"Through the Barricades" by author Denise Deegan is a terrific book of romantic historical fiction and I truly loved it!
I was grabbed from the very first page of this very powerful, emotional and gripping book. Set in Ireland between 1913-1916 and focusing on the Irish Revolution and the Easter Rising, the attention by the author to historical detail was second to none. The harrowing descriptions of life for the men on the beaches of Gallipoli and the violent deaths many men suffered had tears in my eyes.
The characters are are so strong willed and determined I could easily imagine the emotions and drive of the real life people they represented fighting for freedom in Ireland. I learnt a lot through the story about the troubles in Ireland during this time and thoroughly enjoyed how it was portrayed in the book whilst interweaving a lovely romantic story through it. It was a pleasure to read this book although emotional and harrowing at times and I will definitely one day re-read it.
I would happily recommend "Through the Barricades" and will be looking out by more books by this very accomplished writer.