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Eileen Joyce Donovan


Helen Campbell is the eldest and most practical of three sisters, daughters of hard-working Irish emigrants living in New York City in the 1950s. She does what she can to keep the wild-child middle sister, Carolyn, in line and support the youngest, Peggy, as she pursues her dreams of becoming a doctor. Then Helen meets Charlie.

While its love at first sight for those two, Carolyn’s antics threatens to derail all the sisters’ future happiness. However, through thick and thin, the three sisters strive to prevail, though not necessarily in the ways they thought they wanted.



Eileen Joyce Donovan has been writing her entire life, in one way or another, whether it was imaginative stories for friends, or advertising copy for clients. At the persistent urging of her husband, she finally agreed to seriously edit and revise one of her stories and take the plunge. Years later, her persistence paid off and both her debut historical fiction, Promises, and her second novel, A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma, won prestigious awards. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, and her essays have been included in various Chicken Soup for the Soul editions.

She lives in Manhattan, New York and is a member of Authors Guild, Women’s National Book Association, Women Fiction Writers Association, and The Historical Novel Society.


“A thoroughly enjoyable family drama populated with fully developed, central characters.” — The Wishing Shelf
“If you are into a story about an Irish family dealing with three adult daughters moving on with their lives as they chose different paths, this may be for you.” — Conny Withay Reviews
“5 Stars!! – Entertaining Soap Opera Family Saga” — Denise D, Goodreads
“A love story of the time.” – The Many Thoughts of a Reader
“The writer made the time period and her cast of characters pop to life.” — Urban Book Reviews
“5 Stars! An excellent historical fiction read and one that I think would be worthwhile for many readers” – Nora, Storeybook Reviews
“A gorgeous addition to the [historical fiction] genre, and it is begging to be added to your TBR!” — Sal, Bound 4 Escape
“It is a drama that ‘flows’ steadily throughout the book, captivating the reader’s interest throughout the story until the very last page.” — LA Wonder10, Rockin’ Book Reviews
“I loved reading through this family drama and I'd definitely recommend this to fans of historical fiction.” — Just Another Reader
“This one should not be missed.” — Locks, Hooks, and Books
“If you like historical fiction with a big splash of romance, this is the one for you.” — Carol Rae’s Random Ramblings
“I absolutely loved this book!” — Suzie, My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews
“The Campbell Sisters is a gem of a book and I highly recommend it! I give it all 5 stars.” — Teddy Rose Book Reviews
“If you have sisters that sometimes drive you crazy, you will love this book.” — Bee Lindy, Book Pleasures
“This is one that you will not regret picking up!” — Laura, Celtic Lady’s Reviews

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