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Through Streets Broad and Narrow (Ivy Rose #1)

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....

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Through Streets Broad and Narrow (Ivy Rose #1) Reviews

  • Mary

    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.

  • Martha S. Heney

    Fantastic read!

    One of the best books I have ever read. Couldn't put it down. Definitely an epic wonder. Awesome! Well done.

  • Jon Abbott

    A young woman in Dublin in the 1920's father (her "da") dies after having cleaned out every penny in their hovel, including money for the rent. Since age 9 and the flight of her Ma to a life somewhere else, the pennies earned by Ivy Rose alone are all that have kept her lazy but oh so handsome Da and her 3 olders brothers, all now departed, in a bit of food and rough shelter. Ivy is now on her own.

    Read this story before? Think she is going into service in some great house? Or, perhaps she will f
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  • Ellen Whiting

    Don't waste your time. The story itself is interesting, but the writing is terrible.

  • Cindy Woods

    Very good

    Excellently written. The characters come alive in this story, as does the slum they live in. This is an eye opening story of the day to day struggles of a young woman and her friends and neighbors in 1925 Dublin, Ireland.

    An underlying theme here is the power of the Catholic church, priests and religious fervor that drive these desperately poor people. The hypocrisy is enormous as the local church's Christian charity is on a pay-to-pray basis.

    The main character, Ivy, is a unique young
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  • Jeanmarie Brenckle

    Delightful!

    I love a book that grabs my attention and doesn't let go.

    I could not put this down. I looked forward to reading more and more.

    Would recommend this book to all.

    Totally enjoyed this book.

  • Samantha

    I don't quite know how to rate this book. The author set up the story really well. I feel like I know about the life of super poor people in Dublin, 1925, really well. And I really liked the characters too. And a lot of bad things could've happened that didn't, which was good. But there weren't many catalysts driving the story, you know? I kept running back to read this book to see what happens, and nothing truly happens. There's no climax. There are two more books in the series, and even though ...more

  • Nicole

    Pleasantly surprised

    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.