The daughter of immigrants who fled the Irish Potato Famine, Rose Meehan longs for a better life than the tenements of New York City. Courted by two men--a young doctor who represents material security, and a poor violin instructor who has captured her heart--she must choose between a life of advantage-grabbing or a life of faith. When Manhattan explodes in mob rule following Lincoln's unpopular draft, the heroic action of one suitor brings provision for those she loves, and reveals God's plan.
What a sweet gem from a debut author! This novella packs a story of epic proportions. I'm amazed at the author's ability to convey so much in such a short word count. There's humour and angst and action set during a volatile time in U.S. History. And Maher makes it all the more personal by including some anecdotes from her own ancestor's life. Heroine Rose Meehan is based on her maternal great-great-great grandmother. What a wonderfully rich tribute and a fresh legacy for the author to leave her own family. Definitely a not-to-be-missed read that breathes life into nation changing historical events.
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