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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan: Book Review

Ellis Island
by Kate Kerrigan
ISBN: 978-0-06207153-8
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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 embroiled in his affairs in Ireland, and caught up in the civil war. Nevertheless Ellie is extremely happy and fully embraces her sophisticated new life. When her father dies she must return home, but she intends to sort her affairs quickly and then return to her beloved America. But once home her sense of duty kicks in and she decides, painfully, that she must stay to look after her mother and resume her marriage. Ellie is suddenly thrown into the simple, rural life she believed she had grown out of.

The Good Stuff
  • Has a good strong sweet beginning
  • Reminds me a little of some of the book I read of Mom's growing up. Very simply told tale, nothing flashy or overly exciting
  • Ellie is a good strong character
  • Descriptions are beautifully written
  • You can feel the author's love for her country
  • Some  nice little scenes with Ellie's interaction with strangers
The Not so Good Stuff
  • I felt it was almost superficial in nature and quite stereotypical. I think I just expected something a little better 
  • It starts out really good but sort of goes downhill midway through
  • I think I just really expected better from the author -- it just didn't seem fresh or memorable
  • Had a pretty hard time getting into it as it just seemed to jump from scene to scene with very little character development
  • Ellie was quite sanctimonious and judgmental at times and just wanted to smack her
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Ireland was in my heart, but under my feet was America."

What I Learned

  • Some interesting historical information about those who leaved Ireland to find work in America
Who should/shouldn't read
  • More for the more mature reader (read more for grandma's and the old fashioned). 
  • Joan will probably enjoy as she is Irish -- who's being stereotypical now (hey I never said I was perfect LOL)
3 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review - sorry guys just wasn't my thing


  1. Too bad. I'll have to add it to my reading list when I'm a grandmother ;)


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