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Kitchen Canary by Joanne C. Parsons
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it was amazing

You may recall that after the potato famine in Ireland, many Irish immigrated to the United States and Boston became home for many of them. But what was it really like to come over as a young person and make one’s way in the land of opportunity?
This book brings the history and the immigrant story to life, in an engaging and captivating way.

Moira immigrated first and then arranged for Katie to come too, and work in the same wealthy household in Boston as a nanny. Katie loved Ireland and didn’t want to leave, but it was the only way for her to support her family. The ship voyage was a misery, and life in the Brennan house turned out to be horrible, too. How Moira and Katie coped with their new lives made for a fascinating read.

The vivid characters, with interesting backstories, fascinated me. The author avoids stereotypes by digging deeper into the characters’ motivations. Some of the story is told in the third-person and some in the first person.

The author took an even-handed approach to the history of the times and her characters. Yes, the immigrant story wasn’t as rosy as we might want it to be, but the book shows that with love, hope and God’s grace, people can triumph. Highly recommend.

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April 22, 2018 – Shelved

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