My rating: 5 of 5 stars
She was willing to sacrifice everything for her country. He was willing to sacrifice everything for her
‘Make a difference in the world, ‘ are the last words Maggie Gilligan’s father ever says to her. They form a legacy that she carries in her heart, years later when, at the age of fifteen, she tries to better the lives of Dublin’s largely forgotten poor.
‘Don’t go getting distracted, now, ‘ is what Daniel Healy’s father says to him after seeing him talking to the same Maggie Gilligan. Daniel is more than distracted. He is intrigued. Never has he met anyone as dismissive, argumentative . . . as downright infuriating.
A dare from Maggie is all it takes. Daniel volunteers at a food kitchen. There, his eyes are opened to the plight of the poor. It is 1913 and Dublin’s striking workers have been locked out of their jobs. Their families are going hungry. Daniel and Maggie do what they can. Soon, however, Maggie realises that the only way to make a difference is to take up arms.
The story of Maggie and Daniel is one of friendship, love, war and revolution, of two people prepared to sacrifice their lives: Maggie for her country, Daniel for Maggie. Their mutual sacrifices put them on opposite sides of a revolution. Can their love survive?
Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan is an excellent piece of Irish Fiction; Keeping me reading until the wee hours of the morning.
Author Denise Deegan delivers an all-around amazing story that is complete with an engaging plot and a well-developed cast of characters; playing vividly in my mind like a movie. I cried, I laughed, and then I cried some more as the book progressed.
Furthermore, as a born and raised Canadian, I felt that I learned a bit about Ireland’s history. I mean, I knew that there was a political division between the North and South. However, I found it fascinating to learn a bit more about it from this fictional account.
This may be a short review compared to others. Regardless, there was really nothing that I didn’t like about this book.Through the Barricades was an incredible novel; I would highly recommend it to any reader that loves Historical Fiction (or stories about Ireland).
Side note: I received a copy as part of a blog tour. However, I have since purchased my own copy as I firmly believe in supporting authors that I enjoy.
December 6th, 2016
About The Author
Award winning author, Denise Deegan lives in Dublin with her family where she regularly dreams of sunshine, a life without cooking and her novels being made into movies.
Denise has been a nurse, a china restorer, a pharmaceutical sales rep, a public relations officer, an entrepreneur and a college lecturer. Her most difficult job was being a checkout girl, although ultimately this experience did inspire a short story…
Denise writes for both adults and teenagers. Her novels have been published by Penguin, Random House, Hachette and Lake Union Publishing. Writing under the pen name Aimee Alexander, Denise’s contemporary family dramas have become international best-sellers on Kindle.
Under her own name, Denise has written a much-loved contemporary Young Adult trilogy, the Butterfly Novels, the second of which was nominated for an Irish Book Award.
Denise’s most recent novel, Through the Barricades, won the international SCBWI Spark Award.