If you have read Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan as I did, then you will definitely want to read the second book City of Hope. It’s really good.
The setting is Ireland in 1930, and Ellie has just miscarried again and this time in church, but her husband John reassures her that he loves her with or without child. Unfortunately, and sadly within a few years John, her hero, dies of a heart attack. The day of his fatal heart attack he asks Ellie not to go into work and to spend the day with him. Instead, she chooses work over him. Will she ever be able to forgive herself for not spending the precious few moments of his life with him? And in any way was she the cause of his heart attack?
After the funeral, Ellie boards a ship to America. But America is in the midst of the Great Depression, and it’s not the fun, prosperous country she left behind and remembers fondly. She finds poverty, with people living on the streets and people stealing outright. This time Ellie doesn’t partake in the partying lifestyle in New York City. She takes in the homeless and jobless and creates a neighborhood to live in. She thinks she is doing it to save Maureen, a woman with two children, however, it is Maureen who in turn saves Ellie.
She takes up with her friend Sheila, who shoots a man because he wanted investments from her business. But it’s her friend Bridie that will show the hand if anyone decides to call upon their successful business and threaten their livelihood.
There’s a baby named Tom, in which the mother abandons and Ellie adopts and this is what she needs and what fulfills her. She goes back to Ireland for a visit to tie up her Irish loose ends, and then she journeys back to America to start afresh.
Ellie Hogan---is full of life, a mixture of circumstances mixed with good fortune, different from the rest of the pack and one with fresh air, intelligent, shrewd, and hardworking and always seeking adventure. Readers will fall in love with her wanting more.
The book includes a reader’s discussion, and the only negative thing is awaiting the next book in the series Land of Dreams. Will Ellie finish off the Depression years or will her story take her into the war years? Only Kate Kerrigan holds the key to this unanswered question?
For more information regarding the author Kate Kerrigan, please visit her website at http://www.katekerrigan.ic.
City of Hope is a book published by Harper Collins. For more information regarding the publisher, please visit http://www.harpercollins.com.
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