Eilis is shocked out of her mundane life one day when her family arrange for her to travel to Brooklyn, to begin a new life. She packs her bags, says goodbye to her friends and family, and then embarks on the worst journey one can imagine. When she finally reaches the new city she is about to live in, she is relieved to be on firm land. She starts her new job and is introduced to American life by her new friends, including a young man. Everything changes when she receives news from home.
This book is beautifully written, with a natural voice and heart-warming honest characters. Eilis is a regular girl and the author has given her such a clear and honest voice, that the reader feels like she is with really with her. The book is emotional but in a way that doesn’t leave you running for the tissues.
I held onto the edge of my seat when Eilis was stuck on the ship in bad weather without a bathroom, I laughed when she was in the water with her Italian lover, and I found the scene where she chooses a swimsuit with her boss incredibly erotic, and funny.
The worst part of this book is that it ended, and there was so much more I wanted to know.