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Longing For Home

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

    Katie Macauley has need for money, and she's taken a job out Wes

    Katie Macauley has need for money, and she's taken a job out West in the United States. Things are far different from her native Ireland, but she knows she can make it. Things get even more complicated once she gets there. There is a feud going on between the Irish and everyone else around. Her perspective employer doesn't want to keep his word on her job because she's Irish. He also has kids which was not in Katie's job description. There is also the matter of one persistent and sometimes annoying (yet handsome) Irish boy. This may all prove to be more than Katie can handle as she fights her past to secure a future.

    I enjoyed this book. Katie was a spunky character who was still a bit haunted by past events. She had some depth and an interesting personality. Katie is torn between two men-her employer Joseph Archer and the young Irish lad who keeps coming to her rescue Tavish O'Connor. I didn't really get why she was torn, because I know who I would have picked (and she did) early on. Choose the obvious choice Katie! In any case, that for me was really just secondary to the real story of the book, the horrible prejudice against the Irish in the area.

    As we revisit the past we can see things that were awful, and this type of thing is one of them. Worried that the Irish were taking over "their land," the other local townsfolk treat them horribly. The Irish are at something of a disadvantage as in Ireland many of them were also very poor and lacked the ability to better themselves. Coming to the US they hoped for a better chance at life. The other people in town don't want to give them a chance though. Katie becomes the symbol of the feud, being employed by a non-Irish man (and getting his attention) all while being very Irish herself. This hatred really just continued to grow for a long time, and honestly doesn't quite get resolved in the end. I like that. Overall I found this book to be fun in parts and frightening in others, and I think that history buffs, romance lovers, and fans of the Irish will all enjoy this book.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    Longing for Home is quite different from Sarah M. Eden's other s

    Longing for Home is quite different from Sarah M. Eden's other stories. The Wyoming Territory and its hard working residents differ vastly from the settings and characters in Eden's Regency novels. The pace is slower, and at nearly 400 pages, it's also quite a bit longer than her other books. However, it is a touching story and has a unique love-triangle (both men involved are wonderful, and I really didn't know who she was going to pick for most of the story, or who I wanted her to pick).

    The historical information included about the struggles in Ireland was eye opening, and the depiction of the hatred of the Irish immigrants was heart-wrenching. I really enjoyed the aspects of Irish culture that Eden included in this story. The ceili sounded like such a fun event.

    Although I was happy with Katie's choice at the end of Longing for Home, there were several loose ends and I really wanted more. Happily, I just saw an announcement that there will be a sequel in the Spring of 2014!

    If you love clean historical romance novels, don't miss Sarah M. Eden's books!

    3.5 stars.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

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    Katie Macaulay arrives in New Hope Springs, WY. She is late arri

    Katie Macaulay arrives in New Hope Springs, WY. She is late arriving to take a job as a housekeeper, and worst of all....she is Irish. This will not do, and her new employer tells her he cannot hire her. Joseph Archer, want no part of the feud in the town between the red road and the Irish.
    The story is set in 1870 Wyoming, after the Civil War, but hatred abounds. I know that I have heard in the East Coast Cities, that the Irish were looked down on, and told not to apply for jobs, but didn't realize it was in the Western US also???
    Katie is a twenty-six year old woman with a lot of baggage. She feels responsible for her sister's death. She was eight when it happened, and her father hasn't spoken to her since that day. I realize that was a different time, back during the famine that hit Ireland, but, I did have a problem with the guilt that was thrown on a child.
    There are two men in the story who hope to win Katie's heart, will she be open enough to accept one? Or will she have to go back to Ireland, to help heal her wounds? I found myself routing for one of the fellows, and then the other.
    Katie also has helped the Irish community in this story, but if she leaves will the Irish be driven out of the area, loosing all they have once again?
    Such injustice, and the book ends with questions unanswered. I can't wait for the next book in this series, of course, we all want peace and harmony, but will that happen in the future?
    Get ready for a great read, and you won't be disappointed!

    I received this book through Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.

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