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

Reviews The Latecomers

  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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☆
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Liz
    Via my blog at Molloy and her beloved fiance, Thom, fled their Irish village for America and a better life. Thom's cousin had already settled in the USA, and he sent them tickets. The plan was eventually to get the entire family over to the new world, starting in 1908. Bridey and Thom planned to marry before they left but the priest couldn't be found and they couldn't wait. They thought they could quick...
  • Kati Berman
    The Latecomers by Helen Klein RossI have mixed feelings about this book. Historical fiction is my favorite book genre, and this story of an immigrant Irish girl and the family she goes to work for in Connecticut is just the type of novel I enjoy. To top it off, a lot of it takes place in Connecticut where I lived for nearly 30 years. For the good part, this book is a page turner, in spite of its length, I finished it in 3 days. There were several...
  • Samantha
    This book tells a story of a family from multiple generations, centered around the main character Bridey, who in the beginning, travels to America with her boyfriend for a better life. Sadly, her boyfriend dies on the ship and she is left unmarried and pregnant. Left to find her way in New York. The story really sucks you in to the time period however it covers a century of time which felt a little sped through towards the end. Overall, I found t...
  • Stephanie Nelson
    I really enjoyed this book that interwove the lives of a family back in the beginning of the 1900s with the lives of family down the line in the early 2000s. I loved how the story fell together piece by piece; my only sadness being that more people didn't know the truth in the story by the end. The book starts out with the meeting of a girl, Emma, and her mother Ruth, who are looking for the girls father after the towers collapse during 9/11. The...
  • Laurie
    ‘The Latecomers’ is a big family saga that encompasses both the rich Hollingworths and their poor servant Bridey – although *that* fact isn’t widely known. While the book starts with 9/11, the story itself starts much earlier, when Bridey and her fiancé board a ship in Ireland to start a new life in America. Sadly, the fiancé dies on board ship, leaving a broke and pregnant Bridey to find her own way. Bridey spends her life working for ...