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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Kerrigan also gives readers a good idea of what New York City and Ireland were like in the s — New York City in a period of prosperity, and Ireland recovering from its War of Independence. Oct 13, Roz rated it really liked it Shelves: The Angels of Lovely Lane. I truly enjoy a true romance and John and Ellie’s love was one of the best love stories I’ve ever read.

At the beginning, I wasn’t really into this book. Was it about Irish history of the ? Some of it was narration, some of the story was told in letters but there were huge Based on the description I couldn’t wait for this book to be released and was very excited to start reading once it downloaded into my kindle.

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But–again, trying to avoid spoilers here–the resolution of the story was credibly underplayed. I would have preferred to have been kkerrigan wondering what decision Ellie would make – whether to embrace her newfound life in New York katte return to her childhood sweetheart and the hardships of her native Ireland.

When she was forced to return to Ireland she resented it, and only saw what she felt was lacking in her life back home. Can one ever truly go back? 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.


Refresh and try again. This site uses cookies. My one complaint had to do with Ellie’s flip flopping about John. Hope you like City of Hope and thanks again. The only redeeming qualities of the book that bumped it up to 2 stars instea Terrible.

She belonged in Ireland. The only redeeming qualities of the book that bumped it osland to 2 stars instead of the original 1 are the great katd of the time and place. Your review is great. However, she ends up giving up her dream and staying in Ireland, rebuilding her life with John.

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

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I expected to be rooting for their love to survive life’s twists and turns. Occasionally I’d begin to root for her again before she’d say or do something that completely changed my mind. When an affluent young man shows an interest in her, she begins to realize how far she has come. Kfrrigan is about the American Dream though, and Ellis Island was at one time, the first stepping stone to achieving that.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is busy yes, too many people true, but there are movies to see, electricity and friends surrounding you.

But then the end just killed it dead for me. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

Interestingly, Ellie’s move to New York from Ireland is never meant to be permanent, and this is where the traditional story shifts into something unique. Only two brief scenes actually take place on Ellis Island, as this is not a novel about an immigrant but about a woman and her journey who just happens to go through Ellis Island on one of her stops along the way. The times were difficult, living conditions were horrendous and yet there was always a dream of something better, the hope of a different life and drive to make love last.


Now living with John struggling to make ends meet in a run down college in the midst of war between the Irish and the British, Ellie worries that John efforts in helping out in the war will be their undoing.

The plot was very confused and the main character never seemed to be affected by it. I just have trouble seeing it. Girl meets boy, girl marries boy. Now much older we see them in a different light. One of those that I stayed up late to continue, and woke up early to finish.

Item s unavailable for purchase. Indeed should they be compared at all given that they are most definitely two different genres? I liked her a bit at the start, when she was in Ireland, I thought she was plucky if a bit immature, but as the novel wore on she never won me over or seemed to grow up, especially once she emigrated.

The Mystery of Mercy Close. The Secrets of Roscarbury Hall. Kate Kerrigan has kerrigna a believable heroine in Ellie. Book 2 for the Ireland Reading Challenge. You are issland using your Twitter account. They get married young, soon find hard islland 3. Her intention is to handle his affairs and convince John to come back with her to New Fllis.