Galway Bay
Galway Bay

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Here at last is one Irish family's epic journey, capturing the tragedy and triumph of the Irish-American experience. In a rousing tale that echoes the myths and legends of Ireland herself, young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family, inhabiting a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, stories, and communal celebrations. Selling both their catch--and their crops--to survive, these people subsist on the potato crop--their only staple food. But when blight destroys the potatoes three times in four years, a callous government and uncaring landlords turn a natural disaster into The Great Starvation that will kill one million. Honora and Michael vow their children will live. The family joins two million other Irish refugees in one of the greatest rescues in human history: the Irish Emigration to America. Danger and hardship await them there. Honora and her unconventional sister Maire watch their seven sons as they transform Chicago from a frontier town to the "City of the Century", fight the Civil War, and enlist in the cause of Ireland's freedom. The Kelly clan is victorious. This heroic story sheds brilliant light on the ancestors of today's 44 million Irish Americans.

In the author's colorful and eclectic life, she has written and directed award-winning documentaries on Irish subjects, as well as the dramatic feature Proud. She's been an associate producer on Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live, written books on Martin Scorsese, World War II, and Bosnia, and a novel based on her experiences as a former nun - Special Intentions. She is a frequent contributor to Irish America Magazine and has a PhD in English and Irish literature.

Customer Reviews:

  • Show of courage, strength, and endurance
    What a pleasure to be in the audience for Mary Pat's appearance at Women & Children First bookstore in Chicago. Although not even a bit of Irish, I was captured by her storytellling and started reading her epic the very same evening. To use her favorite phrase, I took up "residence" in her words. I think that the story of the Kelly family is a show of courage, strength, and endurance for anyone who is feeling the stress of our times. Thanks to Mary Pat for that telling....more info
  • History at its best
    Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (5/09)

    The story begins during The Great Starvation, a famine in Ireland resulting from a potato blight between 1846 and 1851 when a million people starved to death. During this time about 2 million Irish refugees immigrated to the United States, including the main characters in this story.

    Hardship, domination, poverty, and suffering are themes that run through "Galway Bay" by Mary Pat Kelly. However, the characters also discover happiness, faith, family connections, and cause for celebration. The two main characters, sisters Honora and Mire, although having different characteristics and beliefs, aren't the typical nineteenth-century Irish women. They complement each other in the plot while expressing their beliefs about their sons' going to battle in the Civil War. The story is heart-wrenching, yet joyful. The character development is so great the reader is fully drawn into the story and becomes the character themselves.

    I particularly enjoyed this book because of the Irish ancestry, span of generations, and the reality of the plot. Although "Galway Bay" is a novel, much of it is based on truth. Being a buff in family history research, I became more familiar with the Irish lines.

    Mary Pat Kelly is a master at writing. Her knowledge and research of Ireland, the Irish-American culture, and her understanding of family life during the era is impeccable. "Galway Bay" is one plot that will stay with you for a long time....more info
  • Let's hear it for the Irish!
    When Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly first met, it was love at first sight. Soon after they were married and starting a family. It was not easy. They grew as much food on their lands and they could. Michael would go out and work under any conditions...rain, snow, sleet, or sun. The elements got so bad that it wiped out almost their entire potatoes crop. They were down to barely eating much. It was important to Mary and Michael that their children were fed and grew up health and strong. Day after day Michael and Mary saw their good friends die. They knew they never wanted that for their children. They wanted them to have a chance at a good life.

    When the war made its way to Galway Bay; Michael, Mary, her sister Maire, and their seven children between the two of them set sail for America. Sadly Michael met his fate with a watery grave. It was up to Mary and Maire to raise their children in this new land of opportunity. They did a fine job too. Their children grew up to help mold Chicago into the city it is now. The men go on to fight in the Civil War for Ireland's freedom. They never forgot where they came from or who they were.

    Galway Bay is a touching, soulful, powerful novel. You will be captivated by the words and characters. I dare you not to cry, smile, and cheer with the Mary, Michael and their family as they endure it all to become survivors. It was like I had gone back in time and could feel the earth between my fingers. Every little moment that the Kelly's went through I was right there with them. If Mary Pat Kelly's next novel is anything like Galway Bay then I highly anticipate the next release. .
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  • Great Irish Family Saga
    In this enthralling saga of the Irish experience in 19th Century Ireland and then America, Mary Pat Kelly draws from her own family oral history, putting the story of her ancestors' struggles into novel form.

    As the story opens, Honora Keeley is about ready to enter the convent as Ms. Lynch's star pupil to honor her family. But enter Michael Kelly, the charismatic wanderer who turns up one day as she is washing her hair in the local stream. It's love at first sight. Michael and Honora convince her family that she will make a better wife than nun. You'd think this would be the beginning of a wonderful life for the two, but remember this is an Irish story and what would a good Irish story be without tragedy and grief, with a little bit of martyrdom thrown in?

    Although I think it would be unfair to the reader to detail the story and tell too much, suffice to say it is a struggle as they deal with English landlords, then the blight and subsequent starvation and illness. Eventually the families make their way to Amerikay but with poverty and then the civil war looming over them, their struggles are far from over.

    Liberally sprinkled with Irish stories and legend, this is a family saga spanning the time from the 1830s to 1893, and it isn't all doom and gloom. The family ingenuity and strength does win out in the end. But what is in between is as good as it gets. The author should be proud of her work telling her family's story. The original Honora Keeley Kelly would be pleased.
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  • Epic, rich and lyrical.
    "Epic" is the first word I would use to describe Galway Bay. The words "rich" and "lyrical" would follow. Mary Pat Kelly fully captures the tragedy and triumph of the 19th century Irish emigration.

    Michael and Honora Kelly, young newlyweds, begin their life together on a small patch of land overlooking Galway Bay. Michael is a bagpiper and blacksmith by trade. He's the owner of a prized racehorse and plans to breed her and sell the colts. Honora's family are hardworking fishermen and she and Michael plant potatoes to feed their family and pay the required rents to their English landlords.

    The plight of the Irish is well-documented. The English, who came in and took over, tried to do all they could to force the proud Irish people from their lands. Their heartless cruelty comes through, and these strong people resist as long as they can. But, after blight kills the potatoes three times in four years, Michael and Honora finally realize they need to leave Ireland for America.

    Danger and adventure await them in America as Honora, her sister Maire and their seven sons set forth to find Chicago and Michael's brother, Patrick. The strength of these two women is remarkable and inspiring. Based on the author's great-great-grandmother, Honora's story is one that will captivate you. The Irish people have a strong reputation for storytelling and Galway Bay is the fascinating story of a woman who wants to protect her family and her Irish heritage....more info
  • I loved this book.
    Amazing!! History and character and love and grief. Just a perfect book. Mary Pat Kelly has given us an epic story of the Irish famine and a true picture of the people who suffered. A beautiful book. ...more info
  • From Linus's Blanket
    Honora Keely is a seventeen-year-old girl, living in Galway Bay and bound for the convent to become a nun when Michael Kelly walks into her life in the most novel of ways. Even though Michael had been on his way to find and take part in a great adventure, it's love-at-first-sight when the two see each other and they know right away that they want to be married. Honora's family puts up some resistance, but once the couple are married they go on to set up a life together and have children and a happy life until the blight strikes their potato crop two years in a row, and they have to face up to the fact that they might have to leave their beloved Galway Bay behind.

    I was a little worried when I started reading this novel. I had a difficult time getting into it. Unfamiliar words and a large cast of characters had me struggling to figure who was who and what they were saying. Both the Keeleys and the Kellys had families that set a lot by storytelling and stories of Irish Warriors and their Queen Mav dominated Michael and Honora's courtship. Luckily for me Kathy from Bermudaonion pointed out that there was a glossary in the back, and it's definitely worth it to stick with the story. After I was bale to get my bearing I thoroughly enjoyed this equally heart-warming and heart-wrenching drama.

    This was a story about a very stong family who helped each other through the good times and the bad. It loved seeing Honora and Michael's love for one another grow stronger and the sacrifices that they made to see their family through some very hard times. It was so touching that both the Keeleys and the Kellys were all like that, as well as the village where they often did things as a community and helped each other raise houses and harvest crops on the farm.

    Honora's grandmother is the storyteller of the family and she prepares Honora to take over this role from her. The stories that they tell illustrate not only the strength of the warriors but also the strong women in Irish culture. Honora and her sister Maire carry on the tradition of strong Irish women. They stay right in the thick of things, having their say and guiding their families.

    Galway Bay is set against the backdrop of one of the most interesting yet devastating events in world history. The Great Starvation from the potato blight epidemic in Ireland caused the death of 1 million people and sent another 2 million to the United States as immigrants, where the Irish faced discrimination. The Kelly family survived the potato famine to face prejudice, brutal jobs and working conditions, and also Civil War (where they fought neighbors from home who had enlisted on the other side).

    Much can be found between the pages of Galway Bay, it's an engaging story based on very tragic and real history and most of the time I couldn't put it down. There is truly something for everyone, whether you are looking for a historical drama, romance, action and adventure, they can all be found here....more info
  • Sweeping immigrant story
    In 1839, Honora Keeley is almost 17 years old and on the verge of joining the convent when she has a chance encounter with Michael Kelly. It's love at first sight for both of them and they marry shortly after. They lease some land and settle into a quiet but happy life. They're better off than most, and their lives are full of love and family, but it's still a struggle. They have several children and they're close to Honora's family. Michael's brother, Patrick, makes occasional appearances, but has to keep a low profile because of his involvement in the Irish Independence movement. After three years of The Great Starvation and Michael's death, Honora, her sister Maire and their 7 children immigrate to America and settle outside of Chicago. They suffer more hardships (like prejudice and the Civil War) in America, but make a good life for themselves and eventually find happiness.

    Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly has a little something for everyone - it's a family saga, full of romance and history. I struggled with the beginning of the book because of the Irish terms - later I discovered a glossary in the back that helped a lot. I thought this book was fantastic. I thought of my grandmother a lot while I read it. With no formal education, my maternal grandmother hired herself out as a domestic servant to earn the money for passage to this country because she thought the streets here were literally paved with gold. My grandmother immigrated from Lithuanian, not Ireland, but she came over here by herself and spoke no English at the time. She settled outside of Chicago, married another Lithuanian immigrant and they had a family. My grandmother never spoke English well and she faced prejudices, but she never let that stop her. My grandfather became disabled, so it was left to my grandmother to support the family. She raised chickens for eggs and goats for milk. She grew vegetables and fruit to sell to the wealthy in Chicago. She took in boarders. My grandmother worked from sun-up to sundown and never had much but she never turned away anyone in need. Galway Bay made me reflect on the strength, bravery, determination and tenacity that my grandmother (and other immigrants) possessed and how those characteristics of hers made a better life for me. I hope I've inherited some of those traits from her. Almost everyone has an immigrant story in their background - this book might remind you of someone in your family too....more info
  • Great Epic Novel
    This is a must read for those who had Irish ancestors that came over during the Great Famine. The story made me appreciate my ancestors tenfold for the path they made for the current generation. The characters are of great strentgh and perservance. The depiction of them is so realistic with their obstacles and joys in their lives. Love and faith is what sustains this remarkable family. I couldn't put this book down. Don't let the amount of pages deter you from reading this. It was a great read....more info
  • Triumph by Surviving
    Two million Irish people escaped the Great Starvation, then reached back for the ones who came after, forty-four million completely American but always Irish people. They saved themselves, helped only by God and their strong faith. Galway Bay is the story of how they turned the tragedy of exile into triumph by simply surviving.

    This historical novel comes from stories handed down from Kelly's great-great-grandmother; and, though it's fiction, it is rooted in research done over a period of thirty-five years in Ireland and the United States.

    Two sisters--Honora and Maire--both widowed in their early twenties--do not conform to the usual stereotype of nineteenth-century Irish women. They pulled together and defied the odds as they traveled with their children on a boat from Ireland to Chicago by way of New Orleans. Their parents stayed behind, believing they were too old to start over and wanting to finish their days by Galway Bay.

    Kelly tells a wonderful love story with a history lesson--especially for those connected in some way to the Irish. Her novel gives the reader an appreciation of what they went through to save their way of life. The potato famine that we've all heard about becomes real when you read about those that lived to tell how horrendous it was. And they had songs, stories, communal celebrations, faith, and family life to bring them happiness. And just like any mother, they feared for their boys who were saved from the Great Starvation in Ireland and then marched off to fight each other in the Civil War in America.

    The sisters and their offspring were Americans and they were Irish, but their descendants had no notion of Ireland--an inheritance that was lost to them.

    It's far away I am today
    From scenes I roamed a boy
    And long ago the hour, I know
    I first saw Illinois.

    Tis all the Heaven, I'd ask of God
    Upon my dying day
    My soul to soar forevermore
    Above you, Galway Bay.

    Life is circles and spirals--as carved into the great stones of Ireland--to show that nothing really ends.

    by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
    for Story Circle Book Reviews
    reviewing books by, for, and about women...more info
  • Sweeping Family Saga
    It was with great sadness that I turned the last page of this stunning novel. I had become so caught up in the story, I didn't want it to end.

    Galway Bay is many stories - a love story, a story of the history of Ireland and the Great Starvation, a story of courage, faith, devotion, family, community and the undying spirit of a land and it's people. It is the story of Mary Pat Kelly's great-great grandmother - Honora Kelly. Mary Pat Kelly spent many years researching her family tree and has fictionalized their history.

    The novel opens in 1839. We meet 16 yr old Honora Keeley and her family and neighbours. Hers is a fishing family, casting their net in Galway Bay. Honora is slated to join the local convent, but a chance meeting with young Michael Kelly changes the path of her destiny. Life is difficult under the British landlord system, but they have always gotten by - until the potato harvest fails - not once, but three out of four years. In desperation, many of the starving Irish make their way to North America. Honora's story continues in 'Amerikay' as well.

    Mary Pat Kelly has done a stunning job - the tale fairly jumps off the page.. I was fascinated by the Irish myths, legends and history told by both Honora and her Granny. Interspersed with Gaelic phrases and words, they reinforce the proud tradition of this tenacious people. All the characters were vividly portrayed. I found myself actually crying a number of times at the sad turns life takes for the Keeleys and the Kellys, talking out loud angrily at the injustices done and cheering for the indomitable spirit of Honora and her family. I was particularly struck by the strength and resilience of the women.

    I think this book does a fantastic job of describing the conditions, history and travels of so many of our forebearers.

    This would be a fantastic selection for a book club - there is an excellent set of questions included as well as an appendix of the Gaelic terms used....more info
  • Galway Bay
    My grandmother was among other things a big reader and a history buff. She loved history. She knew all kinds of stuff, random stuff, stuff no one else seemed to know. She collected facts like some collect bottle caps or stamps. She knew her stuff. And she knew where she came from and made sure that I did too.

    I am a mutt, like most Americans I expect. Among many, many different ethnicities, I am Irish. Best I can tell, my ancestors came over well before the potato famine, but the famine did not go ignored by them. Although she was born after the famine, Mama knew all about that as well. And she had a healthy, shall we say, `non-appreciation,' for the English. So I came to Galway Bay with an excitement to learn more about my history and with the expectation to put a human face on the tragedy I had heard so much about. Mary Pat Kelly delivered that and so much more.

    Galway Bay is the fictionalized story of Mary Pat Kelly's great-great grandparents and their struggle to survive not only the Irish potato famine, but also the move from their beloved Ireland to America. We meet the young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly by the shores of Galway Bay. It's love at first sight. They wed and start a family and their farm. They find solace from the troubles of their world in each other, their children, their faith, songs and stories of Ireland. These stories are shared, passed down generation by generation; and remains a theme throughout the book - the passing down of history by the ones who came before. Years of famine and abuse by the English government wear down on the family until; finally, they make the heart wrenching decision to move to America.

    I won't tell you any more. I don't want to give too much away. But this tale to two sisters, their amazing strength, perseverance and faith is heartwarming, heartbreaking, and inspiring. The author did an amazing job of telling these stories of her ancestors and of Ireland. I highly recommend it. Even if you aren't Irish, I think you'll enjoy it. ...more info
  • Irish History and Lore at its Best
    Sweeping novels that span several generations must be well-crafted to hold readers' attention, especially if the historical novel is going to be more than 500 pages. Mary Pat Kelly's Galway Bay will suck readers in, churn them in rip currents, and spit them out in untamed America along with the Kellys, Leahys, Keeleys, and other Irish immigrants fleeing their homeland during the repeated potato blights and following The Great Starvation.

    Honora Keeley is set upon entering the convent until she meets the dashing novice adventurer Michael Kelly. She's a fisherman's daughter with a rich heritage steeped in lore and myth and he's the son of a blacksmith forced out of his home when his parents die and the blacksmith shop is no longer his family's anchor. They find each other in the good times and suffer through the potato blight, famine, the cruelty of the Sassenach (English) and landlords, and the rise of Protestantism. After a great deal of sacrifice and heartache, the Kellys have no choice but to flee their homeland to begin again in Amerikay.

    Kelly's poetic prose places the reader beside Honora as she makes her way through thick fog, a fog that has brought blight on potato farms in the past. It also will have the reader cringing as they stick their hands in the dirt, finding muck rather than hard potatoes to feed their bellies.

    Kelly creates well rounded characters from strong-willed Honora to her quirky grandmother and from gifted storyteller Michael Kelly to quick witted Maire. Frank McCourt's quote on the cover of Galway Bay is spot on, this book will have readers laughing, crying, and cheering Honora and Maire onward. Kelly's narrative will bring readers to tears more than once, but as they struggle alongside Honora and her family, they too will grow stronger and more aware of the blessings family can bring. Galway Bay is a mixture of narrative poetry and prose that generates its own folklore that will be told from generation to generation for years to come. It will be on my top 10 list for 2009, how about yours?...more info
  • Captivating read
    It's not every day that a book of this caliber comes along. I read for a living (I'm an editor) so I tend to be pretty picky about the books I read during non-office-hours.

    Having always had a love of all things Irish, I picked up Galway Bay on a whim and was sold when I read Frank McCourt's glowing review (Angela's Ashes is one of my top 10 favorites of all time.) Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed.

    Kelly's writing is incredibly unique--it's a magical blend of poetry, stream-of-consciousness, and mythical storytelling. I could feel the myst rolling over the hills, see Michael Kelly coming out of the sea, hear the sound of Jamesy's tin whistle. I felt like I was back in Ireland--and I almost bought a plane ticket!

    The most remarkable aspect of this book is the way Kelly conveys the resilience of the Irish. They suffer through sorrow after sorrow but they never let go of hope.

    This is a wonderful portrait of an unflappable people, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Ireland, strong heroines, or exceptional historical fiction. ...more info
  • Excellent Book!
    I have little background knowledge about Irish history. I know a little about the potato famine but my knowledge doesn't extend beyond that. I did study Italian immigration for my Bachelor's but that really does not lend itself to understanding Irish history, now does it? I was a bit worried when I picked up this book that I would become lost because of my lack of knowledge. I, however, found that it was not the case at all. The moment I began reading, I became immersed in the story.

    I cannot tell you how much Galway Bay entranced me from the very beginning. I absolutely loved every single aspect of this book. I felt every joy and sorrow the Kelly family went through as if it was happening to me. I felt each tragedy and hunger pang. I often had to put the book down because it became so emotionally draining. I think that is a credit to Mary Pat Kelly. Her writing style is so crisp and descriptive. You really feel the events of this book very deeply. There was an event midway through the book that hit me like a thunderbolt. I had no idea it was coming. I am not a very emotional person in most situation but I found myself tearing up while reading this book.

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested, even on the smallest level, in Irish history. Please don't be daunted by the size of the novel. It really is a quick read. ...more info
  • "A nation....Can a country of unmarked graves ever be a nation?"
    Galway Bay begins in 1839 and covers the life of Honora Keeley, first bound for the church, until she by chance meets Michael Kelly as he's rising from the bay after a swim and it's love at first site for both. Despite the odds against them, they manage to marry and find a place to live and farm and do as well as can be expected under the British oppression - that is until the potato blight hits. With the British government insensitive to the needs of the starving, many begin to emigrate to America and the Kellys finally decide to go as well and join Michael's brother Patrick in Chicago.

    Once in America Honora and her family first arrive in New Orleans and then make their way to Chicago, able to rise above the bigotry and ignorance against the Irish and build a new life. The family's story then takes them through the Civil War, the Fenian Rising of 1867, the great fire and Chicago's World's Fair (Columbian Exposition).

    While it's not a five star book IMO, I really enjoyed this one, especially the first parts in Ireland - the accounts of the Great Famine were horrendous, as well the ignorance and bigotry of the English government as they sat on their hands and watched so many die such horrible deaths. I also enjoyed their early days in Chicago as they struggled to find employment and keep a roof over their heads. My only complaint is the last 75 or so pages tended to drop off and things got pretty slow as the author wrapped it up. I know that the Irish had large families with lots of kids and grandkids, but finally my head was spinning trying to keep track of them all. Perhaps a family tree for the paperback edition would help readers keep them straight? Lastly, there is a lovely glossary in the back listing many of the Irish expressions used in the book and how to pronounce them. Wish I'd known about it when I started the book. 4/5 stars....more info
  • truth in the telling
    Many of us with Irish grandmothers, like Mary Pat
    Kelly's, learned young that our families left
    Ireland unwillingly, but in desperate
    circumstances. Galway Bay gives a scorchingly
    honest look at the suffering the Irish endured
    while the English landlords continued to export
    food out of Irish harbors. One might read and
    weep, except that the Kellys also had resilience,
    and a beautiful new country, where they would write
    a new story. This is history to celebrate, a very
    good read and an important look at an oppression of
    people - not unlike today's immigrant families, who
    also go through so much, in order to try to find
    survival for their families here. Instead of a
    green beer or a Hallmark card on this feast of St
    Patrick, give someone Irish that you love this
    wonderful story of a family to read.
    Those with a special interest in family history may
    read this book as an Irish "Roots" -
    the writer did not know all her story until putting
    in much time over historical documents, microfilms,
    computers and talking to family members. ...more info
  • A Fantastic Historical Novel
    Galway Bay is an fantastic book. Kelly shows how the events of history unfold to affect one family and the impact over the generations. The characters in this book are amazing. Honora Kelly displays a great strength as she helps save her family from starvation, brings her children to America as a widow, and then worries for her boys as they fight in America's Civil War. As a reader, I could feel the strength of the emotions in this book as well as the pangs of their hunger. The characters truly come alive off the pages.

    Kelly sprinkles some Irish phrases into the dialogue which adds to the authentic feel of the book. There is a glossary in the back of the book which aids in understanding these terms although many can be understood simply from their place in the text.

    Through telling the story of one family, Kelly truly tells the tale of the millions who fled Ireland during the starvation to create new lives for themselves in America. I would highly recommend Galway Bay as a rich, historical novel and as a novel of family. The book also contains a reading guide which would make it an ideal book club selection....more info
  • It was an honor to read this..
    We meet Honora Kelley as she's preparing to enter the sisterhood, something that has been planned for her to do since she was a young girl. Instead, though, she sees a man who appears to be drowning in Galway Bay. This man is Michael Keely, and they fall in love at first sight. Despite many challenges, they eventually marry. Galway Bay is the tale of one Irish family's quest for survival, despite the many tragedies that come their way. One can't help but feel enlighten and encouraged by the Kelly family's triumphs and dedication to the future and survival of their family. The characters were strong, well rounded and unforgettable. Mary Pat Kelly, a descendent of the Kelly family, definitely has a great talent for writing. Her research and passion for her descendant's history is evident. Her portrayal of the Kelly family experience was never sugar coated, it was always true to history. It was an honor for me to be able walk with this family and learn about a part of history that is not often detailed. Galway Bay touched my soul like no other book has for some time. If you haven't picked up a copy of Galway Bay, do it now. You won't be sorry.
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  • A delightful and absorbing story
    I found Galway Bay to be a story of passion, determination, loyalty and perseverance. Once the reader opens the cover of this lovely book, they will be instantly transported back to a time and place where hardships overcame many, yet many were able to grow stronger. In my mind, Ireland has always been a beautiful place - a place shining of emerald green as far as the eye can see, the melodic brogue of the people and the wisdom of history. Never before have I been awakened to the tragedies and hardships these innocent people had to endure, as I was while reading Galway Bay.

    Mary Pat Kelly has a talent that shines easily through the pages of Galway Bay. She brings the story of Honora and Michael to life - as she brings the history of the Great Starvation to life. Ms. Kelly not only captures the early times of Galway Bay, but also early Chicago, as the Irish emigrate to America to find a better life, albeit even further struggles and hardships.

    I honestly feel that this is a story that will appeal to many - men and women alike. Galway Bay is not a light read, but it is one that will remain with the reader long after the last page has been turned. This is also a story that reads quickly - not allowing the reader to sit it aside for long, before beckoning their return. I highly recommend Galway Bay to anyone searching for an excellent and engrossing story - particularly within the Historical Fiction genre.

    As one last comment, I wanted to mention how much I love the cover of this book. It is absolutely beautiful and truly captures the story within!...more info


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