Snakes & Ladders Book 1- Author is a woman
Katy Ewing and her daughters Annie and Lily live in a rural Irish village in the midst of the famine. Katy's husband has gone to New York in hopes of providing for his family, but Katy has not heard from him in a while. On top of this, Katy has not felt the same since the birth of Lily and has left Annie with a lot of responsibility. When Katy receives a letter from the United States, a new world opens up to her as she learns of her family origins and finds courage to track down her husband and family in New York. With this new found determination Katy packs up the girls and starts on a journey that will open up their lives to new opportunity, family and healing.
Passengers in an epic family saga that covers decades in time and many issues. I was drawn into Annie's character right off the bat, she was the driving force behind change in the story as Katie was lost and forlorn from the start. I was intrigued by Katie's family and the mystery of her mother. I enjoyed the history of the famine and the immigration to New York. The conditions on the boat and the living conditions in New York were very accurate and heart wrenching to read. All of the characters do grow and change throughout the story, though it seems like a lot of it comes from pure luck and God's will as the story swayed towards Christian Fiction. I was impressed with all of the work that the Ewing family was able to do in New York and loved how it changed each of them individually. Since this story covered such a large span of time, some important events seemed almost glossed over, such as deaths and marriages just happen in a sentence or two. Overall, a heartwarming and sweeping historical family tale.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.