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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Stay tuned for my review of the second book, City of Hope. They really are worth giving a try. May 30, Jane rated it really liked it Shelves: John was kertigan the first guy she ever met, he was familiar and she only married him at 16 because her father planned to send her off to the nunnery! In fact, Ellis Island elllis a rather small role in the scheme of things, which I found odd.

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Among her group of friends is a very rich guy that has a strong interest in Ellie. When an affluent young man shows an interest in her, she begins to krerigan how far she has come.

In fact, I often had to remind myself that I was reading historical fiction and not a true account. When the Cypress Whispers. Preview — Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan.

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

Kate immigrates from impoverished Ireland to New York City to earn money for surgery for her disabled husband John. I loved this book so much and her new one is just as good.


I know, I know! A Week in Winter. City of Hope is also very good. The reader can feel the tension as ancient antagonisms against the British rule sparks the revolution and call for home rule.

Ellis Island calls on readers to think about their priorities in life, whether where we come from makes us who we are, whether love really is all you need, and how we define and balance katr, success, and home. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: But alas, this was not to be. Ellie even starves herself for five days to make her extremely religious parents realize how much she needs John.

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

Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Jul 05, Kathleen Kat Smith elliw it really liked it Shelves: 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. She needed to see that what she missed and craved were only things, trinkets. Another great scene is the one where Ellie has gotten off of Ellis Island, and is walking up Broadway to her new job.

John is steadfast in his conviction to stay so she is forced to decide if she stays with the love of her life, or leaves him to chase another life with a different man. Kats leaves Ireland alone and I do wonder whether this is really accurate, historically for New York.


I didn’t want Ellie to stay with her husband John! Yes, she definitely is strong. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

This, thankfully is neither, but there are a few quibbles I have that prevent me from giving it the full 5 stars. I enjoy historical fiction kwte this book was no exception. This is the story of Ellie Hogan who journeys to America from Ireland in hopes of earning money to help her husband pay for a surgery he needs. Uhm… Maybe I was expecting too much, but where this story pre I picked this story because it presents a few elements I like: But the lessons she claimed to learn in the epilogue?

But then the end just killed it dead for me. Ellie is elliw young girl that lives in a repressed area of Ireland. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

Ellie is questioning ever going back to Ireland and instead tries to have John join her in this land of opportunity. Once home Ellie has difficulty adjusting to living without necessities.