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Land of Dreams (Ellis Island Trilogy 3) Paperback – 24 Oct 2013

3.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447210816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447210818
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘I devoured this book in one sitting – I LOVED IT!’ Marian Keyes

‘With echoes of Angela’s Ashes and even The Notebook . . . Ellis Island is a feel-good story about love, freedom, belonging and the meaning of home’ Stylist

‘This is a book to keep. Anyone who reads it will return to it, time and again’ Ireland on Sunday



‘A book with heart; warm, enjoyable and gently compelling’ Daily Mail

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1940s Hollywood. A new life. A new love.

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By Sabi on 18 April 2013
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I usually don't write reviews but I had to for Land of Dreams. Addictive and unputdownable, easy to read but at the same time a wise and mature conclusion to Ellie's story who has come a long way, through a lot of hardship and always is admiringly true to herself. I highly recommend it!
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Kate Kerrigan is a terrific writer and I absolutely adored the first two books in this trilogy, Ellis Island followed by City of Hope. Kerrigan's beautiful development of Ellie Hogan's story and all the characters in her life made me care and feel close to everyone she created I couldn't wait to get my hands on the third and final book in the series. Unfortunately, it was a huge letdown. Nearly all but one of the characters I grew to care about from the past two books were gone, with only brief mentions of them. Ellie is unrecognizable. In Dreams, just seven years later she has transformed from an admirable, polished, warm and sensible woman to a bohemian artist and hot head full of often childish and knee-jerk behavior. Sadly, I no longer liked her. None of the new characters felt real except Freddie. I really wanted to love this book but something was missing. Ellie is in her early 40s in Dreams. Maybe she was suffering from the onset of menopause and just wasn't herself.
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I absolutely loved Ellis Island but unfortunately the second and especially the third installment of this trilogy left a lot to be desired. I felt no empathy for Ellie like i had in the first book - if anything i disliked her character. She had become a hollow, spineless, pitiful version of the Ellie we knew and loved from Ellis Island. I wasnt blown away by City of Hope and had hoped that this book would go back to being more like the first but unfortunately it was a repetitive, annoying read that destroyed a very likeable character. It was also really annoying the way the authur kept repeating herself and constantly referencing previous books like we hadnt already read them. She should take a leaf from Jenny Colgan and just give a brief summary at the begining of her books to remind the reader of what has taken place in past installments and leave it at that!
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LAND OF DREAMS is the third book in a trilogy set written by the great writer, Irish writer, Kate Kerrigan. ELLIS ISLAND topped the NY Times Bestseller's list this year and it is well deserved by a tremendous writer that speaks candidly about the hopes, love and loss in all of her books that I have read.
The star character in this trilogy set is Ellie Hogan. She falls in love when she is young, marries the love of her life and so the story begins...
I love Ellie. I loved this book about Ellie as a mother with her two sons and her oldest running off to Hollywood to be an actor during the 1940's (Think the golden era period.)
~This story had much heartbreak to it, but real heartbreak that felt real and real to life, so when I read a story that rings so real, so true, well, if you love a character you will go through their suffering, too. Ellie experiences great joys in her time in Los Angeles, too. But I don't want to give it away. This book is too good. You must discover on your own.
First you must read ELLIS ISLAND, then CITY OF HOPE, followed by LAND OF DREAMS.
I had a deep fascination with old Hollywood when I first moved there. I would read everything about the studios, watched all of the old movies I could get my hands on...and reading LAND OF DREAMS captured that era, captured Los Angeles. The descriptions were so real and so vivid, I was right there with Ellie reaching out to touch the sun. I was with her at the Manzanar camp, I was with her when she ran down the Hollywood Hills to catch a cab after finding out the man she had been seeing was seeing somewhere else.
I must say at the end of the book, I began to worry about the conclusion. What would happen to Ellie? Gees, I wanted something grand to happen...AND IT DID.
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Land of Dreams is the final book in Kate Kerrigan's Ellis Island trilogy and once more Ellie Hogan's life has evolved since we first met the frightened young twenty-something that arrived in New York all those years ago.

Ellie has now forged a new career for herself as a successful artist and is currently renting a studio on Fire Island with her youngest son but things are about to change once again when she receives a call from her eldest son's school to say that he has run away.

Leo, an impressionable 15-year-old, has decided to head to Hollywood to make it as an actor after he meets someone who has told him that he can help him make it in the film business. So it's up to Ellie to follow, bringing along old friend Bridie and youngest son Tom for the ride, to try and find him to make sure that he comes to no harm. But it's Ellie herself that she soon finds herself caught up in the glitz and glamour of this lifestyle as once more she adapts to her new life and surroundings.

You probably could read Land of Dreams as a standalone book as there are a few recaps throughout but I'm definitely glad that I decided to buy and read the other two books in the trilogy first, Ellis Island and City of Hope, before reading this one as it enabled me to catch up with everything that had happened to Ellie's life up to this point.

I loved seeing how Ellie had developed as a character throughout the trilogy, from a young naive newlywed to a twice-widowed strong woman, she's certainly had more than her fair share of dramas along the way but these have all helped mould her into the confident forty-something woman that she has now become.
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