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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.