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Through the Barricades: Winner of the SCBWI Spark Award 2017 Paperback – December 2, 2016
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'Gripping, heartfelt story set in the heart of Ireland's most troubled time. Deegan takes us on a memorable adventure into the past. Beautifully imagined and skillfully written - a book to remember.' (Kate Kerrigan, author of the New York Times bestseller, the Ellis Island trilogy.)
'History comes vividly to life in this compelling love story set during turbulent times in revolutionary Ireland. In Maggie, Denise Deegan has created a strong female character caught between her ideals and her heart.' (Martina Devlin, best-selling author of The House Where it Happened.)
'Denise Deegan captures all the emotion and drama of Ireland during the rebellion, and a world at war. In her characters, Maggie and Daniel, she authentically portrays the struggles and decisions faced by young men and women during this period of history. A thoroughly compelling book which I enjoyed immensely.' (Hazel Gaynor, author of New York Times bestseller The Girl Who Came Home.)
'Thought-provoking, heart-rending and uplifting, Through the Barricades takes a vivid look at the turmoil of events leading to 1916 through authentic and diverse eyes. It is not to be missed.' (Ruth Frances Long, best-selling author of A Crack in Everything trilogy.)
'Things I look for in a good book - character, plot and the author's ability to make me care. Denise Deegan does this in spades in Through the Barricades. OK, the historical backdrop lends itself to a pacy narrative - Ireland from 1914 to 1916 - a tumultuous time in her history - but it takes a clever writer to weave the history and not let it get in the way of the plot. I fell in love with Maggie, Daniel and their friend Michael from their first introduction. I loved Maggie's fire and Daniel devotion to her. I loved how their relationship developed and I enjoyed the almost Forrest Gump-ness of the book as Maggie interacted with important Irish figures. The pieces written about the trenches in the First World War were really moving as was the devotion Maggie's family had to each other. Bravo Denise.' (Martina Reilly, best-selling author of Proof)
'THROUGH THE BARRICADES by Denise Deegan is by far my favourite book of 2016. It is a powerful, emotional story about love - love for one's country, love for one's family - and the need to stand up and make yourself heard, to make a difference. Something we all need to be aware of today. THROUGH THE BARRICADES is nothing short of stunning and I know it is a book I will re-read for many years to come. BOOK RATING - 5++++' (Linda Green, Books of All Kinds.)
'Daniel and Maggie take us through the human side of history, with a story of friendship and love. The birth of a social conscience and the harsh realities of insurrection combine with Deegan's characteristic empathy to craft a story that will appeal to young and old alike.' (Award-winning author of Needlework, Deirdre Sullivan.)
'As with Deegan's contemporary novels, the characters come alive on thepage & pull you into their world, even though it's one that'sdistanced from us by time. An emotionally engaging read from anemotionally intelligent author,' (Best-selling author, Claire Hennessy.)
About the 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.
She 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 checkout girl, though ultimately this 'experience' did inspire a short story...
Denise's books have been published by Penguin, Random House, Hachette and Lake Union Publishing. Her novels for Young Adults include The Butterfly Novels: And By The Way, And For Your Information and And Actually.
Denise writes women's fiction as Aimee Alexander. Her titles have become international best-sellers on Kindle and include: Pause to Rewind, The Accidental Life of Greg Millar and All We Have Lost.
Denise is represented by the East West Literary Agency and Barry Krost Management. She is a member of the SCBWI. Find out more on denisedeegan.com
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I found all of the characters to be well-drawn and engaging. I cared about each of them and the sometimes difficult decisions they had to make. I could visualize everything in the story and I think this would make a good movie -- one with depth. I highly recommend it.
Maggie wants to join the revolution. She will do anything she can to help the cause she believes in. Daniel is prepared to make a huge sacrifice and joins the army at the beginning of the First World War. They don't realize that they will be on opposite sides of the same battle. Will their love survive this difficult situation and will they be able to remain unscathed during the many years of armed combat?
Through the Barricades is a beautiful raw and gripping story. Maggie is fierce, stubborn and capable. She has strong beliefs and isn't afraid to fight for them. Daniel is gentle and loving and he's willing to go far for Maggie. They both make huge sacrifices for what's in their hearts. It's clear from the start that what they feel for each other is true love, but their situation is far from ideal, a lot is standing in their way, both personally and professionally. Nothing is certain, they aren't safe and there are no guarantees they will ever see each other again. This kept me on the edge of my seat. I flew through the pages, because I had to find out if they'd find happiness or disaster together. I absolutely love it when a story makes me feel so much.
Denise Deegan's writing is amazing. She has a great way with words that immediately captivates me every time I read one of her books. Through the Barricades isn't a light story, it's set in a dark time, but there's plenty of hope as well. I loved how well researched this story is and learned a lot about Ireland at the beginning of the twentieth century. Denise Deegan's detailed descriptions of battles, gatherings and dire situations moved me to tears. She's honest and doesn't stay away from the difficult parts, which is something I greatly admired. I highly recommend Through the Barricades, it's a brilliant emotional roller coaster.
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