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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
The Keane children, Clare, Mick and Tom, hadn't had an easy life since their father died. Their mother did the best she could to support them, and Clare, her fourteen-year-old daughter, worked along side her to earn what money they could; but when their mother dies, Claire makes a deathbed promise to keep the family together. The only family they have left is their uncle, Ronan, who lives in America; so they send him a telegram, and when he responds with three boat tickets to America, the Keane children leave all they know in Ireland in the hopes for a new beginning in America.
You know that you have read a great story when you can't quit thinking about the characters, and that's just how it was for me. The Keane siblings wormed their way into my heart, and I found myself wanting to reach out and help them. Even though the children didn't have an easy life, they never gave up hope that things would get better for them. The author brings to life the journey the children took, and one of the most interesting aspects for me was when the children were trying to come through Ellis Island. While there were a few people that helped the children on their journey, I felt, for Clare, things really started to change when they went to live in the Catholic Children's Protectory of of New York. When they were put on the orphan train, I could just imagine the emotional turmoil they felt. While they had hopes of a family, they had the fear of being separated. Although I thought the author wrapped up the ending quite nicely, I am certainly holding out hopes that perhaps the author will write a sequel to this one. I would love to see how the Keane children fared after a few years in America.