Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan book review
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.
This is not the kind of book I usually read but the description got my interest so I decided to do a review on this book. I was not able to read it all in one day but believe me I wanted to. I was hooked from the very beginning . This is a wonderful book that is very well written and has great characters and a sense of history. If this is something that you might like you can purchase this book in most bookstores.
I give this 5 out of 5.
* I have received a free copy of this book for my honest review.*