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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ellis Island - Giveaway and Review

All of us dream someday to find the perfect person to marry. Sometimes we find that person in our very best friend we have grown up with. Now much older we see them in a different light. Once just someone who we would climb trees with, scour the land for small animals and even walk us home from school, now they have matured into something much more. We shared a friendship and a love that isn't known until you find it in your best friend like John Hogan and Ellie Flaherty.

Ellie's spent her childhood growing up under her father's watchful eye being the priest of the village in which they lived. Living a life that he considers proper he wants only the best ethical life for Ellie, however when Ellie sees fit to fall in love with John and runs away to get married, it will create a dividing line for Ellie between her and her family.

Now living with John struggling to make ends meet in a run down college in the midst of war between the Irish and the British, Ellie worries that John efforts in helping out in the war will be their undoing. When he is wounded and can no longer walk, Ellie fears that now they will wind up poor since John can no longer work.

Receiving hope in the form of a letter from her friend from school, Shelia offers Ellie hope in working in America for a rich lady in need of help. Seeing an opportunity to help John with paying for an expensive surgery to make him walk again, Ellie sees no choice but to head to America long enough to make John well again.

In the novel Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan we see the difficult choices that people had to make in living their homelands in hopes of coming to America for a better life. What some find here isn't the land of dreams being fulfilled while others are seeing that and so much more than they ever thought possible. Ellie will be faced to make a choice to return to her life with John with all his letters pleading for her to return, or see the possibilities for them all to come to America and make it in a land of hopes and dreams.

I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours and Harper Collins publishers for my honest review. I LOVED how open and honest this story is of the struggle of leaving home for the possibility of something better like so many emigrants did back in the 1900's. While the work is hard at first many find their efforts worth it when little by little they see the prosperity just waiting for those willing to work hard for it. This book rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It does contain some profanity that may offend readers but since my goal is to provide an honest review, I must disclose this.

For more information about this book, the author and where to purchase a copy of this book, please click on the link below:

Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan

You can also find more by visiting Kate's website by clicking here.

Thanks to the generosity of TLC Book Tours, they are offering a copy of this book as a giveaway for those following my blog. Here are the guidelines to enter.

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address.

3. Please include your email with you comment as I need a way to contact you if you are the lucky winner. You can use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave a comment and let me know why'd you love to win a copy of this book. The giveaway will end on July 14th. I will notify the winner by email.


  1. I would like to win a copy of this novel after reading your interesting review.

  2. I've always wanted to learn more about Ellis Island.


    I follow you.

    Live in USA

  3. I'm a follower.

    I'm in MN, USA.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

    Any historical about coming to America is of interest to me. This one sound so inviting! Please enter me. Thanks.

  4. Sounds like a great book. I am a follower.

  5. I'm a follower :) Mandie Stevens I'd love this book because I enjoy American History.
    time4mommy at gmail dot com

  6. I would love-love to win this book. please enter me to win!


  7. I am a follower and email subscriber. I would love to read this book. Sounds very good.

  8. I am a GFC follower and a US resident. My grandfather came through Ellis Island in the late 1800s. I'd love to read this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  9. I'm a follower and a n email subscriber. I would llove to read about Ellis Island. My Fraternal Grandmother came through Elllis Island. Please enter me: dancealert at aol dot com

  10. thanks for the chance to read this novel...i'm a follower & email subscriber, too :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. I'm a google friend connect follower. I'd love to read this book because I enjoy stories of how people came to America and their struggles ... maybe because my Grandparents came to this country to find a better life. Thanks for this opportunity!
    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

  12. Don't enter me, I reviewed it as well. Wasn't it terrific?
    2 Kids and Tired Books

  13. I follow via GFC. I would love to read this book because I would love to learn more about Ellis Island. Please enter me! Thank you for this giveaway!

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. I follow
    I live in NH
    I think this books very interesting and canl wait to read it.

    Clenna at

  15. I am a follower and an e-mail subscriber. I love to read stories about immigrants. My husband is an immigrant too!

    Please enter me in this giveaway.

  16. This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy! Glad you liked it so much.

    Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

  17. Glad to see you liked it! I'd love a shot at it. Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  18. this sounds so good! i'd love to win b/c i love historical fiction. thank you for the contest!!

    i'm a follower

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  19. I'm always fascinated bty Ellis Island stories real and imagined.GFC follower, email subscriber.
    Theresa N

  20. Hi Kathleen,
    I am a follower, and this book sounds really great! I read your review. You can contact me at
    Thanks for the chance!


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