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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In her quest to earn the money she needs, she is torn by the trappings of wealth and sophistication she encounters and soon she wants more. May 08, Misfit marked it as thinking-about-it.

Review: Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan | Diary of an Eccentric

Readers will enjoy the quiet beauty of the Irish countryside and feel the hustle and bustle of New York City in the ‘s.

Kerrigan paints a picture of New York City as a true melting pot and a land of plenty but also shows how hard it can be to leave home — even when a better life might be had elsewhere. One of those that I stayed up late to continue, and woke up early to finish.

Other books in the series. The American parts of the story were pretty convincing too, although the idea that Ellie would fall so quickly into such high society strained my imagination just a little. May 26, Gina Basham rated it it was amazing. I picked this story because it presents a few elements I like: She is enjoying her freedom and her new life.


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Feb 11, Betsy rated it liked it. In the novel Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan we see the difficult choices that people had to make in living their homelands in hopes of coming to America for a better life. Ellis Elils is so misleading. But as soon as they became kwte my interest dropped, I think for two reasons: Stay tuned for my review of the second book, City of Hope.

This is a story of Ellie’s duty, her dreams and conflicts in this new land. It just proved how deep their love for each other was. At the beginning, I wasn’t really into this book. Ellie was truly a good woman and faithful wife. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a dose of romance but a good grounding in reality. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Ellie leaves Ireland alone and I do wonder whether this is really accurate, historically for New York.

I found myself wanting to marry him myself Not every one stayed in America. The book is worth the read for these images alone.

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.

I love hearing what you have to say, and I try to respond to all comments here. Guiltless Reading The Ghosts of Nagasaki He, quite understandably, falls into bitterness later, but with it became more of a cardboard character. The book did improve somewhat for me in Part Three, with the story taking on a bit more depth, but not nearly enough to make up for Part Two.


She keeps her secrets and her regrets and it’s her lover for him and what joy she has found in the new life that seems to sustain her.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. When I first began this book, I admit I wasnt wholeheartedly into it. My life was suspended – I was in neither one place nor the other.

I found the MC, Ellie, seriously unsympathetic, and many historical events are treated with excessive superficiality. Even using the first-person narrative, Kerrigan was able to portray a cast of well-developed characters and rich landscapes. When he is wounded and can no longer walk, Ellie fears that now they will wind up poor since John can no longer work. She saw the romance of America and was seduced by it. They get married young, soon find hard ti 3.

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I didn’t want Ellie to stay with her husband John! Author Kate Kerrigan’s rich narration, as well as vibrant descriptions, brought this tale to life. Ellie adjusts to life in New York, ellos betters herself by going to school and learning how to type.

Mar 21, Karin rated it really liked it.