Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Ellis Island #3
Set in 1940s Los Angeles, the compelling final installment in New York Times bestselling author Ellie Hogan’s sweeping immigrant trilogy begun in Ellis Island and City of Hope—a story of family, love, danger, and ambition in Hollywood during World War II.
Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has finally achieved the American Dream. But her comfortable bohemian life on Fire Island, New York, is shattered when her eldest adopted son, Leo, runs away, lured by the promise of fortune and fame in Hollywood. Determined to keep her family intact, Ellie follows him west, uprooting her youngest son and long-time friend Bridie.
In Los Angeles, Ellie creates a fashionable new home among the city’s celebrities, artists, and movie moguls. She is also drawn into intense new friendships, including talented film composer Stan, a man far different from any she has ever met, and Suri, a beautiful Japanese woman and kindred spirit, who opens Ellie’s eyes to the injustices of her country.
While Leo is dazzled by Hollywood’s glitz, Ellie quickly sees that the golden glamour masks a world of vanity and greed. Though she tries to navigate them around the dangers of their new home, she will not be able protect them from an even more terrifying threat: war.
That’s right, I did it again. I started a book later in a series without realizing. That being said, this wasn’t a problem in the slightest. The author has the reader caught up in no time, stringing me along with Ellie’s interesting life and plunging me directly into her next chapter.
Ellie is a woman beyond her time. She’s headstrong which is both her strength and weakness. She doesn’t rely on people and is a mother to the core. Her adoration for her adopted children is unrelenting, steely and impenetrable. She’s also going through a life transition where plenty of realizations and readjustments are rubbing her raw. I found she adjusted to outward change easily enough though change in herself was a harder process (as it should be). She was a humbling character with a sound mind and a sensitive heart despite her wanting otherwise.
We get to follow the story from New York to L.A. where Ellie finds her runaway son who’s trying to break into the movie industry. I was introduced to realistic, heartwarming characters. I’m certain I’m not the only one who favours Bridie and her sometimes crass nature. That woman can sling an insult and not for an instant could it be considered offensive. Los Angeles introduces new people in Ellie’s life and from there the story begins. I loved how the author pulled us into Hollywood of the 1940’s. As a collector of vintage cinema myself I grinned at the name dropping. But as the cover suggests, not all that glitters is gold.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kate began her career as an editor and journalist, editing many of Britain’s most successful young women’s magazines before returning to her native Ireland in the 1990’s to edit Irish Tatler. She writes a weekly column in the Irish Mail about her life in Killala, County Mayo – and contributes regularly to RTE's radio's Sunday Miscellany.
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