Galway Bay

Galway Bay

Book - 2009/02/09
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"In the bestselling tradition of Frank Delaney, Colleen McCullough, and Maeve Binchy comes a poignant historical family saga set against Ireland's Great Starvation and the building of Chicago."--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009/02/09
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446579001
0446579009
Branch Call Number: FICTION KELLY
Characteristics: 567 p. ; 24 cm

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ChristchurchLib Mar 28, 2016

In 1839, 17-year-old Honora Keeley is on the verge of entering a convent when a handsome man emerges from Galway Bay and sweeps her off her feet. It's love at first sight for blacksmith Michael Kelly as well, and the couple marries and settles down to a life of farming. Then the potato blight arrives, causing widespread famine and death. Could emigrating to America save Honora and her growing family?

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shadynz
Aug 03, 2014

Highly recommend this book! The story kept me enthralled right to the very end.
Although a tragic story of famine, disease and war,many heart warming moments relieve the bleakness and despair of the Great Starvation.

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clcorcoran
Oct 06, 2013

This book will grip you from the beginning! It is the story of a family's struggles during the great Irish famine and how they handled all the horrors that struck them. The characters are well defined and you will feel like you know them personally. They have triumphs and tragedy through the years. You will see what family meant to them and what they were willing to do to survive.It spans several generations as they immigrate to America and what awaits them. It is a wonderful, sad, beautiful book, guaranteed to make you grateful for what you have. Highly recommend this book!

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pudiimom
Mar 30, 2009

The idea of this book intrigued me, as my g-g-grandmother immigrated from Galway. However, I was not prepared for a 550 page long "sweeping family saga"! As one Amazon reviewer wrote: "Galway Bay is many stories - a love story, a story of the history of Ireland and the Great Starvation, a story of courage, faith, devotion, family, community and the undying spirit of a land and it's people."
The detail & history of the 'before times' & the 'great starvation' was overwhelming. I personally felt it was too much for me! Beautifully written, I would have been happier if it were broken up into a series of books rather than one large one. Especially since once they arrive in the US, there seemed to be fewer details.

It would be nice if there were a TOC, to show that there was a glossary of Irish terms at the back of the book! It would also be nice to have an appendix which listed what parts & people in the story are actually true.

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