Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard

We are in Belfast, Ireland. A Protestant and a Catholic are not supposed to be ‘meant’ for each other. So what Sadie and Kevin are doing right now is obscene. And in a region smeared with bloodthirsty men, the pair must hold tight to the snapping rope connecting them: love.

To be together, there is only one decision they can make. To leave.

This tale, though at a first glance would seem to be a romance, does not entirely reflect this. A lot of it is violence surrounding Sadie and Kevin. However, I feel that if the violence must be a primary part of the book, more of Kevin and Sadie’s feelings towards it should be shown throughout. As well as this, the plot seemed to drift on its way, only minutely taking account of the killings. There didn’t seem to be a clear climax that Sadie and Kevin should respond to by running away together. Also, shockingly, as this was the base of the book, Sadie and Kevin’s families didn’t really put up much of a struggle at the fact that their children were practically dating their enemy. On a good note, do not worry, this is NOT an Irish Romeo and Juliet!

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard

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