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Maureen O'Reilly and her younger sister flee Ireland in hope of claiming the life promised to their father over twenty years before. After surviving the rigors of Ellis Island, Maureen learns that their benefactor, Colonel Wakefield, has died. His family, refusing to own his Civil War debt, casts her out. Alone, impoverished, and in danger of deportation, Maureen connives to obtain employment in a prominent department store. But she soon discovers that the elegant facade hides a secret that threatens every vulnerable woman in the city.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414353081
ISBN-13: 9781414353081

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Maureen O’Reilly and her younger sister flee Ireland in hope of claiming the life promised to their father over twenty years before. After surviving the rigors of Ellis Island, Maureen learns that their benefactor, Colonel Wakefield, has died. His family, refusing to own his Civil War debt, casts her out. Alone, impoverished, and in danger of deportation, Maureen connives to obtain employment in a prominent department store. But she soon discovers that the elegant facade hides a secret that threatens every vulnerable woman in the city.

Despite her family’s disapproval, Olivia Wakefield determines to honor her father’s debt but can’t find Maureen. Unexpected help comes from a local businessman, whom Olivia begins to see as more than an ally, even as she fears the secrets he’s hiding. As women begin disappearing from the store, Olivia rallies influential ladies in her circle to help Maureen take a stand against injustice and fight for the lives of their growing band of sisters. But can either woman open her heart to divine leading or the love it might bring?

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Cathy Gohlke's Band of Sisters tells the story of Maureen O'Reilly and her sister. Fresh off the boat from Ireland, the two immigrate to America to claim the life their father was promised twenty years earlier. But when they find out their benefactor has died and his family has no intentions of fulfilling his promise, Maureen struggles to make her way. Band of Sisters follows Maureen on her journey to establish herself in the land of opportunity that presents her with more than a few obstacles, and to rely on God while trusting that He loves her.


Gohlke tells a captivating story, presenting different characters in varying stages of their faith. Maureen isn't perfect. She is at a point many can relate to: trying to understand how a loving God could care about someone like her. She learns this and feels God's support as her story progresses.


Maureen eventually finds employment in a high-class department store after her rough start in America. But she soon discovers the store holds a dark secret that threatens the safety of women in the city. She finds support from an unexpected source, a band of sisters led by Olivia Wakefield, the daughter of her would-be benefactor. Together, they work against the injustices faced by immigrant women.


In Luke 2:10 an angel says, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all the people." Maureen struggles with this concept throughout the book, the idea of living without fear, of having joy. Maureen is a refreshing character to follow. She is not at a perfect place in her faith, and throughout the book we get to see her work through her doubts and reservations. She claims God's love as she grows closer and closer Him throughout her difficulties.

The novel gives a realistic portrayal of life for a new immigrant in America. As Maureen works hard to make her way in her new home, she learns to lean on God and to trust that he accepts her, no matter what. This book is recommended to women and teens who will likely feel some connection to the likeable, determined character of Maureen. - Caroline Riofredo, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story of Immagration
    September 5, 2017
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Band of Sisters, but Cathy Gohlke takes place in 1910 in New York City. When their mother dies, Maureen O'Reilly's aunt makes Maureen and her sister Katie Rose leave Ireland to travel to Ellis Island. Their father has a friend that sent a letter and money years ago for him to move there. Katie Rose is ill when they reach the USA and is hospitalized. Maureen goes to her father's friends home to find out he has past away and his family is not honoring his debt. Maureen accepts money from a man and uses that to set up an apartment for them. She gives false recommendations to obtain a job at a local department store. Maureen quickly realizes the department store is a front for a totally different type of business.

    Women began disappearing from the store and Maureen eventually tells others. She works together with a man who also traveled from Ireland and his employer to try to find the women.

    This is a great adventure to read. I really enjoyed the suspense that is written in the story. I wanted to just keep reading this story to see what was going to happen next. The parts in the story that really stand out for me are what it was like for immigrants who arrived in the United States and how the women from church got together to try to help the women immigrants.

    I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction based on immigration will really enjoy this story.
  2. Ruth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Band of Sisters
    April 24, 2017
    Ruth
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am becoming a fan of Cathy Gohlke's books. I have previously read her Promise Me Thisand Secrets She Kept. She seems to have a deeper plot than some other authors, and something else I can't put my finger on.

    This book is set in the 1910's, about the immigration of Maureen and her sister from Ireland. Determined to make it on her own after her father's friend is found to have passed away, Maureen takes a position in a department store, narrowly surviving a tragic mistake. Forced to live in less-than-desirable circumstances, Maureen's sister starts to pull away and blame Maureen for their troubles in Ireland. Meanwhile Maureen stubbornly refuses help from those who would be friends.

    I was reminded as I read this book of the difficulties facing immigrants, especially women on their own. The city is unforgiving and treacherous to those who don't know it, and filled with preditors.

    Two things I was impressed with in the book are, first, the effort a group of first-class women put into helping those who needed it. They called themselves a Band of Sisters. And second, Maureen's efforts in helping both her friends and those in the same dire circumstance. She could have turned a blind eye and remained in ignorant "safety", but she chose to help those who didn't have anyone else to care about them. It truly is an inspiration.
  3. ruthhill74
    Yelm, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book With a Message
    December 23, 2013
    ruthhill74
    Yelm, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I began this book, I honestly had no idea how prevalent the human sex trafficking business was and how long it had been going on. I was horrified to realize that such a thing as the white slavery trade was going on in this country in the late 1800's. I am still reeling from the shock of it all.

    The Christian message of this book was fantastically woven into the fabric of the story in a remarkable way. I so appreciate the way that Cathy Gohlke made God and Christianity a real thing rather than just something nice on the side. The characters who were truly committed to the Lord, lived it!

    The characters were so well-developed, and I connected with them on a real way. I always find it kind of funny when I actually feel like praying for the characters to make it through this situation or that situation when they are not real. But the author made the characters so alive to me that I wanted to do just that.

    I appreciate the way the author wrote fairly realistic fiction. Usually, Christian books avoid great tragedies and even mention the dreaded word "sex" or "prostitution." This book handled the issue in a real way, and it made the story all that more real to me.

    I was surprised to see the inclusion of the book "In His Steps." It had been a while since I had read that book, but it certainly made for an interesting turn of events. To see the characters living the philosophy "What Would Jesus Do" really did make me stop and think about the cost of following Christ--especially for those in society. This is a book I can recommend to anyone who wants to learn about a portion of history that is not normally discussed in this country.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100 percent mine, and I was not financially compensated.
  4. Bookworm
    Age: 25-34
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 9, 2013
    Bookworm
    Age: 25-34
    This review was written for 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!
  5. eb7bibliophile
    High Desert West
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Troubled Women and Historical Scenes. Excellent.
    August 31, 2013
    eb7bibliophile
    High Desert West
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Band of Sisters - eBook.
    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.
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