The Latecomers by Helen Klein Ross


The Latecomers
Title : The Latecomers
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ISBN : 0316476862
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368

Set in New England over three generations, THE LATECOMERS mixes the world of Colm T ib n s Brooklyn with the sweeping family sagas of Christina Baker Kline.In 1908, sixteen year old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same age sweetheart Thom But when Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing, Bridey finds herself alone and pregnant in a strange new world.Forced by circumstance to give up the baby for adoption, Bridey finds work as a maid for the Hollingworth family at a lavish, sprawling estate It s the dawn of a new century innovative technologies are emerging, women s roles are changing, and Bridey is emboldened by the promise of a fresh start She cares for the Hollingworth children as if they were her own, until a mysterious death changes Bridey and the household forever For decades, the terrible secrets of Bridey s past continue to haunt the family And in the present day, after a strange blue bottle is found hidden beneath old wallpaper, the youngest Hollingworth makes a connection that finally brings these dark ghost stories into the light.Told in interweaving timelines and rich with detailed history, romance and dark secrets, Helen Klein Ross THE LATECOMERS spans a century of America life and reminds us all that we can never truly leave the past behind.


The Latecomers Reviews


  • Jill Meyer

    As I read Helen Klein Ross s new novel, The Latecomers , I was pretty sure of rating it a solid 4 out of 5 stars It was a well written novel about a multi generational family, centered around a house in Wellington, Connecticut The family, the Hollingworths, had wed, bred, and died in the house for years when a young Irish immigrant, Bridey Molloy was hired to work for the family before WW1 Bridey, who had born a son from a pregnancy begun on her passage from Ireland to the United States with As I read Helen Klein Ross s new novel, The Latecomers , I was pretty sure of rating it a solid 4 out of 5 stars It was a well written novel about a multi generational family, centered around a house in Wellington, Connecticut The family, the Hollingworths, had wed, bred, and died in the house for years when a young Irish immigrant, Bridey Molloy was hired to work for the family before WW1 Bridey, who had born a son from a pregnancy begun on her passage from Ireland to the United States with a fellow who d died on board the ship, was the lynch pin for a hundred or so years of Hollingworth family history The book, which had seemed a solid 4, was raised to a 5 by the time I finished.Helen Klein Ross s book is written in different voices at different time periods Her family history involves such times as September 11, 2001, as well as 1895 til 1930 Ross proves a master at NOT making the voice and time changes confusing for the reader She keeps everything straight She conveniently puts a family tree in the front of the book, to help the reader along with any questions of parenthood they may have.Why write a family history, with at least 15 major characters and 15 minor ones It s difficult to write much about every character and keep the book somewhat less than Bible length, but Ross brings the various family members alive and manages to throw in a mystery Ross s book was a great read and I can heartily recommend it Note to publisher editor I think you need to check to see if all the names remain the same throughout the book In the readers copy I have, Vincent s daughter Abby is referred to as Connie late in the book

  • Helen

    Well, if a book s author doesn t give it five stars, you have to wonder Full disclosure I am the author This book started out in the walls of an old house my husband and I were renovating in a small town in New England The house was built by the governor of Connecticut in 1853 In the library, there s a floor to ceiling bookcase with sliding glass doors The glass is engraved 1860 and I d wonder what conversations took place in that room, as a Civil War was brewing I made up a story based o Well, if a book s author doesn t give it five stars, you have to wonder Full disclosure I am the author This book started out in the walls of an old house my husband and I were renovating in a small town in New England The house was built by the governor of Connecticut in 1853 In the library, there s a floor to ceiling bookcase with sliding glass doors The glass is engraved 1860 and I d wonder what conversations took place in that room, as a Civil War was brewing I made up a story based on conversations I imagined The story is fiction But the house is real You can read about it here

  • Michelle

    Ooooo..that cover Exquisite 3

  • Nancy

    The Latecomers by Helen Klein Ross is a multi generational story of an American family and the Irish immigrant with whom they share a secret Ross was inspired by a real 1853 Connecticut house, Holleywood The novel begins in 1908 when Bridey and Thom plan to secretly marry and immigrant to America because of the feud between their Irish families The marriage is delayed and Thom dies of ship fever, leaving a pregnant Bridey to fend for herself in America.Bridey must give her son for adoption an The Latecomers by Helen Klein Ross is a multi generational story of an American family and the Irish immigrant with whom they share a secret Ross was inspired by a real 1853 Connecticut house, Holleywood The novel begins in 1908 when Bridey and Thom plan to secretly marry and immigrant to America because of the feud between their Irish families The marriage is delayed and Thom dies of ship fever, leaving a pregnant Bridey to fend for herself in America.Bridey must give her son for adoption and is hired as a maid for the wealthy Hollingsworth family Their relationship becomes complicated upon the death of the patriarch, causing Bridey to return to Ireland The story follows the Hollingsworth family through generations, set against the burgeoning changes in American life, until a long lost secret is rediscovered through genealogical research.I had just finished watching Downton Abbey for the first time yes, I know, years after everyone else saw it The early part of the novel reminded me of that series, from the time era to the upstairs downstairs multigenerational relationships Except, this story is set in America and continues into contemporary times My concern was that the story slowed down in the middle There is a lot of telling when I would have liked dialogue and action I know it is on trend, but I still don t care for a prelude scene with people and a situation not revisited until the end of the book.Ross s extensive research shows in the period details she includes in the story Historical fiction fans who enjoy learning about history in a sprawling novel spanning generations will enjoy this book I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review

  • Mary Lins

    Book addicts will relate to this that wonderful feeling of excitement and expectation as you hold in your hand a 400 page historical novel turn to the front and find an old and complicated Family Tree, and turning to the back you discover a Bibliography which included novels that you have read and loved Bliss But that angel of practicality and experience over your shoulder whispers in your ear Don t get too excited lest you be disappointed Reader I was not disappointed So I began, Hele Book addicts will relate to this that wonderful feeling of excitement and expectation as you hold in your hand a 400 page historical novel turn to the front and find an old and complicated Family Tree, and turning to the back you discover a Bibliography which included novels that you have read and loved Bliss But that angel of practicality and experience over your shoulder whispers in your ear Don t get too excited lest you be disappointed Reader I was not disappointed So I began, Helen Klein Ross new novel, The Latecomers which chronicles the life of two very different main characters Bridey Molloy a fin de si cle immigrant from Ireland who now works as a housekeeper at Hollingsworth, a grand family home in Wellington, Connecticut, and Sarah Hollingsworth eldest daughter and heir to the estate One of the fun things about reading an historical novel is knowing the future, of which the characters don t In the 1920s the characters think that every improvement worth inventing had been now invented electricity brought lights and toasters and vacuum cleaners The telephone revolutionized communication, the car completely changed transportation, roads, and cities The talkies were miraculous Imagine if these characters could see OUR reality fewer than a hundred years in the future I still look at my iPhone and ponder the amazing technology of my own time As in all family sagas that span generations, there are secrets that will be revealed, and some that will not, and endings both sad and satisfying The ending felt a bit rushed after spending so much time in the early part of the 20th century with Bridey and Sarah, we suddenly find ourselves in the 21st century with entirely new family members Don t let the page number daunt you this novel is fast paced I picked it up expecting to savor it for the week, but I couldn t put it down so it didn t last past Tuesday

  • lp

    Everything I look for in a historical fictionan orphan Irish immigrants creepy family mysteries a huge old house Helen Klein Ross must have been reading my mind.

  • Melissa

    I read an advanced copy of this book from Book of the Month I love historical fiction, especially when it s told through different viewpoints and jumps around in time It s like putting together a puzzle I can t get through it fast enough Yet I wanted to savor it as well and I also had to take breaks to read up on the real life events that were sprinkled in I laughed and I cried Loved it

  • Natalie

    THE LATECOMERS is certainly one of the best novels of recent vintage I was so engrossed from the moment I met Bridey Molloy that I was unable to leave the book for a moment.Ross manages to combine the family history of Bridey and her son with that of the wealthy Hollinghursts, while incorporating the history of the 20th century It is never boring since the skillful weaving of the stories of the characters, caught in the swirl of the times, kept me turning pages Oh, how I loved the characters, THE LATECOMERS is certainly one of the best novels of recent vintage I was so engrossed from the moment I met Bridey Molloy that I was unable to leave the book for a moment.Ross manages to combine the family history of Bridey and her son with that of the wealthy Hollinghursts, while incorporating the history of the 20th century It is never boring since the skillful weaving of the stories of the characters, caught in the swirl of the times, kept me turning pages Oh, how I loved the characters, but as a teacher, I had to admire the incredible research that went into this novel making it a journey through the century The author describes not only the significant events and movements of the time period, but even the decorative arts and inventions that changed life.The heart of the novel is the life of Bridey, running away from Ireland with her intended, and within days finding herself alone and pregnant in New York City It is this pregnancy and the adoption of her child that is the center of this book The secondary characters are very well developed and the family is followed through many generations.Even the terrible secret that could have ruined Bridey s life is revealed and the author does a wonderful job of bringing closure to the reader That last moment is fueled by a new technology that has come into broad use Klein Ross simply doesn t miss a thing in this book.I highly recommend this novel to book clubs and to classes in Woman s Studies and modern American history Part of the uniqueness of the book is that is a wonderful novel wrapped around a well researched story of American With all the talk about immigration, it provides an interesting look at the lives of female immigrants around the turn of the century Despite the happenstance of her son s adoption, it also speaks to the control of a young woman s body and the enslavement to the constant danger of giving birth without respite or choice.Thank you Netgalley for providing this novel and the fascinating journey that I had the fortune to take

  • Cathy Branciforte

    I have to say that I couldn t wait to read this book based on the description and it did not disappoint It was everything I thought it would be and a wonderful story that grabbed me right from the start, characters that I grew to love especially Bridey , and a real sense of time and place with period details I loved every minute of it and didn t want it to end, yet the end was perfect I just wish I had someone to discuss it with This would make a terrific book club book and I highly I have to say that I couldn t wait to read this book based on the description and it did not disappoint It was everything I thought it would be and a wonderful story that grabbed me right from the start, characters that I grew to love especially Bridey , and a real sense of time and place with period details I loved every minute of it and didn t want it to end, yet the end was perfect I just wish I had someone to discuss it with This would make a terrific book club book and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys historical fiction.Thanks to Little Brown Company and Netgalley for the advanced digital review copy

  • Marguerite

    I loved the premise of this book I love stories that span generations and have secrets and lies and tragedy and heartache That being said, I didn t love the execution of the story To me, it seemed like the second half of the book was very rushed The beginning was detailed and descriptive while the later chapters were brief and to the point with a large span of time in between I did think this was a good book but, think this could have been a great book if the second half was developed I loved the premise of this book I love stories that span generations and have secrets and lies and tragedy and heartache That being said, I didn t love the execution of the story To me, it seemed like the second half of the book was very rushed The beginning was detailed and descriptive while the later chapters were brief and to the point with a large span of time in between I did think this was a good book but, think this could have been a great book if the second half was developed