Molly Author:Teresa Crane Tale of a feisty, young Irish girl whose spirit triumphs over poverty and personal tragedy. — Fleeing her fanatical republican family, Molly O'Down arrives nearly penniless in London at the end of the nineteenth century. With the aid of a social worker, she escapes the world of East End gambling houses and brothels and invests what little money ... more »she has in a typing course--an investment that will lead to the founding of her own employment agency and her establishment as a woman of power and means.
Along the way Molly wins--and then loses in the Boer War--her first love, makes a marriage of convenience, is widowed, and marries again. But her energy and determination never flag, and finally she meets the man who will be her match in business and in love.
From the rough and tumble world of the London docks to the luxurious hotels and restaurants of the fashionable West End, Molly captures the temper of the times--the unrest of the laboring classes, the courage of the suffragette movement, the ravages of the First World War. And through it all moves one of the most appealing and fully realized heroines in years: the indomitable Molly O'Dowd.« less