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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.
Set in the 1920s, this is the story of Ellie Hogan, a young woman who immigrates to America from rural Ireland with the simple goal of making money, but she does more than that. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cathryn Conroy
I am still reading but it is an excellent depiction of the US in the early 20th Century.Published 24 days ago by J. Brown
I love novels which have a significant historical background, Ireland in the early 1900’s was a time of revolution, and was the backdrop for the huge changes that Ellie Hogan was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marie Shields
If you read "Ellis Island" you have to finish the trilogy with "City of Hope" and "Land of Dreams". Good reads.Published 3 months ago by Bee
This is a great story that will hold your attention to the very end. It takes place in the early nineteen hundreds and includes both Ireland and America. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ELLEN ARSENEAULT
I I enjoyed the part where she was in the US, but didn't like it that she went back to the dirt and filth she had come from. I really lost interest at that point.Published 3 months ago by Ruth F. Burgess
Interesting story. Not a major work of fiction, but it held my interestPublished 4 months ago by Patricia Lock