The Irish Milliner



The Irish Milliner It Is New York City And The Civil War Is Brewing Norah McCabe, An Irish Immigrant Who Escaped The Famine As A Child, Is Now A Young Widow With A Daughter A Milliner, Struggling To Survive In Tumultuous Times, Norah Meets Abraham Lincoln, Befriends The Extraordinary African American Woman Elizabeth Jennings, And Assists The Underground Railroad Creating Hats For Runaway Slaves She Falls Headlong In Love With Edward M Knox, Son Of The Famous Hat Maker Charles Knox, But He Is Lace Curtain Irish And She Is Shanty Irish Edward Joins The 69th Regiment And Leaves For Battle Can Their Love Endure Through Class Differences And War And Then Norah Is Thrust Into The Chaos Of The Draft Riots Norah S Childhood Sweetheart, Sean O Connolly, Leaves New York To Avoid Conscription And Norah Misses Both Men She Eventually Travels To Gettysburg As A Journalist For The Irish American Newspaper And It Is On The Ghostly, But Reverent, Fields Of Gettysburg Norah McCabe Remembers The Famine Fields Of Ireland And Is Transformed But Now Where Will Norah Find Her Home This Is A Story Of Survival, Intrigue, Romance, As Well As Exploring The Conflict Of Irish Immigrants Thrust Into A War That Threatened To Destroy A Nation Mostly, It Is About An Irish American Woman Who Could Be Any Immigrant Today, Any Woman Today, Seeking To Create Beauty And Make Sense Of Her Life.

Cynthia Neale is an American with Irish ancestry and an Irish set dancer who loves to travel to Ireland and experience its beauty and haunting mystery She has long possessed a deep interest in the tragedies and triumphs of the Irish during the Famine She grew up in Watkins Glen, New York and now lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter The Irish Dresser is her first novel, and the s

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  • Paperback
  • 270 pages
  • The Irish Milliner
  • Cynthia G. Neale
  • English
  • 14 July 2018

10 thoughts on “The Irish Milliner

  1. Amy says:

    The Irish Milliner has a different writing style than I am used to It was hard to get into at first but I started enjoying it about third of the way through I like to see how pre Civil War Irish immigrants lived during that time Then the Civil War begins and widowed Nora had to struggle to find a place for herself I found it fun to see how she interacted with Abraham Lincoln and Elizabeth Jennings, which begins her courage to help with the Underground Railroad She, also, finds herself in a struggle and dealing with those of her past and those of her present The turmoil seems rea...

  2. Stephanie says:

    Norah McCabe is an Irish American immigrant living in the Five Points area of New York City right before the Civil War Norah was widowed on the crossing and now does everything she can in order to support her daughter, Katie Norah has taken to making hats for the women of Five Points, however she would love to expand her business into a department store For extra money Norah also writes articles for an Irish Newspaper As Lincoln takes office, political tensions arise and turmoil bubbles over into the Five Points neighborhood where the Irish and African American s are both struggling to survive In her travels, Norah is fortunate enough to have met and befriend Elizabeth Jennings, an African American schoolteacher Through Elizabeth, Norah learns about the Underground Railroad and does what she can to help As the War surges on, Norah s fiance is compelled to join the ranks In order to follow him, Norah takes a risky newspaper assignment following a photographer to Gettysburg and is able to see for herself the horrors that the war for herself.The Irish Milliner transported me back to New York City right before the Civil War Through Norah s eyes, I had a clear view of the trials facing Irish I...

  3. Charlotte Dickens says:

    I read with interest the newest book, THE IRISH MILLINER, in Cynthia G Neale s series about Norah McCabe, an Irish American immigrant who fled Ireland with her family during the Great Famine while she hid in an Irish dresser aboard the ship This is the fourth novel in a series of four that follows her life story On first meeting she was a young teen and in this final book she is a young widow with a daughter she is raising alone A difficult task for any era but was especially so just before and during the Civil War years I have read all four and read this one with great anticipation It is a prodigious task for an author to cover the Pre Civil War period through the Civil War years but Cynthia Neale does it well I have enjoyed her character throughout the series She is spirited and pretty much undaunted even as she struggles with the problems of befriending a black woman in the Irish American part of New York City as resentment arose towards African Americans in the Irish Community, many of whom were being drafted to fight She remains true to her friend, the teacher Elizabeth Jennings despite the costs The other true life person who plays a significant role in her life is Edward Knox, the son of Charles Knox who was a famous hat maker during the era It is natural that she would be drawn into the circle of Charles Knox since she is so ardently pursuing h...

  4. Margaret says:

    I don t recall reading a book about an Irish immigrant living in New York City during the Civil War era, which I think is one of the reason this book appealed to me and I jumped at the opportunity to be part of this blog tour Norah is a young Irish American mother, widowed and residing in the Five Points area of New York City While it took me a little bit to get immersed in the story I found the view of New York City before the Civil War interesting and a true picture of what life was like back then.I enjoyed Norah s character, she was determined, devoted and caring She wasn t afraid to stand her ground and worked hard trying to expand her hat business You have to wonder if it would be easier just to put your head down, devote yourself to your loved ones and try to survive the times I love hearing about the Underground Railroad with it s secret messaging systems, I found the involvement of the hats fascinating and would have loved a little detail into their role All in all I enjoyed this one, it s always great reading about strong women who go against the grain of society, who want to make a difference and a b...

  5. LuAnn says:

    Why, oh why must I come late to a series with such a strong character as Norah McCabe It s impossible to say Ah, I knew her when, when you don t know her history Of course, there is a certain charm to knowing the present and then digging into the past The Irish Milliner works very well as a standalone, but if I come across an interesting story, I often wonder anyway about what happened before and or after, or what s the whole story Stories fiction or not that involve the differences and struggles among different socioeconomic classes have become a favorite of mine There are at least three such conflicts in The Irish Milliner race and Nora s involvement with the Underground Railroad , social class lace curtain vs shanty Irish and religion Catholic vs Protestant.I have a new appreciation for the struggles my ancestors must have face, criss crossing the Atlantic Today we complain about an hour s delay in a flight Back i...

  6. Kathleen Kelly says:

    The Irish Milliner is a historical story about a young widow, before and during the Civil War ,who makes hats She starts out making hats of various designs to see to make a little bit of cash so she can support her daughter and hopes to get her hats into the department stores in New York The Irish Milliner is a vivid depiction of the war, slavery, the Underground Railroad Norah is also a reporter, which is rare for a woman in this era Norah escaped the famine in Ireland and is determined to make a life for herself in the late 1800 s in the Five Points neighborhood in New York.Life for a woman in this era had to have been difficult, a woman s role was to stay home and take care of the house and children Norah is not so lucky being a widow but she is very creative and makes her way in a tough time She has a variety of friends, a young man who comes from wealth and influence who is courting her, ther...

  7. Carole Auger-Richard says:

    In Cynthia Neale s most recent novel, The Irish Milline, savvy and resourceful Norah McCabe faces a host of new, emotionally trying challenges as a widow and mother of a young child, and as a struggling milliner just getting by in the Five Point ghetto of New York City After enduring decades of suffering as an Irish immigrant, a new love relationship, her unrelenting self determination and thirst for truths and fairness launch her into the abyss of Civil War With her beautiful, evocative narration and disarmingly authentic dialogues, Neale journeys far beyond the harrowing sight of the battlefield Through a wide and profound knowledge of historical facts, she brings to light new dimensions of this conflict the motives of those who fight and of those who won t, the fear that emancipation of the slaves triggers in the South as well as in the North, the dirty politics and those caught in between, the love, the ha...

  8. Martha says:

    The Irish Milliner is a book about the fascinating, historical, romantic journey of Norah McCabe, a 19th Century Irish American woman living and working in NYC during the American Civil War This is the final book in a series of four books documenting Norah s life beginning in Ireland during the Irish Famine and her family s emigration to the US and the struggles of an immigrant family finding their place in a new country The third book, Norah and this latest and last,The Irish Milliner, deal with her struggles as a young woman Against the backdrop of New York City in the 1860 s with political and national unrest, racisism, hunger, poverty, disease and immigrants fighting each other f...

  9. AT says:

    Norah, the main character, is as lively, spirited and mercurial as must be the author Very interesting to get a view at such a personal level of the effect of the Civil War on many lives that are portrayed in this book Neale really brings to life an these characters and the changing times. and she d...

  10. Lucinda Marcoux says:

    Cynthia Neale s passion for a bygone era races across the pages of The Irish Milliner with literary grace, poignancy and perfection she captivates the reader We are instantly engaged with Norah McCabe, a than three dimensional character with surprising grit and the...

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