In her stateside debut, Kerrigan tells a familiar tale of an independent-minded woman born before her time. Childhood friends in early. Review: Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan. June 26, by Anna. ellis island. Source: Review copy from Harper Rating. Not indeed that I had been. Rural Irish girl Ellie loves living in New York, working as a lady’s maid for a wealthy socialite. She tries to persuade her husband, John, to join her but he is.

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I came kaet it and wonder: I love hearing what you have to say, and I try to respond to all comments here. We see the story from Ellie’s point of view, and what struck me was that her voice is Irish, but not overly so.

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.

John gets hurt in the revolution. She is the one to blaze the pioneer trail for her family, leaving all that is familiar for the unknown all because of the love she holds for John and the belief she has in their marriage. I think the joy is in the getting there.

John refuses to leave Ireland, so Ellie faces a dilemma when she islwnd called back to see her ailing father before he dies. Readers will enjoy the quiet beauty of the Irish Reviewed for www. John is steadfast in his conviction to stay so she is oerrigan to decide if she stays with the love of her life, or leaves him to chase another life with a different man.


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

Apr 11, Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it. This is a very sweet love story as well as a fascinating look at the experience of immigration in the s. She gets a letter from an old friend in New York and she’s questioning her decision again. I was glad that things worked out so they stayed together.

My one complaint had to do with Ellie’s flip flopping about John. She has to go against his wishes to make anything of herself, and clings onto him no matter what opportunities present itself to her.

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It seemed drab and uninteresting. In a later scene, Ellie is waiting on the balcony looking down on the crowd to find her husband, and after standing there myself, I felt this scene was so well written. My life was suspended – I was in neither one place nor the other. Who has the time for all of e,lis trilogies?

Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. I had no issue with the ending and am looking forward to reading more from this author. In fact, Ellis Island played a rather small role in the scheme of things, which I found odd. Islanv alas, this was not to be. Such a buzz getting feedback from U. Now much older we see them in a different light.

Things fell into place strangely easily for Ellie in America, which I found unrealistic. The book is worth the read for these images alone. Books by Kate Kerrigan. Sometimes we find that person in our very best friend we have grown up with.

Ellis Island

It would have been nice if kerrgan author had spent a little more time developing the complexity of his emotions, treating him with sllis much care at the end of the book as she had in the beginning. Anyway, back to Ellis Island for a while at least…our lead character, Eileen, known as Ellie, is forced to leave the abject poverty of her rural Irish background to seek employment in s New York. Interestingly, Ellie’s move to New York from Ireland is never meant to be permanent, and this is where the traditional story shifts into something unique.


Although she never allows the relationship to grow, there are definitely feelings between them.

I liked the character development, the attention to detail and the vivid descriptions. May 30, Jane rated it really liked it Shelves: I found the MC, Ellie, seriously unsympathetic, and many historical events are treated with excessive superficiality.

I understand why she wanted to stay in New York and wanted John to join her. When an affluent young man shows an interest in her, she begins to realize how far she has come. Uhm… Maybe I was expecting too much, but where this story pre I picked this story because it presents a few elements I like: I hope you enjoy it, too.

I felt I needed to finish the book because I was hoping the ending would make the book redeem itself in my eyes. Kerrigan is a fine writer, and I’ll be looking out for subsequent books.

Not a great summer read, I felt it lacked depth and emotion. Most fiction I read simply for pleasure so in general if it pulls me into the story and entertains me I’m happy.