The Latecomers by Helen Klein Ross

The Latecomers

Set in New England over three generations, THE LATECOMERS mixes the world of Colm Tóibín'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 adopti...

Details The Latecomers

TitleThe Latecomers
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult Fiction, Adult

Reviews The Latecomers

  • Liz
    It’s not often I’ve picked a book because of its cover, but it’s what led me to The Latecomers. A family saga, of sorts, it deals with the Hollingsworth family along with their live-in maid, Bridey. Bridey came over from Ireland as a 16 year old. Unfortunate circumstances led to her beau dying on the crossing but not before leaving her pregnant. While at a home for unwed mothers, she meets Sarah Hollingworth and is soon working for the fami...
  • 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,...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • MaryannC. Book Freak
    A lovely, touching read about young Bridey who runs off with her beloved, Thom in 1908 during the time when immigrants where making their way to America to seek a better life for themselves. Before the couple can reach American shores Thom dies of shipboard fever and Bridey finds herself with child trying to survive the mean streets of New York alone. This was well written and depicts the plight of what immigrants had to endure during the turn of...
  • lp
    Everything I look for in a historical orphan! Irish immigrants! creepy family mysteries! a huge old house! Helen Klein Ross must have been reading my mind.
  • 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 i...
  • Leslie Lindsay
    Spellbinding historical fiction spanning five generations, plenty of secrets, richly researched, and highly detailed, THE LATECOMERS has a little something for everyone. Helen Klein Ross has outdone herself. Several years ago, I read her stunning and compelling WHAT WAS MINE and immediately fell in love; that story stuck with me and I raced to the climatic ending. THE LATECOMERS (Little, Brown November 2018) is a completely different kind of tale...
  • Eileen
    This generational saga was instantly engaging, and remained so throughout! I loved the various narrators and the different periods which were not sequential, but rather provided tantalizing hints of what was to come or what might have already happened! Irish immigration, an historical old house, the upstairs-downstairs aspect – all were strains which drew me in and tied the strands firmly. Helen Klein Ross is a master story teller! I actually w...
  • Karen Kay
    I received this from in exchange for a review. In 1908, sixteen-year-old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same-age sweetheart Thom. When Thom dies during the sea voyage, Bridey finds herself pregnant and alone in America.I thought the story lagged a bit in the middle and the ending felt rushed. I never did figure out the meaning of the book title.3☆
  • Heather
    I wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great. However, the pacing was way too slow for me. Try as I might, I just couldn’t connect to the story or the characters. Every page was a chore to read, and this book would just sit there mocking me. Added to my DNF pile.(I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.)
  • 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...
  • 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 more: 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! T...
  • Kristin (Always With a Book)
    Review posted on blog.
  • Kristeen Hughes
    Round up to 4.5 stars.
  • Elaine
    Juxtaposing past and present, “The Latecomers” by Helen Klein Ross follows Bridey, an Irish immigrant, who worked as hired help in the Hollingworth family home for many years during the early 1900's. Located in the lower east side of New York City, Hollingwood hosted the monumental social and technological changes of the twentieth century. I loved Bridey, Dorothy, Vincent and the other characters and I appreciated how authentically--and witho...
  • Lori
    Bridey and Thom leave Ireland for America, planning to wed once they arrive. Thom dies aboard ship, and Bridey arrives in America pregnant. She considers returning to her family in Ireland, but remains. A young woman who helps Bridey helps her place the child with a Catholic charity and provides Bridey with a job. When the woman's own child dies in birth, she adopts from the charity with Bridey still working for the family. The bond between Bride...
  • 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...
  • Dylan Iovene
    It’s not often I find a historical fiction novel that truly holds me in its pages but there was something about The Latecomers that just entirely mesmerized me. Taking place not just in Connecticut and New York but also in the same county of Ireland My family migrated from. The connections I felt to this story and these characters ran deep. A magnificent piece of literature for the historical fiction and local history buff alike.
  • Glenda
    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 emergin...
  • Anneke
    Book Review: The LatecomersAuthor: Helen Klein Ross Publisher: Little, Brown and CompanyPublication Date: November 6, 2018Review Date: November 13, 2018I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a fantastic historical fiction novel spanning from the 1890’s up to the present 2018. I love these novels that revolve around one family, spanning many generations. This book grabbed from my attention fr...
  • Sherrie Howey
    Bridey leaves Ireland with her boyfriend Thom and sadly, Thom dies on the ship taking them to America. Bridey becomes pregnant on the ship and knows she must give up her son for adoption. What follows next is a family drama that extends over multiple generations. It is historical fiction at its best and the author has done extensive research. The main characters are very well developed and I thoroughly enjoyed their stories.I love when an author ...
  • Di
    Historical generational saga, full of history, and secrets. Almost worthy of 5 stars but the last 1/3 of the book sped up so much that it was hard to keep the generation track straight. The early characters were well developed and interesting. Storyline was great. Good book for Kate Morton fans.Edited at add: the author truly did a huge amount of research in order to portray historical facts accurately. I appreciate the fact that she listed them ...
  • Jenna
    Sweet Bridey, always trying to do the right thing for everyone in her life except herself at times. This was a wonderful family saga that came full circle over a century. Lots of heartbreak, sacrifice, and longing but beauty and love prevailed.
  • Cynthia
    Her first novel was fun. The second was great. This one is deep and beautiful and epic. Her descriptions are wonderful, the characters are memorable, and she recreates a world with her imagination and actual facts. Highly recommend.
  • SM Surber
    Skip this one, pal.
  • Phoebe
    This quiet and unassuming novel is astonishingly compelling and hard to put down. From the moment we meet Bridey Malloy, off to America with her sweetheart, Thom, we are completely hooked on her story. This is a story of a house, a family, and the immigrant experience at the turn of the century, and also how secrets can be buried. This is not like a Kate Morton book--the secrets harbored by the characters do not come to light with great drama, bu...