CITY OF HOPE
June 25, 2013
Ellie and John Hogan's marriage hasn't always been perfect. Unable to have children, Ellie focuses her attention on managing the family's businesses, which disappoints John. He loves their farm and wishes they could spend more time together. When John unexpectedly dies, Ellie finds herself truly alone. Instead of facing her grief, she decides to go to New York City in an attempt to recapture the magic she found there years ago.
Unfortunately, New York City has changed. It is in the midst of the Great Depression. Ellie looks up some of her old friends and finally realizes that their living situations are critical. She decides to help her friends in need, which, turns out to become a much bigger project that she ever expected.
Ms. Kerrigan is able to create an inspiring storyline despite the time period of the Great Depression; she entices the reader with unanticipated surprises which makes this novel exceptional!