Monday, July 11, 2011

Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan....Review & Giveaway!

I was recently blissfully lost in a book.  Do you know that feeling?  When a book captures you and takes you along and you are so involved that when it ends you are more than a little sad?  Oh, how I love a book that wins me over in this way!  Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan had me so thoroughly engrossed that I neglected everything but my children the whole time I was reading it.  Housework, website and favorite television programs?  No thanks...I must get back to my book!  Here is the scoop on why I was MIA from dishes and laundry last week...

Sweethearts since childhood, Ellie Hogan and her husband, John, are content on their farm in Ireland—until John, a soldier for the Irish Republican Army, receives an injury that leaves him unable to work. Forced to take drastic measures in order to survive, Ellie does what so many Irish women in the 1920s have done and sails across a vast ocean to New York City to work as a maid for a wealthy socialite.
Once there, Ellie is introduced to a world of opulence and sophistication, tempted by the allure of grand parties and fine clothes, money and mansions . . . and by the attentions of a charming suitor who can give her everything. Yet her heart remains with her husband back home. And now she faces the most difficult choice she will ever have to make: a new life in a new country full of hope and promise, or return to a life of cruel poverty . . . and love. 

This book was SO interesting.  I am a fan of historical fiction so this was right up my alley but it was really the character of Ellie who had me flipping the pages long after I should have been in bed (Baby R STILL wakes up before 5 am each day!).  Kate Kerrigan did a superb job of bringing Ellie to life and making her likable without making her "too good to be true".  I loved the love story of Ellie and John and I appreciated the realness of it.  I was kept guessing about Ellie right up until the end of the book (I don't want to give too much away!).  I was really sad to see the book end...it was that wonderful.  I actually have visions of it being made into a movie but I fear there is no way film could do this outstanding book justice.  Please, please read this book...you will not regret it.  Pick it up today on Amazon...


Harper Perennial is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of this must read!  Here is how to enter...

Mandatory Entry: Visit the author's website and tell me something you learned about one of my new favorite authors!  You must complete this entry for all others to count.

For Extra Entries:
1.  Follow this blog= 1 entry
2.  Like Reviewed By Mom on Facebook =1 entry
3.  Enter one of my other giveaways & let me know you have done so = 1 entry per other giveaway entered.
4.  Follow Reviewed By Mom on Twitter = 1 entry
5.  Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway & let me know where to find it = 1 entry
6.  Follow Harper Perennial on Twitter= 1 entry
7.  Follow Kate Kerrigan on Twitter =  1 entry

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail.  Contest is open to US  residents and will end on July 23rd.    The lucky winner will be announced by e-mail on July 24th and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen .  Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

100 comments:

Twingle Mommy said...

I learned that her first book was Recipes for a Perfect Marriage.
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Kate Kerrigan said...

PHEW - thank you so much for that GREAT review! It means such a lot that American readers like my book - and I can so relate to your blog....I have a crazy toddler (20 months, Tom - we call him The Tominator!) and sometimes feels like I have 17 minutes a day to write...so great feedback makes all the effort - early mornings, blouses covered in cereal for two days running - worthwhile. Thank you. If anyone is interested I'm on FB and Twitter and I blog also - and all available on www.katekerrigan.ie. really love hearing from readers and hitting the U.S. in the autumn so hope to meet some of you then. x

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that Kate Kerrigan is a featured writer and also hosts a special podcast at www.podcasts.ie in which she explores the Irish town where Ellie and Tom lived, you can check it out at www.cler.in/tydv
or download it from iTunes by searching for Kate Kerrigan.

P.S. love your profile

ellie said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new to me author. This sounds like a wonderful book and it is going on my book wish list. I learned from the site that the author lives in a small fishing village called Killala with her husband and two sons. I also saw that Ellis Island is the first in a trilogy. I look forward to reading the series.
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I learned that she writes in a small cottage in her mother's back garden and that she lives nearby.

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This book sounds so great. I learned that she grew up in London then moved to Ireland. I like that this is the first in a trilogy.
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lewalk said...

Ellis Island is the first book in a trilogy. I hope I win and love it. I am like you and hate when a book I love ends. Lol.

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BeeCute said...

Mandatory: The author was raised in London by Irish parents, and then moved back to Ireland in 1991.

I NEED to win this book, lol. My great-grandmother was an immigrant who came thru Ellis Island, so this book is calling my name! Thx for the chance!

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I learned that Kate now lives in the County of Mayo, which is where my great-grandparents are originally from! How neat!

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I learned that The Miracle of Grace is currently being adapted for screen by Kate and her writing partner Helen Falconer.
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