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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rebel Sisters by Marita Conlon-McKenna - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

Rebel Sisters

About Rebel Sisters

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Language: English

Published for the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, Rebel Sisters is the Number One Irish bestseller from award-winning novelist Marita Conlon-McKenna, who writes with all the emotional depth and warmth of Maeve Binchy.

With the threat of the First World War looming, tension simmers under the surface of Ireland.

Growing up in the privileged confines of Dublin’s leafy Rathmines, the bright, beautiful Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their wealthy Anglo-Irish background and their mother Isabella’s expectations. Soon, as war erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters find themselves caught up in their country’s struggle for freedom.

Muriel falls deeply in love with writer Thomas MacDonagh, artist Grace meets the enigmatic Joe Plunkett – both leaders of ‘The Rising’ – while Nellie joins the Citizen Army and bravely takes up arms, fighting alongside Countess Constance Markievicz in the rebellion.

On Easter Monday, 1916, the biggest uprising in Ireland for two centuries begins. The world of the Gifford sisters and everyone they hold dear will be torn apart in a fight that is destined for tragedy.
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My Thoughts:

Although I am the great-great granddaughter of Irish immigrants, I feel woefully uneducated about the Irish fight for freedom and the Easter Uprising of 1916, though I know my Galligar side of family was more than likely affected by it. But through the words of author Marita Conlon-McKenna in her latest book, "Rebel Sisters," I have learned about the good and bad days of life in Ireland during this historic period in time.

Conlon-McKenna brings to life the Gifford family in this brilliantly presented story by combining fact with the imagined fiction of their lives, especially the women of the family. Alternating voices telling the story between mother Isabella and her daughters Nellie, Grace and Muriel gives the reader a more in-depth look at how each woman went about her days and how the changes swirling around them affected each one so very differently. It takes a skilled storyteller to keep the readers' attention with such a serious subject, and Conlon-McKenna proves that she is one of the best with this action-paced novel that includes mystery, thrills, romance and tragedy within it's pages.

I highly recommend "Rebel Sisters" for anyone who loves historical fiction, Irish fiction, Irish history, women's fiction and family drama. I promise you will never forget the Gifford ladies after reading this book.  I know I won't.

About Marita Conlon-McKenna

UnknownMarita Conlon-McKenna is a hugely successful Irish children’s writer. Her first novel, UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE, sold 250,000 copies in the Irish market alone. Her debut adult novel, THE MAGDALEN, was a number one bestseller in Ireland, followed by PROMISED LAND, MIRACLE WOMAN, THE STONE HOUSE and THE HAT SHOP ON THE CORNER. She lives in Dublin with her husband and four children.

Visit Marita at her website: MaritaConlonMcKenna.com.

Marita Conlon-McKenna’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, May 17th: Building Bookshelves
Wednesday, May 18th: Books & Tea
Monday, May 23rd: Must Read Faster
Wednesday, May 25th: Savvy Verse & Wit
Thursday, May 26th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Friday, May 27th: A Splendid Messy Life
Tuesday, May 31st: Laura’s Reviews
Thursday, June 2nd: A Holland Reads
Friday, June 3rd: History from a Woman’s Perspective
Friday, June 3rd: Puddletown Reviews
Tuesday, June 7th: Bibliotica
Thursday, June 9th: Travelling Birdy
Monday, June 13th: Dwell in Possibility
Wednesday, June 15th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Wednesday, June 15th: Books a la Mode – guest post
Thursday, June 16th: Open Book Society
Monday, June 20th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, June 21st: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
TBD: Just One More Chapter
TBD: Worth Getting In Bed For

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to Penguin/Random House for providing the review copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

My Gram was born in Ireland in 1924, to one Irish and one English parent ... she definitely was affected by the after-affects of the events described in this book. I love reading about this era and imagining what my Gram's parents' life was like at that time.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!