Ellis island kate kerrigan review

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

Already a hit in the United Kingdom, Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan is both a poignant love story and a lyrical, evocative depiction of the immigrant experience in early 20th century America. Set in the 1920s, Kerrigan’s novel tells of a young Irish woman who must choose between her new life in New York City and her husband back home in Ireland, brilliantly capturing these two vastly different worlds in the process. Readers of historical fiction, as well as fans of the novels of Frank Delany and other Irish themed works, will adore their time spent on Ellis Island.
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Ellis Island: A Novel

Title: Ellis Island. Forced to take drastic measures in order to survive, Ellie does what so many Irish women in the s 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. 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.

Writing a novel is always challenging. Writing historical fiction is even moreso because readers expect authors to get every detail right and transport them to another time and place, bringing history alive in a way that textbooks never can. Author Kate Kerrigan gives it her best shot, with uneven results. Smooth and elegant writing clashes with a feeling of story crafted to fit research. The core conflict is there—a woman torn between opportunity and loyalty, self and family—but the plot could unfold anywhere. Kerrigan writes confidently about Ireland, from whence her family came and where she now lives. She writes less convincingly about New York City, where she has only visited but which inspired this novel.

Although her story begins in rural Ireland, Ellie Hogan truly transforms her years, coming to a completely different place, time and fate.
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Review: Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan

June 26, by Anna. Not indeed that I had been planning to do anything in particular — but nonetheless, I realized how much I had been enjoying the anonymity that New York afforded me. While I had been living my life free from the microscopic study of curious neighbors since I left Ireland, I only became aware of my freedom in that moment. Set in the s, Ellis Island is the story of Ellie Hogan, a young woman who emigrates to New York City to escape the poverty of rural Ireland and work as a maid for a socialite in the hopes of earning enough money to pay for the surgery that will enable her husband to walk again. She is introduced to modern conveniences like electricity, toasters, and warm showers.

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