This was a very well written and thought provoking book. The story of Clara, a nurse on Ellis Island in the early 1900's is book ended by the story of Taryn, the widow of a man who was killed in the collapse of the World Trade towers. Clara is working on Ellis Island to be in “an in between” place, to allow time to pass because she has suffered a great loss.
Both women need to come to terms with their losses and their past before they can move forward. This book does a lot to discuss that old phrase “everything happens for a reason”.
The author writes so well, and the description of the life on Ellis Island is so interesting, I was sorry to see this book come to an end. I loved this book and would highly recommend it. I believe it would be a good book club selection.