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Rose of Skibbereen (Rose Of Skibbereen #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The first book in a family saga about Rose Sullivan, an Irish girl who comes to Philadelphia in 1880 and finds love, heartache, loss, and unexpected joy during the tumultuous years around the turn of the century. She marries an Irish mystery man named Sean McCarthy, who has a violent past and a secret life, and he takes her to new heights and depths of passion. The stories ...more
Kindle Edition, 26 pages
Published March 9th 2013 by Smashwords
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
3.5 stars

Rose Sullivan makes the ultimate sacrifice. Vowing to return, she leaves a country unrecovered from a great famine for gainful employment in America to help support her struggling and starving family. She’ll experience prosperity, prejudice, betrayal, love, and loss. A tormented Irishman teaches her how easy one’s life can change.

John McDonnell's storytelling displays a keen knowledge of Irish and American history. Set in 1880, the Great Famine has led to a mass exodus of Ireland’s peop
Tammy ~Witching Hour Reads~
Jun 13, 2013 Tammy ~Witching Hour Reads~ rated it liked it
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I enjoyed Rose of Skibbereen by John McDonnell, I fell in love with Rose she took on responsibility of a parent, leaving home, and essential becoming a provider of the family, she puts herself second. While doing so she puts herself in a tricky situation. I hope to get my hands on the second when it becomes available. All in all Rose of Skibbereen was a good read.
InD'tale Magazine

John McDonnell's storytelling displays a keen knowledge of Irish and American history.

Read full review in the 2013 June issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Apr 03, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Rose of Skibbereen (first in the series) was an engaging and emotional ride through the late 1800's to the turn of the new century. It was very interesting seeing the love, romance, hopes, turmoil, and challenges that these characters went through from around age sixteen to 35. We open with Rose, a young beautiful girl who is set to sail to America the next morning and leave Ireland behind. Her reason for leaving is to help her family and send them money because they are enduring struggles they ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*Book source ~ Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

In 1880 Rose Sullivan left her home in Skibbereen Ireland and sailed to America with her cousin Mary. Another cousin, Kate, had gone to America years ago and she made enough money to send home so that her family lived like royalty in the poverty stricken country. She wrote and told Kate and Mary that she could get them jobs as serving girls in the household where she works. So Rose and Mary l
Dec 02, 2013 TMDG rated it liked it
I am not certain I would call this a love story, or romance. If you go into it believing that, you will probably be disappointed. Poor Rose, who is built as a strong and brave female character heading off to a strange new world to help support her family shares a single kiss with a young Irish boy before she leaves. She pines away for this boy for years and years, until one day he mysteriously appears in the same town where she lives. He then, under some heroic actions, ends up working for the ...more
Yvonne Crowe
Aug 31, 2014 Yvonne Crowe rated it it was amazing

Echoing my family’s Irish history after the famine, I was immediately drawn into this tale of the hardships Rose’s family went through.
John McDonnell has a wonderful way with words and manages to write with great empathy about a young girl of 16 who leaves her homeland for America, to try and make a better life for her family, as so many Irish emigrants did. They are ill equipped to deal with the culture shock when they disembark in Philadelph
Claire Thake
Sep 14, 2013 Claire Thake rated it really liked it
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This was not my usual type of genre to read, however the synopsis drew me and I decided to review.

Rose of Skibbereen is a well written little tale of romance and friendship, The characters were well developed and thought out for the time period.

The story keeps you reading and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction. I did struggle to read at the beginning due to not being a fan of the genre and language used for the period, but I am glad I pushed on as I really enj
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Engaging, Charming Enticed me to read the entire series!
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John McDonnell writes romance, horror, humor, literary fiction, and just about any genre out there. It's all about the characters, he believes, and all good stories share the same traits, no matter what the genre.

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