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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Indeed should they be compared at all given that they are most definitely two different genres? Would you like us to take another look at this review? Guiltless Reading The Ghosts of Nagasaki At Kage, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Captivated from the opening page I loved the journey made by Ellie, from her childhood in ellia repressed Catholic home, through her courtship and subsequent marriage to her childhood sweetheart, and her journey of discovery in New York. Except I didn’t really see any evidence of her looking past it.

Ellis Island truly is a glimpse back into the past ellls a long-ago decade where everything was ripe with possibilities. However, she ends up giving up her dream and staying in Ireland, rebuilding her life with John. Ellie truly does come into her own in New York, blossoming and embracing the new culture as any modern woman is wont to do.

Ellis Island (Ellis Island Trilogy, book 1) by Kate Kerrigan

We’re told, rather than shown this. Jul 09, Sarah Zama rated it it was ok Shelves: I’ll be sure to pick up other novels by Kate Kerrigan, but will not continue with this series in particular.

View all 3 comments. In s Ireland, Ellie’s husband has been injured fighting for his country’s freedom. I LOVED how open and honest this story is of the struggle of leaving home for the possibility of something better like so many emigrants did back in the ‘s.

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May kerrgan, Jan rated it it was amazing. When she was forced to return to Ireland she resented it, and only saw what she felt was lacking in her life back home. But other than that, it was a lovely read.

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

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It seemed like this detail would lead to something later, but it never did, and so felt like an unfinished detail. This book was an enjoyable read, with a nicely-constructed, fast-moving plot. I really enjoyed this book! In America she had access to the luxuries and conspicuous consumption that is America, electricity, toasters, light switches, restaurants, speakeasies and the like.

Two key scenes take place on Ellis Island, in the huge building where immigrants were ushered through interviews and health inspections before being allowed into the United States. Her own achievements are always the paramount idea in her mind, she never considers renouncing anything for someone else.

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Up at dawn here on the West Coast of Ireland with my crazy toddler, all bleary eyed on a Sunday morning and so this was lovely to wake up to. Who has the time for all of these trilogies? 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. None of the Frank McCourt street Irish here: I actually enjoyed the first pages, where the main characters are still kids.

They really are worth giving a try. The Children of Lovely Lane. It is busy yes, too many people true, but there are movies to see, electricity and friends surrounding you.

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Most fiction I read simply for pleasure so in general if it pulls me into the story and entertains me I’m happy.

While My Eyes Were Closed. Item s unavailable for purchase. I think the joy is in the getting there. Receiving hope in the form of a letter from her friend from school, Shelia offers Ellie hope in working in America for a rich lady in need of help. This book held so much promise for me from the opening line of Chapter One: We see the story from Ellie’s point of view, and what struck me was that her voice is Irish, but not overly so.


There Was an Old Woman. It is filled with vivid descriptions of an immigrant’s journey to find a new life and prosperity in America. Also means such a lot for an author to get a detailed, well constructed, beautifully written review — and on top of that you liked it so thank you so much.

Which was nice that it has questions for us at the end!

Review copy from Harper Rating: Kerrigan is a fine writer, and I’ll be looking out for subsequent books. I have read reviews, good and bad, based solely on osland ending.

But I also understood John’s position and his reasons to want Ellie to come back to him and their home country.

Was it about Irish history of the ? Ellie is a young girl that lives in a repressed area of Ireland. By the end of the story, Ellie came to realize the simple truth of who she was. Author Kate Kerrigan’s rich narration, as well as vibrant descriptions, brought this tale to life.

I never felt the pressure, the hopes, the pain, the uncertainty that I connect with the concept of fighting for freedom of your own home coming across to me.

It shed a different light on the immigrant population that flooded America in the early part of the 20th century. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

But, by about a quarter or so of the way into the novel, the author really hits her stride and starts kertigan the setting and characters in far more detail and her world really begins to come alive, full of dimension and peopled with characters one really cares about.

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