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Terri Gillespie5 Stars Out Of 5Band of SistersÃ¢â¬âA Passionate Voice for the OppressAugust 24, 2013Terri GillespieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Today's headlines shout of the unspeakableÃ¢â¬ârape, human trafficking, and oppression of the vulnerable. It's all the more difficult to believe of a country whose constitution and laws were written to protect the innocentÃ¢â¬âbut is this a new phenomenon?
In award-winning and best-selling author, Cathy Gohlke's newest novel, Band of Sisters, we learn that today's 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 O'Reilly 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 sister's 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 Wakefield's family, with the end result of the brother-in-law refusing to honor the colonel's 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. It's not long before she stumbles upon an alarming subterfuge at the respectable establishment. Women are disappearing. Maureen's experience as one oppressed by wealthy men, compels her to questionÃ¢â¬âtoo aggressivelyÃ¢â¬âthe 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 employer's business partner and her friend who has recently emigrated from IrelandÃ¢â¬âand 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¢â¬âbeautifully and with great passionÃ¢â¬âthe 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 God's 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.
reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Very good readAugust 19, 2013reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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
luvs to cookVirginia Beach, VAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Poignant story on immigration, love, & evilAugust 7, 2013luvs to cookVirginia Beach, VAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Maureen O'Reill, raped by her employer nobleman, was determined to rescue her beloved young sister, Katie Rose, from the same fate when their mother died. Her aunt said both girls needed to flee immediately for a ship bound for America, using money an American man had sent her father as well as a letter stating his wish to help the family since her father had saved his life. Her mother had been too foolish to go, and now that both parents were dead, it was up to Maureen to take the money and her sister and flee. A young man, Joshua Keeton, was asked to take them to the ship. Maureen was so scared of men that she tried not to let Joshua do more than that. However, he too left Ireland and it was with his help and the help of Mrs. Melkford, a lady from the American Missionary Aid Society that she cleared immigration at Ellis Island, leaving Katie Rose behind to recover from chicken pox. Since getting a job and a place to live were critical to Katie Rose's release from Ellis Island when she'd recovered, Maureen went to Olivia Wakefield's house with the letter stating Mr. Morrow's desire for the O'Reilly family to come to America and so get help from him. What happened when Maureen showed up at the Wakefield house leaving Maureen crushed but determined? Survival was now at stake. How did she get references for herself at Darcy's Department Store? Another girl helped her find a place to live and cheap second-hand clothes. But it was not smooth sailing. Katie Rose hated her pox scars and wanted to look better dressed and live in a better place than Maureen had found despite the lack of money. But worse was ahead as people disappeared from work and Maureen was hired to help Joshua find them. Where were the missing women? Why were they missing? Would they be able to capture the guilty ones and free the missing workers in time? Would Olivia forgive Curtis for using her to capture her husband? Would Maureen survive? Would Katie Rose ever love Maureen?
bookwormPennsylvaniaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Band of Sisters: What Would Jesus Do?July 23, 2013bookwormPennsylvaniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In Band of Sisters, Maureen and Katie Rose arrive at Ellis Island from a long journey from Ireland. They have arrived in America to make a better life for themselves, however, things do not go as planned. Before they enter America, teenager Katie Rose gets the chicken pox and is not allowed to leave the hospital. Maureen is not allowed to stay and is forced to leave Katie Rose behind until she is declared healthy enough to enter America. Furthermore, Maureen needs to show proof that she is able to properly care for Katie Rose by showing proof that she has a decent job and housing or Katie Rose will be sent back to Ireland. Maureen, who is believed to be sponsored by a wealthy family, goes to the Wakefields only to be turned away by the deceased sponsor's son-in-law. In desperation, she takes a job at Darcy's Department Store and housing above a bar. Though Maureen is thankful for her job, she soon realizes that something menacing is going on at Darcy's: women are disappearing shortly after receiving promotions. When one of her friends disappears, Maureen asks too many questions and pretty soon, things turn ugly at her workplace. Meanwhile, Katie Rose is released and the two sisters struggle to make ends meet as well as get along together. As more woman are disappearing, Maureen becomes mixed up in a dangerous plot headed by her employer's business partner and a friend from Maureen's past. As the heat is turned on, a large rift occurs between Katie Rose and Maureen causing Katie Rose to sever ties with her sister over a love triangle. As Maureen is thrust into more danger than was expected, she will discover the power of love and of God.
CassandraMaineAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 20, 2013CassandraMaineAge: 18-24Gender: femaleI loved this book! It was inspiring, and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes Christian or historical fiction.