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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Review: Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan | Diary of an Eccentric

I loved this book! Then the story picked up and I came to enjoy it. Once home Ellie has difficulty adjusting to living without necessities. Ellie is given an opportunity to go to the United States and send money home. Maybe it is a little harsh to only give it one star, but the last half third?

None of the Frank McCourt street Irish here: Ellis Island is so misleading. Once she reaches New York and begins her new yet temporary life the strangest of things happen — she begins to like life in America. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Kerrigan paints such a sensual picture of the streets of New York, all of your senses are aroused by her description, and you feel that you are walking this trip along islnd Ellie. He knew what was truly valuable and never had to leave home to find out.


A rare combination of historical enlightenment and sheer enjoyment. My only fault with the novel is its title. Will she stay and rebuild her life with her husband in Ireland, or will she return to her new life in NYC? It gave me a good picture of this book. But, by about a quarter or so of the way into the novel, the author really hits her stride and starts developing the setting and characters in far more detail and her world really begins to come ellid, full of dimension and peopled with characters one really cares about.

Her own achievements are always the paramount idea in her mind, she never considers renouncing anything for someone else. Everything about Ellis Island breaks the mold of immigration novels and forges its own path.

Guiltless Reading The Ghosts of Nagasaki I actually enjoyed the first pages, where the main characters are still kids. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Her intention is to handle his affairs and convince John kerrivan come back with katd to New York. We see the story from Ellie’s point of view, and what struck me was that her voice is Irish, but not overly so.

I don’t think she really loved him. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Mar 21, Karin rated it really liked it. Loved this historical fiction. She’s unhappy but then seems to accept the simple rural life with John. 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.


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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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Readers of historical fiction, as well as fans of the novels of Frank Delany and other Irish themed works, will adore their time elois on Ellis Island. Lists with This Book.

John gets hurt in the revolution. I won’t go into too much detail here, but he was such a lovely, engaging character at the beginning. Return to the Little French Guesthouse. Seeing an opportunity to help John with paying for an expensive surgery to make him walk again, Ellie sees no choice but to head to Islan long enough to make John well again.

I loved this book so much and her new one is just as good. She needed to see that what she missed and craved were only things, trinkets.

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

The journey across the ocean is easy and comfortable. I really enjoyed this book. Whiny, insipid, stupid heroine and an equally unimpressive husband with whom I can’t believe she’s in love.

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This book rates a 4.