The Girls of Ennismore

The Girls of Ennismore

Set in Ireland during the turbulent early 20th century, Patricia Falvey's sweeping novel explores an unlikely friendship between two girls of vastly different backgrounds, as each tries to overcome the barriers set by class and birthright...

On a June morning in 1900, Rosie Killeen crosses the road that divides her family's County Mayo farm from the estate of Lord and Lady Ennis, and makes her way to the -big house- for the first time. Barely eight years old, Rosie joins the throng of servants preparing for the arrival of Queen Victoria. But while the royal visit is a coup for Ennismore, a chance meeting on the grounds proves even more momentous for Rosie.

Victoria Bell, Lord and Lady Ennis's young daughter, is desperately lonely. Though the children of the gentry seldom fraternize with locals, Lord Ennis arranges for Rosie to join in Victoria's school lessons. For Rosie, the opportunity is exhilarating yet isolating. Victoria's governess and aunt, Lady Louisa, objects to teaching a peasant girl. The other servants resent Rosie's escape from the drudgery of life below stairs. Bright, strong-willed Rosie finds herself caught between her own people and the rarefied air of Ennismore--especially as she grows closer to Victoria's older brother, Valentine.

As they near womanhood, the girls' friendship is interrupted. Victoria is bound for a coming out season in Dublin, and Rosie must find a way to support her family. But Ireland is changing too. The country's struggle for Home Rule, the outbreak of the Great War, and a looming Easter rebellion in Dublin all herald a new era. Not even Ennismore can escape unscathed. And for Rosie, family loyalty, love, friendship and patriotism will collide in life-changing ways, leading her through heartbreak and loss in search of her own triumphant independence.

Title:The Girls of Ennismore
ISBN:9781496709950
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    The Girls of Ennismore Reviews

  • Deanne Patterson

    This book was really intense for me. So much going on here. This book is no lightweight!This book is based on what the author experienced growing up in Ireland and stories she heard from relatives abo...

  • Teresa

    This is a block buster type novel. It is set in Ireland over the course of the years from 1906 to just after World War 1.The main characters are Victoria, the daughter of the Big House and Rosie, the ...

  • MaryannC. Book Freak

    3.75 Stars Very reminiscent of Downton Abbey but taking place in Ireland this novel centers heavily on class distinction between the servants and the gentry of the grand home Ennismore. With a large ...

  • Christine

    I will read anything that pertains to Ireland, particularly when it involves the Easter Rising. If a rating was solely based on the setting of a novel, it would have been five stars. It even does a go...

  • Denise Touvell

    The similarities between this book and Downton Abbey are astonishing. The heir dies on the Titanic, the daughter loves a servant and becomes a nurse, the head butler and housekeeper are engaged; it we...

  • RoseMary Achey

    The plot of this novel is extremely similar to Downton Abbey with the exception of the Easter Rising and it takes place in Ireland. The story of two young women from different classes during the early...

  • Sarah

    I was drawn to this book due to my recent obsession with Irish history and reading fiction set during it; I'm glad I picked the title up yet have some reservations. While the author excels in some key...

  • Kristina

    The Girls of Ennismore by Patricia Falvey is set in Ireland in June of 1900. Rosie Killeen is eight years old and is earning a little extra money by helping at the Ennis estate or as the locals call i...

  • Susan Lindemulder

    This was like reading Downton Abbey but set in Ireland. A story about 2 women from different classes who become best friends and all the ups and downs of their lives during the time of the 1916 Easter...

  • Gaele

    Spanning several years that were, in retrospect, fairly crucial to the changes happening in the world, and more specifically in Ireland, both for women and the country that has struggled with its own ...