Band of Sisters by Gohlke

Fleeing her Irish homeland, with shame on her shoulders and little sister in tow; Maureen O’Reilly sets sail for America to make good on a promise made to her father years ago.

Band of Sisters
By Cathy Gohlke
Tyndale House
August 2012

After surviving the long passage across seas and then the obstacles and unexpected help on Ellis Island, she finds herself thrown out into the cold confusing streets of New York. But she knows all will be well once she finds the wealthy family that owes her deceased father a favor. She was not expecting that family to close their door on her and leave her scrambling for work and shelter elsewhere.

Looking for a job becomes disheartening, especially after the lodging she’s had to lower her standards for. Against her own want, she decides to use the influence of a man who befriended her upon her arrival.

When she is given the job as a sales clerk in a distinguished department store, she is thrilled. But when she notices her coworkers getting promoted and then disappearing, the luster slowly wears off and danger sneaks in. So she decides to get to the bottom of it.
Playing sleuth at the store runs her into trouble, and she has no one to turn to. She has a sister who wont speak to her, a family who turned her out and a man she doesn’t trust following her around the city.

Will she find the answers she is looking for, and in the process let go of the past so she can finally allow someone to truly love her?

This book was very enjoyable. The writer really pulled me into the story. I stayed very absorbed, doing my own detective work. I enjoyed so many of her characters and all the different stories they each had. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, with a little mystery mixed in!


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This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.