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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ellis Island...Review and Giveaway

About the book:
Sweethearts since childhood, Ellie Hogan and her husband, John, are content on their farm in Ireland—until John, a soldier for the Irish Republican Army, receives an injury that leaves him unable to work. Forced to take drastic measures in order to survive, Ellie does what so many Irish women in the 1920s have done and sails across a vast ocean to New York City to work as a maid for a wealthy socialite. 

Once there, Ellie is introduced to a world of opulence and sophistication, tempted by the allure of grand parties and fine clothes, money and mansions . . . and by the attentions of a charming suitor who can give her everything. Yet her heart remains with her husband back home. And now she faces the most difficult choice she will ever have to make: a new life in a new country full of hope and promise, or return to a life of cruel poverty . . . and love.

I love Irish history and the Irish immigration to America has always fascinated me.  Kate Kerrigan addresses it from a perspective I was not familiar with.  When Eileen Hogan's husband is injured and unable to work, she travels to New York to work as a maid for a wealthy woman.  In New York, she is introduced to a life that is drastically different than her own in poor rural Ireland.  She becomes accustomed to running water and electricity, nice clothes and earning her own money.  Missing her husband desperately, she is torn with wanting to stay in comfortable America or return to poverty stricken Ireland and the man she loves.

I appreciated the contrast of life in Ireland and life in America.  Granted, it was life in rich New York and not poor immigrant New York, but nevertheless, the contrast was stark.  I liked the characters.  I would have liked a little more development, especially among some of the supporting cast.  I felt like we really only skimmed the surface of the potential many of these characters have, including John and his family. However, I also understand that this is the first book in a trilogy, so I hope that we will see more of these people soon.

There is incidental profanity, used in context. 

Thanks to Trish from TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Kate Kerrigan here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can see other reviews and tour stops here.

Tuesday, June 28th: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews
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Tuesday, July 5th: Dolce Bellezza
Wednesday, July 6th: Rundpinne
Thursday, July 7th: Reviews from the Heart
Monday, July 11th: Book Addiction
Tuesday, July 12th: Tina’s Book Reviews
Wednesday, July 13th: Colloquium
Tuesday, July 19th: Raging Bibliomania
Thursday, July 21st: A Cozy Reader’s Corner
Wednesday, July 27th: Peeking Between the Pages


Because I loved Ellis Island so much, thanks to the publisher, I'm offering a giveaway. It really bugs me when you have to jump through tons of hoops in order to enter giveaways, so a comment with your email address will suffice.

If you change your profile to have your email address visible, if it isn't already, you will gain an additional entry.

I ask this because it's so annoying to have someone leave a comment you would like to respond to, but can't, because their email is hidden. This is especially annoying if a question is asked in said comment.

If you choose to become a follower or tell me you already are, you can gain an additional entry too.

If you wanted to blog or tweet about it, that's great too, and you'd get an extra entry for that.

Just tell me in your comment if you've done any of the extras. You don't need to leave separate comments for each thing (too annoying!). Seriously though, just commenting is enough for me.

U.S. or Canada addresses only and no P.O. Boxes. Sorry!

This giveaway ends July 21st.

This giveaway is now closed.

Read 6/11

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4/5 Stars


Teachers Market said...

This book looks really good. Thanks for the giveaway and I follow your blog! utahteachersmarket@gmail.com

Anna said...

I had no idea this was part of a trilogy! Glad to see you liked it. It's on my shelf, waiting to be read or even tucked in my carry-on for vacation next week. ;)

Kay said...

Please add me to this giveaway list. I appreciate it!

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Marjorie said...

This book sounds like an amazing read and I would love to read it.
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Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

im reading this now!

heathertlc said...

I didn't realize this was part of a trilogy - now I REALLY want to read it!

Thanks for being on the tour.

Leslie said...

I've been reading more historical fiction and the title caught my eye. From your review this sounds like a book I'd like.

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Andrea said...

This book sounds interesting! I'd love to win.
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Margie said...

This book looks intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Anonymous said...

I'm looking for some good books to read after my kids go back to college in another 6 weeks and our house becomes quiet again. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway!
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Jenn Spencer said...

I would love to read it. And I'm a GFC follower .

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Pamela said...

I love books about Ireland. Have you read B. J. Hoff's Song of the Silent Harp series? It's an old one but very well written and interesting. I don't read a lot of fiction, but I did enjoy that one.

New GFC follower.

Blessings on your week!

Margaret said...

This sounds interesting! Count me in!
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nfmgirl said...

This sounds great! Please count me in. Thanks so much!

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Colleen Turner said...

This book sounds so good and I cannot wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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Robin said...

looks like a good read
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Robin said...

follow you on gfc
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Rachel Mehta said...

hoping to take my daughter on the boat ride over to Ellis Island this summer to see the museum and Statue of Liberty. Would love to read this book beforehand.

SAHMwife said...

Looks like a great book!
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SAHMwife said...

I follow you on GFC as Ramblesahm!
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Jen P said...

would love to get a chance to read this one - historical fiction is one of my favs

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Jen P said...

GFC follower - Jo Penguin
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SusieBookworm (Susanna) said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway! I love historical fiction. :)

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I'm not a follower yet (GFC seems to be down yet again), but I'll try to come back later and follow.

hendy said...

This book looks amazing, I've been to Ellis Island and as the relative of an Irish immigrant(s) I can't wait to read this book.
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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this book sounds awesome!! thank you for the contest!!

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very interesting book - thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...


Would love to read! Thanks for the contest!

mamabunny13 said...

I would love a chance to win this book.
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selma said...

I am new to your website, but am looking forward to perusing it further. I found you through Frugality is Free which led me to Summertime Under the Stars. Will be reading the blog. I would love to have a copy of Ellis Island.

Cozy in Texas said...

Love your blog. I'm following.

DebbyM said...

I would love to read this book. My great grandparents were from Ireland and came through Ellis Island...I love to read stories like this.

I also follow you via GFC as dukebb.


Robin said...

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Lissyta said...

I really want this book! Thanks for the giveaway, don't worry, my email is visible! =)