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Ellis Island

2 Ratings: 5.0
Kate Kerrigan
1 review about Ellis Island

Will your heart always find its way home?

  • Jul 14, 2011
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Poverty and despair will drive you to make decisions that otherwise you thought impossible. Ellie had to get money so her husband John could have an operation to repair the damage done during an Irish insurrection.

The last place Ellie wanted to leave was Ireland and the worst place to go to would be America. But America had the promise of a well-paying job and the opportunity to get the money Ellie needed, which was always the root of every problem. Ellie loved John beyond measure and had since childhood so this sacrifice was one she is willing to make if only for a year.

Once she reaches New York and begins her new yet temporary life the strangest of things happen – she begins to like life in America. It is busy yes, too many people true, but there are movies to see, electricity and friends surrounding you. Ellie is questioning ever going back to Ireland and instead tries to have John join her in this land of opportunity. She has been unable to convince him of this wonderful place called New York. There is so much temptation for Ellie to resist and trying to stay grounded gets harder every day.

All decisions about staying or going ended when Ellie's father dies and she has to return home. Her intention is to handle his affairs and convince John to come back with her to New York. Once home Ellie has difficulty adjusting to living without necessities. John is steadfast in his conviction to stay so she is forced to decide if she stays with the love of her life, or leaves him to chase another life with a different man.

This story is compelling and draws you in because it is written so that you feel the emotional pain and stress these people are going through. The times were difficult, living conditions were horrendous and yet there was always a dream of something better, the hope of a different life and drive to make love last. We also must always remember each of us came from somewhere else to make a life in America. This is everyone's history and we should never forget what our ancestors did to make the life we live today so bearable.

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July 14, 2011
I thought Ellis Island was kind of a bummer myself.
 
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