The year is 1901, the literary sensation The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next great book will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment—they’re a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at Hawkins House.
But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconduct and authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie—and in her father’s unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold a grand secret.
Though the postman’s intentions seem pure, Annie wants to share her father’s stories on her own terms. Determined to prove herself, Annie must forge her own path to aid her friend and create the future she’s always envisioned . . . where dreams really do come true.
Additional notes: This is the second book in the Ellis Island series.
My thoughts: I was a little upset at myself because I did not realize when requesting this book that it was part of a series and it was book two. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could not discern the book was part of a series, so you absolutely can read this book on its own.
With that said, this book moved a bit slowly for me. I really enjoyed how the Wizard of Oz was woven into this story, and I enjoyed the mystery plot lines. The book, overall, was just so-so, although I'm glad I read it. If you're interested in immigrants, the early 20th century or the Wizard of Oz, you'll be happy to read this story.
Thanks to Tyndale for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.