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Through The Barricades: Winner of the SCBWI SPARK Award 2017 by [Deegan, Denise]
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Through The Barricades: Winner of the SCBWI SPARK Award 2017 Kindle Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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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's 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)

'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.)

'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.)

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4488 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MSW2FOL
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Welsh Annie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2017
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“Friendship, love, war and revolution” – a perfect description. But really so much more than that – characters you care deeply about, history (and the Irish background was something I knew shamefully little about) brought vividly to life, scenes of war so searingly real they’re totally impossible to forget, a series of friendships that are so desperately moving, and a love against all odds that has your heart beating faster and your whole being wanting everything to work out as it should.

After the prologue, this is a story told the way only a great story can be, and the way only an exceptional story teller can – absolutely straight, the parallel lives of Maggie in Dublin at such a significant point in its history, Daniel on the battlefields of Gallipoli and Salonika, their stories converging at points and so very dramatically towards the book’s conclusion. The descriptions and resulting images are quite exceptional, and there were times when I felt every moment – the soldier catching and returning grenades on the battlefield, the cleansing of wounds in the tented field hospital, the stifling heat and the clouds of flies, the ice on eyelashes, and the almost unbearable tension back in Dublin as the story played out to its conclusion.

The characters were quite wonderful – Maggie herself is complex and driven, fearless and frightened, to be admired while you also want to shake sense into her. Daniel is equally strongly drawn, his family background fascinating, his love for Maggie achingly real. The supporting characters too – young Lily, Daniel’s closest friend Michael, Maggie’s secretive brother Tom, larger than life Madame and a whole cast of characters so totally real and alive on the page. Yes, I learned about the history too, but that was just a wonderful bonus – and what a magnificent way to learn.

This is quite a book – simply stunning – and I absolutely loved every moment. Go on, you can tell, can’t you? Just make sure you don’t miss it…
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It doesn't really matter how old you are, what you believe in or how much money you have if you are lucky enough to find your soul mate, the one person you would sacrifice everything for, then you just don't let them go. You do anything for them, even if it is against everything you have always believed in. Well that is how Daniel felt about Maggie.  
This is Romantic Historical Fiction at its very best. There is a brief prologue dated 1906 where a very brave Maggie, at only 8 years old, is asked to make a promise by her father and it is something that she sets her life by. The bulk of this story takes place between 1913 and 1916 in Dublin and also in Gallipoli, during the First World War.  You just have to love Maggie, well as a reader you do, if you were a young lady of the time, she would have been seen as more of an odd ball, a girl really to be avoided because she is so strong willed and not afraid to get her sleeves rolled up in amongst the lads. She doesn't want to be a boy she just wants the equal rights to stand up for her beliefs. This is the Maggie that Daniel falls in love with. Daniel is the most loveable lad, the perfect boyfriend to Maggie and loyal to his life long buddy Michael both at home and in the slaughter house conditions of Gallipoli.
Denise Deegan covers so many historical events in this novel, the 1913 Lockout in Dublin, the First World War and the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, all written about accurately and also woven with a story that is both intriguing and heart breaking. She doesn't hold any punches and describes the horrific conditions of both how a country could legally starve its people to enforce rule and yet defend others in the name of justice in a World War. At times it makes you feel very frustrated. So many heart breaking events but can true love come through?  
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Denise Deegan certainly has a way with words and was able to grab me right from the onset with opening prologue. From then on in after I was totally hooked on this book. The story is of Maggie Mae Gilligan, a feisty young woman caught up in the turmoil of Ireland at the start of the 20th Century. Determined to make a difference just like her father wanted, Maggie wants to fight for her country. She wants the British out of Ireland but as a young woman feels powerless to help. Then she meets Daniel who is totally and utterly besotted by her and everything about her from the wonderful way she throws a punch right down to her beautiful eyebrows!

Daniel's love soon sees him wanting to be with Maggie all the time, even going as far as volunteering at a soup kitchen feeding the poor. While Daniel disagrees with Maggie's desire to take up arms against the British, he would quite gladly follow her to the gates of hell. Despite coming from completely different backgrounds, Daniel and Maggie's friendship and love soon blossoms.

However, Maggie's plans are soon disrupted by the onset of the First World War and Daniel feels that he needs to join the British Army and do his duty. Maggie is horrified but cannot deny her feelings for him and despite everything, the love he and Maggie share cannot be quelled by the onset of war both at home and abroad or by any political views. Maggie's letters to Daniel when he is fighting on the front are what keeps him fighting, keeps him alive. Daniel dreams of his future with Maggie and that is the only thing that keeps him sane.
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