The Eulogist From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family an exquisitely crafted novel set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War that illuminates the immigrant experience the injustice of sla

  • Title: The Eulogist
  • Author: Terry Gamble
  • ISBN: 0062839918
  • Page: 377
  • Format: ebook
  • From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family, an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War, that illuminates the immigrant experience, the injustice of slavery, and the debts human beings owe to one another, witnessed through the endeavors of one Irish American family.Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family, an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War, that illuminates the immigrant experience, the injustice of slavery, and the debts human beings owe to one another, witnessed through the endeavors of one Irish American family.Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family arrives in America in 1819 But in coming to this new land, they have lost nearly everything Making their way west they settle in Cincinnati, a burgeoning town on the banks of the mighty Ohio River whose rise, like the Givenses own, will be fashioned by the colliding forces of Jacksonian populism, religious evangelism, industrial capitalism, and the struggle for emancipation.After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus Givens must fend for themselves Ambitious James eventually marries into a prosperous family, builds a successful business, and rises in Cincinnati society Taken by the spirit and wanderlust, Erasmus becomes an itinerant preacher, finding passion and heartbreak as he seeks God Independent minded Olivia, seemingly destined for spinsterhood, enters into a surprising partnership and marriage with Silas Orpheus, a local doctor who spurns social s.When her husband suddenly dies from an infection, Olivia travels to his family home in Kentucky, where she meets his estranged brother and encounters the horrors of slavery firsthand After abetting the escape of one slave, Olivia is forced to confront the status of a young woman named Tilly, another slave owned by Olivia s brother in law When her attempt to help Tilly ends in disaster, Olivia tracks down Erasmus, who has begun smuggling runaways across the river the borderline between freedom and slavery.As the years pass, this family of immigrants initially indifferent to slavery will actively work for its end performing courageous, often dangerous, occasionally foolhardy acts of moral rectitude that will reverberate through their lives for generations to come Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for ebook, 320 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by William Morrow More Details ISBN 0062839918 ISBN13 9780062839916 Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Eulogist, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction The Midwest 53 books 7 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 19, 2019 Angela M rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss reviews An Irish immigrant family arrives in Ohio in 1818 and their future in America is told through the lives of the three children through 1890 The writing is very good and without being overly descriptive, I felt as though I was there in all of the scenes James, the eldest tries to establish a candle making business His brother Erasmus takes to drink and the road as a preacher Their sister Olivia was my favorite character, a strong woman with convictions about the role of women and about the inj An Irish immigrant family arrives in Ohio in 1818 and their future in America is told through the lives of the three children through 1890 The writing is very good and without being overly descriptive, I felt as though I was there in all of the scenes James, the eldest tries to establish a candle making business His brother Erasmus takes to drink and the road as a preacher Their sister Olivia was my favorite character, a strong woman with convictions about the role of women and about the injustices of slavery She also was inquisitive and engaged in scientific endeavors with a doctor who becomes her husband While I connected with Olivia from the start, the story seemed to move a little too slowly and I was impatient for the abolition activities to happen and to see how this family gets involved in helping slaves to freedom It did pick up and I found myself invested also in the story of Tilly, a young slave who comes to live with Olivia and her husband Silas From a historical perspective, it feels very accurate the position of women in society, slavery, the cholera outbreak Things are revealed about family members that connect them to the slaves that they try to bring to freedom Besides, Olivia there were other admirable women, Tilly, the young slave, Hatsepha and Bethany, her sister s in law While the history is aptly reflected and there are strong women characters, the story seemed to jump around and didn t feel that there was a cohesive plot For me a mixed bag 3 stars.I read this with Traveling Sisters Norma, Brenda, Lindsay and Diane I received an advanced copy of this book from William Morrow HarperCollins through Edelweiss flag 115 likesLike see review View all 52 comments Jan 23, 2019 Diane S rated it really liked it Shelves lor 2019 Antebellum America, a few decades before the Civil War, a family comes from Ireland Due to tragedy, James, Erasmus and Olivia find themselves alone They settle in Cincinnati, and James starts a successful candlemaking business Reflecting a time when slavery and injustice was at the forefront of many lives Abolitionists and the underground railroad, do what they can to help runaway slaves Tent revivals and traveling preachers, which Erasmus takes to heart These three siblings will come toge Antebellum America, a few decades before the Civil War, a family comes from Ireland Due to tragedy, James, Erasmus and Olivia find themselves alone They settle in Cincinnati, and James starts a successful candlemaking business Reflecting a time when slavery and injustice was at the forefront of many lives Abolitionists and the underground railroad, do what they can to help runaway slaves Tent revivals and traveling preachers, which Erasmus takes to heart These three siblings will come together, then grow apart as they change due to the circumstances of their lives.I thought the author did a fantastic job reflecting the many different changes, and opinions during this time period We get to know these characters very well, and they will change and grow, their lives taking unexpected turns I particularly love the strength of Olivia as she takes a path that is not open to many women, and as she makes a stand against injustice She becomes a woman of amazing strength of character, someone to admire They find hardship in America but also satisfaction, love and a life filled with purpose They also face a great deal of danger, as this is a period of strong opinions on slavery, and the slaveholders will do everything they can to recapture those slaves who run A well written book with a strong plot that ably reflects our past historyC from Edelweiss flag 70 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Melodie I ve added this to my list Thanks for a great review 9 hours, 27 min ago Diane S Hope you enjoy it, Melodie and you re welcome 8 hours, 45 min ago Oct 16, 2018 Tammy rated it really liked it Taking place in booming pre Civil War Cincinnati, this novel charts the lives of Irish immigrant siblings Capitalistic James rises from abject poverty to prominence Erasmus becomes an evangelical preacher living hand to mouth Independent thinker, Olivia, stumbles into a marriage with a like minded doctor Olivia wryly recounts the oppression of women and social conventions during this time period An event leads Olivia to Kentucky where she comes face to face with the barbarity of slavery Di Taking place in booming pre Civil War Cincinnati, this novel charts the lives of Irish immigrant siblings Capitalistic James rises from abject poverty to prominence Erasmus becomes an evangelical preacher living hand to mouth Independent thinker, Olivia, stumbles into a marriage with a like minded doctor Olivia wryly recounts the oppression of women and social conventions during this time period An event leads Olivia to Kentucky where she comes face to face with the barbarity of slavery Distinctly depicted is the clash of slaveholders, abolitionists and abettors as one side pursues runaway slaves and the other works towards freedom These incidents echo throughout future generations flag 56 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Jan 20, 2019 Norma Traveling Sister rated it liked it Shelves netgalley edelweiss approved, traveling sister reads Fascinating, passionate and compelling THE EULOGIST by TERRY GAMBLE was an interesting, steady paced, and subtle story that I sort of have some mixed feelings about At times the story really grabbed me and I was totally interested in what I was reading but then at other times I was a little lost with the author s choice of words and found myself a little impatient to get to the heart of the story TERRY GAMBLE delivers an intriguing and well written read here that was definitely an enjoyable an Fascinating, passionate and compelling THE EULOGIST by TERRY GAMBLE was an interesting, steady paced, and subtle story that I sort of have some mixed feelings about At times the story really grabbed me and I was totally interested in what I was reading but then at other times I was a little lost with the author s choice of words and found myself a little impatient to get to the heart of the story TERRY GAMBLE delivers an intriguing and well written read here that was definitely an enjoyable and entertaining one but I felt like I wasn t always invested in what I was reading though The story seemed to jump around a little and where this story I felt was historically reliable in it s telling it missed to actually fully immerse me in the lives of these characters and these so important times from history.This was a Traveling Sisters read that I read along with Brenda, Lindsay, Angela Diane.Norma s Stats Cover Intriguing, lovely, reflective, surreal and a fitting representation to storyline Title My feelings on this title has kind of left me feeling a little bit baffled and indifferent but it did definitely initially intrigue me though Writing Prose Well written, entertaining, telling, engaging and broken I did quite enjoy the writing style but did question some of the narrative though Plot Engrossing, interesting, anticlimactic, steady paced, and entertaining Ending A lot was explained and happened quickly in the last few pages but I was satisfied with the way the story wrapped up though.Overall Even though I didn t end up loving this book, I still appreciated and certainly enjoyed the mellow escape that this book provided Thank you so much to Edelweiss, William Morrow HarperCollins and Terry Gamble for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review flag 54 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Paula Kalin Well done critique, Norma Jan 25, 2019 09 01AM Felicia Wonderful review I think I ma pass on this one Jan 28, 2019 07 36PM Jan 23, 2019 Brenda Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.5 starsTerry Gamble weaves some divisive issues here with race, slavery, and abolition of slavery with some real historical people and fictional characters She creates an interesting family and I really enjoyed the family drama and dynamics between the characters The writing and the story take on a lighter side to it as we follow Olivia s journey from a woman unaffected by these issues to strong women with a sense for justice Terry Gamble creates an interesting character here with our main 3.5 starsTerry Gamble weaves some divisive issues here with race, slavery, and abolition of slavery with some real historical people and fictional characters She creates an interesting family and I really enjoyed the family drama and dynamics between the characters The writing and the story take on a lighter side to it as we follow Olivia s journey from a woman unaffected by these issues to strong women with a sense for justice Terry Gamble creates an interesting character here with our main character Olivia She is fearless maybe a bit too much , strong, smart and engaging I grew to really like her a lot Even though I enjoyed these characteristics of her, I felt she didn t really provoke much emotion from me and leaving me wanting a bit emotional depth to the story.As I was reading this one I was a little distracted and found it hard to keep my focus and I would of like to see depth to some of the issues explored here to drive the story forward for me The end left me thinking wow but not the way you might think A lot of explanation for the story and characters happens in a few pages that left my head spinning I would of like a few clues around the way instead of it all being told to me at once I don t think I was the only one because after reading this one we and our Traveling sisters had a few questions for each other Overall I enjoyed this one and I recommend it to readers who like to keep things light by not delving too deep into issues and enjoy some interesting family drama Thank you so much from both of us to Edelweiss, William Morrow HarperCollins and Terry Gamble for the opportunity to read an advanced copy to read and review flag 52 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Felicia Aaaarrrrggghhhhh I hate endings that just throw everything at you in one breath Terrific review, Brenda Jan 28, 2019 03 55PM Mary Beth Traveling Sister Terrific review, Brenda Jan 31, 2019 03 08PM Jan 18, 2019 Lindsay Traveling Sister added it DNF at 20% Not connecting with writing or characters flag 26 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Kathleen Lindsay, here s hoping your next books are 5 and 4 stars for you Lindsay, here s hoping your next books are 5 and 4 stars for you Jan 26, 2019 05 16AM Lindsay Traveling Sister Thanks Michelle and Kathleen Jan 27, 2019 04 00AM Dec 01, 2018 Theresa rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves advance reads, 2018 challenge I m giving this 5 stars recorded but if it was possible on my exact rating would be 4 1 2 stars This was a very interesting story of abolition told from a very different perspective The setting was Cincinnati, the Ohio river Valley, and Northern Kentucky instead of the Deep South The Ohio river being a border between slave holding Kentucky and free Ohio While the story was quick paced, nuanced, and interesting I do fault the occasional odd vocabulary choices of the author as my r I m giving this 5 stars recorded but if it was possible on my exact rating would be 4 1 2 stars This was a very interesting story of abolition told from a very different perspective The setting was Cincinnati, the Ohio river Valley, and Northern Kentucky instead of the Deep South The Ohio river being a border between slave holding Kentucky and free Ohio While the story was quick paced, nuanced, and interesting I do fault the occasional odd vocabulary choices of the author as my reason for the half star deduction I hate to seem nit picky but the words or turn of phrase often marred the tempo or feeling of the story But alas I ve decided to record this as 5 stars on It s often times hard to decide whether to go up or down when rounding In compliance with FTC guidelines I received this book free from a Giveaway in exchange for an honest review The content of this review is not influenced by that fact The feelings expressed are solely mine I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.5 4.5 3.57 flag 12 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 22, 2019 Asheley rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is the story of an Irish immigrant family that comes to America in the early 1800 s It isn t long after their arrival that the children lose their parents, so the story is actually told as their lives unfold from 1818 1890 I tend to be most excited about historical fiction when I m reading books that are set in the time period around the Civil War simply because there was so much going on and there is still so much to learn about this time period, so when I started this book I really dug This is the story of an Irish immigrant family that comes to America in the early 1800 s It isn t long after their arrival that the children lose their parents, so the story is actually told as their lives unfold from 1818 1890 I tend to be most excited about historical fiction when I m reading books that are set in the time period around the Civil War simply because there was so much going on and there is still so much to learn about this time period, so when I started this book I really dug into the story and felt in there I had no idea how genuinely GOOD it was going to be though Gosh, what a treat Of the three children brother James ends up starting a business in candle making and has a tough time getting started but eventually finds great success and name recognition brother Erasmus, always sort of a wild card, converts and becomes a preacher, traveling along the river trying to save the souls of everyone he meets and sister Olivia ends up marrying someone with interests similar to hers a doctor with strange curiosities and bases her life on not only the choices that she makes but the opinions that she carries It is Olivia that tells us the story And it is Olivia that I felt most deeply connected to throughout the tale She does not waver in her convictions She understands that this will cost her, and yet she does everything that she does anyway Throughout the story, there are a couple of characters that carry the whole thing, whether they re on the page or not They are enslaved by Olivia s in laws and make such a huge impression on Olivia that the reverberations of these relationships are felt outward like ripples for generations.The synopsis for this story captured my attention, but it really doesn t tell how big this story is By about 10 15 pages, I was hooked And the the story progressed, I just couldn t put it down To me, The Eulogist goes beyond just another 1800 s historical fiction in so many ways For one This family has to settle into being immigrants and all that comes with that status while also navigating their views on slavery or not and I was fascinated by this This story also tackles abolition from the point of view of three siblings and their spouses, where not everyone agrees perfectly on how to tackle the problem with slavery Ultimately one hopes that ignoring the subject will make it go away, one immerses him herself fully into abolition regardless of the potential cost, and the other works hard behind the scenes, being sneaky and propping up those that did the visible work I loved the way the news stories telling the fates of those that escaped and those that were caught assisting were woven into the narrative like small details because I think this added to the tension that this family felt over the decades as their business endeavors and their families grew And they certainly added depth to the story because they helped to create a full picture of what was happening right here in the United States at the time.I also loved that there was a little bit of humor written into the story Not too much as to take away from anything, but Olivia s sense of humor made me smile multiple times while was reading She was such a cool character she is certainly progressive than most anyone around her, and sometimes her mouth and her views got her into a little bit of trouble I love that the author went in this direction with this character I also love that the author took the opportunity to have Olivia tell the history of her own family as well as the history of her husband s family By the time the story ended after barely over 300 pages, I felt so much for this family, for how far their reach extended, and for how they had blended themselves with other families to help America become the melting pot that we are Honestly, the last chapter choked me up It was hard not to be emotional at some of the revelations right there, at the very end The way that I felt after I finally closed the book that feeling is why I love to read and why I bumped my rating up from 4.5 to 5 I expected to like this one, but I had no idea how much I would love it It s a little bit quiet than some novels because there are no huge action or dramatic scenes anywhere I think the wondrous thing about this one is in the characterization and the way the author was able to spread this family out so, and then connect so many people by way of these three siblings At the end, I felt like the story had come full circle This is a top shelf, definitely reread story for me and I would love to hear Cassandra Campbell s narration of this entire book on the audiobook I d LOVE that So, so good I recommend this one to readers that enjoy those stories that really sneak up on you and leave big impressions That s what happened to me here I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Thank you, William Morrow Books Find this review and like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Rhonda Ruff rated it liked it I received an arc of this book This story sounded like everything I would love and I couldn t wait to dive in I loved the writing of the story and that kept me turning pages However I found the main character in the book feel flat I was expecting a little from her and I was disappointed in that Good read Just not great flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Jessica Just a Girl with a Book rated it liked it Shelves 2018, early reviews I received an advanced reader copy from William Morrow through an early reviewer program and was really excited to get this book Everything from the description made me think it d be just the book for me and would no doubt be one of my favorites for the year Unfortunately, it left me disappointed The writing on its own was really well done and completely transported me back into time It wasn t hard to envision the main character in place and time So in that regard, I applaud the author, and I received an advanced reader copy from William Morrow through an early reviewer program and was really excited to get this book Everything from the description made me think it d be just the book for me and would no doubt be one of my favorites for the year Unfortunately, it left me disappointed The writing on its own was really well done and completely transported me back into time It wasn t hard to envision the main character in place and time So in that regard, I applaud the author, and I think the writing is really most worthy of the star rating.What fell flat for me, what was disappointing, was the main character Based on the back of the book, I envisioned a main character a recent immigrant from Ireland who, with her family, changed their course of mind towards slavery and then ACTIVELY sought to bring about its end I felt the main character was incredibly stagnant throughout the entire book She didn t really change much, and she seemed consistently hesitate about where she fell when it came to slavery the actions she took were not decided actions but were meek, and I can t think of any time in the book when she took straight action on her own without just following along with another character who had purposeful actions than she did I felt she was somewhere in the middle of abolition she wanted to see things righted, yet she was only willing to put her toe out rather than throw her full force into the cause It was somewhat shameful I had hoped for a strong character and instead found one on the sidelines who only came out onto the field to kick a field goal but wasn t present when the really hard work was being done by everyone else around her.I think this book will appeal to those who just want a small taste of a time period told from the point of view of an immigrant though even then, her story, I felt, did not really give us as much of an immigrant s experience as what I would have expected It has a mix of religion, social issues, and historical issues all bundled into just over 300 pages, so the reader really only gets a taste of these things rather than a sweeping historic portrayal of the time flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Janice rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction, librarything first reviewers, 2019 read, favorites 2019, southern fiction This started a little slow for me, and I wasn t sure I would finish it But that feeling was short lived I was soon reluctant to set it aside, and anxious to return to the story Set in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in northern Kentucky in the 1820 s 1850 s, this tells the story of three adult siblings who immigrate from Ireland, and move to southern Ohio for the opportunities they hope they will find there The central character is Olivia, whose life is closely intertwined with her two brothers, one This started a little slow for me, and I wasn t sure I would finish it But that feeling was short lived I was soon reluctant to set it aside, and anxious to return to the story Set in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in northern Kentucky in the 1820 s 1850 s, this tells the story of three adult siblings who immigrate from Ireland, and move to southern Ohio for the opportunities they hope they will find there The central character is Olivia, whose life is closely intertwined with her two brothers, one who becomes a successful business owner, and the other who tries his hand at various enterprises, including being an evangelist, and a transporter of escaped slaves, ferrying many across the Ohio River I enjoyed all the characters, but my favorite was Olivia, a strong and independent woman, who had strong views about slavery, women s role, and family The relationships between the siblings is close and enduring, and the other characters are also well developed and integral parts of the story My thanks to LibraryThing, Terry Gamble, and William Morrow Publishing for the copy of the book I received flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Katie Ziegler Life Between Words rated it liked it Thank you to tlcbooktours and williammorrowbooks for sending me The Eulogist to review The Eulogist follows an Irish family, the Givens , who immigrate to Cincinnati, Ohio during the 19th century and how their lives get increasingly entangled with slavery and the fight against it Antebellum Ohio was free, but it bordered the slave state Kentucky Being a border state meant that tensions and attitudes regarding slavery were particularly focused and heightened during this era And hearing this Thank you to tlcbooktours and williammorrowbooks for sending me The Eulogist to review The Eulogist follows an Irish family, the Givens , who immigrate to Cincinnati, Ohio during the 19th century and how their lives get increasingly entangled with slavery and the fight against it Antebellum Ohio was free, but it bordered the slave state Kentucky Being a border state meant that tensions and attitudes regarding slavery were particularly focused and heightened during this era And hearing this story told from the perspective of an Irish immigrant added a layer of depth The Givens attitudes towards slavery continually shift as the story moves along from tacit acceptance, to complacent disgust, to outright rebellion It was an uncomfortable portrait of the reality of mindsets at time whether or not you lived in the North or South And reality this book definitely portrayed It was gritty and almost cold even despite its first person narrative At first I was put off by the cold narration and I didn t like our narrator, Olivia Givens And then something happened, I became attached to her Olivia s narration became less cold and her continual shifting and readjustment and learning was a softening the love she felt for the people in her life gave her an appealing vulnerability and complexity that you didn t see at first I sat with this book for a long time after closing the last page I got online and read about Terry Gamble and what led her to write this story which I highly recommend doing if you pick this book up knowing helped me to appreciate the book It was not an easy read, and the author was attempting to do a lot sometimes with success than others but it was beautifully written and slowly but surely drew me in flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Donna rated it really liked it review of another edition This book is an interesting view of life in the 1800 s of the lives of an Irish immigrant family in free Ohio and their interaction with the slave state of Kentucky, as told by Olivia, the sister in the family Life at that time was difficult, at best The author lets you see the terrible world of slaves, and the slave auctions, family separations and abuse It also details the efforts by those in the free states to help slaves along the underground railroad Olivia s personal story describes th This book is an interesting view of life in the 1800 s of the lives of an Irish immigrant family in free Ohio and their interaction with the slave state of Kentucky, as told by Olivia, the sister in the family Life at that time was difficult, at best The author lets you see the terrible world of slaves, and the slave auctions, family separations and abuse It also details the efforts by those in the free states to help slaves along the underground railroad Olivia s personal story describes the lack of options for women at the time, and her struggles to be an independent woman I enjoyed the book I did receive an ARC of the book to read flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Sherri rated it it was amazing review of another edition I enjoy historical fiction Learning little bits of history through a story is an enjoyable way to widen our knowledge I also think reading about events through another persons eyes helps widen our own opinions With the Eulogist we get to see the issues of slavery, abolition, women s lives in the 1800 s, wealth vs poverty and religion vs non belief through several characters eyes Ms Gamble packs a lot in to 310 pages and keeps the pace going I enjoyed all the various opinions shared by the c I enjoy historical fiction Learning little bits of history through a story is an enjoyable way to widen our knowledge I also think reading about events through another persons eyes helps widen our own opinions With the Eulogist we get to see the issues of slavery, abolition, women s lives in the 1800 s, wealth vs poverty and religion vs non belief through several characters eyes Ms Gamble packs a lot in to 310 pages and keeps the pace going I enjoyed all the various opinions shared by the characters of these tumultuous times in American history I live just an hour out of Cincinnati and have boated and traveled up the river in the towns Ms Gamble writes about This made the story so much alive for me because I know these towns While visiting Augusta, KY we looked at a home that was being renovated that set right on the riverbank The owner showed us a hidden room behind a fire place in the basement It was so fascinating I kept thinking of that house as she spoke of the Rankin s in Ripley and the underground railroad that was very prevalent in this area The Eulogy at the end showing the connection of the characters through out the book was a bit confusing and rushed but that is always the way with explaining your family tree It was still a satisfying read for me I gave it 5 stars I received The Eulogist from the Librarything s Early Readers program Thank you William Morrow Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review this book flag Like see review Dec 11, 2018 Julia rated it liked it Following the death of their mother and abandoned by their father, a family of Irish immigrants begin their young lives anew in Cincinnati James Givens, the eldest, dreams of launching his own candle making business despite their scant resources flighty younger brother Erasmus is convinced his calling is to preach the word of God and Olivia, who at the moment doesn t appear to have any prospects promising than as a children s tutor, but proves to be the link that keeps them all bound tog Following the death of their mother and abandoned by their father, a family of Irish immigrants begin their young lives anew in Cincinnati James Givens, the eldest, dreams of launching his own candle making business despite their scant resources flighty younger brother Erasmus is convinced his calling is to preach the word of God and Olivia, who at the moment doesn t appear to have any prospects promising than as a children s tutor, but proves to be the link that keeps them all bound together through the years Geography is crucial to the plot, as the nearby Ohio river delineates the slave holding state of Kentucky to the south from the free north, and all three Givens children become connected, in one way or another, to aiding the enslaved toward a path to freedom With a steady pace and few climactic scenes, the plot seemed to lack a traditional story arc and any overall sense of excitement Even Olivia experiences a terrible, traumatic event, she seems afterward surprisingly unfazed However, I enjoyed it, the writing is good, and I appreciated reading about a place Ohio and time pre Civil War that I ve often found to be underrepresented in works taking place in the 19th century as most focus on the Civil War itself or the period immediately following.I received this ARC via LibraryThing s Early Reviewers program flag Like see review Nov 02, 2018 Ericka Seidemann rated it really liked it Shelves arcs The Eulogist is much than the typical 19th century abolitionist trope This is the tumultuous story of an immigrant family of three very different siblings James, the eldest, a chandler, reliable but unyielding Olivia, the middle sister, inquisitive and intelligent, but forthright to a fault and Erasmus, the prodigal, itinerant black sheep, taken in with the charismatic river preachers, who leaves the family to follow his heart, often with his priorities askew.All three siblings clash a The Eulogist is much than the typical 19th century abolitionist trope This is the tumultuous story of an immigrant family of three very different siblings James, the eldest, a chandler, reliable but unyielding Olivia, the middle sister, inquisitive and intelligent, but forthright to a fault and Erasmus, the prodigal, itinerant black sheep, taken in with the charismatic river preachers, who leaves the family to follow his heart, often with his priorities askew.All three siblings clash and reunite out of devotion to a common cause The book follows this family and their hopes and tragedies through most of the 19th century, exploring the immigrant experience during the dynamic upheaval of a developing nation The Eulogist presents the moral indignation of slavery felt by many during this time, but also shows the reader a realistic spectrum of abolitionism, from mild disapproval to vehement activism The Eulogist is a comprehensive story of a family, with nuanced detail that enhances the energy of bustling 19th century America The story is well told, full of twists and revelations, and I tore through it in a matter of days Gamble s attention to detail is above reproach, and her characterizations are perceptive without being sentimental.This is historical fiction at its best Many thanks to William Morrow Books Harper Collins for the advance copy in exchange for my review It was a joy to read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Kathleen Gray rated it it was amazing Olivia Givens left Ireland with her family at 15 and finds herself, in 1820s Cincinnati, living with her brothers in a boarding house Her older brother James works hard at his candle business while the younger one, Eramus, finds God and become a river preacher As the brothers find love, Olivia finds herself questioning questioning the existence of God, slavery, her own life Then she meets Silas, a doctor she later marries Silas has Tilly, a slave owned by his brother, with him and it is, in Olivia Givens left Ireland with her family at 15 and finds herself, in 1820s Cincinnati, living with her brothers in a boarding house Her older brother James works hard at his candle business while the younger one, Eramus, finds God and become a river preacher As the brothers find love, Olivia finds herself questioning questioning the existence of God, slavery, her own life Then she meets Silas, a doctor she later marries Silas has Tilly, a slave owned by his brother, with him and it is, in some ways Tilly who changes everyones lives This is not only Olivia s story, it s also an interesting look at the abolitionist movement in Ohio and Kentucky Gamble doesn t pull punches characters suffer dreadful illness, rape, and there s a scene at a slave market that pulls at the mind I liked Olivia, a tough woman in many ways ahead of her time Gamble made me care about her, as well as about the other men and women with the exception of the truly odious Eugene Much is revealed at the end, things you d probably both forgotten and thought about Will you change your mind about anyone Did Olivia Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC This is well written historical fiction flag Like see review Nov 02, 2018 Robin rated it really liked it Opening in 1819, The Eulogist follows the life of 15 year old Irish immigrant, Olivia Givens, through the tumultuous period of rapid change in Cincinnati, Ohio, and indeed the entire nation itself, during her lifetime The proximity of the Ohio River as the boundary between the free northern states and the southern slaveholding ones leads slavery to play an enormous role in the lives of the protagonist and her family in immediate and complicated ways Other topics covered include the role of rel Opening in 1819, The Eulogist follows the life of 15 year old Irish immigrant, Olivia Givens, through the tumultuous period of rapid change in Cincinnati, Ohio, and indeed the entire nation itself, during her lifetime The proximity of the Ohio River as the boundary between the free northern states and the southern slaveholding ones leads slavery to play an enormous role in the lives of the protagonist and her family in immediate and complicated ways Other topics covered include the role of religion in society during that era, the emergence of science based medical practice still at odds with religious views, and women s place in society in general There is some violence, including rape, in the story, but it is discreetly and skillfully handled The story is well plotted and organized characters are adequately developed and identifiable While it was refreshing to read a novel that unfolds chronologically and maintains POV from a single character, I wish I could say that I could have felt attachment to the protagonist While I can say that I admired her independent nature, I can t say that I found her particular likable or inspiring All in all, a well written story worth following to the end flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Suzanne rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, first reads, historical Olivia Givens was not happy about leaving Ireland and not really pleased about ending up in Ohio She watched as her mother died shortly after childbirth and a few years later her father set off down river never to be heard from again She s left with her two brothers, the elder one quite enterprising, the younger one courting trouble with every breath THE EULOGIST is a panoramic novel covering the almost 70 years that Olivia spends in Ohio and the vast changes that occur prior to the Civil War Olivia Givens was not happy about leaving Ireland and not really pleased about ending up in Ohio She watched as her mother died shortly after childbirth and a few years later her father set off down river never to be heard from again She s left with her two brothers, the elder one quite enterprising, the younger one courting trouble with every breath THE EULOGIST is a panoramic novel covering the almost 70 years that Olivia spends in Ohio and the vast changes that occur prior to the Civil War It s a primitive time period when she first arrives, Cincinnati is a muddy frontier town By the end of her life her relatives are thinking about moving to California and the gold rush beckons In contrast, Cincinnati is quite civilized Olivia makes a sympathetic protagonist as she slowly learns the ways of American life the horrors of slavery, the lack of women s rights and poverty This is a great book with history and fiction that delight I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss flag Like see review Dec 09, 2018 Jk rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves first reads I received a free advance reader s edition of this book via the Giveaways program and would like to thank everyone involved in making that happen This is a captivating historical fiction novel that follows a family of Irish immigrants from their arrival in Ohio in 1819 through 1890 when the last of the siblings is nearing the end of her life I had a hard time putting this one down and could have read it straight through if time allowed I would highly recommend this to anyone who is i I received a free advance reader s edition of this book via the Giveaways program and would like to thank everyone involved in making that happen This is a captivating historical fiction novel that follows a family of Irish immigrants from their arrival in Ohio in 1819 through 1890 when the last of the siblings is nearing the end of her life I had a hard time putting this one down and could have read it straight through if time allowed I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in this time period of American history particularly the immigrant experience, revivalist preaching, graverobbing for scientific pursuit, slavery, abolition and the underground railroad A fantastic read flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Barbara rated it really liked it James, Olivia and Erasmas Givens travel from Ireland to the United States They settle in Cincinnati in 1819 They lose their mother in childbirth and their father is killed in a riverboat accident Erasmus leaves to become an itinerant preacher James eventually builds a prosperous business Olivia weds Silas Orpeus but not long after they wed Silas suddenly dies from an infection She travels to his family home in Kentucky and confronts the problem of slavery She works with others for the end James, Olivia and Erasmas Givens travel from Ireland to the United States They settle in Cincinnati in 1819 They lose their mother in childbirth and their father is killed in a riverboat accident Erasmus leaves to become an itinerant preacher James eventually builds a prosperous business Olivia weds Silas Orpeus but not long after they wed Silas suddenly dies from an infection She travels to his family home in Kentucky and confronts the problem of slavery She works with others for the end of slavery I wondered during the reading of this book why it was titled The Eulogist Then realized that Olivia was eulogizing every character in the book.I want to thank for sending me this book I enjoyed it flag Like see review Jan 24, 2019 Nancy rated it liked it I normally really enjoy historical fiction The Eulogist was ok I found myself stepping away from it and then coming back but never really feeling that tied to the characters I appreciate the feel the book gives for the roles and limitations placed on women during this period of western expansion and for its no nonsense portrait of slavery and plantation life I found the idea of women silently supporting the tide of the abolitionist movement interesting but I am not sure how much of an honest I normally really enjoy historical fiction The Eulogist was ok I found myself stepping away from it and then coming back but never really feeling that tied to the characters I appreciate the feel the book gives for the roles and limitations placed on women during this period of western expansion and for its no nonsense portrait of slavery and plantation life I found the idea of women silently supporting the tide of the abolitionist movement interesting but I am not sure how much of an honest moral difference this made in the story I can t really recommend it, but, nor can I find anything in particular that i object to It just kind of left me tepid.Thank you to Terry Gamble and William Morrow for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review flag Like see review Jan 16, 2019 Laura Schneider rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves giveaways Giveaway win Actual rating 3.5 starsI m very grateful for the opportunity to have received an advance copy of this book, thanks to the William Morrow publishing, mainly because I don t readily read about the Civil WarThere were elements of this novel I was quite fond of the intimate setting between the characters the relationship between Olivia and Silas, initiated by their love of medicine and experimentations However, I felt that the writing was not in accordance with the language spok Giveaway win Actual rating 3.5 starsI m very grateful for the opportunity to have received an advance copy of this book, thanks to the William Morrow publishing, mainly because I don t readily read about the Civil WarThere were elements of this novel I was quite fond of the intimate setting between the characters the relationship between Olivia and Silas, initiated by their love of medicine and experimentations However, I felt that the writing was not in accordance with the language spoken in the early to mid 1800s I appreciate that Gamble was trying to represent Olivia s rebelliousness, but I felt that the employment of some words went too far I also felt that the last chapter was a bit of a cop out Why not spend time exploring Olivia s later life, rather than condense it into one chapter The whole story felt a tad rushed, so I did not have much time to connect or sympathize with some of the characters I also don t understand Gamble s decision to call this book The Eulogist, as its misleading nature does not clearly reveal itself, even halfway through the novel flag Like see review Dec 12, 2018 Mary rated it really liked it Shelves library thing This is a story of an immigrant family with siblings with very different viewpoints Although they don t always get along, they have a common cause The story is also told from an interesting viewpoint of abolition from Cincinnati, rather than that of the deep south The differing viewpoints make for an interesting story and dynamic The story has great detail and energy I enjoyed the characters and the authors depiction of each This is historical fiction at its best Reader received a complim This is a story of an immigrant family with siblings with very different viewpoints Although they don t always get along, they have a common cause The story is also told from an interesting viewpoint of abolition from Cincinnati, rather than that of the deep south The differing viewpoints make for an interesting story and dynamic The story has great detail and energy I enjoyed the characters and the authors depiction of each This is historical fiction at its best Reader received a complimentary copy from Library Thing Early Reviewers Program flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Donna Coakley rated it really liked it Good book in that the characters and the story are compelling and I could not stop reading it until I finished but how sad and how angry I felt reading how slaves were treated and thought of by the nice people and that even the abolitionists did not really see the slaves as they saw themselves The ending was very disturbing when the heroine shared how she felt about the treatment of a young woman who was a slave that her husband had brought home with him This book will stay with me for a Good book in that the characters and the story are compelling and I could not stop reading it until I finished but how sad and how angry I felt reading how slaves were treated and thought of by the nice people and that even the abolitionists did not really see the slaves as they saw themselves The ending was very disturbing when the heroine shared how she felt about the treatment of a young woman who was a slave that her husband had brought home with him This book will stay with me for a while flag Like see review Nov 16, 2018 Ann Marie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves giveaways I won an advanced readers edition of this book If pre civil war, abolition,religion, and the experiences of immigrants in this time period of America is of interest to you you will enjoy this book Spanning the better part of the 1800 this is the story of three Irish immigrant siblings making their way in a new world choosing their own paths P.S I just read Terry Gamble s blog post regarding this book which she wrote as a result of researching her own family s history which makes this even mor I won an advanced readers edition of this book If pre civil war, abolition,religion, and the experiences of immigrants in this time period of America is of interest to you you will enjoy this book Spanning the better part of the 1800 this is the story of three Irish immigrant siblings making their way in a new world choosing their own paths P.S I just read Terry Gamble s blog post regarding this book which she wrote as a result of researching her own family s history which makes this even interesting to me flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Susan rated it really liked it THE EULOGIST is an interesting book that hits on some compelling themes It s atmospheric and filled with intriguing historical details and figures Unfortunately, it s also pretty plotless, which makes it a slow, episodic story that I could have easily put down at any point The characters interested me, though, so I kept reading In the end, I liked THE EULOGIST enough to finish it, but I didn t love it I d give it somewhere between a C and a B flag Like see review Jan 09, 2019 Sharyn Davis rated it it was amazing review of another edition this was a great book to read, it gives you a story from a woman s point of view of the time prior to the civil war and thrown in a story of woman s love for her family and what is happening around to help slaves from the cruel injustice they received and how she played a part in rescuing slaves from her actions flag Like see review Nov 29, 2018 Leigh Ann rated it really liked it review of another edition I really enjoyed this book It was well written and had great compelling characters flag Like see review Nov 04, 2018 Anna Smith rated it really liked it Interesting story flag Like see review previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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      The author of three critically acclaimed books, THE WATER DANCERS, GOOD FAMILY, and THE EULOGIST William Morrow, to be released January, 2019 , Terry Gamble lives in Northern California with her husband, balancing her life between being a productive member of the community and hiding out in a shed in the woods, trying to write.

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    1. An Irish immigrant family arrives in Ohio in 1818 and their future in America is told through the lives of the three children through 1890 The writing is very good and without being overly descriptive, I felt as though I was there in all of the scenes James, the eldest tries to establish a candle making business His brother Erasmus takes to drink and the road as a preacher Their sister Olivia was my favorite character, a strong woman with convictions about the role of women and about the inj An [...]


    2. Antebellum America, a few decades before the Civil War, a family comes from Ireland Due to tragedy, James, Erasmus and Olivia find themselves alone They settle in Cincinnati, and James starts a successful candlemaking business Reflecting a time when slavery and injustice was at the forefront of many lives Abolitionists and the underground railroad, do what they can to help runaway slaves Tent revivals and traveling preachers, which Erasmus takes to heart These three siblings will come toge Anteb [...]


    3. Taking place in booming pre Civil War Cincinnati, this novel charts the lives of Irish immigrant siblings Capitalistic James rises from abject poverty to prominence Erasmus becomes an evangelical preacher living hand to mouth Independent thinker, Olivia, stumbles into a marriage with a like minded doctor Olivia wryly recounts the oppression of women and social conventions during this time period An event leads Olivia to Kentucky where she comes face to face with the barbarity of slavery Di Takin [...]


    4. Fascinating, passionate and compelling THE EULOGIST by TERRY GAMBLE was an interesting, steady paced, and subtle story that I sort of have some mixed feelings about At times the story really grabbed me and I was totally interested in what I was reading but then at other times I was a little lost with the author s choice of words and found myself a little impatient to get to the heart of the story TERRY GAMBLE delivers an intriguing and well written read here that was definitely an enjoyable an F [...]


    5. 3.5 starsTerry Gamble weaves some divisive issues here with race, slavery, and abolition of slavery with some real historical people and fictional characters She creates an interesting family and I really enjoyed the family drama and dynamics between the characters The writing and the story take on a lighter side to it as we follow Olivia s journey from a woman unaffected by these issues to strong women with a sense for justice Terry Gamble creates an interesting character here with our main 3.5 [...]



    6. I m giving this 5 stars recorded but if it was possible on my exact rating would be 4 1 2 stars This was a very interesting story of abolition told from a very different perspective The setting was Cincinnati, the Ohio river Valley, and Northern Kentucky instead of the Deep South The Ohio river being a border between slave holding Kentucky and free Ohio While the story was quick paced, nuanced, and interesting I do fault the occasional odd vocabulary choices of the author as my r I m giving thi [...]


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