Pre WWI, Elsa came to America with her eyes wide open, realizing it was up to her to make a life for herself. Surviving a sweatshop in lower Manhattan, a chance job with a Long island elite family opens up her world. Invited in, up to a point, she unwittingly, albeit precariously, crosses the social divide with her now open heart which puts all she worked for in jeopardy. What a truly wonderful story! I’ve read it three times, and with each reading I find myself caring about the fabulous characters and their lives even more.
Love of Finished Years is a perfect historical fiction read, set against the backdrop of pre-world war one that will take its readers on an unforgettable, charming, thrilling journey in which the reader won’t be able to resist falling in love with this incredible story. The reader will feel compelled to read very early on thanks to the novels wonderful author, Gregory Erich Phillips; his talented, poignant words will keep his readers turning the pages with haste. He wonderfully captures his reader’s imagination effortlessly, and so I would implore all of you lovely readers to read this wonderful book!
Love of Finished Years is set in a period before WWI, and Elrich Phillips already has my admiration because he perfectly captures the feel and essence of this decade and the reality of what it was like to live in this period. The story begins with Elsa, a twelve-year-old girl as she arrives at Ellis Island in 1905 with her family. We follow her and her sister Sonja as they both desperately try to save money, and so we see them work in a sweatshop as they try to make the American dream a reality. But the American dream is not achievable for everybody, and soon this dream fades away when expenses mount up. The situation for Elsa and her sister only gets worse when her mother (Nina) gets involved in a strike which should have been a great moment, but instead, it means that she loses her job and the roof over their heads. Flash forward, and Elsa is working as a servant for an elite family living in Long Island and this is where the plot takes off and what follows next is a beautiful exploration.
The story of Love of FInished Years is a beautiful one which will evoke many feelings in its readers. It is an incredible historical fiction novel that perfectly transported me to a time I would have loved to have experienced. Love of Finished Years took my breath away on more than one occasion; the pacing of this story was wonderfully written and plotted so that I did not get bored at any given time. I always measure my likeness of a book on whether I find myself looking at the page number; if I do in fact do this I know that the novel is taking its toll… but Love of Finished Years was different. Never once did I find myself referring to the page number and that is a sure sign that this book is a compelling piece of work that draws the reader in and captivates them to the end!
The impeccable author of Love of Finished Years, Gregory Erich Phillips writes with elegance and beauty, his words stunned me and inspired me. I loved reading his work because it feels so natural and such a breeze, generally, with historical fiction novels, I get bored after a period because they seem to all be similar, but Phillips never bored me once, he kept me entertained from beginning to end and for that I admire him. His beautiful, descriptive, flowing words were stunning, and I believe he would be able to inspire these thoughts in you too if you choose to read this delightful novel.
To conclude my thoughts on the beautiful novel that is Love of Finished Years; I would say if you are a reader who Is tired of reading the same old books that are lackluster and forgettable then take a chance with this magnificent book because I promise you now that you will not be disappointed! Love of Finished Years gets Five Stars from me!
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