- By Patricia Falvey

The Yellow House

  • Title: The Yellow House
  • Author: Patricia Falvey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Yellow House THE YELLOW HOUSE delves into the passion and politics of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the century Eileen O Neill s family is torn apart by religious intolerance and secrets from the past De

    THE YELLOW HOUSE delves into the passion and politics of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 20 century Eileen O Neill s family is torn apart by religious intolerance and secrets from the past Determined to reclaim her ancestral home and reunite her family, Eileen begins working at the local mill, saving her money and holding fast to her dream As war is declared onTHE YELLOW HOUSE delves into the passion and politics of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 20 century Eileen O Neill s family is torn apart by religious intolerance and secrets from the past Determined to reclaim her ancestral home and reunite her family, Eileen begins working at the local mill, saving her money and holding fast to her dream As war is declared on a local and global scale, Eileen cannot separate the politics from the very personal impact the conflict has had on her own life She is soon torn between two men, each drawing her to one extreme One is a charismatic and passionate political activist determined to win Irish independence from Great Britain at any cost, who appeals to her warrior s soul The other is the wealthy and handsome black sheep of the pacifist family who owns the mill where she works, and whose persistent attention becomes impossible for her to ignore.

    1 thought on “The Yellow House

    1. A historical fiction book about Northern Ireland in the early 1900's during all the religious tensions around the Irish Revolution. Eileen, our heroin, loses her family in the beginning of the novel and works hard to reestablish herself and find security. I loved Eileen and how stubborn and passionate she is through out the book. I honestly thought this would be a simple love story but it really goes deeper than that to Eileen's own questions of identity and loyalty. Not that much time is really [...]

    2. I didnt like any of the characters in this book. Eileen was annoying, Owen was a weasel, and James was a jerk. The writing wasnt that great either. I hated the way both of the men just kept running after Eileen when in real life she was such a jerk to everyone that she would've had no friends. She never said a kind word in the entire book. Also, there was too much nonsense about family pride and being a 'warrior O'Neill.' I will grant that I didnt know Ireland had gone through such turmoil and i [...]

    3. Occasionally an epic story comes along that makes the reader cry at the end of the novel. I am that reader, and The Yellow House is that novel. Spanning the early twentieth century, set in Northern Ireland during the time of the Irish revolution, we follow Eileen O’Neill, warrior, daughter, and sister as she slowly loses everything she loves but learns to rise again. Growing up at the base of her beloved mountain, Slieve Gullion, Eileen knows the terrors she dreams at night do not bode well fo [...]

    4. I started this book because I loved the genre Irish novel. It is timed in the first World War, and the beginnings of the on-going civil war in Ireland between the Catholica and the Protestants. But, let me say, it was even less than OK (which is the 2* definition). This was no Maeve Binchey, I will tell you that ! I quit reading before I had finished the book. And sadly, because it began well with a feisty red-headed heroine, but the roof just kept falling on her head; the language became more [...]

    5. Great read, beautifully written (loved the Irish brogue!) This story is of a young Northern Irish woman who, inheriting a legacy of warriors, must come to terms with the burdens that legacy carries and find the strength within her that it brings. Spanning twenty years of her life, the book recounts Eileen O'Neill's struggles with the difficulties that come with war (both WWI; the Irish War of Independence) and poverty, including the loss of her family to murder, mental illness and hatred. In the [...]

    6. Alright. I admit it. I ended up really enjoying this.The beginning had such a slow build, that I had a hard time getting into it. I wasn't attached to the characters, and I had small hope of it getting better. I will eat those words, because it really turned into a great story, and I have grown so attached to the characters that I will actually miss them now that the book is over.I liken this book to The Tea Rose, and not just because they are both romantic historical fiction. We have an excepti [...]

    7. Patricia Falvey's first novel, The Yellow House, has been described as firmly and unapologetically on the side of Republican/Nationalist perspective. I didn't feel that this point of view detracted from the novel. Eileen O'Neill is strong-willed, determined, and often excessively stubborn, but these same traits help keep her sane as she faces amazing personal tragedies. The events in Eileen's life are tied to the growing hostilities and political unrest in Ireland. Eileen faces the loss of both [...]

    8. Irish stories have always fascinated me and this one certainly sounded promising. The premise is good and the political history is interesting, although it got a bit laborious in parts. Some will argue that politics is inherent to Ireland and while they are correct, I didn't pick this book up for the history lesson, I wanted a people story. Unfortunately, the characters simply weren't people I cared about. Eileen, in particular, wasn't at all likeable. James' family, and his mother in particular [...]

    9. This is another family story, which takes place during the Revolutionary Period in Ireland. The story begins in 1905 and ends in 1924, and centers around Eileen O'Neill and her family. The story opens with Eileen remembering a particular summer when she was 8 years old, and her father returns at the end of the day with yellow paint for their house. As the story progresses, and the family home is lost and the family is torn apart, Eileen holds the idea of the yellow house close to her heart, beli [...]

    10. Great story about an Irish girl who as a kid starts off viewing the world through rose colored glasses only to discover the harsh realities when she grows up. Eileen O'Neill thinks the world of her parents and her family. She is a spunky red-head, speaks her mind more often than she should, and through some quirks of fate gets herself mixed up in things you never would have thought would happen. And, she tries to hold on to her dreams for as long as she can. I liked that about her. I loved the t [...]

    11. For Eileen, Ireland is more than just a country. It's a home, a history - an heirloom to be defended and cherished. From the time she was a babe her Da taught her a fierce pride in her Irish-Catholic roots - and living in Ulster at the turn-of-the-century made Eileen witness to the sort of strife that was as much a part of Irish Catholic life as soda bread and music on a Saturday night. When she is still young, her family and their beloved Yellow House begin to fall apart as political unrest and [...]

    12. This was a satisfactory read. I have a long-held fascination with the Troubles in Ireland. This book predictably made me hungry to learn more about my paternal lineage. My great grandmother, Eleanor, was born in Ireland and ended up in Wales sometime before the 1920s. I don't know much more than that, but I suspect her Protestant roots may have had something to do with her decision to leave Ireland and relocate to the UK. Although Eileen, the narrator and main character of The Yellow House, was [...]

    13. All I can really say positively about this book is that it somehow manages to have a happy ending after all the crap that Eileen goes through (much brought on herself, but not all). And that the historical backdrop of the early 20th Century in Ireland is interesting. I learned a lot about the conflict between Protestants and Catholics, and the formation of Northern Ireland and the IRA - a bloody, hateful history that Eileen brashly dashes into because of her family's proud warrior history.I wish [...]

    14. Rereading this for March group read - The Novel Ideas. March 2014.There’s never a dull moment in Patricia Falvey’s debut novel, The Yellow House. Northern Ireland in the revolutionary period of the early 1900s almost becomes a character in this novel weaving intrigue, romance, politics and family love. The reader will feel a part of this tiny Irish village within a few pages. Ms. Falvey’s narrative and dialogue deftly fill in the history and back stories to her plot. The novel is so well c [...]

    15. Set in early 20th century Northern Ireland, the novel begins when Eileen O'Neill's family is torn apart at the death of her father. The family is split up - her mother winds up in a mental institution and young Eileen is forced to work in the mill. The Yellow House does a wonderful job examining the politics and social consequences of religious discrimination as well as Northern Ireland's struggle to maintain it's identity after the English forced a population shift from native Irish to English [...]

    16. I should have loved this book. I am really into the time period it is set in (1914-1920) and I love kind of epic, sweeping stories like this. But I finished the book feeling very disappointed. There are too many side characters that don't mean anything or that have no real bearing on the story. Many of them could have been left out. On top of that, none of the characters are particularly likable. The heroine, Eileen, is not much of a heroine and she has a ridiculous mouth. The language in this b [...]

    17. This was an enjoyable read. It reminded me of a couple different books I have read. The Irish Protestant/Catholic struggle reminded me of Trinityough this one didn't have as "heavy" of an undertone. The fast-paced part of the story and the characters were a bit reminiscent of The Tea Rose.

    18. As I am a fanatic about anything Irish, when I was approached to receive a copy The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey, I was delighted. I read the reviews and I couldn't wait to get my copy. This is a novel about Ireland and takes place during the years 1900- 1924 during a time of strife and upheaval due to WWI and during the Home Rule in Ireland. The main character Eileen O'Neill is a very strong woman. After the birth of a baby brother her mother takes off and goes home to Eileens grandfather, b [...]

    19. The Yellow House is the story of a young Northern Irish woman who, inheriting a legacy of warriors, must come to terms with the burdens that legacy carries and find the strength within her that it brings. Spanning twenty years of her life, the book recounts Eileen O'Neill's struggles with the difficulties that come with war (both WWI and the Irish war of independence) and poverty, including the loss of her family to murder, mental illness and hatred. In the midst of this storm, she is torn betwe [...]

    20. First off, how could I not read a book called "The Yellow House?" Anyone who knows me knows how much I love yellow houses, and how I have painted both houses I have owned yellow first thing! This yellow house story however, is not how you would want your life to go! It is very sad until the last few pages, and it is very hard to root for the characters when they are so self destructive. I am all for a main character having flaws, but oh my goodness, I can't imagine a more prideful woman biting o [...]

    21. A great read! I loved the way the story was told. Eileen narrated the story using a sharp Irish tongue that I found so charming I wanted to read it out loud. I love a good feisty heroine! The Yellow House is a story of a young Irish girl who faces many tragedies and hardships both close to her heart and in her homeland. She carries with her a warrior's spirit that was handed down to her through her father. She fights through all the challenges of her life with a dream that one day she will resto [...]

    22. It was a little of a slow start, but it was worth all the build up. And I've finally found a woman with more rage issues than me, hahaha!

    23. I really enjoyed this book, and it let me understand The Troubles more than I had previously. Obviously, I wouldn't suggest this book as a substitution for actually learning about the history of the conflicts in Ireland - but it helped me contextualize some things. Anyways, I really liked the author's writing style and managed to enjoy this book 4 stars worth even thought I detested the main character.

    24. I chose this book solely because it started with a Y for my ABC book challenge and it had good reviews. What a wonderful experience it was to be transported back to the early 1900s in Ireland. The heroine is one that is hopeful yet flawed. She feels strongly and loves deeply through extreme trauma. I would highly recommend this book.

    25. The Yellow House was on display at my library. The cover and description interested me since I quite enjoy reading books set in other countries and I wanted to learn more about the history of Ireland given some of my heritage.The Yellow House is the first novel by Patricia Falvey - an Irish born author now living in the U.S. It didn’t disappoint. The story takes place in Ulster in Northern Ireland in the early 1900’s and provides the reader with a real feeling of the political turbulence and [...]

    26. I got this book back in 2010 when I won it from a blog. Unfortunately, I didn't keep track where I won it from though. Since then it has been sitting on my To Read shelf, patiently waiting. Then a few weeks ago, I saw it listed as the Kindle Deal of the Day for $2.99. I had recently started a mini book club with two of my friends and since they both have Kindle Fires, I thought this would be the perfect book for us to read. So THE YELLOW HOUSE got bumped to the top of my reading list just like t [...]

    27. This book had great potential and is a good, ambitious, first novel. I believe it was well researched and did a good job of simplifying the very confusing conflict in North Ireland. Long ago I read "Gone the Rainbow, Gone the Dove" about the more current history (60's? 70's?) and as I remember, it was very heart-wrenching and dramatic. This book is probably more personalized, limiting the main conflict to a woman torn between two men. The conflict is a part of the story, but not THE story.I coul [...]

    28. The following comments reveal some of the book, and can therefore be considered spoilers. The book is written in the first person by the main character, Eileen O’Neill. She lives with her family in the town of Glenlea in County Armagh in the southern part of Ulster (Northern Ireland). She grows up in a Catholic family and begins the book reflecting that point of view vs. the Protestants. Her mother is the dominant figure in the family, and over-rules the father (“Da”) by selling land (rath [...]

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