Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The Next Ship Home by Heather Webb

We all know of Ellis Island, but do we really know what it was like and what went on?

Millions of immigrants passed through Ellis Island, but they all didn't make it into the land that promised them a new life.

We meet Francesca and her sister Maria who came to Ellis Island from Italy because they wanted to escape their abusive father.

We also meet Alma one of the matrons who worked at Ellis Island and who felt a need to help these two women.  Luckily Alma spoke Italian.

Most of The characters were authentic and warm and you felt for the immigrants.

The book focused on Francesca, her sister Maria, Alma, the immigrants, and how Ellis Island operated.

We find out things we don’t want to know but things that went on and people at Ellis Island that were corrupt.

THE NEXT SHIP HOME is an excellent inside look at Ellis Island, and with these wonderful characters makes it a read historical fiction fans won't want to miss.

Thumbs up to Ms. Webb for this marvelous book.

You won’t be able to put the book down. 5/5

This book was given to me by Tall Poppy Writers and Sourcebooks via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Absolutely loved this book.

    I hope you get to read it.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. Sounds great Elizabeth. How long did they have to stay on Ellis Island before they were out of there? In general that is, not this pair.

    1. I honestly am not sure. I am guessing it depended on if they had a sponsor.

      Don't rely on that information, though, because I didn't do any research.

      The book is amazing...I hope you get to read the book and find out the answer to your question, Kathryn.

      Thanks for your comment.

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    1. Very intriguing...I hope you get to read the book.

      Thanks for stopping and for commenting, Carole.

  4. I look forward to reading it, but we’re all somewhat familiar with boats landing at Ellis Island. What happened to my friend’s mother is unique because Ellis wouldn’t accept the boat so it jumped on down to Mexico City (most of the people were Polish Jews).