Love of Finished Years

Love of Finished Years Review

An immigrant's powerful journey of aspiration and love in early Twentieth Century New York.

Pre World War One, Elsa came to America with her eyes wide open, realizing it was up to her to make a life for herself. Surviving a sweat shop in lower Manhattan, a chance job with a Long Island elite family opens up her world. Invited in up to a point, she unwittingly, albeit precariously, crosses the social divide with her now open heart, which puts all she had worked for in jeopardy.

This moving debut novel by Gregory Erich Phillips won the grand prize in the Chanticleer Reviews international writing competition.

Title:Love of Finished Years
Edition Language:English

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  • Karren  Sandercock

    Twelve year old German girl Elsa Schuller arrives with her family at Ellis Island in 1905, they find America confusing and things don't go as planned! Life in the tenements of New York is a shock, her...

  • Karen Kay

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Elsa and her family have high hopes of a new life and prosperity in America. There are many, many snapshots of events in New York pre and p...

  • Annette

    This is the best book I’ve ever read so far on the subject of WWI.Set in pre-war and during WWI, the story beautifully captures the time period of struggle and reality of German-Americans living in ...

  • Mystica

    Pre WWI immigration was obviously as hard as it is now. Escaping Germany a family arrives in the US. Elsa and Sonja are the two girls in the family and they know that in their father's eyes they are s...

  • Camille

    I really liked the historical setting. I don't think I have read about the German American experience in the 20th century before. Gregory Erich Phillips actually packs a lot of history in his book - i...

  • Kalliste

    This is probably more a 3.5 instead of a 3. I enjoyed the book but for many chapters it was told from a single character perspective and then suddenly it starts changing to multiple characters. Someti...

  • Reader Views

    Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (12/17)“Love of Finished Years” by Gregory Erich Phillips is a historical fiction novel that engages readers by providing such vivid detailed descriptions ...

  • Alice

    I won this book via a Goodreads Giveaway, Love of Finished Years is a bildungsroman following Eliza's first years in America and her struggles between naturalisation in not only her new country but al...

  • Bethany Swafford

    At twelve years old, Elsa immigrates from Germany to New York City. She must leave her childhood behind her to join the work force and from then on, she must work, enduring hardship as the country cha...

  • Lee

    Very enjoyable book! What an amazing story this was. From the first moment when Elsa and her family arrived in America from Germany, the book caught my attention. Every moment of suffering that the fa...