Item description for To Right All Wrongs by Joyce Taylor Dennis...
It's 1919 and a very nave seventeen year old, Laureen O'Brian, disillusioned with her tedious country life in Ireland, immigrates to America united be a shipboard marriage to Jock Sandowski, a ruthless Polish transient. Despite his fantastic promises of wealth and happiness, the couple becomes lost amid the turbulent, cruel streets of New York City during the Great Depression, struggling to raise a family while deeply immersed in poverty and despair. A brutal murder makes society headlines, strong bonds are broken, and a damaged, young detective discovers the true meaning of life. This is a stirring saga about two families - one affluent, one impoverished - and the ties that interweave their lives together. It is a story of deceit, forgiveness, powerful family devotion spanning thirty years - and finding peace through it all.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.72" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Great Reading Books
ISBN 1933538074 ISBN13 9781933538075
Reviews - What do customers think about To Right All Wrongs?
To Right All Wrongs Jul 14, 2007
To Right All Wrongs tells the story of the Sandowski family, their trials and triumphs while living in New York's infamous Hell's Kitchen at the start of the 1900s. The father is an abusive, lazy polish drunk who makes the family's life a living hell. The mother is racked with guilt. She left a wealthy family in Ireland to be with a man she didn't even know. The sons range from the responsible ones through the one trying hard to be just like his father to the son who managed to escape the family. The daughter is not really sure where she stands.
My view of these characters changed over the course of this book, particularly in the case of the mother. At the start of this book, the mother really irritated me. I felt that she was rather unrealistic, especially in her uptight ways and her family background. However, by the end of the story, my views on the woman had softened quite a bit.
To Right All Wrongs May 3, 2007
Being a member of a large family of Irish heritage, I felt right at home with Laureen O'Brians' clan. My home has suffered neglect, as I could not put the novel down for two days!! Also, having been to Ireland, Joyce Taylor Dennis captured the beauty,mystery,scent, and heart of Ireland.The story just flowed with each chapter gripping your attention. As all great books,I hated it to end.I will recomend this book to all my friends and relatives(which are many!) Looking forward to more novels by this author.
A Good Read Apr 2, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Dennis writes from the heart. The characters are engaging. The setting is full of details that make the story come alive. I am waiting for the sequel so I can find out more about this family. A good story, not formulaic like some novels out there.
Engaging characters Jun 20, 2006
Reviewed by Joanne Benham for Reader Views (6/06)
For the sake of her seven children, Laureen Sandowski endured the brutal beatings of her drunkard husband for thirty years. A 17-year-old child, living in her native Ireland in 1919, she had fallen in love with Jock Sandowski, a handsome Polish immigrant. Over the strong protests of her parents and her younger sister, Laureen married Jock and the two of them immigrated to America, where they ended up living in Hell's Kitchen in New York City.
Always a heavy drinker, Jock drifted from job to job, moving his family as often as he changed jobs. When the boys were old enough to work, Jock "retired" and refused to work any more, while the boys were forced to turn over almost all of their meager earnings to Jock, who used it to purchase more liquor. Many times the family went to bed hungry, but Jock always had his booze.
In 1949, Laureen and Jock's only daughter, 23 year-old Janice, visiting her best friend Esther Mason, was shocked to find her brutally murdered in her apartment. As she tried to help Esther, she found herself in a life and death struggle with the murderer who had been hidden in the apartment waiting for Esther's brother. Finally managing to escape, Janice flees for the protection of her big brothers, only to collide with Detective Brenton Cross, the policeman who will be ultimately charged with finding Esther's killer and bringing him to justice.
This story has engaging characters, especially Laureen who struggles to keep her family together under the harshest circumstances imaginable.
I think the book could use a bit more editing. One thing I noticed was that someone was called a `clean freak' in 1949. That is not a term that was used then. I also found a discrepancy in the ages of Laureen's parents. When her parents married, Laureen's mother was seventeen, which, assuming they waited a few years to have a child, would have made them about 37 years old when Laureen immigrated to America. But 35 years later, her parents were in their late 80s, a discrepancy of about 16 years. Little things like that bother me, but those two were the only major questionable items.
Absorbing Dec 7, 2005
I was involved from the first page on. The characters seem to come to life as you read. You can immerse yourself in the time period and feel as if you are living in New York with the family while sharing their joys and sorrows. This is the type of book that you don't want to put down until you are finished. I would recommend it highly and will wait anxiously for Mrs. Dennis' next book!