought Ellis Island would figure a little more prominently but it sounds good anyway. Was it worth sacrificing family, roots, love of country, loyalty, simple joys? Having said that, the descriptions of the hardships of Ireland, contrasted to the bright life of NY, were excellent – and perhaps contributed to my feeling that she should have stayed.

The war is portrayed as distant and never really impacted the characters in a profound way, not even when their lives are changed.