City of Hope

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The heartrending and inspiring sequel to Ellis Island, Kate Kerrigan's City of Hope is an uplifting story of a woman truly ahead of her time

When her beloved husband suddenly dies, young Ellie Hogan decides to leave Ireland and return to New York, where she worked in the 1920s. She hopes that the city will distract her from her anguish. But the Great Depression has rendered the city unrecognizable. Gone are the magic and ambiance that once ...

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Overview

The heartrending and inspiring sequel to Ellis Island, Kate Kerrigan's City of Hope is an uplifting story of a woman truly ahead of her time

When her beloved husband suddenly dies, young Ellie Hogan decides to leave Ireland and return to New York, where she worked in the 1920s. She hopes that the city will distract her from her anguish. But the Great Depression has rendered the city unrecognizable. Gone are the magic and ambiance that once captured Ellie's imagination.

Plunging headfirst into a new life, Ellie pours her passion and energy into running a refuge for the homeless. Her calling provides the love, support, and friendship she needs in order to overcome her grief—until, one day, someone Ellie never thought she'd see again steps through her door. It seems that even the vast Atlantic Ocean isn't enough to keep the tragedies of the past from catching up with her.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062237286
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 339
  • Sales rank: 619,464
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Kerrigan is the author of three previous novels. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Beautifully written.

    I have a love for this new author. Her characters are captivating and I can't wait to see the next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Good story & likable characters, but disappointing ending

    I read Ellis Island and liked it so much that I pre-ordered City of Hope. I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel, but the end felt unfinished. Obviously setting up a presumed 3rd book in the series. If it had a real ending I would have given it 4.5 stars. Either way I will still read the next book, but cross my fingers the author doesn't cheat us out of another ending.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    City of Hope opens in the 1930s back in Ireland, on the farm whe

    City of Hope opens in the 1930s back in Ireland, on the farm where Ellie lives with her husband John. John loves his life as a farmer, but Ellie wants more. She opened a shop near the farm to sell grocery items and products grown on the farm. She started a secretarial school and a beauty salon. Ellie was quite the businesswoman and always looking for ways to expand, much to John's consternation.
    When John dies unexpectedly, Ellie is devastated. She runs away, back to New York, to try and pick up the pieces of her life. A chance meeting with a mother and her children, homeless and living in Central Park, convinced her to try and do something to help them.
    She buys a home that has been foreclosed on and moves this family in, along with Bridie, an older woman who worked with her as a maid many years ago. They work to rebuild the house, and find that there are many men with construction skills looking for work in the Great Depression.
    Ellie finds a new mission for her life- refurbishing homes and giving people a chance to rebuild their lives. She hopes that all of this will keep her from missing John. She meets many new people, and puts her talents to good use. She starts a cooperative, where the women open a cafe and store, selling their prepared food to the wealthy women in the neighborhood.
    Then people comes back into her life unexpectedly: her old friend Sheila and a man from her past. Ellie must face up to her past and decide what path she is going to take.
    I have to admit that at times I did not understand Ellie's actions. She seems to run away from her problems rather than face them. After John's death, she runs to New York and hides out, leaving John's mother all alone. At the end of the novel she makes a decision that I find baffling. Although I would make different decisions, Kerrigan skillfully creates such an intriguing character that I found myself rooting for her even as I found her maddening.
    I love books that take me into a completely new world, and City of Hope does just that. I did not realize that there were Hooverville tent cities in Central Park during the Depression. Kerrigan clearly did a great deal of research to bring this interesting period of time in New York City to such vivid life.
    The characters are so well drawn, and I found that if I closed my eyes, I could picture the street in Upper Manhattan where Ellie created new lives for so many people. The problems that Ellie's friends faced during the Great Depression resonated with the problems that face many people today- the loss of jobs and their homes, forcing their families out into the streets. I liked the parallel there.
    My favorite line in the book is one from Ellie during John's funeral."I shut down. I did not have the room to absorb all their grief, when I could not accommodate my own."
    That just hit such a visceral note for me.
    If you have read Ellis Island, City of Hope is a must read. Even if you haven't read Ellis Island, City of Hope stands on its own, a novel about grief and new beginnings, and a wonderful piece of historical fiction set during the Great Depression in New York City. (And if you are a fan of Downton Abbey, Bridie reminds me so much of Mrs. Patmore!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

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    'City of Hope' is a moving novel of hope, grief, friendship, and

    'City of Hope' is a moving novel of hope, grief, friendship, and finding yourself. The plot was unique and I loved the historical aspect of it - learning about life in the 1930s and what New York City was like back then was really fascinating. The author did a wonderful job bringing the story and the past to life with vivid details and descriptions that had me easily immersing myself into the story beside Ellie. There's a lot of hard topics dealt with in the novel - grief, death, and tragedy, but yet it also encompasses several other important topics that help to alleviate the darkness. It speaks of love, friendship, courage, finding yourself, and forgiveness. Ellie, the main character, is a wonderful main character. She's full of life and seeks out adventure and a fresh start in New York after the death of her husband. She's courageous, intelligent, and kind. Although she's not a badass in the normal sense of the word, she does take her life and world into her hands and makes the best of it. She's very passionate and energetic, and along with her kind nature she makes one awesome leading lady. I loved reading all about Ellie as a person - her past, her personality, strengths and weaknesses, and her life. Although this is a book full of emotion and heavy topics, it ultimately is an inspiring and uplifting novel full of hope and new beginnings. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction and women's fiction.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Another great read!

    Another great read! I can't wait for the next one!

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