The Yellow House: A Novel

The Yellow House: A Novel

by Patricia Falvey

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ISBN-13: 9781599952024
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 02/07/2011
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 265,161
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Patricia Falvey was born in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland. She was raised in Northern Ireland and England before immigrating alone to the United States at the age of twenty. Until recently, she served as a Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, where she led a national tax consulting practice.
Over the years she participated in numerous writing seminars, and in June of 2007, Patricia finally made the decision to leave her position with PWC at the pinnacle of her career and devote herself full time to her first love - writing. THE YELLOW HOUSE is her first novel.

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Yellow House 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
twinkletoes6303 More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: Set in Northern Ireland in the early 1900s, the story of The Yellow House centers around Eileen O'Neill as she grows up during a turbulent time in Ireland's history. Spanning 20 years, the story picks up during her childhood, as the family falls into poverty and tragedy sets the tone for Eileen's struggles. Working in a mill, in dangerous conditions, she saves her money and dreams of reuniting her family in the home of her childhood, hoping to bring back happier times. Along the way, she finds herself torn between two men, and torn by her own will and the will of others. Her family history and the current political landscape shape Eileen's journey, and secrets and betrayals leave their mark. Analysis: There are books that help you to pass the time, that entertain you, and that allow you to escape your ordinary life. Then, there are books that touch your soul. These books seep into your heart and your mind, so that, upon dragging yourself from its depths, you are surprised to find yourself in your own familiar surroundings. The Yellow House is such a book. Falvey's gift to the reader is her rich, descriptive language. The setting of this book, Ulster, a province located in northern Ireland, is lavishly painted throughout the book. The characters come to life, vibrant and flawed, clinging to dreams and hopes. Falvey uses historic events to provide a dynamic and turbulent backdrop for the characters' stories and personalities to unfold. We see the affect of love and loss, of war and fighting, of betrayal and hatred, each in varying forms and degress, on the human spirit. Eileen, in particular, is molded and shaped through the storm of war and prejudice that engulfs her life. From starry-eyed child to wary, and weary, adult, Eileen's journey is a hard one. Falvey takes us on that journey, perhaps to show us that Eileen's tenacity and fire is vital to her survival, and to encourage us to remember that in our own journeys. We love with Eileen, we cry with her as she suffers loss and humiliation. We feel indignation on her behalf over the injustices she bears, and cringe at her fiery temper. We worry as we foresee possible repercussions of her actions and decisions, and we hope that all will right itself in the end. And in the end, we the reader leave this book remembering what it means to hope and to sacrifice. Falvey teaches us that living for a dream can sustain us through the toughest of days, and that a dream gives us a reason to keep fighting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was carried away in this book, which of course is a good thing. The Yellow House moves swiftly and smoothly. Patricia Falvey is a Master Storyteller. I am already looking forward to her next book. I highly recommend this book!
TheCrowdedLeaf More than 1 year ago
Occasionally an epic story comes along that makes the reader cry at the end of the novel. I am that reader, and The Yellow House is that novel. Spanning the early twentieth century, set in Northern Ireland during the time of the Irish revolution, we follow Eileen O'Neill, warrior, daughter, and sister as she slowly loses everything she loves but learns to rise again. Growing up at the base of her beloved mountain, Slieve Gullion, Eileen knows the terrors she dreams at night do not bode well for her family. When her younger sister dies of Scarlet Fever, her mother loses her mind in grief. When her Catholic father is killed defending their Yellow House from Protestant uprisers, Eileen must survive or perish in sadness. She stands upright as an O'Neill warrior and takes life by the horns. Growing up in Ireland in the tumultuous 1900s, Eileen O'Neill joins the Cause for the rights of Catholics and all Irish citizens. In 1913 she takes a job working for the Quaker family, the Sheridans, at their mill in Queensbrook; she also takes up the fiddle, following in her father's footsteps, and it is through these two positions that she meets Owen Sheridan, handsome, privileged, charming, rakish, and safe. When Owen goes to fight in World War 1 Eileen is left confused about her burgeoning feelings, not having ever loved, she doesn't know about Owen. And then she meets James; dark, dangerous, impassioned for the Cause, fighting for his beliefs, for freedom from persecution, for a better Ireland, and she falls for him. Torn between her inner warrior and her outer womanhood, enveloped in a lost family and heritage, dreaming of the Yellow House and her beloved Slieve Guillion, Eileen is a girl who grows to a woman before our eyes, who marches from the ashes of her childhood and raises her arms in defiance. Trapped between two men, Eileen finds herself. The Yellow House is a captivating debut, bountiful and beautifully written. The beginning trudges along, but Eileen will capture you quickly after. Her story will make you smile, make your heart pump, make your breath quicken, make you cry. You will hope for the best, and fear for the worst. You will laugh at Eileen and her anger and feistiness, she has a sailor's mouth and the temper to go with it. You will feel her heartbreak and her desire, you will know her anguish and rapturous delight, you will relate to her because she is the warrior in all of us. You will love Eileen, and you will love The Yellow House.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! Set in Northern Ireland in the early 20th century, The Yellow House is the story of Eileen O'Neill, a young woman who, in the face of violence, loss and hardship, persists in her dream of one day reuniting her broken family. Torn between her loyalty to the cause of Irish freedom, and her love for a Quaker pacifist, Eileen must find the courage to make the choice that will shape her future. For years, Eileen labors in horrid conditions in a mill while saving her money to purchase the home her family lost. She holds on to her father's tales of their ancestor's victories against the British. He's convinced her of her warrior legacy which plays right into the appeal of the fight for Irish independence from Great Britain. The movement of Home Rule would give Ireland its own parliament within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The Irish Protestants, particularly those in Ulster where Eileen lives, oppose Home Rule. When the Roman Catholics of the south proclaim an independent Irish Republic, Eileen joins the Irish Volunteers as a to rebel fight for Irish freedom. Her warrior legacy and her intuitive wisdom conflict, in her love affair with Owen Sheridan, a Quaker, as she seeks her dream to recapture the Yellow House and reunite her family. Great BOOK CLUB Reading!
lsupiphi More than 1 year ago
Once you hear the story about how this novel began its journey, you are intrigued. You want to know more and can not put the book down.[ I was so taken in by the book that I read it in one sitting] The political and emotional torment of the central character evokes a passion for living. This novel also gave me a new perspective on the struggle in Ireland between the parties, the religious groups and two countries. I have recommended this book to many of my "reading" friends. And I look forward expectantly to Patricia Falvey's next novel.
ginap411 on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Couldn't finish it, was just too boring and too historical. Liked reading about Ireland, but the plot wasn't catchy enough for me. Its rare for me to not finish books.
tanya2009 on LibraryThing 20 days ago
This is the story of a young woman fighting to reunite her family and reclaim their ancestral home during the war for Irish independence. I really liked this story and highly recommend reading it.
TheCrowdedLeaf on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Occasionally an epic story comes along that makes the reader cry at the end of the novel. I am that reader, and The Yellow House is that novel. Spanning the early twentieth century, set in Northern Ireland during the time of the Irish revolution, we follow Eileen O¿Neill, warrior, daughter, and sister as she slowly loses everything she loves but learns to rise again. Growing up at the base of her beloved mountain, Slieve Gullion, Eileen knows the terrors she dreams at night do not bode well for her family. When her younger sister dies of Scarlet Fever, her mother loses her mind in grief. When her Catholic father is killed defending their Yellow House from Protestant uprisers, Eileen must survive or perish in sadness. She stands upright as an O¿Neill warrior and takes life by the horns.Growing up in Ireland in the tumultuous 1900s, Eileen O¿Neill joins the Cause for the rights of Catholics and all Irish citizens. In 1913 she takes a job working for the Quaker family, the Sheridans, at their mill in Queensbrook; she also takes up the fiddle, following in her father¿s footsteps, and it is through these two positions that she meets Owen Sheridan, handsome, privileged, charming, rakish, and safe. When Owen goes to fight in World War 1 Eileen is left confused about her burgeoning feelings, not having ever loved, she doesn¿t know about Owen. And then she meets James; dark, dangerous, impassioned for the Cause, fighting for his beliefs, for freedom from persecution, for a better Ireland, and she falls for him.Torn between her inner warrior and her outer womanhood, enveloped in a lost family and heritage, dreaming of the Yellow House and her beloved Slieve Guillion, Eileen is a girl who grows to a woman before our eyes, who marches from the ashes of her childhood and raises her arms in defiance. Trapped between two men, Eileen finds herself.The Yellow House is a captivating debut, bountiful and beautifully written. The beginning trudges along, but Eileen will capture you quickly after. Her story will make you smile, make your heart pump, make your breath quicken, make you cry. You will hope for the best, and fear for the worst. You will laugh at Eileen and her anger and feistiness, she has a sailor¿s mouth and the temper to go with it. You will feel her heartbreak and her desire, you will know her anguish and rapturous delight, you will relate to her because she is the warrior in all of us. You will love Eileen, and you will love The Yellow House.
bachaney on LibraryThing 20 days ago
The Yellow House is the story of Eileen O'Neill, a fiery young Irish woman living in Ulster in the early 20th century. Eileen's family is torn apart by the sectarian strife in Ulster when her family home is burned because they are Catholics. After losing her family, Eileen is drawn to the cause and falls in love with James Conlon, a young revolutionary. But Eileen is also attracted to Owen Sheridan, the son of the owners of the mill where she works. Eileen is torn between her love for the two, as the sectarian violence tears Ireland apart. I really enjoyed The Yellow House, which does a good job of portraying the early troubles in Ireland and the way they tore apart families and lives. The novel has a romance element, which meshed nicely with the historical themes. Although the language in the novel was a bit times tiring--Eileen's standard reaction to everything was to snap--I enjoyed how the author wove the story and brought the larger historical events in Ireland in to the story. This would be a good read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction/romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really loved this book! It was on my NOOK for quite some time and I wished I had read it sooner! It gave me a better understanding of what happened in Ireland and it really makes me want to visit the land of my ancestors. I am looking forward to "The Linen Queen" and everything else by this author!
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If you like historical fiction, this is a good one. Can be predictable at times, but I still found it easy to enjoy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this author before and thought it was quite a good read. the only objection is there are quite a few sub plots would have preferred that she kept to the story line.
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english_teacher_39yrs More than 1 year ago
I much enjoyed this historical fiction about the Troubles in Ulstter during the beginning of the past century. Eileen was a like able and admirable character. I learned a lot while being thoroughly entertained.
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May i join as a aprentice assassian?
NanaE More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book: The fictional story is very entertaining, while it weaves a story about Irish politics in the early 1900's
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NancyLuvsReading More than 1 year ago
Didn't read yet but was checking the review ratings and read too much information in some of them. Reviewers should not give the details of the book so that it spoils it for others. I will read the book anyway even tho now I know some of the things that are going to happen.
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I read this after I visited Northern Ireland. It helped me understand more about the troubles (as they call it there) and how life must of been on both sides. I'm looking foeward to reading The Linen Queen next
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