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Kathleen (Sunfire #8)

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Behind her was the home she could never return to. Ahead was the shining promise of America...and love. There were times she wished she'd never come to America.
Pretty, spirited Kathleen O’Connor arrives in Boston on a “coffin” ship from Ireland. She has escaped the devastating famine, but her boyfriend died at home and her parents didn’t survive the voyage to America. Stil
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 26th 1985 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1985)
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Kathleen O'Connor is your stereotypical Irish lass, raised on tales of fairies and little people, and clings to romantic notions about the moon and fair Irish breezes. She also is smack in the middle of the Potato Famine and it's one tragedy after another. All her siblings die, as does the love of her life, Rory. Then, to top it all off, the landlord boots them off their land and gives the O'Connor family one-way tickets to America, during which both parents die. (These aren't spoilers. It's all ...more
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Shelves: own, mary-sue, sunfire
So, you're stuck in the cargo hold of a ship that may or may not fall apart in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean at the first sign of a brisk storm. Your mother just succumbed to the fever that killed your lover and your younger siblings. Your father is lying near death of this same fever. You're headed to a foreign country were you don't have a job or know a soul. Your only possession is an English grammar book. So, what do you wish for? Why, to fall in love, of course.

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Waxing Nostalgic #14- This book is full of adventure, starting with Kathleen's tragic journey from Ireland, her stint as a pick pocket in Boston, and then her employment at the wealthy Thornley home. She is a strong and tender girl but the love that she finds makes me question whether it would really blossom at that time of prejudice against the Irish and the societal class differences.
Aug 11, 2011 jen rated it really liked it
On page 94, he dazzles her with his eyes. On page 212, we have flouncing! As always, Ms Ransom's Sunfire fare is heads above the others. I particularly liked how she was determined to make her own way in a trade that was not very ladylike, and her capacity for telling people they couldn't tell her what to do. A real spitfire!
Rachel Berens-VanHeest
I have to say, this held up pretty well! The writing isn't bad at all. The heroine is a COMPLETE Mary Sue, but if you can get past that, it's a good way to get a little light romance and learn about Irish immigration in the 1800s. What more could you want?
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