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Ebook Details
  • 06/2021
  • 978-1-7366077-0-1
  • 281 pages
  • $5.99
paperback Details
  • 06/2021
  • 978-1736607718
  • 409 pages
  • $14.99
Lisa Boyle
Author
Signed, A Paddy
Lisa Boyle, Author

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Ireland, 1848. Fourteen-year-old Rosaleen watches her mother die. Her country is reeling from the great potato famine, which will ultimately kill more than one million people. Driven by a promise and her will to survive, Rosaleen flees her small coastal town. She eventually arrives in America at the birth of the industrial revolution and is filled with hope and a new sense of independence. Yet the more Rosaleen becomes a part of this new world, the more she longs for a community she lost and a young man she can’t forget. Through a series of both heartwarming and tragic events, Rosaleen learns that she can’t outrun the problems that come along with being Irish. And maybe, she doesn’t want to.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: This powerful and endearing Irish immigrant’s story sharply explores the emotional turmoil that is associated with the experience of leaving a native country for a life in an unfamiliar one. Readers will fall in love with Rosaleen and her new family.

Prose: Boyle’s narrative form of writing submerses the reader into the time and environment; an entire world is set-up for deep imaginative reading. The novel is paced well, not missing a beat, nor ambling through detail.

Originality: The toil Rosaleen faces in her mid-1800s journey from famined Ireland to industrial Boston is familiar to readers of the genre, yet Boyle introduces unique interests and trials. Rosaleen learns about growing up, racism, classism, prejudice, and segregation, as well as women’s rights.

Character/Execution: Rosaleen is a beautifully detailed character with attributes many women will connect with, while simultaneously building empathy for the collective experience of immigrants. Boyle’s secondary characters, such as the love interest Emmett, or mother-figure Marie, are entirely of interest on their own and supportive of Rosaleen’s development.

Date Submitted: July 21, 2021

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 06/2021
  • 978-1-7366077-0-1
  • 281 pages
  • $5.99
paperback Details
  • 06/2021
  • 978-1736607718
  • 409 pages
  • $14.99

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