June 2, 2016

Rebel Sisters by Marita Conlon-McKenna - Review

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: January 1, 2016
Number of pages: 400
Genre: Historical Fiction

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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What did I think of this book:
I have other books about the Easter Rising and that is one of the reasons I chose to read this book. But this book was much more than just a retelling of the historical event. It was the story of the Gifford family as well. With the telling of this story through the Gifford family it seems to make it a little more real. I thought the author did a good job of describing the historical events as well as bringing the characters alive. You can tell that she did her research in the telling of these events. All in all a good book about a sad time. 

About the author:
Marita 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: Puddletown Reviews
Monday, June 6th: Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, June 7th: Bibliotica
Wednesday, June 8th: Worth Getting In Bed For
Thursday, June 9th: Travelling Birdy
Monday, June 13th: Dwell in Possibility
Wednesday, June 15th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Thursday, June 16th: Open Book Society
Monday, June 20th: Patricia’s Wisdom
TBD: Books a la Mode – guest post

1 comment:

  1. I'm looking forward to reading this one - it sounds SO good! Thanks for being a part of the tour.