The Yellow House

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Hardcover, Pages: 337

Genres: Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural

Language: English

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The Yellow House delves into the passion and politics of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 20th Century. Eileen ONeills family is torn apart by religious intolerance and secrets from the past. Determined to reclaim her ancestral home and reunite her family, Eileen begins working at the local mill.

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  •    Salabar Micklech
    2020
    For Eileen, Ireland is more than just a country. It's a home, a history - an heirloom to be defended and cherished. From the time she was a babe her Da taught her a fierce pride in her Irish-Catholic roots - and living in Ulster at the turn-of-the-century made Eileen witness to the sort of strife that was as much a part of Irish Catholic life as soda bread and music on a Saturday night. When she is still young, her family and their beloved Yellow House begin to fall apart as political unrest and sickness leave no family unaffected.

    The Yellow House follows Eileen's life as she grows and finds a warrior for Ireland inside herself. Much of this book is Eileen trying to figure out what role is going to take center stage in her life. Will she be a fighter? A spinner at the mill? A wife? A mother? And all the while, deep down, what she truly wants is to just see her family all together and happy again in the Yellow House - a dream that keeps slipping away, not only because of the violence in her world and the hard things that keep happening to her, but also because of her own bad choices and inability to truly know her own mind. Add to that a love triangle with an Irish Revolutionary and a wealthy Quaker landowner and poor Eileen is a mess of emotions a lot of the time, with so many good desires and so few paths to happiness.

    I really liked this, for the most part (the language was a bit much for me). I like Eileen as a strong character, despite her flaring temper and crazy choices. The truth of it is - she WAS in a hard place in a hard time and I appreciate that the author tried to show us all the different aspects of Irish life during that period - both Catholic and (in a lesser way) Protestant. It was a shade predictable for me and the men in her life were painted as a bit too "good vs evil" for it to be completely believable, but I would be lying if I said I didn't get completely wrapped up in the story. If you are a fan of Irish history and coming of age books, then you should find this one.

    also: if you are interested in knowing the content (graphic language, etc.) of what I've read, I post "rated reviews" on this website, so check it out!
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  •    Vosida Kunzenmann
    2020
    Rereading this for March group read - The Novel Ideas. March 2014.

    There’s never a dull moment in Patricia Falvey’s debut novel, The Yellow House. Northern Ireland in the revolutionary period of the early 1900s almost becomes a character in this novel weaving intrigue, romance, politics and family love. The reader will feel a part of this tiny Irish village within a few pages. Ms. Falvey’s narrative and dialogue deftly fill in the history and back stories to her plot. The novel is so well constructed that the reader not only feels almost a part of the story, but also is continually surprised at the many plot twists.

    Eileen O’Neill, torn between a love for a dedicated revolutionary and a pacifist, has the courage, strength and tenacity to face her many life challenges. Although she rises to every occasion, her human side is evident in comments such as, “I wonder how old you have to be until you don’t need your ma to love you anymore.”
    The Yellow House is an absorbing book, highly recommended to those who want to learn, not just about Irish history, but about the resilience of its people. Along the way, you will enjoy an exceptionally gripping story.

    Look for The Linen Queen: A Novel, Patricia Falvey’s second novel to be released in March 2011.

    Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of
    Crestmont
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