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In the first decade of the 20th century, nearly 10 million immigrants journeyed to America in search of a better life. Thousands settled in Homestead, Pennsylvania, a city where the skies were always black, the steel mills were always roaring, and life was bleak and harsh. One of them, Ewa Piekos, an orphan girl of 15 from Poland, wants simply to be loved and to feel like ...more
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Published 2019
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kaylasbookishlife
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed following Ewa’s journey as a new immigrant in America. Her journey began when she was 15 years old and she landed in a new land scared and unsure of what her life would be like. This book was very well constructed and researched I felt as if the life described was historically accurate and it was interesting to read about life in 1903 Pennsylvania.
Patsy
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Two Polish girls were traveling with their Uncle from Poland crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the United States in the late 1800'.

The story follows the young girls, Eva and her sister, Mayan has a sad beginning on the trip. This is a very good Family Saga about their journey, hardships, heartbreaks, trials, joys, happiness, love and disappointments in their lives.

A wonderful historical story that touched my heart and my emotions. The author had woven facts with fiction to pull the story together
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Carol Tulba
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel tells the gripping story of a young immigrant girl's coming of age in early 20th century America, a place unlike anywhere she has known or seen in her short life. Her story is not unique in American history, but rather becomes a testament to the power of resilience, grit, and love in shaping not only one's day to day existence, but also one's destiny. The novel is filled with moments of heartbreak and tears, but they never outweigh the positive spirit and determination that Ewa exudes ...more
Barb Czz
This book caught my interest from the very beginning. While I felt so sad for young Ewa
I kept reading. She did have a few people in her life who truly loved and cared about her
Her determination and stamina have to be admired in her facing the tragedies that occured
in her life.

I think this is a true picture of a lot of immigrants who arrived in our cities and towns
during that time.
Hopefully more novels are in the works by this author.
Lisa Seel
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia Tulba has woven a beautiful and tragic story about the struggle of Eastern Europeans in America at the turn of the 20th century. Being from Pittsburgh, I love the history she weaves into the storyline. I only wish that her editor would have been a bit better at catching discrepancies and misspellings.
denise
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eva

Interesting story of immigrant workers and the hardships they faced while working in the steel mills. They also had to face death of not only the working men, but the horrors of illness due to cramped and crowded towns.
Conchita
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story.
carol michaels
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tears of Yesteryear

This story lived up to its title. There was no happily ever after yet sometimes that is simply known as life.
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