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THE NEXT SHIP HOME by Heather Webb - A Reader's Opinion

The Next Ship Home by Heather Webb

A Reader's Opinion

Engrossing and harrowing, The Next Ship Home takes the reader on a journey to a time and place many have romanticized.

Rich in historical detail and skillfully written, the author gives us a look behind the curtain of the immigrant experience, with a focus on the lower classes seeking a better life. This is not an easy book or a light afternoon read, but for those who appreciate history and the lessons it offers, The Next Ship Home is an education.

Recommend for readers of engaging and well researched historical fiction.


The Next Ship Home

Ellis Island, 1902: Two women band together to hold America to its promise: "Give me your tired, your poor ... your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."

A young Italian woman arrives on the shores of America, her sights set on a better life. That same day, a young American woman reports to her first day of work at the immigration center. But Ellis Island isn't a refuge for Francesca or Alma, not when ships depart every day with those who are refused entry to the country and when corruption ripples through every corridor. While Francesca resorts to desperate measures to ensure she will make it off the island, Alma fights for her dreams of becoming a translator, even as women are denied the chance.

As the two women face the misdeeds of a system known to manipulate and abuse immigrants searching for new hope in America, they form an unlikely friendship—and share a terrible secret—altering their fates and the lives of the immigrants who come after them.

This is a novel of the dark secrets of Ellis Island, when entry to "the land of the free" promised a better life but often delivered something drastically different, and when immigrant strength and female friendship found ways to triumph even on the darkest days.

Inspired by true events.


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Genre: Historical Fiction

Release: February 8, 2022

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Format Read: E-Book

Source: Provided by the author or publisher via NetGalley

Content Rating: PG-13 (1)

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