Nov 25, 2020
The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane
Posted by Colin Falconer

When fiery and idealistic Kitty O Kane escapes the crushing poverty of Dublin s tenements, she s determined that no one should ever suffer like she did As she sets out to save the world, she finds herself at the forefront of events that shaped the early twentieth century While working as a maid, she survives the sinking of the Titanic As a suffragette in New York s GreeWhen fiery and idealistic Kitty O Kane escapes the crushing poverty of Dublin s tenements, she s determined that no one should ever suffer like she did As she sets out to save the world, she finds herself at the forefront of events that shaped the early twentieth century While working as a maid, she survives the sinking of the Titanic As a suffragette in New York s Greenwich Village, she s jailed for breaking storefront windows And traveling war torn Europe as a journalist, she s at the Winter Palace when it s stormed by the Bolsheviks Ultimately she returns to her homeland to serve as a nurse in the Irish Civil War.During Kitty s remarkable journey, she reunites with her childhood sweetheart, Tom Doyle, but Tom doesn t know everything about her past a past that continues to haunt her Will Kitty accept that before she can save everyone else, she needs to find a way to save herself Or will the sins of her past stop her from pursuing her own happiness

  • Title: The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane
  • Author: Colin Falconer
  • ISBN: 9781542048972
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Unkillable Kitty O Kane When fiery and idealistic Kitty O Kane escapes the crushing poverty of Dublin s tenements she s determined that no one should ever suffer like she did As she sets out to save the world she finds her

    Lisa

    Received this book in a giveaway for free The title and cover image are terribly misleading I thought this would be a story about a woman who strengthens and grows over the course of the novel, who triumphs in the end Instead, Kitty runs away from a horrific home life in Dublin and become a stewardess for White Star Lines Thus, she is on the Titanic and survives it s sinking It s on that ship where she meets two men who will influence the next 15 years of her life, in very different ways One is [...]


    Tonya

    I get really tired of all the authors using bad language While a good story, I didn t even want to finish the book due to bad language Granted, I have been going through kind of a dry spell and finding things to read As my eyesight fades, I have to think about how I m going to read I am always interested in other peoples ideas of what is a good Kindle book.


    Amanda Helling

    The premise of this novel intrigued me I was able to purchase a Kindle edition for a few dollars I was wildly disappointed by the book.It was featured in an email from and I wanted a book to read The summary indicated it would be a story about a strong woman who faced down adversity and went on adventures Instead it was a strong girl who grows into a woman buffeted about by horrible men It is exactly what I feared would come of a man writing a strong woman character it was full of tropes and cli [...]


    Judy Barker

    I got the book as a kindle first book of the month The historical events and time period intrigued me, as did the potential of one character witnessing so many of them Kitty is not your typical heroine She does not have a lot of tools to change her initial situation She uses the tools that she can to remove herself from the slums and continues to do so throughout the book Many people find fault with the way she is attached to men who are bad for her throughout the book, yet she uses them also to [...]


    Abigail McKenna

    I want to be able to say that I loved this book I want so badly to be able to say that But I can t Which is so disappointing Here we have a hisfic about an absolutely fascinating idea a woman who survives not only the Titanic, but also the Lusitania, the whole Bolsheviks situation, and the Irish Civil War Now, I thought Kitty was a real person I was wrong, which is also sad But the book is still really cool in concept Unfortunately, there was so much language and so many sex scenes that I can t [...]


    Tawni Winns

    What a life Bad luck seemed to follow this girl like a shadow She wanted so badly to leave her mark on the world and she did but just not in the way that she imagined Her whole life she had all of these near misses, she could never get things to come together the way she wanted it I admire her gumption to keep pressing forward in situations when someone else would have given up.


    Samantha (AK)

    Every month, sends out it s kindlefirst books, and most months they re pretty disappointing I can t actually remember what the other options were the month that this one found its way into my library, but it ended up being a decent read.Kitty O Kane is unkillable not untouchable She finds herself in one bad situation after another, many by circumstance, some by her own decisions Careening from disaster to disaster, she finds handholds where she can, often in bad men who bring their own difficult [...]


    Irene

    Kitty O Kane dreamed of a kind husband and a just life what she had was haddock water for supper and a dribble of her own blood, seen at close quarters, on the toe of her father s scuffed boot Heartbreaking stuff am I right It pulled me in and had such high hopes for Kitty, but somewhere around the halfway point it all fell apart for me From a bright, poverty stricken Irish girl with a simple dream that she could have easily achieved Kitty changed into someone I just didn t like very much After [...]


    Mary Schatz

    I ve read a number of books lately with intrepid young women in the early 1900 s finding their way in the world I ve really enjoyed novels about these pioneering women Radio Girls, The Secret Life of Violet Gray, Lilac Girls I expected this book to be similar, but it really isn t Kitty O Kane is presented as a feisty, smart, unconventional young woman I guess she sort of is She follows around unconventional men But, she is always with and dependent on a man She doesn t really even have the coura [...]


    Karen Thompson

    A takeoff about two real journalists who wrote about wars in the early 1900 s, this book was extremely interesting in so many ways Kitty O Kane grew up in an Irish household with an alcoholic, abusive father and all she ever wanted was to get away, and this she did She worked as a maid on the Titanic where she met a journalist who asked her to join him as he covered different wars of the time This led her to faraway places and unbelievable living conditions I enjoyed reading about the European h [...]


    Mary Barrett

    Five starsThis book has been an adventure, from the beginning, to the end From the terrible poverty and abusive father in the Irish Slums of Dublin, to working for the White Star line aboard the Titanic, Kitty O Kane lead a whale of a life Colin Falconer does a good job leading us through trauma, and terror of her life Of course, the silver lining we all hope for is there for rescue, if she will only grab for it Well written and well edited


    Joy

    Kitty O Kane had the potential to be a very strong female character, but sadly the author didn t chose to allow her growth to occur Instead, she followed her war correspondent boyfriend all over Eastern Europe Was it because she loved him No It was because she wanted to be a part of the movement to help establish rights for women Yet, she only seemed to dabble at writing newspaper articles to help that cause.Spoiler Alert Her survival instincts helped her overcome childhood abuse, two ships sink [...]


    Mandy meyer

    I could not put this book down I loved this story from the very beginning Especially from the perspective of a woman and her life on the early 1900 s Kitty O Kane is a woman we can all look up to for her bravery, her adventures and her outspoken mouth


    Lori

    Not what I expected in a survivor story It was just okay not some thing I would recommend to put on your to read list.


    Rbucci

    This book had a great start and then it just dragged and dragged I realize the author fashioned the book after a couple of real people, but I had a hard time reading her perspective of how they behaved I didn t find the protagonist compelling or uplifting I found her life to be somewhat depressing, and for someone who was fighting against being a certain kind of person, she was that person except in the very end.


    NAOMI C. HIPWELL

    Pretty good actually Loads of twists and turns and decisions regarding sympathy or disgust with Kitty A very endearing person was Kitty.


    Linda

    Liked it at the beginningdisliked it by the middleI couldn t finish the booko depressing and disappointing I expected the heroine to be a strong independent character, after all she is referred to as the unkillable Kitty Okane is she not Well by the middle of the book she was a winey female who kept following her lover,who she did not love, around the world letting him humiliate her over and over again 3 4ths the way through I gave up I loved the historical references and was hoping for a good h [...]


    Shirley C

    This is one book I sincerely wish I had read the end before the beginning I simply could not find Kitty O Kane believable Out the slums of Ireland, survived the Titantic sinking, met a man who took her all over the world during a time when the world was truly in Revolution She survived wars, both military and personal, while developing the ambition to be a writer because her lover and mentor of sorts both encouraged and discouraged her And she did write, no thanks to him At one point she came ba [...]


    Edgar Guedez

    Amazing KittyKitty O Kane is born in a shanty neighborhood of Dublin and has to put up with an abusive father Tired of it, she escapes with a sailor and finds her way into a stewardess job on board the Titanic From there, she goes unscathed through two ship sinking , and follows a war correspondent all over eastern Europe, pursuing the ideal of a new world order that would bring justice and equality to women But she takes time to realise that changing the world and finding truce love is not an e [...]


    Angela

    I don t typically read historical fiction but I really liked this book I recommend the audio book just because hearing it with the Irish accent is better than what my inner voice could have done Kitty is the embodiment of everything good and bad and glorious and flawed and beautiful in a strong minded and strong willed young lady I just love her with all her imperfections I also loved the historical context putting a story around events that were only records in a history book makes them come to [...]


    KaterinaLigounaki

    I loved the story line and how her life draws a full circle with a lot of suspense and adventures in between There were times I could tell it was a man who wrote the book, especially during the intimate scenes but then, the inner dialogue and the descriptions followed these scenes and makes up for that I found very interesting that the characters are inspired by true people It was nice to travel from Ireland to America, to Russia and back to Ireland, through the Russian winter, London s fog and [...]


    Hillary

    This was yet another Kindle First Book and a pretty good choice The idea is intriguing A young woman who is an observer participant in many world events in the first part of the 20th century Not only that, but she rises up from abject poverty in the process This novel is based on several true events and people, but is definitely fiction.Kitty is a strong character who has withstood and survived poverty and abuse She is also very much a product of her time This is why I was a bit frustrated with [...]


    Fanna

    I m so disappointed by this book I picked it up for the women s fiction that it claimed to be but ended up preferring the historical fiction references No doubt, it s a women s fiction, but not a progressive one the female protagonist remains wherever she was at the beginning of the book While her ideologies and concepts about the world, especially since she survives through Titanic, Lusitania and others that are in now way important to the story, are strong and ranted for the length of the boo [...]


    Amy

    Review Any dramatic event in the early 1900 s you ll find Kitty O kane I doubt any one person could be that involved or unlucky but it was one stop shopping in a story Summary When fiery and idealistic Kitty O Kane escapes the crushing poverty of Dublin s tenements, she s determined that no one should ever suffer like she did As she sets out to save the world, she finds herself at the forefront of events that shaped the early twentieth century While working as a maid, she survives the sinking of [...]


    Carina

    The Unkillable Kitty O Kane is, of course, about Kitty O Kane, a young Irish heroine who escapes death again and again Kitty O Kane takes the reader on a fun ride through her many life changes and near death experiences From being beaten by her father to surviving not one but two shipwrecks to the Russian Revolution and back to Ireland for an unexpected battle, Kitty O Kane sees life flash before her eyes on several occasionsd the reader is there to witness it Yes, it s all very far fetched, but [...]


    Ms. Rodrigues

    The Unkillable Kitty O Kane is, of course, about Kitty O Kane, a young Irish heroine who escapes death again and again Kitty O Kane takes the reader on a fun ride through her many life changes and near death experiences From being beaten by her father to surviving not one but two shipwrecks to the Russian Revolution and back to Ireland for an unexpected battle, Kitty O Kane sees life flash before her eyes on several occasionsd the reader is there to witness it Yes, it s all very far fetched, but [...]


    Victor Carson

    Although I am not familiar with Colin Falconer s numerous other books, I was interested in the setting for this novel, in Dublin, New York, Russia, and London during the first three decades of the twentieth century The novel starts during Kitty O Kane s childhood in Dublin amidst poverty, drunkenness, and child abuse When Kitty escapes to New York, it is via the doomed ship the Titanic She reinvents her life in New York with a journalist who also survived the Titanic but wants to change the worl [...]


    Rachael

    Kitty is that girl on the internet who posts memes about how she ll destroy you and haunt your dreams forever if you mess with her, but in real life keeps going back to that same abusive guy and never leaves that terrible job She certainly does survive a lot of extraordinary circumstances, but due to luck only Based on the description I read of this book, I thought Kitty would be an inspiring character to read about I wish she had been However, as disappointing as that aspect of the story was, I [...]


    Sanah

    The Unkillable Kitty O Kane is a book that almost makes its point it almost makes you feel bad, almost sad, almost angry But never makes you feel anything The book follows the life of Kitty O Kane, an abused child who swears to leave her old life behind to start a new life Her future foretold to her once, warns her of misgivings and mishappenings all of which come true The protagonist, none the less survives, jaded and unsure Kitty, conveniently falls in the lap of rich and powerful men, because [...]


    Sharon

    Really enjoyed this book Some rough language, basically tied to the era and the characters portrayed, but keep that in context and it s a great read that had me making a list of names, events, and terms to Google for information when through reading to me, that s a hallmark of a well written histfic A little over 2 3 of the way in I did find that it kind of bogged down a bit, but then the story and suspense picked up again and I wanted to race to find out how it would end Be sure to read the au [...]



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