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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ellis Island...Review

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

Read 6/11

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4/5 Stars


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

  2. 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. ;)

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  4. This book sounds like an amazing read and I would love to read it.
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  5. I didn't realize this was part of a trilogy - now I REALLY want to read it!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  6. 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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  7. This book sounds interesting! I'd love to win.
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  8. This book looks intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  9. 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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  10. I would love to read it. And I'm a GFC follower .

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  11. 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.

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

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

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  15. looks like a good read
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  17. 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.

  18. Looks like a great book!
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  20. would love to get a chance to read this one - historical fiction is one of my favs

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

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  23. 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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  24. this book sounds awesome!! thank you for the contest!!

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

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  27. I would love a chance to win this book.
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  28. 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.

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  30. 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.

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