City of Hope (Ellis Island Trilogy 2) Paperback – 29 Mar 2012
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'I devoured this book in one sitting, I LOVED IT!' --Marian Keyes
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In Ellie Hogan, Kerrigan created a compelling character and it was with pleasure that I read this, the second part in Ellie's story.
After her beloved husband John passes away suddenly, Ellie returns to New York City, looking to rediscover the love and passion she found when she previously worked there. What she finds is friendship, courage and the opportunity for forgiveness.
Ellie Hogan is a true hero in my eyes, she's a woman before her time and her business acumen is really inspiring. However, the pleasure of Kate Kerrigan's writing is that she doesn't sanctify Ellie - she shows her as scared, indecisive as well as kind-hearted. This makes Kerrigan's work an enjoyable read: her characters are human and that's something a lot of writers forget to do.
`City of Hope' could be an allegory for present-day hardships and Kerrigan's writing is very intelligent. The description of Ellie's native Ireland paints a beautiful picture. It's intricate and inspiring, with real heart.
I enjoyed the recurrence of certain characters, particularly Bridie, the gruff matriarch Ellie encountered on her first trip to Manhattan.
This is a story of grief, family, humour and friendships - there's even the odd bit of crime thrown in. A perfect read.
We left Ellie in Ireland at the end of the last book. She'd returned home when her father had died and had dedicated herself to setting up her varied businesses. She'd struggled to get used to the hardships that life in rural Ireland offered (compared to cosmopolitan, thriving, New York) but had managed to persuade her husband John to rebuild their old home, to build a new rural shop, and she'd investigated her money and skills in the town to own and manage a secretarial training school and hairdressers.
In the second book it opens describing her struggles to conceive and this desire for children is at the heart of the second novel. She seems happy enough at home in Ireland but it's clear she still yearns for the luxuries life in America offered, and she keeps a flat above the secretarial school, which is nicely furnished and has a level of luxury she became used to. Paud has died when the story starts, and John unfortunately also dies which prompts her flight to New York. Ellie is grieving and wants a change. New York has changed. The crash of the Stock Markets has left people homeless and suffering from poverty. She rescued her money from the banks before the crash and whilst initially residing in a level of luxury, she becomes uncomfortable.
A chance meeting with a poverty stricken family and she knows she wants to dedicate her money and time to improving people's lives. She buys dilapidated houses which she employs unemployed men to make good, and in doing so they live there rent free. Eventually there are three houses she owns.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this book. I like Ellie a lot and was eager to hear more about her life so was very pleased when I discovered a secon book. Well worth a read.Published 16 months ago by Patricia Casswell
This book is the second instalment of the Trilogy and certainly didn't disappoint. The story is well written and I became thoroughly immersed in the life of the young woman... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2014 by Joanne Ford
A great read with interesting characters that make you care about what happens to them. Beautifully descriptive of the era.Published on 11 Mar. 2014 by the lilac house
The book was ok,but unbelievable what this woman achieved in such a short time. Will probably read the last book in the trillogy but am not bothered about reading anything else... Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2013 by ann miller