Irish Eyes (The American Songbook Series 1)
By Hope C. Tarr
TRAVEL FROM IRELAND TO NEW YORK IN THIS COMPELLING HISTORICAL ROMANCE OF HEARTBREAK AND SECOND CHANCES SET IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.
‘An expansive, breath-taking tale . . . Rose’s voice is eloquent and lyrical, the writing glorious, and the historical detail superb.’ Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author
Aran Islands, 1898.
Rose O’Neill learns that her beloved brother Donal has died fighting in the Spanish-American war.
The news is followed by Donal’s comrade-in-arms, Adam Blakely, who arrives a month later on Kilronan’s scenic shores. He’s come to return Rose’s letters. Letters that Adam has re-read a hundred times.
Two weeks stretch into two glorious months, then Adam’s father falls ill, and he’s summoned home to New York.
He leaves Rose with the memory of a beautiful night and the promise of marriage. Yet Rose’s eighteenth birthday comes and goes, and she doesn’t hear a word.
Unable to ignore the child growing inside of her, she leaves the only home she’s ever known, clutching Adam’s address. But in New York’s crowded harbor, she’s met with a cruel awakening.
Penniless, pregnant, and alone in a foreign city, Rose must ford through sweatshops, Lower East Side tenements, and personal tragedy, before she can let go of her first love and hope for a second chance with a good, steady man.
Then, just as Rose makes peace with her past, changes nobody could have foreseen threaten to topple the life for which she has sacrificed so much.
Spanning the turn of the twentieth century, World War I, and the early Roaring Twenties, this historical tale gives an immersive and poignant look into New York City life. Perfect for fans of Tania Crosse, Fiona Davis, Paula McLain, Lucinda Riley, and Judy Gardiner.