“Fans of Rosie Thomas’ Ireland-set novels and Barbara Taylor Bradford’s sagas will find themselves immersed in Falvey’s fascinating tale. Sweeping from rural Ireland to Dublin, from the calm days of the early 1900s to the bitter years of war and rebellion, Falvey brings every moment and historical event to life through these women, their friendship, tragedies, and triumphs. Sometimes bucolic and sometimes heartbreaking, here is a novel that reaches into the heart of Ireland – and into readers’ hearts as well..
RT Book Reviews
Against the backdrop of early-20th-century Ireland, Falvey brings authenticity to the class struggles and political clashes that impact the lives of these two young girls whose friendship is ever tested by the gap in their backgrounds… Falvey is adept at combining vivid historical detail and rich characterization.
Patricia Falvey’s lovely and deeply romantic novel, THE GIRLS OF ENNISMORE, is more than a finely detailed and well researched chronicle of the tumultuous and sweeping social changes in Ireland at the turn of the last century. It is a richly imagined story of two friends—one woman born to wealth and privilege, the other born in poverty and facing a life of servitude— whose abiding friendship proves stronger than blood ties, an unforgiving class system, and even the ravages of war.
Kathleen Kent, Bestselling Author of author of THE HERETIC’S DAUGHTER
A captivating portrayal of life in Ireland – above and below stairs – during the years leading up to the Great War and the Irish rebellion. Engaging, atmospheric and packed with rich historical detail I thoroughly enjoyed THE GIRLS OF ENNISMORE.
Hazel Gaynor, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME and A MEMORY OF VIOLETS,
and IRISH TIMES BOOK AWARDS SHORTLISTED NOVEL, THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY
Drawn from her own family background, Patricia Falvey has crafted an engaging narrative of class differences, sibling entanglements, inheritance of grand Irish estates, and the potential loss of them, finding home, finding love, all set against the turbulent 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland, a passionate attempt to gain Irish Home Rule while at the same time, a domestic attempt to pass off a peasant girl as a genuine lady of the gentry. Although consequences of this ruse result in family division, in the end, Irish triumph depends on optimism and humor, which makes for a complex and enjoyable read.
Susan Vreeland, Bestselling Author of CLARA AND MR. TIFFANY, THE GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE, LISETTE’S LIST
Patricia Falvey tells the story of some of Ireland’s most turbulent years through the lives of two very different women who are intimately connected. Exciting and moving.
Mary Pat Kelly, author of GALWAY BAY, and OF IRISH BLOOD