City Of Hope (2013)
City of Hope (2013)
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3.67 of 5 Votes: 1
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0062237284 (ISBN13: 9780062237286)
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William Morrow Paperbacks
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This is a book in a trilogy. I didn't realize that when I started with the second book in the group. Each book can stand on its own, however. Ellie Hogan is living in Ireland with her husband. After losing several babies and then her husband, Ellie can't bear to stay in Ireland. She decided to return to the United States where she had lived a few years before. As she gets settled in the US, she finds a way to help others thereby helping herself deal with her grief. She is reunited with a man she had met the first time she was in the US and thinks she can pick up that life again.After a few more months, she realizes she wants to go back to Ireland to grieve the lost of her husband and decide what to do about her life next.I have the last book of the trilogy and will be looking for the first book the next time I go to the library. I am not exactly sure what I think about this.I won this book in a Goodreads First Read drawing, and the author was kind enough to send this along with the first book, "Ellis Island," which I read a couple of months ago. In this book, the heroine of the earlier book, Ellie Hogan, has lived in Ireland for the past ten years with her husband John after leaving her somewhat glamorous life in New York during the 1920s. She has made a life for herself by having a few busineses of her own going, and is making a nice living. Even though they are childless (she has suffered several miscarriages), John and Ellie are happy in their life together.When John dies suddenly of a heart attack, Ellie leaves his graveside service, packs a bag, and heads back to New York. She tells herself it's for a "holiday," to grieve and pull herself together.The New York she returns to is in the throes of the Great Depression, and life is very different than when she was there before. With her money and some desire to help the homeless, she buys a house and invites some of the women and children to live with her. With her money and business sense, and word of mouth, she eventually ends up with several houses, a shop, and a name for herself. She creates a Women's Cooperative, where everyone shares the work and the profits. People come and go, problems arise and are resolved, she gets involved with a couple of men (one a former beau), and for all intents and purposes, is a success. She returns to Ireland, where she visits her mother-in-law, trying to convince her to return to New York City with her. She also straightens out her business affairs, clearly not planning to return.Of course, there are plenty of other developments, and the book is interesting. But I have had a hard time deciding what I really think about it. Ellie is a strong, independent woman, and she does help people. But she also seems incredibly self-involved to me. (Keep in mind that I am the Queen of Self-Involvement.) I'm not sure that I like her that much as a person, though I admire her ability to get things done. In the end, I think she might be too much like a real person to be appealing to me.Having said that, I enjoyed reading the book, and seeing what would happen next.
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hamna
a little more focused in God and religion than I like.
ziyi
Liked Ellis Island, the sequel, not so much.
dardankoliqi
Excellent, very good story
hershey
Review to follow
manu
Inspiring
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