Book Review | Longing for Home
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Longing For Home, a new title in the Proper Romance series is a wonderful historical fiction novel. I was drawn to this story because it explores the prejudice that Irish immigrants faced when arriving in America in the late 1800’s. This is a subject that I was not familiar with and the author succeeded in tackling this topic yet combined it with a tender story of love and forgiveness.
Katie Macauley was a child during the Great Famine in Ireland and feel horrible guilt at the death of her sister and the loss of her family’s land. Leaving Ireland alone she heads to America with the dream of earning enough money so she can return home to beg for her family’s forgiveness. With the promise of employment, she arrives in Hope Springs, Wyoming but quickly realizes her job is in jeopardy as the Irish are not welcomed by the American settlers. Showing the spunk that makes this character so delightful, Katie refuses to back down and vows to realize her dream. A feud between the Irish and the Americans who hate them boils over and the violence threatens everyone around them including Katie.
Unwilling to give up hope, Katie also has two men who seek to win her heart but is she willing to consider a life and future away from her beloved Ireland in order to find happiness? As she battles her inner turmoil to make this ultimate decision she must decide whether she deserves to forgive herself and find true love and peace.
What makes this story such an enjoyable read for me are the characters. The author has developed characters that are relatable, witty and I found myself invested in Katie, hoping that she ultimately finds happiness. I also appreciate the historical content which was fascinating as I learned more about the early dynamics of immigrants coming to America. Longing For Home ($15.99) was a very enjoyable read and I am longing for the sequel to see how this drama plays out.