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  1. says:

    A richly imagined story that transports the reader back in time to a troubled Ireland at the beginning of the 1900s An engaging narrative of class differences and interesting and factual historical content make this one a terrific historical fiction novel I really enjoyed this book and got lost in the characters and plot and found myself loving every moment spent with this one The Yellow House delves into the passion and politics of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 20th Century Eil A richly imagined story that transports the reader back in time to a troubled Ireland at the beginning of the 1900s An engaging narrative of class differences and interesting and factual historical content make this one a terrific historical fiction novel I really enjoyed this book and got lost in the characters and plot and found myself loving every moment spent with this one The Yellow House delves into the passion and politics of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 20th Century Eileen O Neill s 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.The author knows her Irish history and her grandmother was her inspiration for this story and the character of Eileen O Neill I am wary of Irish Historical fiction novels as they can come across as twee and a little overly romantic, but The Yellow House seems to have the perfect blend of fact and fiction and romance and really was a surprisingly good read I didn t like the main character or the choices she made in life but she was certainly entertaining and feisty and brought an element of intrigue to the story I loved the historical element of the book and the author condenses the history of the time and certainly educates and informs the reader without over complicating the story The book does have some profanity but the phrases and words are without doubt in keeping with the language of the time and is perfectly placed in the story There were a couple of elements of the story that I would have questioned and found a little too unbelievable but nothing that affected my overall enjoyment of the book This was my first novel by Patricia Falvey and I purchased this one on audio and Kindle and the Audio version was excellent, the narrator captured the characters brilliantly and her accent and tone fitted perfectly with the story I would recommend this one for readers who enjoy stories set in Ireland or just good historical fiction book It would also work well as a book club discussion book


  2. says:

    A historical fiction book about Northern Ireland in the early 1900 s during all the religious tensions around the Irish Revolution Eileen, our heroin, loses her family in the beginning of the novel and works hard to reestablish herself and find security I loved Eileen and how stubborn and passionate she is through out the book I honestly thought this would be a simple love story but it really goes deeper than that to Eileen s own questions of identity and loyalty Not that much time is really A historical fiction book about Northern Ireland in the early 1900 s during all the religious tensions around the Irish Revolution Eileen, our heroin, loses her family in the beginning of the novel and works hard to reestablish herself and find security I loved Eileen and how stubborn and passionate she is through out the book I honestly thought this would be a simple love story but it really goes deeper than that to Eileen s own questions of identity and loyalty Not that much time is really even spent on the relationship between her and James or her and Owen There s a lotabout the cultural shifts and Eileen struggling to understand how to reconcile what happened to her family with her own identity and how she feels about those that fall outside of it The beginning of the story was a little slow but it does pick up and if you stick with it it s worth it


  3. says:

    The Yellow House is a well written novel set in Northern Ireland during the early 20th Century It s the coming of age story of Eileen O Neill who has lost much of her family following some tragic events The young woman hopes to rebuild her family home someday, a yellow house with a long family history that sits at the edge of the mountain, Slieve Gullion She dreamed of happier times when we were all together and the music played.Eileen is a strong redhead with a hot temper and a sharp ton The Yellow House is a well written novel set in Northern Ireland during the early 20th Century It s the coming of age story of Eileen O Neill who has lost much of her family following some tragic events The young woman hopes to rebuild her family home someday, a yellow house with a long family history that sits at the edge of the mountain, Slieve Gullion She dreamed of happier times when we were all together and the music played.Eileen is a strong redhead with a hot temper and a sharp tongue She works at a linen mill, and plays the fiddle in a band It is a time of political dissent between the Catholics and the Protestants during the Irish War of Independence Men are also dying in battle during World War I, or returning with horrific injuries Eileen has two love interests James Conlon who is a leader in the Irish Volunteers fighting for Home Rule, and Owen Sheriden who was shaken by the violence of the Battle of the Somme and has emotionally returned to his peaceful Quaker roots.This was a book that was hard to put down It has flawed, passionate characters coping with poverty, war, and religious strife The book also touches on themes of mental illness, inadequate medical care for the poor, and harsh working conditions in the linen mills Eileen holds on to her dreams for her family while weathering personal betrayals and a stressful time in Irish history I have drawn close to me those things that matter love, family, and home.Wisdom is my new companion, a wisdom forged from the fires of battles fought and lost, and life lived


  4. says:

    Eileen O Neill, the book s central character, is loosely based on the author s grandmother.If the 20th century conflict between the Protestants and the Catholics in Northern Ireland interests you, read this book Clear historical facts are woven into a moving, captivating story It puts you there, living in Ulster, during the first quarter of the century What was it really like to be a Catholic living in the predominantly Protestant Ulster The early 20th century Irish struggle for independ Eileen O Neill, the book s central character, is loosely based on the author s grandmother.If the 20th century conflict between the Protestants and the Catholics in Northern Ireland interests you, read this book Clear historical facts are woven into a moving, captivating story It puts you there, living in Ulster, during the first quarter of the century What was it really like to be a Catholic living in the predominantly Protestant Ulster The early 20th century Irish struggle for independence is the backdrop of the story The unfulfilled promises made to the Irish during the First World War, the Easter Rising in 1916, the 1920 Government of Ireland Act, the rise of the Sinn F in party, growth of the IRA, it s all here Immersed in the lives of the characters, the reader comes to truly understand the depth of the conflict, the utter impossibility of even reaching out to one on the other side of the divide Any attempt to cross the boundary separating one side from the other is life threatening The chasm dividing the two communities is immense This is what hits you with force as you read the book.The story is believable There is no element of the story that the author has not thought through carefully When something happens, what which has happened makes perfect sense because it follows naturally, as a direct consequence of earlier events I admire the author s ability to so carefully plan each step Moreover, this planning is not visible, unless you stop and think about it This invisibility is as important as the planning itself I like the prose The audiobook s narrator reads the lines slowly The impact of each line becomes, in this way, stronger The pauses speak They show you what to pay attention to The slow pace gives the reader time to recognize the appropriateness and the elegance of that which is said If you were to read quickly through the lines, skim them, I think you would miss a lot.The characters are fully developed Bit by bit you learnandabout them Secrets hidden are slowly revealed Each character fills a role in the story none are superfluous there is not one that should have been skipped And I like Eileen I like her spunk I do think it is possible to be attracted to two different men at the same time, and I also agree that eventually a choice must be made Simple Billy Craig is another great character too.For a while I was considering giving the book five stars Five stars because I appreciate the clarity of the historical information presented and because I felt myself to be swallowed up in the characters lives I was there, I was with them, their problems were mine The end is however a little too neat and tidy I do not think it was necessary for the central character to view spoiler attain her original wish, to reunite her family in the Yellow House, her childhood home hide spoiler.Sarah Jane Drummey gets five stars for her audiobook narration Her intonations are perfect Her slow speed and perfect pacing give the listener time to appreciate the lines If a narrator can improve a book, she has done it here Onething, the book never drags, not once from start to finish


  5. says:

    Occasionally an epic story comes along that makes the reader cry at the end of the novel I am that reader, and The Yellow House is that novel Spanning the early twentieth century, set in Northern Ireland during the time of the Irish revolution, we follow Eileen O Neill, warrior, daughter, and sister as she slowly loses everything she loves but learns to rise again Growing up at the base of her beloved mountain, Slieve Gullion, Eileen knows the terrors she dreams at night do not bode well for Occasionally an epic story comes along that makes the reader cry at the end of the novel I am that reader, and The Yellow House is that novel Spanning the early twentieth century, set in Northern Ireland during the time of the Irish revolution, we follow Eileen O Neill, warrior, daughter, and sister as she slowly loses everything she loves but learns to rise again Growing up at the base of her beloved mountain, Slieve Gullion, Eileen knows the terrors she dreams at night do not bode well for her family When her younger sister dies of Scarlet Fever, her mother loses her mind in grief When her Catholic father is killed defending their Yellow House from Protestant uprisers, Eileen must survive or perish in sadness She stands upright as an O Neill warrior and takes life by the horns.Growing up in Ireland in the tumultuous 1900s, Eileen O Neill joins the Cause for the rights of Catholics and all Irish citizens In 1913 she takes a job working for the Quaker family, the Sheridan s, at their mill in Queensbrook she also takes up the fiddle, following in her father s footsteps, and it is through these two positions that she meets Owen Sheridan, handsome, privileged, charming, rakish, and safe When Owen goes to fight in World War 1 Eileen is left confused about her burgeoning feelings, not having ever loved, she doesn t know about Owen And then she meets James dark, dangerous, impassioned for the Cause, fighting for his beliefs, for freedom from persecution, for a better Ireland, and she falls for him.Torn between her inner warrior and her outer womanhood, enveloped in a lost family and heritage, dreaming of the Yellow House and her beloved Slieve Gullion, Eileen is a girl who grows to a woman before our eyes, who marches from the ashes of her childhood and raises her arms in defiance Trapped between two men, Eileen finds herself.The Yellow House is a captivating debut, bountiful and beautifully written The beginning trudges along, but Eileen will capture you quickly after Her story will make you smile, make your heart pump, make your breath quicken, make you cry You will hope for the best, and fear for the worst You will laugh at Eileen and her anger and feistiness, she has a sailor s mouth and the temper to go with it You will feel her heartbreak and her desire, you will know her anguish and rapturous delight, you will relate to her because she is the warrior in all of us You will love Eileen, and you will love The Yellow House


  6. says:

    I didnt like any of the characters in this book Eileen was annoying, Owen was a weasel, and James was a jerk The writing wasnt that great either I hated the way both of the men just kept running after Eileen when in real life she was such a jerk to everyone that she would ve had no friends She never said a kind word in the entire book Also, there was too much nonsense about family pride and being a warrior O Neill I will grant that I didnt know Ireland had gone through such turmoil and i I didnt like any of the characters in this book Eileen was annoying, Owen was a weasel, and James was a jerk The writing wasnt that great either I hated the way both of the men just kept running after Eileen when in real life she was such a jerk to everyone that she would ve had no friends She never said a kind word in the entire book Also, there was too much nonsense about family pride and being a warrior O Neill I will grant that I didnt know Ireland had gone through such turmoil and it opened my eyes to that But if that s what you re interested in, read about it in a different book


  7. says:

    I started this book because I loved the genre Irish novel It is timed in the first World War, and the beginnings of the on going civil war in Ireland between the Catholica and the Protestants But, let me say, it was even less than OK which is the 2 definition This was no Maeve Binchey, I will tell you that I quit reading before I had finished the book And sadly, because it began well with a feisty red headed heroine, but the roof just kept falling on her head the language became mo I started this book because I loved the genre Irish novel It is timed in the first World War, and the beginnings of the on going civil war in Ireland between the Catholica and the Protestants But, let me say, it was even less than OK which is the 2 definition This was no Maeve Binchey, I will tell you that I quit reading before I had finished the book And sadly, because it began well with a feisty red headed heroine, but the roof just kept falling on her head the language becameandobjectionable, and I could foresee the romance was going to bethan my moral compass allows So, while I am on my soap box here, I want to include this review in my list to help me remember that all that is written is not gold, that time given to anything is only worth the careful consideration of that expense.And that the back of the cereal box, compared with some books, is better reading


  8. says:

    Great read, beautifully written loved the Irish brogue This story is of a young Northern Irish woman who, inheriting a legacy of warriors, must come to terms with the burdens that legacy carries and find the strength within her that it brings Spanning twenty years of her life, the book recounts Eileen O Neill s struggles with the difficulties that come with war both WWI the Irish War of Independence and poverty, including the loss of her family to murder, mental illness and hatred In the Great read, beautifully written loved the Irish brogue This story is of a young Northern Irish woman who, inheriting a legacy of warriors, must come to terms with the burdens that legacy carries and find the strength within her that it brings Spanning twenty years of her life, the book recounts Eileen O Neill s struggles with the difficulties that come with war both WWI the Irish War of Independence and poverty, including the loss of her family to murder, mental illness and hatred In the midst of this storm, she is torn between passion for a man who shares her rage and the comfort she finds with a man who has learned the price of giving into that rage In the end, she must learn to find her strength not in her family s legacy or in her country s struggle but in the dreams and hopes of her own heart This is Patricia Falvey s first novel 2010 , I look forward to reading her next novel The Linen Queen 2012


  9. says:

    For the 4th title of my Reading Ireland Month challenge, I chose a book that has been on my Kindle for a couple of years It is a debut novel steeped in Irish history and peopled with unforgettable charactersIndeed, it would become known far and wide as the Yellow House When the sun shone it dazzled like a golden beacon, and even on the grayest of days it glowed through the mist like magic The book begins with the O Neill family who live in an old yellow house in the shadow of Slieve Gullio For the 4th title of my Reading Ireland Month challenge, I chose a book that has been on my Kindle for a couple of years It is a debut novel steeped in Irish history and peopled with unforgettable charactersIndeed, it would become known far and wide as the Yellow House When the sun shone it dazzled like a golden beacon, and even on the grayest of days it glowed through the mist like magic The book begins with the O Neill family who live in an old yellow house in the shadow of Slieve Gullion in County Armagh A Catholic family, one of the few Catholic families who own land Due to increasing financial pressures, the land is being sold off piece by piece The father, the mother Mary, the oldest son Frankie, the oldest daughter, Eileen, and wee Lizzy and PaddyMy Da was born a dreamer, not a farmer Da O Neill has passed his love of music to his daughter, Eileen She is an accomplished fiddle player when just a child Some of her happiest early memories are of when her father s minstrel friends would come to the yellow house and play for hours on a Saturday nightShe doesn t know what she s saying, love She s astray in the head with grief Tragedy besets the O Neill family when the baby daughter becomes sickly and is sent off to the fever hospital The mother, pregnant, never gets over her loss and does not have anything to do with baby Paddy when he is born on Christmas Day 1908 She shuts herself in her room and leaves daughter Eileen to raise the boy Shortly thereafter, the mother and oldest son Frankie go to live with Eileen s paternal grandfather in the big manor house At the age of just thirteen Eileen leaves school to keep house for her father and young brother Da, Eileen, and young Paddy are left alone in the yellow house and they scrape by until one night men come and shoot Da and burn them out of the yellow house.Eileen and Paddy are taken in by the Mullens, a village family, and Eileen goes to work in the linen mill in 1913 With dreadful working conditions and dismal remuneration, Eileen works for years saving her money in the hopes that somehow she will be able to fix up the yellow house and return there with what remains of her familyI sometimes wonder if it s better for the bad things to happen all at once rather than little by little, like blood seeping out of a wound When they happen all at once, if the shock of it doesn t kill you, you might at least stand a chance of rearing up and fighting back Eileen grows into a beauty Like her mother before her she is very tall She grows to six feet and has thick red hair down to her waist which she wears in a plait She catches the eye of the mill owner s son, Owen SheridanWar is an abyss which sucks in souls both brave and desperate and spits them out again dead or disillusioned With Owen off fighting in WWI, in 1919 Eileen marries the brother of one of her friends at the mill Taller than she, and handsome, James Conlon will change Eileen s life forever James is a rebel and a staunch supporter of Michael Collins Along with her husband, Eileen joins the Irish Volunteers Eileen accompanies him on raids and turns into quite a warrior in her own right until she falls pregnant James betrays Eileen in many ways, and leaves her on her own with their young daughter Aoife To put food on the table Eileen returns to music and fiddles at the Ceili House pubSecrets are the cancer of families Like tumors, they grow ever larger, and if they are not removed, they suffocate the mind and spirit and spawn madness Told from Eileen O Neill s point of view, the story encompasses much heartache, sadness, loss, political turmoil, and harsh living and working conditions Eileen herself is a courageous and prideful woman, a loving daughter, a passionate lover, a hard worker, and a dreamerYour heart holds on to dreams long after your head tells you they re foolish Altogether a wonderful account of Irish history making the years of Irish conflict a little easier for me to understand Quite an achievement, as I ve never understood why a people would fight over differing religions Neighbor against neighbor, sometimes family member against family member The yellow house covers the years 1905 1922 encompassing the creation of the IRA and the signing of the partition treaty that separated Northern and Southern Ireland.Highly recommended to everyone who has a keen interest in Irish history and who prefers like I do to learn their history through well researched and well rendered fiction Although I anticipated the ending, the book was well constructed enough that I cannot rate it less than Oh, and I have a new favorite expressionIs it astray in the head you are


  10. says:

    Alright I admit it I ended up really enjoying this.The beginning had such a slow build, that I had a hard time getting into it I wasn t attached to the characters, and I had small hope of it getting better I will eat those words, because it really turned into a great story, and I have grown so attached to the characters that I will actually miss them now that the book is over.I liken this book to The Tea Rose, and not just because they are both romantic historical fiction We have an excepti Alright I admit it I ended up really enjoying this.The beginning had such a slow build, that I had a hard time getting into it I wasn t attached to the characters, and I had small hope of it getting better I will eat those words, because it really turned into a great story, and I have grown so attached to the characters that I will actually miss them now that the book is over.I liken this book to The Tea Rose, and not just because they are both romantic historical fiction We have an exceptional lead protagonist, who is strong despite, and because of, her own weaknesses Elaine finds herself forced to make some of the hardest decisions, personal, religious and political On the other side of the scale, we have James Never have I wished so hard for some kind of despicable harm to come to a character before The language is an aspect which I should probably mention I have rarely read a book able to so easily carry such foul language In fact, I found that I wasn t insulted at all by the gratuitous use of the F word Why Not only did it fit well with the characters, but it is also misspelled Feck The way it is said with an Irish accent If this is something that would bother you, then you probably shouldn t read this, because seriously, there are few pages that don t contain at least one, Irish pronounced swear word


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The Yellow House The Yellow House Delves Into The Passion And Politics Of Northern Ireland At The Beginning Of The Th Century Eileen O Neill S 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