Several WWI Reading Challenge participants read The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey. Here are excerpts from their review; click the links to read the full reviews.
Irene’s Desk said:
I found the historical references very enlightening and interesting, and I’m glad I didn’t have to root for one or the other team. I only had to let Love take it’s course.
Savvy Verse & Wit said:
Readers will be swept away by Eileen’s passion and dreams as she struggles against forces beyond her control and even against her husband, whose dreams are no longer her own. WWI intervenes in the struggle for independence and forces many of the characters to reassess their priorities, including Eileen’s friend, Owen Sheridan, and even Eileen herself as she begins working with the injured soldiers at the hospital.
Books and Movies said:
Patricia Falvey is a beautiful wordsmith, and she has written the perfect character-driven historical novel. The book follows Eileen from right before World War I through the partitioning of Ireland from Northern Ireland. Eileen is drawn toward two men: James, a Catholic fighting for independence; and Owen, a Quaker mill-owner. Her struggle between these very different men mirrors Northern Ireland’s struggle between it’s two identities.
Diary of an Eccentric said:
The issue of Home Rule pits the nationalist Catholics (like the O’Neills) against the unionist Protestants, and Eileen is at the center of the animosity in the northern province of Ulster. World War I detracts attention from the matter, but as soon as that war ends, another begins. Eileen must deal with discrimination against Catholics in Ulster and is lucky to be employed by the Sheridans, who are Quakers who haven’t taken sides (though inside the mill, it’s a different story). And after what transpired during her last night in the Yellow House, it’s no surprise that Eileen gets swept up in the Cause.
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