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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (18 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747267189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747267188
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,235,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Mary Ryan

'Mary Ryan knows how to tell a story... She holds the reader's attention right to the rather mysterious ending' Irish Independent

'A haunting love story...a beautifully written novel by one of Ireland's topselling authors that exudes a masterly gentleness while dealing with feelings of great intensity' South Wales Evening Argus

'Her finest to date... Her style is deceptively simple, her wit sardonic, sharp and subtle, her ear finely attuned to the characters she creates and her imagination delightfully fantastical' Irish Independent

'The writing...burns with the inner fire of the author's intensity of feeling on the subjects she is dealing with' Sunday Press

'A most entertaining and gripping novel... Ms Ryan's gift as a storyteller makes this a hard book to put down' Irish Independent Weekender

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An enthralling epic tale of the American gold rush - based on the true-life story of the great-uncle of this bestselling Irish author

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Mary Ryan is an unknown quantity to me,or was,until I read this amazing book.A real saga of the Irish famine and the many who fled to the promise of a new life in America.Following the story of Tom and Maria Walsh is a roller coaster of excitement and tragedy.I was half way through the book before I realised I was reading a story based on facts,with some photographs thrown in to bring the characters vividly to life.Tom`s daughter Evelyn becomes the main focus of attention as her father strikes gold and becomes the wealthiest and most feted man in America.She marries and buys the HOPE diamond and we are compelled to read on to see if this cursed stone brings her the happiness she longs for,or the disaster that wealth sometimes carries with it.A real saga that doesn`t have a dull moment and made me feel richer for having read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Bourne on 11 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
“Hope” is a kind of biography. It’s a tale of a poor Irish family making good in the American gold rush, and what happens to them afterwards. Mary Ryan is actually one of their descendants and she has obviously put a lot of work into the research. However she has also succeeded in filling in the gaps with some interesting fiction.
I can imagine many people liking it, but I got bored. It's overlong, and the irksome martyr complex that seems to bedevil most work by Irish authors about Ireland crops up.
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By J.I.S. on 11 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is difficult to combine fact with fiction but the author has achieved it well. The first part of the book is the story of the rise of Thomas Walsh, from a lowly birth in an impoverished Ireland to a fabulously wealthy businessman. That journey takes us to a young America where pioneers are still joining wagon trains through Indian country to stake their claims in the West. Through sheer hard work and his own acumen, Tom strikes it rich but never forgets his roots and remains a philanthropist to the end.

The story is rather like the wagon train - slow progress, but with huge interest and changing horizons round every corner. The main conflict comes from Tom's battle to rise in life - the introduction of a few nasty characters could have driven the story with much more force. All in all a well-written facinating read to which I would have given 4 stars had the story ended with Tom.

The second half of the book centres on Tom's daughter Evalyn [sic] whose life is ruined largely by the effect of her father's wealth. There are hints about her relationship with her father who favoured his son, but this is never fully brought out. I found this "poor little rich" girl totally uninteresting as a person and skim read only to see what happened to the other people in the story.
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Not for me 22 July 2012
By M. J. Bourne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Hope" is a kind of biography. It's a tale of a poor Irish family making good in the American gold rush, and what happens to them afterwards. The author Mary Ryan is actually one of their descendants and she has obviously put a lot of work into the research. However she has also filled in the gaps with some speculative fiction. Rather risky.

I can imagine many people liking it, but personally I got bored. It's overlong, and the irksome martyr complex that seems to bedevil most work by Irish authors about Ireland crops up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
GREAT READ 4 Jan. 2013
By Geraldine Dunne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I can't understand the negative reviews of this book. I have not only read it and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it but have bought extra copies and passed them on (and the feedback from everyone has been exceptionally positive). All I can say is don't be put off by the negative stuff, read the book and make up your own mind. I think you will be missing a great read if you don't!
Very predictable 18 May 2012
By Gabrielle J. Bousquet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The first half was fairly interesting, though predictable. The second half was, quite frankly (yawn, yawn) rather boring. I'm a lover of historical fiction, but I do like the book to keep me engaged. This book book failed to do that. I'm on page 360 of 468 pages and the Hope Diamond has yet to be mentioned.... Maybe the title is a mistake? You can feel safe giving this book a miss.
I was interested in Leadville 16 May 2013
By M. Ewing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have Irish ancestors who lived in Leadville, so I was interested in this story, which somewhat mirrors theirs. It was fun, but a little shallow. I kind of lost interest after they got rich. :)
Enjoyable Read! 24 Feb. 2006
By Donna L. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Love the book. Have connections to both Washington, D. C. and Clonmel, Co. Tipperary in Ireland. Knew the story and like the author's treatment of the Walsh Family's life trials.
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