When fiery and idealistic Kitty O’Kane escapes the crushing poverty of Dublin’s tenements, she’s determined that no one should ever suffer like she did.
As she sets out to save the world, she finds herself at the forefront of events that shaped the early twentieth century.
While working as a maid, she survives the sinking of the Titanic. As a suffragette in New York’s Greenwich Village, she’s jailed for breaking storefront windows. And traveling war-torn Europe as a journalist, she’s at the Winter Palace when it’s stormed by the Bolsheviks.
Ultimately she returns to her homeland to serve as a nurse in the Irish Civil War.
During Kitty’s remarkable journey, she reunites with her childhood sweetheart, Tom Doyle, but Tom doesn’t know everything about her past – a past that continues to haunt Will Kitty accept that before she can save everyone else, she needs to find a way to save herself? Or will the sins of her past stop her from pursuing her own happiness?
New York, 1913
Sarah Levine leaves her small village and sails to New York to start a promising new life with her husband, Micha. But all Sarah really wants is what has come so easily to her sisters, a family of her own.
In her new home in America, her dream comes true. She names her baby girl Liberty after the great statue in the harbor that she saw when she first came to New York.
From struggling to raise Liberty in a Lower East Side tenement to building an empire, the only constants in Sarah’s life are her love for her daughter and the terrible secret that she must keep.
She gives Liberty everything she has, but the truth cannot stay hidden forever. As Liberty grows to womanhood and the world prepares to go to war again, Sarah is asked to make one last impossible choice.
A poignant novel about finding the American Dream – and what it costs.
What readers are saying
“This is a riveting book and the history of New York City is so real that you can smell it and hear it. I’ve read other books by Colin Falconer and they are all excellent. He is an exceptional writer of historical fiction and crime drama. Enjoy!” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
“This is one of the best books of historical fiction I have read in a long time. From Russia to New York, from WWI to WWII, I was captivated throughout. So excited to have discovered this author!” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
”Another masterful historical fiction that literally takes you back to the places described with the sights, sounds and smells of the locations, and with fully developed characters that you feel are almost as well known to you as your family members. Mr Falconer is a leader of this literary genre and this is yet another example of why this accolade applies to him.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
”Wow this book did a fantastic job of capturing an era where women struggled under powerful men and workers were exploited yet the communist movement showed that wasn’t the Utopia it was meant to be… the author does a great job of placing the reader in the thick of things. Truly a great read.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
”I enjoyed this novel. Unlike the one star reviewer who felt Kitty was always making the wrong decision was no hero because she didn’t save herself and was always dependant on men. If these things happend today yes then maybe but they happend in a different age. The poor, especially poor women, had even more road blocks to achievement than today.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
“I read a LOT. I was born in 1939… I have read history accounts of these wars/incidents over the years. I understood Kitty, propably better than a younger person will. Even in the early 1940’s life was hard for many. The stories that passed before me, by grand parents, parents and aunts and uncles showed a difficult life before my time. Even growing up I experienced hard times in our family. A young person will read some of this with disbelief but they need, particularly today, to see what can happen when there is discontent.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
“I enjoyed this book so much I have read it twice! Well what a great read. The characters jumped off the page and came to life. I loved all the different places, times and, as always with Colin Falconer’s books, the wonderful descriptions of the characters, their lives, what they are wearing and the places they were living.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
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