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 who are 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?
What we say – Review by Elizabeth Wright:
From the very first page I was totally caught up in this book. Deegan’s writing is smooth and natural, pulling you into the story and Maggie Gilligan’s world swiftly, but Through the Barricades is not merely a pleasant bookish escape; there is something undeniably real about it, gripping hold of you and inspiring you to learn more. Maggie is a protagonist that you can strongly root for and there is something akin to Little Women about this novel, inspiring you to try your hardest and, in the word’s of Maggie’s father, ‘Make a difference in the world’.
ABOUT DENISE DEEGAN
Denise Deegan is author of several best-selling novels for adults and teens. 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…
Most recently, Denise has written an historical novel of love and revolution, Through the Barricades.
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