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THE YELLOW HOUSE delves into the passion and politics of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 20th Century. Eileen O'Neill's family is torn apart by religious intolerance and secrets from the past. Determined to reclaim her ancestral home and reunite her family, Eileen begins working at the local mill, saving her money and holding fast to her dream. As war is declared...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published February 15th 2010 by Center Street (first published 2009)
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Angela
I didnt like any of the characters in this book. Eileen was annoying, Owen was a weasel, and James was a jerk. The writing wasnt that great either. I hated the way both of the men just kept running after Eileen when in real life she was such a jerk to everyone that she would've had no friends. She never said a kind word in the entire book. Also, there was too much nonsense about family pride and being a 'warrior O'Neill.' I will grant that I didnt know Ireland had gone through such turmoil and i...more
Carol
Great read, beautifully written (loved the Irish brogue!) This story is of a young Northern Irish woman who, inheriting a legacy of warriors, must come to terms with the burdens that legacy carries and find the strength within her that it brings. Spanning twenty years of her life, the book recounts Eileen O'Neill's struggles with the difficulties that come with war (both WWI; the Irish War of Independence) and poverty, including the loss of her family to murder, mental illness and hatred. In the...more
Linda Day
I started this book because I loved the genre ... Irish novel. It is timed in the first World War, and the beginnings of the on-going civil war in Ireland between the Catholica and the Protestants. But, let me say, it was even less than OK (which is the 2* definition). This was no Maeve Binchey, I will tell you that ! I quit reading before I had finished the book.

And sadly, because it began well with a feisty red-headed heroine, but the roof just kept falling on her head; the language became mo...more
Alayne Bushey
Occasionally an epic story comes along that makes the reader cry at the end of the novel. I am that reader, and The Yellow House is that novel. Spanning the early twentieth century, set in Northern Ireland during the time of the Irish revolution, we follow Eileen O’Neill, warrior, daughter, and sister as she slowly loses everything she loves but learns to rise again. Growing up at the base of her beloved mountain, Slieve Gullion, Eileen knows the terrors she dreams at night do not bode well for...more
Bridget
This is another family story, which takes place during the Revolutionary Period in Ireland. The story begins in 1905 and ends in 1924, and centers around Eileen O'Neill and her family.

The story opens with Eileen remembering a particular summer when she was 8 years old, and her father returns at the end of the day with yellow paint for their house. As the story progresses, and the family home is lost and the family is torn apart, Eileen holds the idea of the yellow house close to her heart, beli...more
Corinne

For Eileen, Ireland is more than just a country. It's a home, a history - an heirloom to be defended and cherished. From the time she was a babe her Da taught her a fierce pride in her Irish-Catholic roots - and living in Ulster at the turn-of-the-century made Eileen witness to the sort of strife that was as much a part of Irish Catholic life as soda bread and music on a Saturday night. When she is still young, her family and their beloved Yellow House begin to fall apart as political unrest and...more
Gaby
Patricia Falvey's first novel, The Yellow House, has been described as firmly and unapologetically on the side of Republican/Nationalist perspective. I didn't feel that this point of view detracted from the novel. Eileen O'Neill is strong-willed, determined, and often excessively stubborn, but these same traits help keep her sane as she faces amazing personal tragedies. The events in Eileen's life are tied to the growing hostilities and political unrest in Ireland. Eileen faces the loss of both...more
Stephanie
This was a satisfactory read. I have a long-held fascination with the Troubles in Ireland. This book predictably made me hungry to learn more about my paternal lineage. My great grandmother, Eleanor, was born in Ireland and ended up in Wales sometime before the 1920s. I don't know much more than that, but I suspect her Protestant roots may have had something to do with her decision to leave Ireland and relocate to the UK.

Although Eileen, the narrator and main character of The Yellow House, was...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Irish stories have always fascinated me and this one certainly sounded promising. The premise is good and the political history is interesting, although it got a bit laborious in parts. Some will argue that politics is inherent to Ireland and while they are correct, I didn't pick this book up for the history lesson, I wanted a people story. Unfortunately, the characters simply weren't people I cared about. Eileen, in particular, wasn't at all likeable. James' family, and his mother in particular...more
Allison
All I can really say positively about this book is that it somehow manages to have a happy ending after all the crap that Eileen goes through (much brought on herself, but not all). And that the historical backdrop of the early 20th Century in Ireland is interesting. I learned a lot about the conflict between Protestants and Catholics, and the formation of Northern Ireland and the IRA - a bloody, hateful history that Eileen brashly dashes into because of her family's proud warrior history.

I wish...more
Lindsay
Alright. I admit it. I ended up really enjoying this.
The beginning had such a slow build, that I had a hard time getting into it. I wasn't attached to the characters, and I had small hope of it getting better. I will eat those words, because it really turned into a great story, and I have grown so attached to the characters that I will actually miss them now that the book is over.

I liken this book to The Tea Rose, and not just because they are both romantic historical fiction. We have an excepti...more
Holly Weiss
Rereading this for March group read - The Novel Ideas. March 2014.

There’s never a dull moment in Patricia Falvey’s debut novel, The Yellow House. Northern Ireland in the revolutionary period of the early 1900s almost becomes a character in this novel weaving intrigue, romance, politics and family love. The reader will feel a part of this tiny Irish village within a few pages. Ms. Falvey’s narrative and dialogue deftly fill in the history and back stories to her plot. The novel is so well constru...more
Mandolin
The Yellow House is the story of a young Northern Irish woman who, inheriting a legacy of warriors, must come to terms with the burdens that legacy carries and find the strength within her that it brings. Spanning twenty years of her life, the book recounts Eileen O'Neill's struggles with the difficulties that come with war (both WWI and the Irish war of independence) and poverty, including the loss of her family to murder, mental illness and hatred. In the midst of this storm, she is torn betwe...more
Shelli
This was an enjoyable read. It reminded me of a couple different books I have read. The Irish Protestant/Catholic struggle reminded me of Trinity....although this one didn't have as "heavy" of an undertone. The fast-paced part of the story and the characters were a bit reminiscent of The Tea Rose.
Christina White
A great read! I loved the way the story was told. Eileen narrated the story using a sharp Irish tongue that I found so charming I wanted to read it out loud. I love a good feisty heroine! The Yellow House is a story of a young Irish girl who faces many tragedies and hardships both close to her heart and in her homeland. She carries with her a warrior's spirit that was handed down to her through her father. She fights through all the challenges of her life with a dream that one day she will resto...more
Denise
This is both a family saga and a personal history of the Irish revolution era in county Armaugh which becomes part of Northern Ireland after the establishment of the Free State. Eileen O'Neill is a strong but stubborn woman who is very driven by the ghost of her family spirit which was taken away when her younger sister dies, her mother loses her sanity and her father is shot by a Unionist gang. She dreams of restoring their family home which her father had painted a bright yellow, making it sta...more
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Kathleen Kelly
As I am a fanatic about anything Irish, when I was approached to receive a copy The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey, I was delighted. I read the reviews and I couldn't wait to get my copy.

This is a novel about Ireland and takes place during the years 1900- 1924 during a time of strife and upheaval due to WWI and during the Home Rule in Ireland. The main character Eileen O'Neill is a very strong woman. After the birth of a baby brother her mother takes off and goes home to Eileens grandfather, b...more
Joy
This book had great potential and is a good, ambitious, first novel. I believe it was well researched and did a good job of simplifying the very confusing conflict in North Ireland. Long ago I read "Gone the Rainbow, Gone the Dove" about the more current history (60's? 70's?) and as I remember, it was very heart-wrenching and dramatic. This book is probably more personalized, limiting the main conflict to a woman torn between two men. The conflict is a part of the story, but not THE story.

I coul...more
Meg
First off, how could I not read a book called "The Yellow House?" Anyone who knows me knows how much I love yellow houses, and how I have painted both houses I have owned yellow first thing! This yellow house story however, is not how you would want your life to go! It is very sad until the last few pages, and it is very hard to root for the characters when they are so self destructive. I am all for a main character having flaws, but oh my goodness, I can't imagine a more prideful woman biting o...more
Vera Marie
“The Troubles” Such a pedestrian word for such a lengthy disruption of safe and normal life in Ireland. The novel The Yellow House tells the story of an Irish woman born in 1888 in Northern Ireland, and her growing awareness of and involvement in politics.

With great skill, author Patricia Falvey layers what seems on the surface to be the story of a complex family with the complex history of a whole people. It is the story of a house that is a home and a country that is a home.

Whether you know a...more
Ricki Jill Treleaven
This week I read The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey. I love reading books by Irish writers, especially those from Northern Ireland as I am from Scotch-Ulster descent.

This book chronicles the story of the O'Neill family and their home, the "yellow house," situated at the base of Slieve Guillon mountain in Ulster. Eileen O'Neill is a child when her Da brings home gallons of canary-yellow paint for the home's exterior. The O'Neills are celebrating the centennial of Warrior Hugh O'Neill's victory o...more
Coconut Creek Book Club ❧
4th Pick, September 2012 pick ~ Chosen by Nadine. We enjoyed the setting of Northern Ireland in the early 1900s, and gaining insight into Ireland's bid for independence from England, but several members felt the writing style was elementary and predictable.

Meeting Highlights: Met for lunch at Scarfone's Coal Fired Pizza. One new member. In attendance: Pam, Robin, Nadine, Vicki, Kimber, Marilyn & Erika.

Nadine found the heroine Eileen O'Neill extremely annoying. Eileen's stubbornness and ange...more
Melissa
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Set in Northern Ireland in the early 1900s, the story of The Yellow House centers around Eileen O'Neill as she grows up during a turbulent time in Ireland's history. Spanning 20 years, the story picks up during her childhood, as the family falls into poverty and tragedy sets the tone for Eileen's struggles. Working in a mill, in dangerous conditions, she saves her money and dreams of reuniting her family in the home of her childhood, hoping to bring back h...more
Kris Irvin
I should have loved this book. I am really into the time period it is set in (1914-1920) and I love kind of epic, sweeping stories like this. But I finished the book feeling very disappointed.

There are too many side characters that don't mean anything or that have no real bearing on the story. Many of them could have been left out. On top of that, none of the characters are particularly likable.

The heroine, Eileen, is not much of a heroine and she has a ridiculous mouth. The language in this b...more
Karla
This is why I love historical fiction, two stories bleeding together to make a real conection to the characters, place and during a tragic true time. This is a family torn by WWI and religous discrimination in Ireland and their story that felt sharp and went straight to my heart. I love strong characters that emerge with a chip on their shoulder like I found Eileen to be, a passionate, sharp tounged, born and breed Irish Catholic in a setting of uprising. She has lost everything she holds deares...more
Irene
Here is the challenge; write a full-length novel exclusively in clichés. Patricia Falvey has accepted this challenge and succeeded with The Yellow House: clichéd characters, clichéd plot, clichéd dialogue, clichéd descriptions, clichéd faux Irish expressions. Set in Ulster during the first 2 decades of the 20th century, young Eileen O’Neil experiences more losses during the first 15 years of her life (35 pages of the book) than any country western singer does on an entire album. But Eileen is no...more
Judy
Sep 12, 2012 Judy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: almost anyone
Recommended to Judy by: L&L
This book was a riviting account of events in Northern Ireland in the early 1900's. It is beautifully written with humor and poetry and human emotion.


Eileen O'Neill is a bright, stubborn and passionate girl, caught up in the civil strife in her province in Northern Ireland. She meets her friend's older brother, James Conlon. She is attracted to charasmatic and passionate political activist James, yet drawn to quiet level headed Owen Sheridan, the son of the family that owns the mill where she w...more
Michelle
I loved this book, and read it in a matter of days. I kept feeling that I had read it before, which was quite strange. This is a tragedy to triumph story, and I kept praying that the predictable happy nding would indeed be the ending! When unthinkable events happen to Eileen, not once, but time and time again, her resolve only strengthens. I found myself audibly talking to her, willing her to handle various scenarios in certain ways. I loved the constant image of "The Yellow House," and how that...more
♥Xeni♥
I think it's very odd that I couldn't get into this book. A lot of the main elements are exactly suited to what interests me: heroine, Ireland, gettingback at the bad guy... But something is off with this novel. *shrugs*

Part of it was that the author was constantly foreshadowing and alluding to some terrible disaster on the horizon. That just annoyed me, especially because the 'bad thing' never actually seemed to get closer!

Anyway, instead of wasting my time reading something lame and unintere...more
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“Secrets are like the cancer of families. Like tumors, they grow ever larger, and if they are not removed, they suffocate the mind and spirit, and spawn madness. As long as they remain, they cast a shadow on every truth that is uttered, clouding it, constricting it, disporting it. Secrets hurt the secret keeper as much as the poor souls from whom the secret is kept. And even once the secret is out, its shadow echoes into the future, the remnants of its memory leaving us vigilant and fearful.” 11 likes
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