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
Don't waste your time. The story itself is interesting, but the writing is terrible.
Good for a first novel. A little clunky and a little forced. Good characters but the plot needs work: more excitement, drama, and tension. Will probably not read the rest of the series, at least not right away.
A very worthwhile read
Gemma is a new author for me. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and it was hard to put down. Delightful characters.
Nice alternative plot to the normal 'indigent young woman is befriended by rich older man and treated to an education' story. No older man; no man. Well, there are a few contemporary young men, but she (Ivy) takes care of them rather than the reverse. Definitely a young woman who makes lemonade out of lemons. Set in 1925 Dublin.
Don't read if you think that priests and nuns were the best thing ever for the Irish poor.
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!
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.
I was a EU reprised at the turn this book takes. Instead of being a cookie cutter rags to riches story. Ivy's journey is something different. Every character in the book is more than just a foot note in the story.
A feel good, rags to riches story set in the Ireland of the early 1900.
Though the story is pretty predictable and the writing could have been better, the character of Ivy, who collects discarded garments from the rich to modify them for reselling keeps one reading to the end.
This was a freebie on Bookbub and is the first of a three part series. I don't see myself going hunting for the remaining books.