Monday, May 30, 2011

Book Review of 'Norah: The Making of an Irish-American Woman in 19th Century New York' by Cynthia Neale

Norah: The Making of an Irish-American Woman in 19th-Century New York was written by Cynthia Neale and published by Lucky Press, LLC in February, 2011. It may be purchased at
Cynthia Neale pens a story of a young, Irish women named Norah McCabe living with her family in 1850s' New York City. Nora is a very independent and passionate girl, who is full of love for her family, while also determined to make a life for herself in America. Norah has many dreams and struggles to make the best of everything against all odds.
This historically-based novel tells of life in 1850s in New York as seen through Nora's eye as she fights her way to adventure, love and respectability.
I found this book very interesting with the rich history of those early times portrayed so well by Ms Neale. The writing is fresh and clear and Nora's character is spunky and straight-forward. The characters of Nora's parents are well written and we clearly see the love they have for their daughter. This is a wonderful read and I'm giving this book a 4 spider rating. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historically based fiction with added adventure and romance. Great job by Cynthia Neale.
T Lane

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