Through Streets Broad and Narrow (Ivy Rose Series #1) by Gemma Jackson

Through Streets Broad and Narrow (Ivy Rose Series #1)

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. Pushing a pram around the well-to-do areas of Dublin every day, she begged for the discards of the wealthy which she then turned into items she ...

Details Through Streets Broad and Narrow (Ivy Rose Series #1)

TitleThrough Streets Broad and Narrow (Ivy Rose Series #1)
Release DateJan 8th, 2014
PublisherPoolbeg Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Ireland

Reviews Through Streets Broad and Narrow (Ivy Rose Series #1)

  • Tony Hisgett
    I enjoy reading historical mysteries and when this special offer from Amazon appeared in my e-mail I though I would give it a try, as it appeared to have many of the elements I look for in this type of novel.The three most important things I can say about this book are; From the moment I started reading I didn’t put it down until I had finished every last word The first thing I did after finishing the book was go to Amazon and download the next...
  • Jon Abbott
    A young woman in Dublin in the 1920's father (her "da") dies after having cleaned out every penny in their hovel, including money for the rent. Since age 9 and the flight of her Ma to a life somewhere else, the pennies earned by Ivy Rose alone are all that have kept her lazy but oh so handsome Da and her 3 olders brothers, all now departed, in a bit of food and rough shelter. Ivy is now on her own.Read this story before? Think she is going into s...
  • Sarah
    I was left feeling very optimistic and empowered, especially as a woman. The story of Ivy Murphy is one of eventual triumph despite all the odds stacked high up against her. I felt myself sympathizing for Ivy at the beginning but then shifted to rooting for her as she fought her way to secure a better life for herself. It is Ivy's core inner beauty and strength that carries her across the finish line in the end. This book is a must-read.
  • Heelqueen
    The story of ivy rose Murphy and the life and times of Dublin in the 192os. This book was a delight to read. I felt like I had stepped back in time to Dublin in the 1920s. A life of hardship and poverty that shows that even though they were hard times the little community was very tight knit and there was nothing a good cup of tea couldn't solve. Jackson portrays life in the 20s so vividly and well you can't help but feel you are a visitor watchi...
  • Ellen Whiting
    Don't waste your time. The story itself is interesting, but the writing is terrible.
  • Saskia
    A book that makes you grateful of the little things in life
  • Pat K
    This is a really charming story. Not a litarary book but well written and engaging. I got this book free through bookbub, but have bought the next two in the series. I would recommend it.
  • Meredith
    I really loved the beginning of the book, but it got formulaic and the ending seemed rushed. I am giving it a 4 because it was well written and I wanted to keep reading despite knowing how it will end...eventually. The formula demands that you read all 3 books before you see the romance come to fruition. I may be suckered in because it is a feel good rags-to-riches book.
  • Mary
    Good for a first novel. A little clunky and a little forced. Good characters but the plot needs work: more excitement, drama, and tension. Will probably not read the rest of the series, at least not right away.
  • margaret amato
    I can't wait to read the next Ivy Rose book. She is so courageous.
  • Jaishree
    A feel good, rags to riches story set in the Ireland of the early 1900.Though the story is pretty predictable and the writing could have been better, the character of Ivy, who collects discarded garments from the rich to modify them for reselling keeps one reading to the end.This was a freebie on Bookbub and is the first of a three part series. I don't see myself going hunting for the remaining books.
  • Karen S. Stockton
    A very worthwhile readGemma is a new author for me. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and it was hard to put down. Delightful characters.
  • Debbie Gallagher
    I started reading this book without any expectations, I thought it would be like so many others I've read, very typical and light. But from the start I was surprised - by the story itself - which is absolutely gripping, particularly the characters - and just how well written it is. I can't wait to read more by this author.
  • Martha S. Heney
    Fantastic read!One of the best books I have ever read. Couldn't put it down. Definitely an epic wonder. Awesome! Well done.
  • Joan
    Book is set in Dublin, Ireland New Year's Day 1925 in a very poor section of town. The book begins as Ivy Rose Murphy is awakened by knocking on her two room apartment basement door to be informed that her da died during the night. We follow, Ivy as she struggles with no money (as her da had taken all money the night before to celebrate the years end). Ivy has been slowly abandoned by family as her mother left the family when Ivy was nine and had...
  • Jonmontanavega
    Nice alternative plot to the normal 'indigent young woman is befriended by rich older man and treated to an education' story. No older man; no man. Well, there are a few contemporary young men, but she (Ivy) takes care of them rather than the reverse. Definitely a young woman who makes lemonade out of lemons. Set in 1925 Dublin. Don't read if you think that priests and nuns were the best thing ever for the Irish poor.
  • Tonya D Flores
    Fun readWhat a great book. I love the premise of the poor girl coming up from nothing to a whole lot of something. And Ivy is just so likeable. The characters are real and they draw you into their world. This would probably have never really happened, but it is sure a fun story to read!
  • Nicole
    Pleasantly surprisedI was a EU reprised at the turn this book takes. Instead of being a cookie cutter rags to riches story. Ivy's journey is something different. Every character in the book is more than just a foot note in the story.
  • Mary (Biblophile)
    I really enjoyed this well-written book about a young girl's life and the hardships she endured on the backstreets of Dublin. The hard scrabble life she led and the times of the poor come vividly to life.
  • Jeanmarie Brenckle
    Delightful!I love a book that grabs my attention and doesn't let go.I could not put this down. I looked forward to reading more and more.Would recommend this book to all.Totally enjoyed this book.
    EngrossedOne of those series which are so interesting you can go on reading for ever. I am looking forward to continuing the saga
  • Bob Boze
    Through Streets Broad and Narrow is an Irish Historical Fiction story that takes place in Dublin in 1925. The story centers around Ivy Rose Murphy, a young woman just out of her teens, left alone in the tenements after her drunken, abusive father drowns in a trough after stumbling out of the pub.But Ivy is already a survivor, having been abandoned by the mother and brothers years earlier. Suddenly, she’s now free to lead her life as she wishes ...
  • Theresa
    Patience pays off.This novel got off to a very slow start and I gave passing thought to throwing in the towel and moving on to another novel. Life is short and the list of books in my queue is long. I'm really glad that I didn't give in to my impatience. 'Through Streets Broad and Narrow' is a wonderful, richly detailed look at a society in transition. The period after WWI up to the worldwide Great Depression saw great changes in rise of business...
  • Sandy
    I stumbled across Through Streets Broad and Narrow by accident but it was a lucky one for me because I loved this book.Ivy is a wonderful character, resilient, brave and very smart. She is actually the daughter of an aristocrat although its never made clear why her mother would marry someone so poor and beneath her as Ivy's father; Eamonn who is a selfish, alcoholic jerk. Ivy is self-employed entrepreneur and after her father's sudden death her l...
  • Cindy Woods
    Very goodExcellently written. The characters come alive in this story, as does the slum they live in. This is an eye opening story of the day to day struggles of a young woman and her friends and neighbors in 1925 Dublin, Ireland. An underlying theme here is the power of the Catholic church, priests and religious fervor that drive these desperately poor people. The hypocrisy is enormous as the local church's Christian charity is on a pay-to-pray ...
  • Rebekah
    A series of Improbable EventsThis is supposed to be a story of a woman pulling herself out of poverty, but her rise would not be possible without some truly outlandish things happening. The book has to really twist events to make them seems OK for the "heroes" to be doing, but how Emmy is brought into their lives is just not OK. (view spoiler)[The description describes Ivy and Jem as helping a homeless girl, but in reality they kidnap her and "bo...
  • Katie K.
    Read only for the social aspectsThe title was brilliant! It caught my attention right off. However the writing was extremely choppy and simplistic, the sentences often being short, as if written for a middle school child. In addition, the heroine's name was repeated unnecessarily several times in one paragraph -- many times throughout the book. It was so annoying that I read only half of the book, then skipped to the end to see where the plot wou...
  • Mary Mehl
    Good ReadThis book is a grim but rich glimpse of early Twentieth Century life among Dublin residents suffering appalling poverty and deprivation. Through a combination of luck and her own considerable pluck, Ivy Rose, a young woman who has spent her entire motherless childhood scrambling to support her 3 younger brothers and worthless, selfish, abusive drunken father. When the boys move on to their own destinies and her father finally does Ivy Ro...
  • Samantha
    I don't quite know how to rate this book. The author set up the story really well. I feel like I know about the life of super poor people in Dublin, 1925, really well. And I really liked the characters too. And a lot of bad things could've happened that didn't, which was good. But there weren't many catalysts driving the story, you know? I kept running back to read this book to see what happens, and nothing truly happens. There's no climax. There...
  • Elaine Donadio
    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 pull...