Maureen O’Reilly and her sister flee to America hoping to start a new life with the help of a family friend. However, they learn their father’s friend has passed away and they now have no benefactor. In desperation, Maureen gains her way into a department store as a sales clerk. She soon discovers there is more behind the doors than selling hats and accessories. Every woman in the city is in danger.
This story is a sobering tale of immigrants trying to make their way in a foreign city; of new rules, making friends, work, and learning who can be trusted and who cannot be. It is set in the early 1900’s but is sadly still prevalent today. Be careful who you trust. Human trafficking is still a very serious and real situation. Cathy Gohlke does an excellent job writing characters easy to like, and kept my interest through the entire story.
*I received no compensation in exchange for this review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*