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
Number of pages464 pages
GenreHistorical, Cultural, Ireland, Fiction

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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Saskia
    A book that makes you grateful of the little things in life
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Theresa Brandt
    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...
  • 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...
  • Nancy McLaughlin
    Lovely bookExactly the warm, loving story I was looking for. Ivy Rose makes good things happen through hard work, compassion, quick wit & the firm belief that she can make her life better. And she's pulling her friends & neighbors into a better life with her. Now her parish priest deserves to be shot. Read the book & see if you agree!
  • Lois
    Great View of Dublin PastExcellent read with memorable characters. Could use a little editing to correct terms, grammar, and typos. (Try LifeRegeneration Editing for inexpensive rates). I did love the tension between the working class, rich, clergy, and lazy. Great story line and picture of Dublin in the early 1900s.
  • Margaret Lockwood
    I enjoyed every page.I really enjoyed this book. I liked everything about it - the story, the characters, and I look forward to reading the next installment. This is a well crafted book and a pleasure to read.
  • Patti
    cannot believe this was on kindle unlimited. yea!the main character marches from heartbreaking challenges and into heartwarming solutions, making this book a fast, wondrous and wonderful read. it reminds me of "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" .
  • Charlene Davis
    New Author for meEnjoyed it a lot. It is a series, you. Must read book one to get to know all the characters. The scenery of the time Period very good. You can image if you were living in the tenantaments how gross things are
  • Heather Kurtz
    An entertaining read. Not really believable plot-wise but I enjoyed the historical detail. Full of grammatical and punctuation errors, though. And spots where the author would repeat herself (a description, for example) within a few pages.
  • Dorothy
    Very Good!
  • Louise
    Loved it...and reading the next in series!!
  • gloria gilmore
    Wonderful characters....This book takes you on a back road journey into a poverty ridden time where man/women lived by their wits.
  • 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.
  • M Kemp
    not a mystery but good reading. Might read more of this series, but not now
  • Elizabeth
  • Noelia
    Delightful. I hope that the rest of the series is as good as the first book!
  • Brenda Vogel
    Loved the story! Can't wait to read the second book in the series.