“The Girls of Ennismore,” the latest novel by Patricia Falvey, is set between 1900 and 1918 during the turbulent time in Irish history when Anglo-Irish aristocrats are slowly losing their grip on wealth and power as native Irish are demanding freedom from British rule. It is the story of an unlikely friendship between two girls. Victoria Bell, daughter of the “Gentry” and Rosie Killeen, a farmer’s daughter, embody this bond and struggle to maintain their friendship against the pull of prejudice, class distinction, social upheaval and outright rebellion.
“The Girls of Ennismore” offers a compelling new spin on such timeless themes as the uniqueness of women’s friendships, the eternal pull of “home,” and the challenges of forbidden love in a time of turmoil. It is reminiscent of such iconic works as “Gone with the Wind,” “Dr. Zhivago,” and more recently, “Downton Abbey.”