Band of Sisters - eBook
If you're looking for a page-turner, look no further.
I love books that involve sisters, especially stories full of emotion and angst. I sympathized with Maureen O'Reilly when she was treated unfair and was rooting for her and her sister as they escaped Ireland...to only find new problems.
Not a dull page. Enjoy!
September 9, 2013
Troubled Women and Historical Scenes. Excellent.
This story is historical fiction at its best. I felt that it took a long time for the story line to explain the title, but it fell into place. I was disturbed by the actions of the main character when she made questionable choices, but I feel that this was intentional, so we would be warmed by the resolution of the events. I sympathized with Maureen and her good intentions, and Olivia as well. The descriptions were wonderful. I could picture the city, and the factory, and the night-lit streets. I have a somewhat limited knowledge of 1910 New York City, but it felt accurate and believable to me. The plot had some gritty aspects and also a tender treatment of faith and grace. I am very grateful for a clean story with likeable characters.
August 31, 2013
Band of SistersÃ¢ÂÂA Passionate Voice for the Oppress
TodayÃ¢ÂÂs headlines shout of the unspeakableÃ¢ÂÂrape, human trafficking, and oppression of the vulnerable. ItÃ¢ÂÂs all the more difficult to believe of a country whose constitution and laws were written to protect the innocentÃ¢ÂÂbut is this a new phenomenon?
In award-winning and best-selling author, Cathy GohlkeÃ¢ÂÂs newest novel, Band of Sisters, we learn that todayÃ¢ÂÂs atrocities are not recent events, but are cruelties which have been around for centuries.
Gohlke takes us back in time to tell the story of the OÃ¢ÂÂReilly sisters, Maureen and Katie Rose.
In 1910, Maureen and her younger sister flee Ireland, a place for them that only offers a future of compromising servitude. Maureen places her hope for a better life on a new country and a twenty-year old promise made to her father by a stranger, Colonel Wakefield. Still, the promise is better than her and her sisterÃ¢ÂÂs present reality.
After enduring the challenges and indignities of Ellis Island, Maureen learns that their benefactor has died. There is a mix-up with Colonel WakefieldÃ¢ÂÂs family, with the end result of the brother-in-law refusing to honor the colonelÃ¢ÂÂs debt.
With her sister ill, and now the threat of deportation looming over her, Maureen hatches a plan to obtain employment in a department store that caters to the affluent. ItÃ¢ÂÂs not long before she stumbles upon an alarming subterfuge at the respectable establishment. Women are disappearing. MaureenÃ¢ÂÂs experience as one oppressed by wealthy men, compels her to questionÃ¢ÂÂtoo aggressivelyÃ¢ÂÂthe disappearances.
Meanwhile, the two sisters struggle to make ends meet as well as to get along. Katie Rose is captivated by the wealthy and is blinded by the frivolous, superficial lifestyles centered on them. She even turns her back on her own sister.
As women continue to disappear, Maureen participates in a dangerous plot headed by her employerÃ¢ÂÂs business partner and her friend who has recently emigrated from IrelandÃ¢ÂÂand who has loved Maureen for many years.
Maureen is swallowed up by the colossal wave of human trafficking. The scope of its cruelty and deviousness is more than she could imagine or handle. What transpires will have the reader sitting long into the night, gripping the pages with anticipation to see what happens next.
For years, Cathy Gohlke has writtenÃ¢ÂÂbeautifully and with great passionÃ¢ÂÂthe stories of the oppressed. In Band of Sisters, she digs even deeper to bring to light the depravities of humanity, yet strives to elevate our hearts with hope for GodÃ¢ÂÂs healing and restoration.
Band of Sisters is also an opportunity to teach us to tune our hearts, minds, and ears to the contemporary problems of human trafficking. By teaching us, we can be like Maureen and not turn away from those in need.
Band of Sisters has become one of my favorite books.
August 24, 2013
Very good read
This book was a fascinating read. ÃÂ While I remained fairly sure that everything was going to work out okay, it was a thrilling read to find out exactly how it all did work out. ÃÂ I will admit to reading ahead a bit just to make sure that ÃÂ Maureen really did escape being captured. ÃÂ I thought Cathy had a really good way of writing and I would definitely be interested in reading more of her books. ÃÂ
August 19, 2013