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Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. Set in Ireland during the turbulent early 20th century, Patricia Falvey's sweeping novel explores an unlikely friendship between two girls of vastly different backgrounds, as each tries to overcome the barriers set by class and birthright On a June morning inRosie Killeen crosses the road that divides her family's County Mayo farm from the estate of Lord and Lady Set in Ireland during the turbulent early 20th century, Patricia Falvey's sweeping novel explores an unlikely friendship between two girls of vastly different backgrounds, as each tries to overcome the barriers set by class and birthright On a June morning inRosie Killeen crosses the road that divides her family's County Mayo farm from the estate of Lord and Lady Ennis, and makes her way to the -big house- for the first time.
Barely eight years old, Rosie s the throng of servants preparing for the arrival of Queen Victoria.
But while the royal visit is a coup for Ennismore, a chance meeting on the grounds proves even more momentous for Rosie. Victoria Bell, Lord and Lady Ennis's young daughter, is desperately lonely. Though the children of the gentry seldom fraternize with locals, Lord Ennis arranges for Rosie to in Victoria's school lessons.
For Rosie, the opportunity is exhilarating yet isolating. Victoria's governess and aunt, Lady Louisa, objects to teaching a peasant girl. The other servants resent Rosie's escape from the drudgery of life below stairs. Bright, strong-willed Rosie finds herself caught between her own people and the rarefied air of Ennismore--especially as she grows closer to Victoria's older brother, Valentine.
As they near womanhood, the girls' friendship is interrupted. Victoria is bound for a coming out season in Dublin, and Rosie must find a way to support her family. But Ireland is changing too. The country's struggle for Home Rule, the outbreak of the Great War, and a looming Easter rebellion in Dublin all herald a new era. Not even Ennismore can escape unscathed. And for Rosie, family loyalty, love, friendship and patriotism will collide in life-changing ways, leading her through heartbreak and loss in search of her own triumphant independence. Get A Copy. Paperbacks. Published March 28th by Kensington Publishing Corporation.
More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. To ask other readers questions about The Girls of Ennismoreplease up. What age rating do you think it is? Patricia Hi Lorna - I would not put it in the YA category, but certainly young adults should enjoy it.
Thanks for your question. Are there book club questions for this book? Jean At the end of the book, there are several questions. See 2 questions about The Girls of Ennismore…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Girls of Ennismore. Mar 17, Deanne Patterson rated it it was amazing Shelves: kindle-copynetgalley. This book was really intense for me. So much going on here. This book is no lightweight! This book is based on what the author experienced growing up in Ireland and stories she heard from relatives about working "at the big house".
The book takes place in the early 20th century in Ireland. Rosie,crosses the road dividing her poor family's house to the servants at Ennismore hoping to get a glimpse of Queen Victoria as she visits there. Upon chance she meets the young daughter of the house and This book was really intense for me. Upon chance she meets the young daughter of the house and helps her out. The daughter, Victoria is so lonely she asks for Rosie to be in the classroom with her to receive an education.
Reluctantly her parents agree. This sets into motion a friendship. When Victoria is 16 she is ready for her first season and is sent away for training. For the first time the girls feel the social class differences.
These class differences are shown many times during the book. I feel that Victoria and her brother Valentine did stand up to their parents for what they felt was right, most of the time. The parents were so rigid in the beliefs and Want to be with a Ennis girl not care what their children thought or felt as long as it didn't disgrace them in society. Such a difference in class between the below stairs servants and the lord and lady of the manor.
I could really feel for the servants as they were basically ignored and the upper crust of the manor didn't even know their names. Victoria and Valentine are not unfeeling like their parents though and form relationships with the lower class. When Rosie is older she goes out and works to help support her family, which is a good thing.
Her sister, Birdie was working in the big house but goes away and gets married to a drinker and lives poorly. There are many tragedies and triumphs here! Changes must be made as the country struggles for Home Rule, the coming of the Great War, and an inevitable Easter rebellion in Dublin all heralding in a new era. This book is absolutely packed with rich historical detail that will have you reading far into the night to finish it. I absolutely loved this book and will now look into more books by this author. View all 6 comments. Apr 17, Teresa rated it really liked it. This is a block buster type novel.
It is set in Ireland over the course of the years from to just after World War 1. The main characters are Victoria, the daughter of the Big House and Rosie, the girl she picks for her friend who is the daughter of a tenant farmer of said house. I would also class the house Ennismore as one of the characters of this novel. We meet Victoria's family and learn a lot about what goes on between the servants below stairs and the family upstairs. There are a lot o This is a block buster type novel.
There are a lot of tensions and undercurrents in this story. Ireland was a bubbling cauldron of trouble at this time. The Irish people were very bitter about England taking the land and using them as cheap labour. There was severe poverty in Ireland at Want to be with a Ennis girl time but the big land owners didn't suffer. This is written very well and gives some idea of what happened at the time. For me there is a theme of thoughtlessness and selfishness running through the book.
Victoria requests that Rosie be her friend without any thought to how Rosie would feel about it. When she went off to Dublin for her season, Rosie was left behind and not once did Victoria wonder how she felt. Rosie was between worlds at this stage, belonging to neither. Then Rosie left and never gave a thought to how her parents would feel. I don't think she even considered them until she needed to come home when things went wrong in Dublin.
She fell out with Victoria and wouldn't have anything to do with her. I loved all the history in this book. There are other characters too who I enjoyed reading about. Lady Ennis, Victoria's mother, was a piece of work and very well written. I couldn't take to Rosie. She blamed others all the way through for everything that happened to her.
Her righteous indignation, which occurred many times, got on my nerves. I preferred Victoria but to be honest I wouldn't say I loved any of them. It's a great read though and I'm grateful to Deanne for recommending it to me. View 1 comment. May 03, MaryannC.
Book Freak rated it liked it Shelves: dramahistorical-fictionservants. With a large cast of characters to add to the storyline there is also romance, drama and scandal set right before and during the Great War. Still feeling the loss of Downton Abbey being gone, this helped to ease my need to revisit a long gone era of grand homes and the people who served them. May 28, Karina rated it it was amazing. Weird new updates here. I accidentally pressed the back button and my review erased!!!
I have loved all her books but my favorite has been "The Yellow House. The author did a great job in adding the Home Rule in midst of the Great War while the looming of the Easter rebellion in Dublin was scaring the Lords and the Sirs and Madam's that were trying to hold on to the old ways.
I liked how the book transported me to a time that was long enough ago that it might be as well forgotten. The author does a great job of incorporating the tragic past of Ireland and the bravery of those young men and women that believed in something so much that they paid with their lives just to be free of English rule and have higher wages and position regardless of the life into which one was born.
I will have to add that if you loved "Downton Abbey" you will absolutely love "Ennismore. This was an Irish "Downton Abbey" for sure. Such a good, engaging read. Not a chick-lit, although there are a couple of love stories. View 2 comments. Apr 07, Christine rated it it was ok Shelves: easter-risinghist-fic. I will read anything that pertains to Ireland, particularly when it involves the Easter Rising.
If a rating was solely based on the setting of a novel, it would have been five stars.Want to be with a Ennis girl
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