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A heartbreaking story of love and loss.

In 1875, 18-year-old would-be poet Jack Brennan runs away from home to avoid being pushed into the priesthood. Life soon looks rosy for Jack when he lands the teaching job he's always dreamed of and meets the love of his life, Eliza Hewlett. But his world is shattered when Mary Ellen, his landlord's daughter, falsely accuses him of fathering the child she is expecting.

Jack and Eliza decide to escape to America. As they are about to sail, Jack is arrested and dragged from the ship, leaving Eliza alone en route to New York with only a few shillings in her pocket. 

Once parted, each is forced to adjust to a future they had neither wanted nor expected.

©2015 Clare Flynn (P)2018 Clare Flynn

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At the beginning of the book I was not thrilled I actually considered returning it. I thought oh well I spent the credit I'll just go ahead and listen to it. The middle of the book had gotten better and I wanted to know what happened with the characters. By the end of the book I was in tears. I could not believe how much this book brought on such strong emotions in me. I didn't care for the narration as it seemed very mono-toned in some places. I'm glad I gave the story a chance.