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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.
Enjoyable story. But not quite sure it is called "Ellis Island" as the book is not about Ellis Island. The main character passes through on her way to U.S. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Not Bad For Jazz
The first time I read this book I was enthralled by the story. On a second reading, I had to take a more critical approach to this author's style of writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ravenous Reader
I had expected it to be more like Angela's Ashes. More details and information about Ireland.Published 2 months ago by Frances M. Johnson
A little fiction mixed with a little facts makes this book an interesting read. It has a nice love story that starts in Ireland goes to America then back to Ireland. Read morePublished 2 months ago by amott
I enjoyed this story with it's settings of rural Ireland and New York City in the 1920's. I became very aware of the conveniences available and unavailable at the time, the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laurie
Loved it. I strongly recommend reading this book. The characters are fascinating, and easy to relate to. Such a good story!Published 3 months ago by Jennifer