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Ellis Island [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Kate Kerrigan , Maria McCaul
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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9 Aug 2012
This is the latest novel from this hugely popular Irish author. 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...
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (9 Aug 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0857356380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857356383
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 18.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Kate Kerrigan was born in Scotland to Irish parents and reared in London. She began her career in Journalism at the age of nineteen rising to become editor of various publications before moving to Ireland in 1990 to relaunch Irish Tatler. After ten years working in Dublin, she fulfilled her dream of moving to the west coast of Ireland to become a full-time author. Living in the picturesque village of Killala, she has two sons Leo and Tom with husband Niall. She writes most days in a small cottage in her mother's back garden and loves to take day trips in her camper van. She also writes a weekly column for the Irish mail about her life as a mother and writer and her latest addiction is Pinterest and finding pictures of lovely lady novelist fashion. Her novels include Recipes for a Perfect Marriage which was shortlisted for the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year Award and Miracle of Grace. Ellis Island was a TV Book Club Summer Read and the story of Ellie Hogan was continued in City of Hope published in 2012. The final part in the compelling trilogy Land of Dreams is due to be published in 2013. Kate is currently writing a new novel due for publication in 2014.


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Ellis Island is a feel-good story about love, freedom, belonging and the meaning of home. It's a satisfying read that Stylist thinks has `film adaptation' written all over it.' --Stylist Magazine

'Kerrigan beautifully evokes the difficult struggles facing the rural Irish in the 1920, juxtaposed with the chance of a better, more glamorous life in New York.' --Radio Times

'Ellis Island is an epic love story.' --Irish Sunday Independent

'a beautiful and poignant read'
--Northern Ireland News Letter --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

London reared of Irish parents, Kate Kerrigan worked in London before moving to Ireland in 1990. She is a now a full-time writer, and lives in County Mayo with her husband and their small son. Her latest novel, Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2006. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ellie's Island... 27 July 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed Colm Toibin's Brooklyn so I was instantly drawn to this similar tale of emigration from Kate Kerrigan but are they perhaps too alike to be read so close together? Indeed should they be compared at all given that they are most definitely two different genres?

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 1920s New York. Whilst she is amazed by the modern conveniences of her new home (running water and electricity have yet to hit rural Ireland..), big changes are afoot in her native Ireland with the advent of the Free State prefaced by the brutalities carried out by the Black and Tans. So which "island" will Ellie choose, is Ellie's Island (nice wordplay..) based on glamour or duty?

Maybe I've read so many of these emigration stories that I've become a bit jaded, perhaps there's nothing new to tell. I found the Irish passages describing Ellie's husband's participation in the Republican Army and the stulfitying ambiance of Ellie's childhood home much more gripping than the razzmatazz of Jazz Age New York - maybe I'm just awkward! I thought that the storyline seemed to have a mind of its own, meandering around, not sure where it would end up.

All in all, an enjoyable enough story but it lacked something for me. It would appear that most Amazon reviewers rave about this book so I am once more in the minority...
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF IRELAND'S BEST WRITERS 8 Feb 2010
As in all Kate Kerrigan's novels, this is a finely crafted story, gripping from start to finish. It covers a fascinating period of Ireland's history and brings home the extreme conditions and poverty that people were living in. It is well contrasted with the section of the book set in New York in the twenties and this new exciting world. The characters are all empathic and fully rounded, and Ellie, the heroine, is a particularly strong character. I thought the ending was very clever, you, as the reader, identified with the conflict, and frustrations Ellie was experiencing. Although fiesty and adventurous she was also a woman of her time. It is in the end a book about the endurance of love between two people. I am looking forward to the sequel.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great story, full of contrasts 20 July 2010
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This is an excellent read and, I believe, can be read on two levels; firstly, as a romantic historical saga. It works really well in this way although I found it difficult to deal with Ellie's character as she seemed quite spoiled. On a deeper level, however, the novel looks at issues about materialism and the pull of 'things'and on this level I could relate to her bitterness and her often indecision. I think there was a huge moral lesson in this book and a real understanding of what makes for lasting happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction.
The history was well depicted explaining well the Irish cause.
The characters were vividly drawn and Ellie and her mother were very interesting and three-dimensional. This made them very believable.
The description was powerful and there was some stunning imagery when she was portraying the American countryside and this was very compelling when juxtaposed with the land in Ireland; both metaphors depicting the heart of each place.
My only criticism is the way Charles kept miraculously and coincidentally appearing and that didn't seem to be too credible to me.
This is a wonderful and intelligent book and a very enjoyable read. I thoroughly recommend this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book has had good reviews and been a bestseller so I had fairly high expectations. However I didnt really enjoy it much and ploughed through to the end because it was chosen by my Reading Group. The characters seemed quite shallow and lacking in depth. I was particularly irritated by the Charles Worthington character who kept suddenly randomly turning up - as if...! I was hoping for a dramatic ending but even that was a bit of a damp squib. I didnt feel a real sense of place either in New York or Ireland - however at the same time I was also reading Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams which was beautifully written with rich and dramatic descriptions of the rugged, storm swept landscapes of Western Ireland. This book seemed lightweight in comparison.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity 18 Sep 2010
This is such a rich period of our history, ripe for a great story, unfortunatly this book is lacking some of that richness. At time's it felt like I was reading a book written for a teenager and at others like we were just on the edge of a great storytelling. For me it never quite swept me away in the way I was looking forward to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars misleading title 16 Sep 2010
What a disappointment, perhaps I should have read the blurb more carefully but I tend to skim them as so often they give away more of the story than you want.

The title is a complete misnomer - this book is not about Ellis Island, in fact three quarters of it takes place in Ireland, It is one womans story and it's a conventional, predictable story with every turn of the plot signposted a mile off.

It is reasonably well written and an undemanding "sunbed read" but I expected something more and was disappointed.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy 21 Jun 2010
By aidyk
I loved Ellis Island, my own grandmother emigrated around the same time and this book just made her experiences come to life for me, my mother and sisters, it is so real, so poignant and so beautifully written. I have read all of Kate Kerrigans books and passed them on to others and they just keep getting better. I highly reccommend this book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars An unchallenging comfort read......
Well, first the positive points…. The scenes at Ellis Island are well drawn as the immigration processes give hopefuls from overseas their first contact with the promised land of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wynne Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Super story
First of the Ellis Island trilogy, great stories with a fantastic female protagonist. Would recommend to anybody and a particularly great holiday read.
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I loved reading this book, just couldn't put it down. The little twists that kept me reading, as the story unfolds it really captures you Ellie met so many different types of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandra
3.0 out of 5 stars fade out ending
Liked the story line but felt it faded out at the end as if the writer didn't know how to end it!!
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I really enjoyed this book but I saw that there was another book in the series and read the blurb and it had a spoiler in it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars new york
Excellent novel giving insight into how things were in New York. How Ellis Island was the first place people emigrating saw.
Published 7 months ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars An evocative and powerful love story.
I absolutely adored this novel - In parts it actually physically warmed my heart, and at times it made it ache. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ms. E. J. Kingston
4.0 out of 5 stars loved every minute of this
This is another book I've had on my book shelf for a while and have only just got round to reading it. Read more
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Loved this book was very interesting to read about Ireland in 1920's and the difficulties faced by so many people.
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