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KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great historical fiction!July 8, 2013KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I couldn't put this book down! It opened my eyes to the extreme difficulties female immigrants faced from the moment they arrived at Ellis Island. I cannot imagine the terror of being separated from my family and having no one to turn to that I could trust. Yet, through a series of events, Maureen arrives in New York City totally alone and penniless. Gradually she does discover people she can trust, and those she cannot. Gohlke really brought to life her characters and I did not want the book to end as I wanted to keep reading about them.
Reds8Pikesville, MDAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 5, 2013Reds8Pikesville, MDAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love fact base historical fiction. I plan to read other books by Cathy Gohlke. It had suspense and just the right amount of romance. It also gave you hope in the food to come with faith.
KoalateasAtlanta, GAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good summer readJuly 2, 2013KoalateasAtlanta, GAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4An historical setting that puts the spotlight on current issues. Two young immigrant women desperate for a new life are thrown into turn-of-the-century New York City's immigrant world. Believing they are coming to a better life, they are shocked to realize how difficult life becomes when the person they thought would sponsor them has died. There is an undercurrent in the story of the two sisters' relationship that explores each perspective and what they each perceive to be their motivation behind their behavior vs what is really going on. While the events escalate into somewhat unbelievable territory, it is still a very compelling read that has a can't-put-it-down quality where the reader is driven to find out how they get out of yet another dire situation. Though neither is specifically depicted, the novel has some mature themes of sex trafficking and rape, putting modern-day issues in a historical setting. A fast-paced, well-written novel worth reading.
LeeannCdA, IDAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5too predictableJune 10, 2013LeeannCdA, IDAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Band of Sisters was a bit predictable. I think it is great that the author tackled writing about trafficking, a cause we should all be more aware of. The book just wasn't that well-written, and it had a slow pace. I was a bit disappointed.
Thursday44 Stars Out Of 5A Great Story of Sisterly LoveJune 9, 2013Thursday4Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Summary: When two sisters flee Ireland after their mother's death, they find themselves struggling to survive in turn of the century New York City. One sister finds a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the other in a department store which is a front for sex-trafficking. As the danger increases and motives become confused, the two sisters grow farther apart.
The story is well written and pulled me in. Gohlke must have sisters, because she perfectly captures the love, hurt, and forgiveness intrinsic to that relationship. Some of the plot is predictable, but some of it caught me completely off guard, which was a nice change for christian fiction. There is a lot of pain in this story, and many people are hurt by those around them. But the story also does a good job showing how perfect love casts out fear, how love covers a multitude of sins, and how love bears no record of wrongs.
I'd give it five stars, but the writing style wasn't quite up to that level. Otherwise, I'd recommend it.