Two sisters; one heartbreaking mistake; a lifetime apart It is a cold February night in 1925 when two teenage sisters - Mollie and Annemarie - escape from their home in a tiny Irish village.
Their beloved mother has died and the girls have suffered shocking abuse at the hands of their father.
They head to Liverpool where they will board a ship to New York.
But the smallest, cruellest twist of fate conspires to separate the girls just as the boat is about to sail, leaving Mollie stranded in Liverpool and Annemarie at the mercy of strangers in America.
The subsequent paths of their lives could not be more different.
Annemarie discovers her future and her fortune, while Mollie, devastated by guilt and grief at the loss of her sister, eventually carves out a new life in Liverpool.
Then the Second World War looms - with surprising consequences for the two sisters...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 27/12/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752881928
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Review by nicx27
I love Maureen Lee's books and each one is a pleasure to read. I often take them on holiday with me, as I know I can be guaranteed a gread read.The Leaving of Liverpool starts with two sisters, Mollie and Annemarie, fleeing their small Irish village of Duneathly for Liverpool, and then to New York. However, the sisters end up being separated and, whilst Annemarie sails off to New York on the boat, Mollie ends up living her life in Liverpool. The book follows their separate stories and is a wonderful page turner.I do think that the end was tied up rather quickly and conveniently, however, it didn't detract from the story or the read for me, and so I still think it deserves five stars. I highly recommend Maureen Lee's books to anybody who loves a good saga and a tale of family life.
Review by LouiseLacy
***Spoiler*** Another classic Maureen Lee book. I did feel the ending was rushed and this could have well been a triology as Mollie and Annmarie re-built their lives once they had found one another, the ending seemed far fetched which is my only criticism of the novel and hence why I have only given it three stars.