Irish immigrant Rose Carney has a difficult life in Chicago. She’s working to help pay for her mother’s and sisters’ passages, dealing with her father’s drinking problem, and worrying about her brothers’ involvement in questionable activities. Rose becomes committed to a campaign to clean up Chicago and fight for world peace, but she knows her family responsibilities come first. With everything that’s happening in her life, can Rose hold on to her American dream?
About the Author
Joan Lowery Nixon was the author of more than 130 books for young readers and was the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award. She received the award for The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore, The Séance, The Name of the Game Was Murder, and The Other Side of the Dark, which also won the California Young Reader Medal. Her historical fiction included the award-winning series The Orphan Train Adventures, Orphan Train Children, and Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Land of Promise (Ellis Island Series #2) based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Rose isn't like the other two girls in this trilogy who reject and want to get past traditional women's roles. She immediately takes on traditional roles without complaint- her concerns are primarily with her father's drinking. I did notice that the three girls in this series all fall in love with different boys, but none will go head-over-heals. All the girls have priorities that they won't sacrifice, even though they love their separate boys.
I thought this book was great! Rose was really a character you felt you could relate to, she was desciribed so vividly. The plot was nice, really involving the characters and their emotions, and it drew me right in to the book. I especially liked the ending, and I also thought that the romance Nixon added between Rose and Tim was sweet and believable, and only helped make the story better. I love historical fiction, and this is definetly an appealing book. A touching, lovely story.
I enjoyed this book so much that I started reading some of Joan Lowery Nixon's other mystery books. I didn't like mystery books until I read hers.