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Rising Tide

Rising Tide

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by Jean Thesman

It is 1908. Kate Keely has returned to a newly bustling San Francisco from her stay in Ireland-a trip she made as the hired companion to terminally ill Jolie Logan. Now, in the wake of Jolie's death, a grieving Kate needs to make a new life for herself. She and her friend Ellen Flannery pool their hard-earned money and rent a small shop. There, they will sell


It is 1908. Kate Keely has returned to a newly bustling San Francisco from her stay in Ireland-a trip she made as the hired companion to terminally ill Jolie Logan. Now, in the wake of Jolie's death, a grieving Kate needs to make a new life for herself. She and her friend Ellen Flannery pool their hard-earned money and rent a small shop. There, they will sell handmade Irish linens and dresses to wealthy women and college students, or so they hope. But there are many obstacles for two untried girls trying to establish a business-and not all of them are professional. Ellen is infatuated with a reckless, wealthy department store heir, while otherwise practical Kate can't stop thinking about the mysterious author of the travel journal she found on her trip home. This sequel to the acclaimed A Sea So Far opens a window into the past, and shows readers two winning, kindred spirits.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jean Thesman revisits the post-earthquake San Francisco setting of her A Sea So Far for Rising Tide, the continuation of Kate Keely's adventures. It's now 1908 and Kate has recently returned from Ireland, where she had been caretaker for Jolie, the invalid met in the previous novel, who dies unexpectedly. Kate moves into a San Francisco boarding house with a plan to open a clothing store using fine linens imported from an Irish factory. But her friend and future business partner has spent half of her money on clothes to impress a wealthy young man. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is 1908 in San Francisco, and two young women share a similar dream: to pool their meager resources together in order to open up a small shop. Both Kate Keely and Ellen Flannery almost let their feelings for men get in the way of their ambitions. For Ellen, the object of her misguided affections is a well-dressed man of a famous family. Ellen is blind to his cavalier attitude, awed by her potential entry into the high society life that she craves. Kate's romantic interest is more mysterious. She begins having impossible feelings for the author of a journal that she came across quite by accident on a train trip. San Francisco is a bustling, rebuilding city at this time, reassembling itself after the devastating earthquake and subsequent fire that occurred two years earlier. The women are able to realize their dream, although not without the requisite missteps and heartache along the way. Richly drawn characters and a distinct sense of time and place make this an appealing read for students interested in the development of women's rights in American history. 2003, Viking/Penguin, Ages 10 to 14.
— Christopher Moning
In this sequel to A Sea So Far, we meet up again with feisty Kate Keely. She had traveled to Ireland as a companion to a sickly young woman who has just died; now Kate, age 17, is back in San Francisco and must find a way to earn a living to support herself and her aging aunt. The year is 1908, and it isn't easy for a young woman to be independent and to find a job that pays well. Kate and her good friend Ellen pool their savings and open a tiny shop that sells handmade Irish linens. Their struggles as young and inexperienced businesswomen are matched by their personal trials. Ellen in particular has troubles, as she must contend with her social ambitions and her crush on a careless young heir, as well as with her ill mother, an injured brother, and the difficulties of running a boarding house. Kate, meanwhile, finds herself attracted to their literary landlord. Perhaps a third volume will follow? As noted about the prequel, this tale has an appealingly old-fashioned quality to it; fans of Louisa May Alcott's work will feel right at home, and lively, capable Kate may remind them of Little Women's Jo March. The author provides insights into the world of work for women in another era and into boarding house life, portraying these early feminists and the obstacles they face realistically and sympathetically. The character portrayals are the main appeal here, as this sequel lacks the drama of the first book, which began with the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906. However, Kate and Ellen are engaging company, and readers will enjoy spending time with them. KLIATT Codes: JS; Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Viking, 228p.,
— PaulaRohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This sequel to A Sea So Far (Viking, 2001) is told by two friends in alternating chapters. Having traveled to Ireland as the hired companion of the terminally ill Jolie Logan, Kate Keely returns home to San Francisco late in 1908. She brings back several items from a factory producing handmade Irish linens to stock the shop that she hopes to open with her friend Ellen Flannery. Jolie's father has placed a significant amount of money in the bank for Kate. Ellen, however, has wasted the money she was saving for the store. The concern over funds is not their only problem, however. The factory in Ireland burns and the stock must come from another source. Ellen's brother is seriously injured in an accident and her mother dies. This novel provides an interesting tale of two young women's search for independence in a time when marriage was the norm. Unfortunately, its effectiveness is limited by a lack of satisfactory resolution of plot elements and a sense of loose ends being tied up too neatly.-Crystal Faris, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a multi-stranded sequel to A Sea So Far (2001), Kate Keely returns to San Francisco two years after the Great Earthquake, determined to build a new and independent life in a male-dominated society. Kate and best friend Ellen Flaherty work toward their long-cherished goal of opening a small linens shop and turning it into a successful business. Focusing less on events than on characters' responses to them, however, Thesman continues to develop the complex relationship between her two protagonists, contrasting Kate, whose eyes are always on the prize, with Ellen's less certain outlook and misguided efforts to gain entr�e into polite society. The author doesn't handle all of her plot's threads with equal expertise, but by the end, a death gives Ellen the direction she had previously lacked, while Kate has her shop, a growing clientele, and a bookish landlord who's plainly smitten with her. Susceptible readers will come to admire both of these young women, and be swept along on their emotional currents. (Fiction. 11-13)

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Rising Tide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is another book that is very good, her first of this row of books was awesome i was so scared if there wasnt a sequel then my teen director in the library, said there was you should have seen my face, i read word for word chapter by chapter, and if you skip, you will regret it, very much because of the detail in the book, i would just like to say that if you like books that have just alittle sequel of two or three books, then this is the book, i award this the best car book i have ever read. thank you very much Jean thesman, you did a wonderful job.