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The Leaving of Liverpool [Hardcover]

Maureen Lee
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Oct. 15 2007

On a cold February night in 1925, two teenage sisters, Mollie and Annemarie Kenny, 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 doctor father. With sensitive, creative Annemarie so traumatized she can barely remember her name, Mollie decides they should make a new life for themselves and she takes her younger sister to Liverpool where they will board a ship to New York in search of safety. But the smallest, cruelest 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, her fortune, and her raison d'etre on Broadway, while Mollie, devastated by guilt and grief at the loss of her sister, eventually carves out a life of family and hearth and home in Liverpool, a city of warmth and humor that she grows to love. As the 1920s make way for the Depression and the edgy 1930s, the coming of another war looms. The Second World War will separate many more people from their loved ones, but, as Mollie sees in the cheerful, stoical camaraderie of blitzed Liverpool, it can also bring people together.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Interview with Maureen Lee with pre-publication plug for the book in the LIVERPOOL DAILY POST on 5 August 2006 Review in: Colchester Gazette 6/04/07 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Maureen Lee was born in Bottle and now lives in Colchester, Essex.  The Leaving of Liverpool is her fifteenth novel. Kitty and her Sisters, The September Girls, The Old House on the CornerQueen of the Mersey,  Stepping Stones, Liverpool Annie, Dancing in the Dark, The Girl from Barefoot HouseLaceys of Liverpool, The House by Princes Park, Lime Street Blues and three novels in the Pearl Street Series; Lights out Liverpool, Put out the Fires and Through the Storm, are all available in Orion Paperback.  She won the 2000 Romantic Novel of the Year award for Dancing in the Dark. 
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Feb. 23 2010
By DGils
I have been reading Maureen Lee's books one by one. I am a huge anglophile and love reading about Britain. All of Lee's books are set in Liverpool and most of them during WWII. The Leaving of Liverpool takes you on a journey of two sister's. It is an epic story of family tragedy, love and history. It takes you through the roaring 20's and onwards. Such a good read. I love Maureen Lee. This is my favorite so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Aug. 8 2008
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This is an entertaining piece of historical fiction about two sisters Mollie and Annemarie, and the very different lives they lead after being accidentally separated when Mollie misses the boat to New York, leaving her young sister on board. It is set before the second world war, and involves POV switches between several main characters and a few minor ones.

I find the author's prose to be interesting and realistic. The people she writes about are flawed, and sometimes not nice. As usual in most Lee books, family, infidelity,grief, loss, and marriage play a prominent role.

While I liked this novel, it wasn't perfect. The ending felt really weak. After all the build up in the book, we are sort of left hanging on a variety of issues. I was also a bit disappointed in the character of Mollie who gave up searching for her sister a bit too quickly.

Overall, though, this was a good book. I would recommend it for fans of Lee's or fans of historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Liverpool story! Jan. 30 2010
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Again Maureen Lee has sparked my own childhood WWII memories. Though we went through rationing and other small hardships, her books reveal we had it pretty good on this side of the ocean. I was around 6 years old when America entered the war in 1941 so I remember those days quite clearly though I had no idea of how the children and families of Liverpool suffered. What an inspiration these fictional characters are...probably a reflection of those who actually lived it.Maureen's characters are so beliveable you feel as though you knew them personally, even those who were not exactly saints! Her storytelling is incomparable! Hope she continues to write. Will be checking out her page periodically.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good social history tale March 21 2013
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This is the first book that I have read by this author. Great read, good characters and locations. what a difficult life people had in those times, having said that I did not find the story depressing as her characters had humour and courage. I look forward to reading more of her work.
5.0 out of 5 stars None April 14 2012
By lynnet103 - Published on
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This was my first read in years and I couldn't put it down. Have read many books since but this is still a favourite. Absolutely worth reading.
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