The Latecomers

The Latecomers Set in New England over three generations THE LATECOMERS mixes the world of Colm T ib n s Brooklyn with the sweeping family sagas of Christina Baker Kline In sixteen year old Bridey runs away f

  • Title: The Latecomers
  • Author: Helen Klein Ross
  • ISBN: 0316476862
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set in New England over three generations, THE LATECOMERS mixes the world of Colm T ib n s Brooklyn with the sweeping family sagas of Christina Baker Kline.In 1908, sixteen year old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same age sweetheart Thom But when Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing, Bridey finds herself alone and pregnant in Set in New England over three generations, THE LATECOMERS mixes the world of Colm T ib n s Brooklyn with the sweeping family sagas of Christina Baker Kline.In 1908, sixteen year old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same age sweetheart Thom But when Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing, Bridey finds herself alone and pregnant in a strange new world.Forced by circumstance to give up the baby for adoption, Bridey finds work as a maid for the Hollingworth family at a lavish, sprawling estate It s the dawn of a new century innovative technologies are emerging, women s roles are changing, and Bridey is emboldened by the promise of a fresh start She cares for the Hollingworth children as if they were her own, until a mysterious death changes Bridey and the household forever For decades, the terrible secrets of Bridey s past continue to haunt the family And in the present day, after a strange blue bottle is found hidden beneath old wallpaper, the youngest Hollingworth makes a connection that finally brings these dark ghost stories into the light.Told in interweaving timelines and rich with detailed history, romance and dark secrets, Helen Klein Ross THE LATECOMERS spans a century of America life and reminds us all that we can never truly leave the past behind Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 419 pages Published November 6th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company More Details ISBN 0316476862 ISBN13 9780316476867 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a book because of its cover, but it s what led me to The Latecomers A family saga, of sorts, it deals with the Hollingsworth family along with their live in maid, Bridey Bridey came over from Ireland as a 16 year old Unfortunate circumstances led to her beau dying on the crossing but not before leaving her pregnant While at a home for unwed mothers, she meets Sarah Hollingworth and is soon working for the family The story is well told and you quickly come to care It s not often I ve picked a book because of its cover, but it s what led me to The Latecomers A family saga, of sorts, it deals with the Hollingsworth family along with their live in maid, Bridey Bridey came over from Ireland as a 16 year old Unfortunate circumstances led to her beau dying on the crossing but not before leaving her pregnant While at a home for unwed mothers, she meets Sarah Hollingworth and is soon working for the family The story is well told and you quickly come to care for the characters Each chapter deals with a different time period, told from either Bridey or Sarah s POV and later, from Vincent s and succeeding generations Ross has done an excellent job of painting the early time periods, including the thoughts and prejudices of the day She obviously did her research, because everything just seems spot on The book speeds up at the end Over involves Bridey and Sarah, but then all of a sudden, generation after generation is thrust on us It was harder to keep tabs of the later generations as some only get a chapter or two In the end, all is made clear Not to the reader, who has understood the truth of a certain death all along, but to those later generations.My thanks to netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for an advance copy of this book flag 84 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Aug 10, 2018 Helen rated it it was amazing Review from the author Well, if a book s author doesn t give it five stars, you have to wonder Full disclosure I am the author This book started out in the walls of an old house my husband and I were renovating in a small town in New England The house was built by the governor of Connecticut in 1853 In the library, there s a floor to ceiling bookcase with sliding glass doors The glass is engraved 1860 and I d wonder what conversations took place in that room, as a Civil War was brewing I made up a story based o Well, if a book s author doesn t give it five stars, you have to wonder Full disclosure I am the author This book started out in the walls of an old house my husband and I were renovating in a small town in New England The house was built by the governor of Connecticut in 1853 In the library, there s a floor to ceiling bookcase with sliding glass doors The glass is engraved 1860 and I d wonder what conversations took place in that room, as a Civil War was brewing I made up a story based on conversations I imagined The story is fiction But the house is real You can read about it here flag 34 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Dec 26, 2018 Diane S added it Putting aside for now Not in the mood for a generational novel with two timelines , at the moment flag 23 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 26, 2018 Jill Meyer rated it it was amazing As I read Helen Klein Ross s new novel, The Latecomers , I was pretty sure of rating it a solid 4 out of 5 stars It was a well written novel about a multi generational family, centered around a house in Wellington, Connecticut The family, the Hollingworths, had wed, bred, and died in the house for years when a young Irish immigrant, Bridey Molloy was hired to work for the family before WW1 Bridey, who had born a son from a pregnancy begun on her passage from Ireland to the United States with As I read Helen Klein Ross s new novel, The Latecomers , I was pretty sure of rating it a solid 4 out of 5 stars It was a well written novel about a multi generational family, centered around a house in Wellington, Connecticut The family, the Hollingworths, had wed, bred, and died in the house for years when a young Irish immigrant, Bridey Molloy was hired to work for the family before WW1 Bridey, who had born a son from a pregnancy begun on her passage from Ireland to the United States with a fellow who d died on board the ship, was the lynch pin for a hundred or so years of Hollingworth family history The book, which had seemed a solid 4, was raised to a 5 by the time I finished.Helen Klein Ross s book is written in different voices at different time periods Her family history involves such times as September 11, 2001, as well as 1895 til 1930 Ross proves a master at NOT making the voice and time changes confusing for the reader She keeps everything straight She conveniently puts a family tree in the front of the book, to help the reader along with any questions of parenthood they may have.Why write a family history, with at least 15 major characters and 15 minor ones It s difficult to write much about every character and keep the book somewhat less than Bible length, but Ross brings the various family members alive and manages to throw in a mystery Ross s book was a great read and I can heartily recommend it Note to publisher editor I think you need to check to see if all the names remain the same throughout the book In the readers copy I have, Vincent s daughter Abby is referred to as Connie late in the book flag 15 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 06, 2018 Michelle marked it as to read Shelves arc from publisher Ooooo.at cover Exquisite 3 flag 13 likesLike see review Sep 18, 2018 Mary Lins rated it really liked it Book addicts will relate to this that wonderful feeling of excitement and expectation as you hold in your hand a 400 page historical novel turn to the front and find an old and complicated Family Tree, and turning to the back you discover a Bibliography which included novels that you have read and loved Bliss But that angel of practicality and experience over your shoulder whispers in your ear Don t get too excited lest you be disappointed Reader I was not disappointed So I began, Hele Book addicts will relate to this that wonderful feeling of excitement and expectation as you hold in your hand a 400 page historical novel turn to the front and find an old and complicated Family Tree, and turning to the back you discover a Bibliography which included novels that you have read and loved Bliss But that angel of practicality and experience over your shoulder whispers in your ear Don t get too excited lest you be disappointed Reader I was not disappointed So I began, Helen Klein Ross new novel, The Latecomers which chronicles the life of two very different main characters Bridey Molloy a fin de si cle immigrant from Ireland who now works as a housekeeper at Hollingsworth, a grand family home in Wellington, Connecticut, and Sarah Hollingsworth eldest daughter and heir to the estate One of the fun things about reading an historical novel is knowing the future, of which the characters don t In the 1920s the characters think that every improvement worth inventing had been now invented electricity brought lights and toasters and vacuum cleaners The telephone revolutionized communication, the car completely changed transportation, roads, and cities The talkies were miraculous Imagine if these characters could see OUR reality fewer than a hundred years in the future I still look at my iPhone and ponder the amazing technology of my own time As in all family sagas that span generations, there are secrets that will be revealed, and some that will not, and endings both sad and satisfying The ending felt a bit rushed after spending so much time in the early part of the 20th century with Bridey and Sarah, we suddenly find ourselves in the 21st century with entirely new family members Don t let the page number daunt you this novel is fast paced I picked it up expecting to savor it for the week, but I couldn t put it down so it didn t last past Tuesday flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 07, 2018 Nancy rated it liked it Shelves netgalley The Latecomers by Helen Klein Ross is a multi generational story of an American family and the Irish immigrant with whom they share a secret Ross was inspired by a real 1853 Connecticut house, Holleywood The novel begins in 1908 when Bridey and Thom plan to secretly marry and immigrant to America because of the feud between their Irish families The marriage is delayed and Thom dies of ship fever, leaving a pregnant Bridey to fend for herself in America.Bridey must give her son for adoption an The Latecomers by Helen Klein Ross is a multi generational story of an American family and the Irish immigrant with whom they share a secret Ross was inspired by a real 1853 Connecticut house, Holleywood The novel begins in 1908 when Bridey and Thom plan to secretly marry and immigrant to America because of the feud between their Irish families The marriage is delayed and Thom dies of ship fever, leaving a pregnant Bridey to fend for herself in America.Bridey must give her son for adoption and is hired as a maid for the wealthy Hollingsworth family Their relationship becomes complicated upon the death of the patriarch, causing Bridey to return to Ireland The story follows the Hollingsworth family through generations, set against the burgeoning changes in American life, until a long lost secret is rediscovered through genealogical research.I had just finished watching Downton Abbey for the first time yes, I know, years after everyone else saw it The early part of the novel reminded me of that series, from the time era to the upstairs downstairs multigenerational relationships Except, this story is set in America and continues into contemporary times My concern was that the story slowed down in the middle There is a lot of telling when I would have liked dialogue and action I know it is on trend, but I still don t care for a prelude scene with people and a situation not revisited until the end of the book.Ross s extensive research shows in the period details she includes in the story Historical fiction fans who enjoy learning about history in a sprawling novel spanning generations will enjoy this book I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 06, 2018 lp rated it it was amazing Everything I look for in a historical fictionan orphan Irish immigrants creepy family mysteries a huge old house Helen Klein Ross must have been reading my mind flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 27, 2018 Leslie Lindsay rated it it was amazing Spellbinding historical fiction spanning five generations, plenty of secrets, richly researched, and highly detailed, THE LATECOMERS has a little something for everyone Helen Klein Ross has outdone herself Several years ago, I read her stunning and compelling WHAT WAS MINE and immediately fell in love that story stuck with me and I raced to the climatic ending THE LATECOMERS Little, Brown November 2018 is a completely different kind of tale but it s just as good and showcases Klein Ross s Spellbinding historical fiction spanning five generations, plenty of secrets, richly researched, and highly detailed, THE LATECOMERS has a little something for everyone Helen Klein Ross has outdone herself Several years ago, I read her stunning and compelling WHAT WAS MINE and immediately fell in love that story stuck with me and I raced to the climatic ending THE LATECOMERS Little, Brown November 2018 is a completely different kind of tale but it s just as good and showcases Klein Ross s historical writing which absolutely shimmers The author s research is evident as much of the book features experiences of America and beyond through the years 1908 2018 and isn t overdone We start off in 1908 Ireland Bridey is 16 years old when she runs off with her beau, Thom to America Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing and Bridey finds herself alone and pregnant in NYC Forced to give the baby up for adoption, Bridey then takes a job as a housekeeper at a lavish estate, Hollingwood But that child continues to haunt her every moment So, too does Thom She befriends her employer, and readers are given a glimpse into the privileged lives of Sarah and Edmund, even that of the child she gave up for adoption Much of THE LATECOMERS is told from multiple POVs traversing time periods, but we almost always come back to Bridey, whom I enjoyed very much There s love and longing, death and loss, orphans, illness, an old sprawling estate which I was in love with , issues surrounding women and class, religion, and so much Each character is imbued with such authenticity, such gumption, that I felt closely connected to them the author clearly shows empathy for all of them even the less favorable ones The middle end felt a teensy bit rushed to me and I wondered how the author was going to tie up all the loose ends but she does, beautifully leaving us to ponder just how much can we bury the past THE LATECOMERS is such a fabulous study in historical fiction and I would place it in the ranks of J Courtney Sullivan s SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS meets Colm Toibin s BROOKLYN meets Christina Baker Klein s ORPHAN TRAIN I am in such awe with the rich details, the obvious research A fabulous family saga that is not to be missed For all my reviews, including author interviews, please see leslielindsay Special thanks to Little, Brown for this review copy All thoughts are my own flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Eileen rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, generational This generational saga was instantly engaging, and remained so throughout I loved the various narrators and the different periods which were not sequential, but rather provided tantalizing hints of what was to come or what might have already happened Irish immigration, an historical old house, the upstairs downstairs aspect all were strains which drew me in and tied the strands firmly Helen Klein Ross is a master story teller I actually wasn t that taken with her previous novel, but upon l This generational saga was instantly engaging, and remained so throughout I loved the various narrators and the different periods which were not sequential, but rather provided tantalizing hints of what was to come or what might have already happened Irish immigration, an historical old house, the upstairs downstairs aspect all were strains which drew me in and tied the strands firmly Helen Klein Ross is a master story teller I actually wasn t that taken with her previous novel, but upon learning of the makeup of this one it went to the top of the list Fascinating to learn was that the author and her husband had bought an old manor house in Connecticut in 2010, and there the story took root Her access to diaries and letters made extensive research possible, lending rich credibility to the historical tone of the novel flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Karen Kay rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc netgalley, ireland, acatt first line challenge, longmire challenge, netgalley read 2018, twd challenge, united states I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review In 1908, sixteen year old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same age sweetheart Thom When Thom dies during the sea voyage, Bridey finds herself pregnant and alone in America.I thought the story lagged a bit in the middle and the ending felt rushed I never did figure out the meaning of the book title.3 flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 22, 2018 Melissa rated it it was amazing I read an advanced copy of this book from Book of the Month I love historical fiction, especially when it s told through different viewpoints and jumps around in time It s like putting together a puzzle I can t get through it fast enough Yet I wanted to savor it as well and I also had to take breaks to read up on the real life events that were sprinkled in I laughed and I cried Loved it flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 08, 2018 Natalie rated it it was amazing THE LATECOMERS is certainly one of the best novels of recent vintage I was so engrossed from the moment I met Bridey Molloy that I was unable to leave the book for a moment.Ross manages to combine the family history of Bridey and her son with that of the wealthy Hollinghursts, while incorporating the history of the 20th century It is never boring since the skillful weaving of the stories of the characters, caught in the swirl of the times, kept me turning pages Oh, how I loved the characters, THE LATECOMERS is certainly one of the best novels of recent vintage I was so engrossed from the moment I met Bridey Molloy that I was unable to leave the book for a moment.Ross manages to combine the family history of Bridey and her son with that of the wealthy Hollinghursts, while incorporating the history of the 20th century It is never boring since the skillful weaving of the stories of the characters, caught in the swirl of the times, kept me turning pages Oh, how I loved the characters, but as a teacher, I had to admire the incredible research that went into this novel making it a journey through the century The author describes not only the significant events and movements of the time period, but even the decorative arts and inventions that changed life.The heart of the novel is the life of Bridey, running away from Ireland with her intended, and within days finding herself alone and pregnant in New York City It is this pregnancy and the adoption of her child that is the center of this book The secondary characters are very well developed and the family is followed through many generations.Even the terrible secret that could have ruined Bridey s life is revealed and the author does a wonderful job of bringing closure to the reader That last moment is fueled by a new technology that has come into broad use Klein Ross simply doesn t miss a thing in this book.I highly recommend this novel to book clubs and to classes in Woman s Studies and modern American history Part of the uniqueness of the book is that is a wonderful novel wrapped around a well researched story of American With all the talk about immigration, it provides an interesting look at the lives of female immigrants around the turn of the century Despite the happenstance of her son s adoption, it also speaks to the control of a young woman s body and the enslavement to the constant danger of giving birth without respite or choice.Thank you Netgalley for providing this novel and the fascinating journey that I had the fortune to take flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 09, 2018 Cathy Branciforte rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley I have to say that I couldn t wait to read this book based on the description and it did not disappoint It was everything I thought it would be and a wonderful story that grabbed me right from the start, characters that I grew to love especially Bridey , and a real sense of time and place with period details I loved every minute of it and didn t want it to end, yet the end was perfect I just wish I had someone to discuss it with This would make a terrific book club book and I highly I have to say that I couldn t wait to read this book based on the description and it did not disappoint It was everything I thought it would be and a wonderful story that grabbed me right from the start, characters that I grew to love especially Bridey , and a real sense of time and place with period details I loved every minute of it and didn t want it to end, yet the end was perfect I just wish I had someone to discuss it with This would make a terrific book club book and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys historical fiction.Thanks to Little Brown Company and Netgalley for the advanced digital review copy flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 MaryannC.Book Fiend rated it really liked it Shelves drama, historical fiction, secrets, tragedy A lovely, touching read about young Bridey who runs off with her beloved, Thom in 1908 during the time when immigrants where making their way to America to seek a better life for themselves Before the couple can reach American shores Thom dies of shipboard fever and Bridey finds herself with child trying to survive the mean streets of New York alone This was well written and depicts the plight of what immigrants had to endure during the turn of the century which so fascinates me because of the A lovely, touching read about young Bridey who runs off with her beloved, Thom in 1908 during the time when immigrants where making their way to America to seek a better life for themselves Before the couple can reach American shores Thom dies of shipboard fever and Bridey finds herself with child trying to survive the mean streets of New York alone This was well written and depicts the plight of what immigrants had to endure during the turn of the century which so fascinates me because of the history this country was founded on Well worth picking up flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Kristin Always With a Book rated it really liked it Shelves arc, audio book, bea 2018, on bookshelf, read in 2018, review book Review posted on blog flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Elaine rated it it was amazing Juxtaposing past and present, The Latecomers by Helen Klein Ross follows Bridey, an Irish immigrant, who worked as hired help in the Hollingworth family home for many years during the early 1900 s Located in the lower east side of New York City, Hollingwood hosted the monumental social and technological changes of the twentieth century I loved Bridey, Dorothy, Vincent and the other characters and I appreciated how authentically and without melodrama their lives spun out Secrets were secre Juxtaposing past and present, The Latecomers by Helen Klein Ross follows Bridey, an Irish immigrant, who worked as hired help in the Hollingworth family home for many years during the early 1900 s Located in the lower east side of New York City, Hollingwood hosted the monumental social and technological changes of the twentieth century I loved Bridey, Dorothy, Vincent and the other characters and I appreciated how authentically and without melodrama their lives spun out Secrets were secreted, and everyday objects became their clues Ross s pacing was ever so precise, with generations passing first slowly and then swiftly with the storyteller s eye never leaving the secrets of the past Perhaps the story line that included 9 11 felt a bit artificial, but overall it was minor distraction This is the sort of book that one would like to race through even as it begs to be savored flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 03, 2018 Marguerite rated it really liked it Shelves arcs and giveaways I loved the premise of this book I love stories that span generations and have secrets and lies and tragedy and heartache That being said, I didn t love the execution of the story To me, it seemed like the second half of the book was very rushed The beginning was detailed and descriptive while the later chapters were brief and to the point with a large span of time in between I did think this was a good book but, think this could have been a great book if the second half was developed I loved the premise of this book I love stories that span generations and have secrets and lies and tragedy and heartache That being said, I didn t love the execution of the story To me, it seemed like the second half of the book was very rushed The beginning was detailed and descriptive while the later chapters were brief and to the point with a large span of time in between I did think this was a good book but, think this could have been a great book if the second half was developed flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Dylan Iovene rated it it was amazing It s not often I find a historical fiction novel that truly holds me in its pages but there was something about The Latecomers that just entirely mesmerized me Taking place not just in Connecticut and New York but also in the same county of Ireland My family migrated from The connections I felt to this story and these characters ran deep A magnificent piece of literature for the historical fiction and local history buff alike flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Glenda rated it really liked it Shelves books read in 2018 In 1908, sixteen year old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same age sweetheart Thom But when Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing, Bridey finds herself alone and pregnant in a strange new world.Forced by circumstance to give up the baby for adoption, Bridey finds work as a maid for the Hollingworth family at a lavish, sprawling estate It s the dawn of a new century innovative technologies are emerging, women s roles are changing, and Bridey is embol In 1908, sixteen year old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same age sweetheart Thom But when Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing, Bridey finds herself alone and pregnant in a strange new world.Forced by circumstance to give up the baby for adoption, Bridey finds work as a maid for the Hollingworth family at a lavish, sprawling estate It s the dawn of a new century innovative technologies are emerging, women s roles are changing, and Bridey is emboldened by the promise of a fresh start She cares for the Hollingworth children as if they were her own, until a mysterious death changes Bridey and the household forever For decades, the terrible secrets of Bridey s past continue to haunt the family And in the present day, after a strange blue bottle is found hidden beneath old wallpaper, the youngest Hollingworth makes a connection that finally brings these dark ghost stories into the light.This story was told well and you quickly come to care about the characters Each chapter deals with a different time period, told from either Bridey or Sarah s POV and later, from Vincent s and succeeding generations Ross has done an excellent job of painting the early time periods, including the thoughts and prejudices of the day She obviously did her research, because everything is very well done The majority of the book deals with Bridey and Sarah, but towards the end of the book, later generations appear and it is hard to keep them all straight as to how they are related Thankfully there is a pedigree chart at the beginning that helped me to keep track of how everyone was connected Things are made very clear at the end although sadly too late to change the feelings between some of the characters A well written and interesting read that makes me glad that, as a woman, I live now and not in the time when women were afforded so few opportunities flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Anneke rated it it was amazing Book Review The LatecomersAuthor Helen Klein Ross Publisher Little, Brown and CompanyPublication Date November 6, 2018Review Date November 13, 2018I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This was a fantastic historical fiction novel spanning from the 1890 s up to the present 2018 I love these novels that revolve around one family, spanning many generations This book grabbed from my attention from the start and didn t let go throughout the comple Book Review The LatecomersAuthor Helen Klein Ross Publisher Little, Brown and CompanyPublication Date November 6, 2018Review Date November 13, 2018I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This was a fantastic historical fiction novel spanning from the 1890 s up to the present 2018 I love these novels that revolve around one family, spanning many generations This book grabbed from my attention from the start and didn t let go throughout the complete story A few plot questions from fairly early in the book were neatly tied up into resolution at the very end of the book The plot handled the changes gone through over the decades quite well, and I was sad to leave this family of characters as the book came to a close If you like historical fiction or these long intricate books about what happens in a family over time, you will love The Latecomers I m not going to spell out the plot details Read the blurb in or better yet, read the book The author has written a few other books of historical fiction that I will search out There s not that much to say about this book, except I highly, highly recommend you read it, especially if you like historical fiction or stories about families that span over a century 5 stars A delightful, fascinating read Thank you to Little, Brown and Company for approving my NetGalley request to read this book This review will be posted on NetGalley and flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Sherrie Howey rated it really liked it Bridey leaves Ireland with her boyfriend Thom and sadly, Thom dies on the ship taking them to America Bridey becomes pregnant on the ship and knows she must give up her son for adoption What follows next is a family drama that extends over multiple generations It is historical fiction at its best and the author has done extensive research The main characters are very well developed and I thoroughly enjoyed their stories.I love when an author includes a family tree in a book as it enables the Bridey leaves Ireland with her boyfriend Thom and sadly, Thom dies on the ship taking them to America Bridey becomes pregnant on the ship and knows she must give up her son for adoption What follows next is a family drama that extends over multiple generations It is historical fiction at its best and the author has done extensive research The main characters are very well developed and I thoroughly enjoyed their stories.I love when an author includes a family tree in a book as it enables the reader to refer back to a character s parents and other relatives This book is extremely well written and engaging abd if you like historical fiction, this is the book for you flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 14, 2018 Di rated it really liked it Historical generational saga, full of history, and secrets Almost worthy of 5 stars but the last 1 3 of the book sped up so much that it was hard to keep the generation track straight The early characters were well developed and interesting Storyline was great Good book for Kate Morton fans.Edited at add the author truly did a huge amount of research in order to portray historical facts accurately I appreciate the fact that she listed them all at the end of the book Lots to learn flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves audio o Sweet Bridey, always trying to do the right thing for everyone in her life except herself at times This was a wonderful family saga that came full circle over a century Lots of heartbreak, sacrifice, and longing but beauty and love prevailed flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 03, 2018 Cynthia rated it it was amazing Her first novel was fun The second was great This one is deep and beautiful and epic Her descriptions are wonderful, the characters are memorable, and she recreates a world with her imagination and actual facts Highly recommend flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 05, 2018 Lori rated it it was ok Bridey and Thom leave Ireland for America, planning to wed once they arrive Thom dies aboard ship, and Bridey arrives in America pregnant She considers returning to her family in Ireland, but remains A young woman who helps Bridey helps her place the child with a Catholic charity and provides Bridey with a job When the woman s own child dies in birth, she adopts from the charity with Bridey still working for the family The bond between Bridey and Vincent is strong Bridey returns to Ireland Bridey and Thom leave Ireland for America, planning to wed once they arrive Thom dies aboard ship, and Bridey arrives in America pregnant She considers returning to her family in Ireland, but remains A young woman who helps Bridey helps her place the child with a Catholic charity and provides Bridey with a job When the woman s own child dies in birth, she adopts from the charity with Bridey still working for the family The bond between Bridey and Vincent is strong Bridey returns to Ireland when the family s patriarch dies The story follows several generations in a somewhat chaotic matter The flow between the older generation and the newer ones does not work well for the reader Genetic genealogists will love the epilogue The author provides historical notes and a good bibliography, features unusual for a novel I really enjoyed Bridey and Thom s story, the story of Bridey s first days in America, and giving up the child for adoption I even enjoyed some of Bridey s story after that point Unfortunately, the the story began to focus on the Hollingworth family, the less interested I became in the story being read The character development that took place in the early generations did not extend to the later ones Those generations felt rushed What started as a good read became just a mediocre one for me I received an electronic copy from the publishers through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 09, 2018 Marzie rated it liked it Shelves arc paper 3.5 StarsThe Latecomers is the story of Bridey, an 16 year old Irish young woman who elopes, or tries to, with her beau Thom, who plans to emigrate to America in the early 1900s Her plan goes awry from the start when the priest is away and they are unable to get married They decide to keep to their plans of sailing to America and hope to marry there But after succumbing to what naturally happens with two teens in love and sharing a bed, Thom dies when an illness sweeps the crowded ship, and B 3.5 StarsThe Latecomers is the story of Bridey, an 16 year old Irish young woman who elopes, or tries to, with her beau Thom, who plans to emigrate to America in the early 1900s Her plan goes awry from the start when the priest is away and they are unable to get married They decide to keep to their plans of sailing to America and hope to marry there But after succumbing to what naturally happens with two teens in love and sharing a bed, Thom dies when an illness sweeps the crowded ship, and Bridey arrives in America with no real contacts and a swelling waistline Thus begins The Latecomers, the story of Bridey Molloy, the Hollingworth family, and their darling child, Vincent The novel also gives us a modern timeline, with the fall of the Twin Towers and the flight of young Emma out of the city, on her mother s instructions, while her mother searches for her father who was in the North Tower.Providing a potent reminder of how Irish immigrants were once as scorned and reviled as Latino or Muslim immigrants often are in the present day, the novel is being billed as a Colm T ib n s Brooklyn meets Christina Baker Kline presumably Orphan Train story While I can see the comparisons, the uneven writing left me disappointed in the end Bridey s story was well developed, but the last section of of the novel, dealing with the modern generation of Hollingworths, felt rushed and the characters felt sketchy The resolution of the Bridey Vincent storyline felt too emotionally flat to me, and the revelation about the truth of old Mr Hollingworth s passing felt too much like an footnote Although the Epilogue provided a link from the present day Hollingworths back to Bridey Molloy, I just wanted exposition forging those links from Bridey to Vincent to Emma I wish the whole last third of the book had been developed with the same care as the first part of the book and I m still not sure how much of this was an editorial choice or authorial choice I m inclined to think the former because it s obvious that Ross did a huge amount of research I wish that its last sections lived up to the promise of the first Still, the first two thirds of the book provide an enjoyable read, earning this book 3.5 stars handily flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 05, 2018 Connie Fischer rated it it was amazing At age 16, Bridey left Ireland with Thom, her love They are heading to America and hope to get married before the ship sails When there isn t enough time, they decide they will be married when they reached America But Thom sickens and dies on the trip leaving Bridey alone and pregnant In America, she is taken in by a Catholic group that helps her find work When it is discovered that she is pregnant, she is sent to another home for fallen women There she gives birth to a son and decides tha At age 16, Bridey left Ireland with Thom, her love They are heading to America and hope to get married before the ship sails When there isn t enough time, they decide they will be married when they reached America But Thom sickens and dies on the trip leaving Bridey alone and pregnant In America, she is taken in by a Catholic group that helps her find work When it is discovered that she is pregnant, she is sent to another home for fallen women There she gives birth to a son and decides that the best thing for him is to put him up for adoption.Bridey finds work at Hollingwood, a huge mansion built in 1853, and owned by the Hollingworth family She is very efficient taking on many jobs and loving the family members The family s daughter, Sarah, marries Edward Potter and ends up living at Hollingwood Sarah and Bridey are close and Bridey confides about putting her son up for adoption Unable to have children, Sarah decides to find him and adopt him if she can.Bridey s son was adopted by a family that called him Vincent, but after a few years he was returned to the orphanage when he got into mischief causing a devastating fire Vincent was very sad and felt so bad about the fire So, when he is adopted by Sarah and goes to live at Hollingwood, he is so happy He loves Bridey who cares for him However, Bridey has promised Sarah that she will never tell Vincent that she is his mother.This story goes back and forth in time giving the reader snippets of what is to come in the future for this family It goes through several generations revealing the secrets of Hollingwood Although the story encompasses many years, I think it was somewhat long and could have been shortened to keep the reader s interest I also feel that the title and the story just don t seem to match What point am I missing here But The book is good and I gave it 5 stars.Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 21, 2018 Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley Via my blog at Molloy and her beloved fiance, Thom, fled their Irish village for America and a better life Thom s cousin had already settled in the USA, and he sent them tickets The plan was eventually to get the entire family over to the new world, starting in 1908 Bridey and Thom planned to marry before they left but the priest couldn t be found and they couldn t wait They thought they could quickly get married on the ship.This grand beginning op Via my blog at Molloy and her beloved fiance, Thom, fled their Irish village for America and a better life Thom s cousin had already settled in the USA, and he sent them tickets The plan was eventually to get the entire family over to the new world, starting in 1908 Bridey and Thom planned to marry before they left but the priest couldn t be found and they couldn t wait They thought they could quickly get married on the ship.This grand beginning opens the family story of a hundred years of generations, always with Bridey at the center The story begins as so many Irish emigrant stories began, in Brooklyn Klein s writing is smooth and intimate as if a friend was telling you a story about her own family Each generation layers the long history of a family who lives in Hollingsworth, Connecticut in a beautiful country estate, next to a lake Helen Ross Klein lives in a house she uses in the book, and you can read about the restoration on her blog.I love family mysteries, and I fell hard for Bridey s story I couldn t stop reading until the very end She gave her life to others, and many loved her for her generosity and kind ways I wanted Bridey to be happy I m pretty sure HRK granted me my wish.I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Laurie rated it really liked it The Latecomers is a big family saga that encompasses both the rich Hollingworths and their poor servant Bridey although that fact isn t widely known While the book starts with 9 11, the story itself starts much earlier, when Bridey and her fianc board a ship in Ireland to start a new life in America Sadly, the fianc dies on board ship, leaving a broke and pregnant Bridey to find her own way Bridey spends her life working for the family that adopts her son in large part, she mothers h The Latecomers is a big family saga that encompasses both the rich Hollingworths and their poor servant Bridey although that fact isn t widely known While the book starts with 9 11, the story itself starts much earlier, when Bridey and her fianc board a ship in Ireland to start a new life in America Sadly, the fianc dies on board ship, leaving a broke and pregnant Bridey to find her own way Bridey spends her life working for the family that adopts her son in large part, she mothers him than his rich adoptive mother does The story is rich in details through the years The household adoption of electrical appliances Halley s Comet How housework was done Out of wedlock childbirth in 1908 Marriage customs Prohibition The Great Depression The Hollingsworth family goes through many changes in the time between 1908 and 2018, but the link between Bridey and her son Vincent is the main thread I found the book really interesting to read the author really did her homework on the eras and the areas that the book takes place in The cast of characters was interesting some of them I really liked, while others I wasn t so fond of I think the story might have benefitted if the main arc, of the secret of Bridey s son, had been cut shorter I had almost lost interest in that arc by the time it was revealed It s a grand story, though, so four stars flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Helen s poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, literary journals and in anthologi Helen s third novel The Latecomers will be published by Little, Brown on November 6, 2018 Told in interweaving timelines, this story spans an American century, bringing steam engines, top hats and suffragettes into brilliant collision with cell phones, 9 11 and ancestry apps.Helen s poetry, essays, and fiction have 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      Helen s third novel The Latecomers will be published by Little, Brown on November 6, 2018 Told in interweaving timelines, this story spans an American century, bringing steam engines, top hats and suffragettes into brilliant collision with cell phones, 9 11 and ancestry apps.Helen s poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, literary journals and in anthologi Helen s third novel The Latecomers will be published by Little, Brown on November 6, 2018 Told in interweaving timelines, this story spans an American century, bringing steam engines, top hats and suffragettes into brilliant collision with cell phones, 9 11 and ancestry apps.Helen s poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, literary journals and in anthologies, including SHORT, published in 2014 by Persea Books Her first novel, Making It A Novel of Madison Avenue, published in 2013 by Gallery Simon and Schuster, is an e book featuring the first digital epilogue Her bestselling novel What Was Mine, published in 2016, tells the tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby from a shopping cart and gets away with it until the baby turns 21.Helen is also the creator and editor of a poetry anthology, The Traveler s Vade Mecum, from Red Hen Press Over 80 poets including Frank Bidart, David Lehman and Billy Collins wrote to telegram titles from an 1853 compendium that provides a glimpse into habits and social aspects of nineteenth century America Helen lives in New York City and Lakeville, Connecticut where she is on the board of a haven for book lovers Scoville Memorial Library

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    1. It s not often I ve picked a book because of its cover, but it s what led me to The Latecomers A family saga, of sorts, it deals with the Hollingsworth family along with their live in maid, Bridey Bridey came over from Ireland as a 16 year old Unfortunate circumstances led to her beau dying on the crossing but not before leaving her pregnant While at a home for unwed mothers, she meets Sarah Hollingworth and is soon working for the family The story is well told and you quickly come to care It s [...]


    2. Well, if a book s author doesn t give it five stars, you have to wonder Full disclosure I am the author This book started out in the walls of an old house my husband and I were renovating in a small town in New England The house was built by the governor of Connecticut in 1853 In the library, there s a floor to ceiling bookcase with sliding glass doors The glass is engraved 1860 and I d wonder what conversations took place in that room, as a Civil War was brewing I made up a story based o Well, [...]



    3. As I read Helen Klein Ross s new novel, The Latecomers , I was pretty sure of rating it a solid 4 out of 5 stars It was a well written novel about a multi generational family, centered around a house in Wellington, Connecticut The family, the Hollingworths, had wed, bred, and died in the house for years when a young Irish immigrant, Bridey Molloy was hired to work for the family before WW1 Bridey, who had born a son from a pregnancy begun on her passage from Ireland to the United States with As [...]



    4. Book addicts will relate to this that wonderful feeling of excitement and expectation as you hold in your hand a 400 page historical novel turn to the front and find an old and complicated Family Tree, and turning to the back you discover a Bibliography which included novels that you have read and loved Bliss But that angel of practicality and experience over your shoulder whispers in your ear Don t get too excited lest you be disappointed Reader I was not disappointed So I began, Hele Book addi [...]


    5. The Latecomers by Helen Klein Ross is a multi generational story of an American family and the Irish immigrant with whom they share a secret Ross was inspired by a real 1853 Connecticut house, Holleywood The novel begins in 1908 when Bridey and Thom plan to secretly marry and immigrant to America because of the feud between their Irish families The marriage is delayed and Thom dies of ship fever, leaving a pregnant Bridey to fend for herself in America.Bridey must give her son for adoption an Th [...]


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