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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414353081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414353081
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York City, 1910
Driven by a shameful past and a perilous future, Maureen O’Reilly and her sister flee Ireland in search of safety, liberty, and opportunity. But after surviving the rigors of Ellis Island, Maureen learns that their benefactor has died, and his family—refusing to own his debt—casts her out. Impoverished and in danger of deportation, Maureen connives to find employment in a prominent Manhattan department store, only to discover the elegant facade hides a dangerous secret.

Despite her family’s disapproval, Olivia Wakefield vows to honor her father’s promise but can’t find Maureen, the woman her brother-in-law so rudely turned away. Unexpected help comes from a local businessman, who Olivia dares hope will become more than an ally, even as she fears the secrets he’s hiding.

As women begin disappearing from the department store, Olivia rallies influential ladies in her circle to help Maureen stand against injustice and fight for the lives of their growing band of sisters. But will they be too late? And in the midst of a world gone mad, can either woman open her heart to divine leading or the love it might bring?

More About the Author

Cathy Gohlke is the two-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Saving Amelie, Band of Sisters, Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2012), William Henry Is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2008), which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Award.
Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children's and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and their home on the banks of the Laurel Run in Elkton, Maryland. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com

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This is one page turning book that I just could not put down!
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Woven through the book is the strong theme that God is forgiveness and love, even when we think we are below it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Katie McCurdy on October 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed Cathy Gohlke's previous release, Promise Me This, and enjoyed Band of Sisters even more!! It was a really unique plot and storyline that kept you glued to the pages as the O'Reilly sisters dealt with first one, then another, dilemma in their new life in America.

Maureen was a pretty stubborn young Irish woman! Though while I thought she was super-stubborn, I did understood why she was so unwilling to reach out to Joshua--and men in general. Her past was painful and she didn't want to repeat it. Her younger sister, Katie Rose, was a bit hard to like. She seemed really sweet at the beginning, but soon turned into more of a spoiled brat. I felt Maureen's pain when Katie was angry at her, and the desire to see them reconcile kept me reading.

Not only that, but the storyline with the underground white slavery really had my stuck in the book, unwilling to put it down. Gohlke did her research and brought the struggles of a single immigrant in America to life. Ellis Island sounded terrifying--I can't imagine being in Maureen's shoes, determined to keep her sister with her, desperate to get accepted into America, and reluctant to trust anyone.

While Band of Sisters does go into white slavery, Gohlke hands it all very well and doesn't go into too much detail of what the women who were forced into prostitution experience. One thing I really loved about Band of Sisters was how Gohlke tied in Charles Sheldon's In His Steps with the book! All in all, throughout all of Band of Sisters you can't help cheering for Maureen as both she and Katie try their hardest to begin a new life in America.

I reviewed this book for RadiantLit. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jo on September 6, 2012
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The other reviews will tell you what this book is about, but all I can say is that Band of Sisters is the best book I've read for a long time. I am new to this author and I enjoy her books tremendously. I like her style of writing and her clever use of words makes you feel as if you can dive into the story to help the characters out. I love a long good read and I am now a confirmed Cathy Gohlke fan! I have read Promise Me This and can't wait to get onto the next book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Booklover2905 on August 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Fans of Cathy Gohlke's Promise Me This will find they will love this book just as much even though its very different. It still has Cathy's excellent story telling, historical accuracy and a page turning book you can't put down. What is doesn't have is the romance story but it has a powerful story that will stay with long after you turn the last page.

I loved Olivia's character and her determination to do good and on honor her father's promise. She is a person that many of can learn from. Of course, I also loved Maureen's character but her story was more heart breaking at times. She was frustrating at times with her stubbornness, which made sense at times but not always.

This is a great book for anyone who likes a good historical story. Though I will say it is not a light beach read by any means, but I think that is why the book is so great and powerful!

* I received this book from Tyndale through Radiant Lit. Thank you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Just Another Reviewer on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
It is completely safe to say that I have added a new author to my "favorite author" list!

Band of Sisters is the second book I've had the great pleasure of reviewing by the talented Cathy Gohlke.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the characters in Mrs. Gohlke's books are more like friends than fictional novel characters.

In Band of Sisters, Maureen O'Reilly is no exception. A strong woman with a difficult past who with the Lord's help overcomes seemingly impossible circumstances. I found myself eager to read on to see things unfold!

This is just one of those late night, intense, I've got to finish just one more chapter kind of books!

With all that said, what I love most about Band of Sisters is that it tackles a current day evil and reveals that its far from a new invention. Human trafficking has been around far longer than we can all imagine and its real! This book gives every reader a personal look into its evils, while remaining decent and appropriate. No need for crudity here. Truth can be told while remaining clean. Band of Sisters is proof of that.

Buy this one for a friend, buy it for a family member, buy it for yourself. Nothing is better than recreational reading that moves you on to closer walk with the Lord and a heart for those suffering unspeakable evil. You will LOVE this book!

*All opinions and statements are 100% my own. I was given a complimentary copy of Band of Sisters from the Tyndale Blog Network from Tyndale House Publishers for this review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Gossert on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Cathy Gohlke has written a fascinating story about life for an immigrant in the United States and the pitfalls women faced alone in a new country. A thought provoking, page turner that will keep your light on well into the night. Highly recommended.

My copy of Band of Sisters was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review.
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