The Daughters of Jim Farrell

The Daughters of Jim Farrell

by Sylvia Bambola


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Pennsylvania 1873: When, in the harsh world of Pennsylvania coal country, Jim Farrell is hanged for murder, his wife and three daughters must turn their beautiful home into a boarding house in order to survive. But struggling beneath the shadow of shame becomes too much for eldest daughter, Kate. She resolves to clear her father's name in spite of her mother's admonition to "let it go," and convinces her sisters to help. All too soon their dangerous quest rips the family apart. Will it also cost them the men they love?

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ISBN-13: 9780989970785
Publisher: Heritage Publishing House
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

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The Daughters of Jim Farrell 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Daughters of Jim Farrell is the second book I have read by the very talented pen of Sylvia Bambola. The Salt Covenants was such a mesmerizing story and I went into this one with high hopes. It certainly did not disappoint, but oh my poor heart! This tale is about three sisters whose father, Jim Farrell, was at one time an upstanding and important citizen. As we meet the girls in the very first chapter, they are all three still dealing with the aftermath of their father being convicted and hanged for a murder of another townsman. Kate, the eldest does not believe her father was guilty and seeks to hire a Pinkerton agent to clear her family’s name with the help of her sisters. Her mother on the other hand, believes the truth will come out eventually. At one time a family of society, they have now turned their home into a boarding house to make ends meet. We are treated to all of the sisters’ points of view and they are so very different from each other. Kate the eldest is headstrong, ruled by her emotions, and carrying around a lot of bitterness. Virginia is in the middle and she is all for women’s rights and her dream is to own a newspaper. Charlotte the youngest is very fragile and just wants to get married to her fiancé soon so that she may have the life she once had. All three mature as the story progresses and as they meet the men they will eventually fall in love with. We have three beautiful love stories taking place against the backdrop of a coal mining town in Pennsylvania, and the historical detail was very rich. Not a pretty life to live. The story started out a little bit slow, but by the time I got to around page 60 I could not put this book down. However, read with some tissues handy. That is all I will say about that. My thanks go to The Book Club Network, Inc. for providing me with a copy for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
GrandmaJean8109 More than 1 year ago
The Daughters Of Jim Farrell This is my first book by Sylvia Bambola and it was well written, intriguing, suspenseful. The characters were believeable and interesting. Three daughters: Charlotte, engaged to a man of high society, Virginia, a ground breaker, a female reporter and Kate, brave, courageous and stubborn. Their father was hanged, and Kate sets out to prove his innocence against the protests of her family and people in the town. There is also romance. I like how Sylvia weaves the romances in the mist of the suspence and drama. Charlotte is engaged to Benjamin, Virginia is in love with Patrick and Kate loves Joshua. The time period suits the characters. It is interesting to follow Kate as she uncovers a conspiracy. This is a book that will keep you turning page after page, you will not be able to put it down. I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
The Daughters of Jim Farrell is interesting novel set in Pennsylvania in the 1870's. The setting of the coal mines was fascinating and informative. The characters were easy to relate to. The story had loss, faith, love, family, hope, and forgiveness.I continue to enjoy reading this author's books. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
The Daughters of Jim Farrell by Sylvia Bambola is an historical novel about coal mining and conditions for workers in the 1870’s. The author provides much information, people, and terms in regard to coal mining. My grandfather was a coal miner, and I found the information and background fascinating. I have read The Salt Covenants and knew that Sylvia’s novel would be quite good. Set in 1873 in Pennsylvania in the difficult work of coal mining, the novel immediately captivates the reader with the plight of the miners and that of the family of Jim Farrell. The family had been well known and respected until Jim Farrell was accused of murder and hanged. His wife and three daughters were devastated, and their life had changed radically. They had to take in boarders and work to keep their home and family intact. The eldest daughter, Kate, determines to clear her father’s name and persuades her other two sisters to launch an investigation. They hire someone from Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency to look into the case. The appealing characters of the sisters and their interaction, the harsh circumstances of the coal miners and their families, the men in the sisters’ lives and their complicated situations, and the suspense and intrigue of the murder investigation present a highly entertaining and compelling story. I highly recommend this novel and author. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tiffany Davis for Readers' Favorite The Daughters of Jim Farrell is a Christian novel written by Sylvia Bambola. This story is set in the coal mine industry in the 1800s when poverty was at an all time high. Jim Farrell was hanged for murder, and as a result his wife turned their home into a boarding house to maintain herself and her daughters. The oldest daughter, Kate, had a hard time believing that her father committed the crime and set her mind to finding out the truth. After pleading with her sisters, they all band together and hire a private investigator to seek the truth. This story tests the faith of the entire family but especially the sisters' trust in one another. Sylvia Bambola did a great job with tying the story together and making the reader understand the emotions of each of the crazy occurrences. The daughters of Jim Farrell did not realize that by simply questioning their father's death they would be faced with so many unanswered questions. The plot of the story was good from the very beginning. The story is totally well written and takes you on a suspenseful journey through a small town mentality of family and belief. This Christian novel left no questions unanswered and provided very good details to the background of the story, allowing the reader feel the intensity of each and every word. This is definitely a very well written, excellent novel!
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Jim Farrell was hung for murder in the 1870's. His daughters, filled with disbelief that he could do this, hired an investigator from Pinkerton. The agent and the oldest daughter, Kate work closely together, mainly because she is the one that has the greatest resentment against the town. Virginia is looking for the true murderer, along with a miner. Charlotte's future-husband's family feels the hanging reflects badly on Charlotte's community standing. These three strong ladies face struggles yet they have a strong belief in their father. Sylvia Bambola writes about strong female characters. I admire her writing and always look for more from her. I was given this book by in exchange for my honest review.
Cindy-J More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly researched, well-written, interesting storyline The Daughters of Jim Farrell by Sylvia Bambola begins with the oldest of the three daughters trying yet again to convince her younger sisters to pool their savings to hire a Pinkerton agent to clear their father’s name. Kate Farrell wants freedom from the covering of shame under which the family now dwells since her father was hanged for murder. Her mother tells her to let it go and trust God for vindication. Virginia, the middle daughter, wants to start a liberal weekly newspaper and has been saving money to buy a printing press. The youngest daughter, Charlotte, longs to marry her fiancé and begin her new life as a genteel lady of prominence. The family lives in a coal mining community in Pennsylvania but now takes in boarders as their means of income. The story was told from the viewpoint of the daughters. Each daughter had her own personality which was well-developed throughout the story. I didn’t like Charlotte very much at the beginning, but over the course of the story as her character developed, I found myself cheering for her and admiring the person she was becoming. I liked Kate and Virginia from the beginning, but even more so as they also grew and matured. Each of the young ladies revealed traits found in everyone and was therefore very believable. Their mother was the calm voice of reason on multiple occasions and had exceptional advice and wisdom. There were plenty of other characters in the story but not so many that it was confusing. The only real negative I noticed was some editing issues such as warn instead of worn, that instead of than, etc. Otherwise, I felt this was a wonderful book. It was not a book to be read quickly as there was too much depth to the book to absorb it rapidly. The story had a mystery, and I was still guessing until the very end. The message of embracing forgiveness and abandoning bitterness was woven throughout the story. Early in the book, Kate’s mother told her, “You’ll never have the peace you seek if you allow bitterness to grow. I beg you, Kate, don’t compound one sin with another.” (39) Ms. Bambola obviously researched her topic well and gave excellent descriptions and depictions of the coal mining community and industry. Well done, Ms. Bambola! I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
jadijohnson More than 1 year ago
The Daughters of Jim Farrell by Sylvia Bambola is an excellent novel. When Jim Farrell is hung for murder, his three daughters hire a Pinkerton agent to dig for the truth about their father's guilt. Posing as their cousin, Joshua Adams begins his investigation, which stirs up trouble for his clients. The sisters were already dealing with the shame of being in a murderer's family. Now they must handle the danger that the investigation is bringing their way. Add to that the young men the three girls are attracted to, and you have a recipe for romance and suspense. This wonderful book would appeal to readers who enjoy a mixture of love and action in their novels. The three sisters love each other, their young men, and the father they miss terribly. They also love truth and justice, and they're willing to risk everything in their pursuit of both. The story was engaging and held my interest throughout. It was far from predictable; I never knew what was going to happen next, and often I was afraid to find out! It was also exciting and suspenseful. The plot held together from start to finish. The characters were memorable, especially Patrick O'Brien. I was never quite sure if he was a good guy or a bad guy -- until the very end, when he showed whose side he was on. The book showed the battle which often befalls Christians between trusting God with our problem and trying to handle a difficult situation on our own. We also need to release our bitterness if we are to love again. I highly recommend this terrific novel, and look forward to reading more books by this talented author. I thoroughly enjoyed it. BookCrash provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Jim Farrell was hanged for murder. His wife and three daughters turn their home into a boarding house. The friends they had turn the other way to keep from speaking. They were considered one of the wealthiest families in town. Kate is the eldest daughter and the one who tries to keep everything together. Virginia is the second and loves to participate in causes for women. Also a follower of Susan B. Anthony. The youngest is Charlotte, the social butterfly and engaged to Benjamin Gaylord. Mrs. Gaylord doesn't want her son to marry a murderer's daughter and no longer in their social circle. Kate doesn't believe her father committed murder. She hires a Pinkerton Security agent to help her find proof. However, Joshua Adams has another agenda that he doesn't share. The first 2-3 pages introduces the characters and then the pace picks up. Suspense abounds, mine cave-ins, murder, and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading many more by Sylvia Bambola. This was my first book but definitely not the last to read by this author.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
What an excellent book about the need for forgiveness through historical fiction. “But what you don’t understand is that unforgiveness is just as destructive, just as hurtful, as crime itself. And the one who harbors it, ends by making himself its victim. Until you’re able to forgive the people of this town, I fear you’ll never be free to truly love anyone.” Jim Farrell was wrongfully tried and hung for murder, according to his family. Kate, his oldest daughter, is determined to clear his name – and theirs. Virginia, Charlotte, and their mother fear it could bring unintentional consequences. And it does! But opening Pandora’s Box brings both good and bad. I really enjoyed reading this novel about coal mining in Pennsylvania in the 1870’s. It had twists I wasn’t expecting and I really felt for the three sisters, each having different struggles yet learning to support each other through it all. I recommend this book. I received this book from in return for my honest opinion.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
In her historical novel, The Daughters of Jim Farrell, Sylvia Bambola writes the story of a society family in the coal fields of Pennsylvania losing their social status when the father, Jim Farrell, is accused and hanged of murder. His gentle wife and three beautiful daughters must turn their spacious comfortable home into a boarding house and learn to do the hard manual work the house entails. Kate, the eldest and stubborn daughter, decides to hire a Pinkerton detective to prove their father’s innocence and convinces her sisters to help her. She struggles with unforgiveness of her hometown in her father’s conviction and death although her mother’s advice is to forget. The novel follows the storyline of the three daughters’ lives that are disrupted by the investigation as well as their romantic relationships. Will Kate and her sisters be able to deal with the information that the detective uncovers? Can Kate ever allow God to release her hatred toward her former neighbors and friends and find forgiveness? The characters in this novel are well developed and the action keeps the reader interested until the conclusion of the storyline. Ms. Bambola did a good job of researching this time period and setting. This added immensely to novel. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. Also, I have left reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Deepershopping, Booksamillion, and
Smw30 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from for free to read and review. This is a great book for book readers who love to read historical fiction. This book has love and loss. Its about three sisters who are looking to clear their deceased fathers name. The author writes well written stories. Good points of this book to me are, the girls love their father so much they will do anything to clear his name. There arent any bad points to this book. I would recommend to anyone who loves to read. Also it's got a snobby future mother in law.
Maryar39 More than 1 year ago
"The Daughters of Jim Farrell" is a well written historical novel by Sylvia Bambola. The story takes place in 1873, in Pennsylvania. Along with enjoying the story line, I learned a lot about coal mining, children in the mines, and the Molly Maguires. Jim Farrell's daughters saw their father die. He was hung for a crime they are determined to prove he did not commit. Each of the three daughters has a different personality and different desires for their lives. Bambola does a great job of letting us get to know each girl, along with her strengths and weaknesses. I was cheering each of them on as I read this book. When they hire a detective from the Pinkerton Detective Agency they are dismayed at the appearance of "their" detective. Can this poorly dressed man really be an experienced sleuth? Can he solve the case and prove their father innocent? You will have to read the book to find out! This book is easy reading and interesting, filled with factual information. These were hard times, and the mine workers did not have easy lives. Neither did their families. Many men died young, due to illness or accidents, in the coal mines. I loved how the families all pulled together and helped each other, even taking in their neighbors children if mom could no longer afford to feed them. The reality of the mining families having to purchase all their goods in the "mine store" was such a horrid situation! If you enjoy historical fiction, and learning some historical facts, you will like this book! I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I really didn't know what to expect from The Daughters of Jim Farrell. But once I read the first page, I was captivated and stayed that way til the end. I cannot wait to pass this book on to my friends so they can enjoy it as well. Great story! Highly recommended. 5 stars I received this book from in exchange for my honest review which was given.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
The Daughters of Jim Farrell was a great book. I loved how the characters were so real to life. I didn’t want to stop reading it. I love this author. I received this book from The Book Club Network.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
The Daughters of Jim Farrell is the first book I've read by Sylvia Bambola but I hope it won't be the last! The story of the three daughters of a man who is hanged for murder keeps you turning pages. Mr. Farrell's family believes he was wrongfully accused of murder and the oldest daughter is determined to prove her father's innocence. The book takes place in the coal mines area of Pennsylvania in 1873. I learned many historical facts about that era. The book is very well written and I recommend it to others who enjoy historical fiction. I received The Daughters of Jim Farrell from in exchange for my honest opinion.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
Set in Pennsylvania coal mining country in 1873, this is an excellent novel by Sylvia Bambola. I love historical fiction but this is the first story I’ve read based on the coal mining industry and it was wonderful. Three Farrell sisters, Kate, Virginia, and Charlotte, are left to deal with life after their father has been tried and hung for murder. Their mother tries to convince the girls that that the truth will come out, but Kate is unwilling to wait. She wants to clear her father’s name and is bitter toward the community that seemed to relish his execution and the demise of the family’s social status. I love the characters in this story. The sisters are so different from each other, with each having individual strengths and weaknesses. Though different, they appreciate each other and their love for each other is strong and benefits them through this difficult time of transitioning without their father and family prestige. This book is full of suspense, romance, sacrifice, and forgiveness. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review.
RachelHreader More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book, one where you get drawn into the excitement and liveliness of the story from the first page, that of the family and the town. It was akin to being a fly on the wall, experiencing the pains and joys of the family right there with them. The suspense of the story was enough to keep you going throughout the book, but the excellent character dialogue is what gave the book it’s real heart. I particularly liked seeing the action from each sister’s point of view – it really fleshed the story out, and provided sympathy for very different characters. The novel was apparently very well researched, as everything I read lined up with true historical accounts for the time. Particularly poignant was the heartbreak of the anthracite miners and their families. It’s sad that more credit isn’t given to all who contributed to our nation’s needs in this way. I feel that the author did an excellent job portraying those miners, and their families. The one thing I missed in the story, was more detail on the father – the same father whose death provides the vehicle for the story. Overall, this was a very good book. Well rounded characters, excellent dialogue, good historical details, and varied personalities all add up to a great story. I give this book five out of five stars for this reason. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.