Sunday, November 11, 2012

Band of Sisters - A Review

Maureen O'Reilly flees Ireland to New York with her younger sister in tow. The girls hope that the family of a man their father saved the life of during the Civil War will honor the promise in the letter their father received over twenty years before. When Katie Rose is quarantined at Ellis Island and Maureen is free to go, she's determined to find the Wakefield family and seek their help. Yet Maureen learns that Colonel Wakefield has died and that his son-in-law refuses to help her out. She's on her own and must find employment or be deported. She obtains a job at a department store with forged references, but soon learns that the store is a facade for a dark secret. She's determined to uncover it especially in light of seeing girls disappear from the store. Olivia Wakefield is livid at her brother-in-law for refusing to help Maureen, and takes it on herself to find the girl. Olivia receives aid from a businessman who soon comes to mean more to her than just a friend even though he is keeping secrets as well. When Maureen and Olivia finally cross paths, Olivia enlists the help of influential women to help fight for the injustice of the poor immigrants. But as the secrets come to light, both Maureen and Olivia's lives could be in danger. But will either woman be able to fully trust the divine leading let alone a chance to fall in love?

This book has so many layers in it that it's hard to fully explain it. It's very different than Gohlke's Promise Me This. I'd have to say that this is one of the most thought provoking books I've read this year. Maureen was abused as a young teen and has a problem trusting men and God. Yet she finally figures out that there are people out there who love her the way that God loves her and she surrenders to that love. This book also takes the concept of what would Jesus do as introduced to the characters via the book In His Steps  by Charles Sheldon. The issue of white slavery  is also dealt with in this book. My only experience with seeing how the poor were treated in New York around the turn of the century come from my high school history classes and the lectures my teacher gave. But the issue of white slavery was never discussed. I've only heard recently of how white slavery is still going strong in parts of America today, and that scares me a little.

While I didn't love this book the way that I loved Promise Me This, I definitely enjoyed this book.

I read the Kindle version for pure pleasure. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Karen Kingsbury, Laura Frantz, Lynn Austin, Julie Lessman, drama, Francine Rivers, and Sarah Sundin.

Rating - 4 stars


  1. Thank you, Dawn, for a thoughtful review of Band of Sisters. You're so right--there are many layers and much to ponder. God's blessings for you!

  2. Loved your review of this book Dawn, have been looking at it and trying to decide if I wanted to read. your comments helps.

    Paula O(

    1. I am so glad that my review helps to make up your mind. Thanks for stopping by.


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