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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Band of Sisters by Cathy Gohlke

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publisher
Date Released:  August 17, 2012
Pages:  432

Wanda's Review - 

Life was not tolerable in County Meath for Maureen O'Reilly and her thirteen year old sister, Katie Rose. The story starts out in 1910 as Maureen and Katie Rose flee Ireland searching for a new beginning in America. A new life has been promised to their father nearly twenty eight years ago stemming from a Civil War debt. A promise was made by Colonel Wakefield to embrace Morgan O'Reilly and his family as his own and for the O'Reilly family to be a part of the Wakefields of Morningside.

Maureen and Katie Rose struggle to survive as they arrive in Ellis Island. The character of Maureen is beautifully portrayed with her sweet lilt of an Irish brogue, but she was also a very stubborn, strong willed woman. Katie Rose is not so likable, being spoiled and rebellious. 

Maureen is directed to Darcy's department store by Jaime Flynn where she finds employment through false references and deception. Jaime Flynn, a very dark character, positions himself at Ellis Island to direct homeless girls and women to Darcy's where he and others kidnap women from the store to be used for the ring of trafficking. And the story moves along with many twists and turns. 

Band of Sisters is a story about the world of human trafficking - women who are forced into prostitution. Girls, women - either kidnapped or lured in with promises of good jobs, bribes, marriage, or whatever it takes. They are then sold to the highest bidder to be used in brothels, sold as sexual escorts in New York, or shipped to buyers elsewhere. 

This heart-wrenching story will strike a deep chord within those who read it. Deep and thought provoking - this book will touch your heart - a horrible realization of what occurred at that time and still occurs today.

This is my first time reading a book by this author and I'll be looking for more in the future. This is one of the best books I've ever read. Superlative! - a book you'll not want to miss.  My rating is 5 stars.