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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033051699X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330516990
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I devoured this book in one sitting, I LOVED IT!' --Marian Keyes

'A top read recommendation for Ireland s TV AM . . . I loved it' --Claudia Carroll

'An enjoyable romantic tale you ll want to devour in one sitting'
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This is the sequel to Kate Kerrigan's `Ellis Island', which was a TV Book Club choice a couple of years ago.

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.
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This is the second novel in the Ellis Island trilogy and again I really enjoyed the developing story. I shall definitely be reading the final novel in the trilogy.

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.
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Well this is the second book (the first being Ellis Island) and like the first I could not put it down. There are very few books that really engage you and not since some of the greats has there been a strong female character that you really care about however Ellie is such a character. The book again moves from Ireland to New York and tells a wonderful story. It gives a good indication of life in the depression era in New York and is well researched telling me things I was not aware of (though I still want to go to the Plaza!!!). If there is a set of books that you will read and not be able to put down then Ellis Island and this one are the set. Totally amazing. I can not write to much as it would give spoilers but miss this great book at your peril and read them before a major film or TV series is made of them - you read it here first!!!
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I was thrilled when I found out that there would be a follow up to Ellis Island and have been eagerly awaiting my next opportunity to enter Ellie's world! I will not say anything about the plot as I don't want to ruin it for anyone but I'm only sorry that I couldn't resist reading in only a couple of sittings - I wanted to be there for longer! Roll on the next part.
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Absolutely loved this book. This is the second book of Kate Kerrigan's that I have read and I equally enjoyed the first one. The book kept me engaged all the way through. Unlike many other books I didn't get bored halfway through. I wasn't able to predict the storyline which is probably why I liked it so much. Highly recommended. Can't wait to read more of the same.
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This is an excellent sequal to Ellis Island. Quite unexpected "turn of events" but so well written that it compels the reader to keep turning the pages until you reach the end - and want it to continue. Fortunately, there is to be a third book published soon. I love the way Kate Kerrigan is able to draw the reader into understanding Ellie Hogan's character - but don't want to say more that will give away the details of the novel! Read and enjoy!
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