On New Year's Day 1925 Ivy Rose Murphy awakes to find her world changed forever. Her irresponsible Da is dead. She is grief-stricken and alone but for the first time in her life free to please herself. After her mother deserted the family, Ivy became the sole provider for her Da and three brothers. As she visits the morgue to pay her respects to her Da, a chance meeting introduces Ivy to a new world of money and privilege, her mother's world. Ivy is suddenly a woman on a mission to improve herself and her lot in life.
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Wonderful story representing the life of a struggling young woman, her friends and neighbors in a very poor section of Ireland. This determined, hard-working woman is able to improve her lot in life while pulling up those around her. Obstacles abound. Subversions appear out of nowhere. Help, justice, and a hand-up play a large role in her story. On the negative side, there were too many extraneous details, for example, explaining how someone pulled a chair up for another person to sit on, while major plot points went from the thought or intention to the fruition without any explanations in between. The characters are realistic and engaging and their stories are heart-felt. The reader wants to know what happens next.