On New Years Day 1925 Ivy Rose Murphy awakes to find her world changed forever. Her irresponsible Da is dead. She is grief-stricken and alone but for the first time in her life free to please herself. After her mother deserted the family, Ivy became the sole provider for her da and three brothers. Pushing a pram around the well-to-do areas of Dublin every day, she begged for the discards of the wealthy which she then turned into items she could sell around Dublins markets. As she visits the morgue to pay her respects to her Da, a chance meeting introduces Ivy to a new world of money and privilege, her mother's world. Ivy is suddenly a woman on a mission to improve herself and her lot in life. Jem Ryan is the owner of a livery near Ivys tenement. When an accident occurs in one of his carriages, leaving a young girl homeless, it is Ivy he turns to. With Jem and the people she meets in her travels around Dublin, Ivy begins to break out of the property-ridden world that is all she has ever known. Through Streets Broad and Narrow is a story of strength and determination in the unrelenting world that was Dublin tenement life....
|Title||:||Through Streets Broad and Narrow (Ivy Rose #1)|
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|Number of Pages||:||464 pages|
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Through Streets Broad and Narrow (Ivy Rose #1) Reviews
I really loved the beginning of the book, but it got formulaic and the ending seemed rushed. I am giving it a 4 because it was well written and I wanted to keep reading despite knowing how it will end...eventually. The formula demands that you read all 3 books before you see the romance come to fruition. I may be suckered in because it is a feel good rags-to-riches book.
A very worthwhile read
Gemma is a new author for me. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and it was hard to put down. Delightful characters.
What a great book. I love the premise of the poor girl coming up from nothing to a whole lot of something. And Ivy is just so likeable. The characters are real and they draw you into their world. This would probably have never really happened, but it is sure a fun story to read!
A book that makes you grateful of the little things in life
I started reading this book without any expectations, I thought it would be like so many others I've read, very typical and light. But from the start I was surprised - by the story itself - which is absolutely gripping, particularly the characters - and just how well written it is. I can't wait to read more by this author.
I was left feeling very optimistic and empowered, especially as a woman. The story of Ivy Murphy is one of eventual triumph despite all the odds stacked high up against her. I felt myself sympathizing for Ivy at the beginning but then shifted to rooting for her as she fought her way to secure a better life for herself. It is Ivy's core inner beauty and strength that carries her across the finish line in the end. This book is a must-read.
I don't quite know how to rate this book. The author set up the story really well. I feel like I know about the life of super poor people in Dublin, 1925, really well. And I really liked the characters too. And a lot of bad things could've happened that didn't, which was good. But there weren't many catalysts driving the story, you know? I kept running back to read this book to see what happens, and nothing truly happens. There's no climax. There are two more books in the series, and even though ...more