Lovers of historical fiction will enjoy The Nationalists. In the year 1916 the trenches of France and Germany were not the only battleground. This book is a love story set against the backdrop of the Ireland’s Easter Rising. Which was the first significant, armed attempt of Irish patriots to remove the English from their Island since the late 18th century. This kicked off a period of cultural reawakening among the Irish and violent rebellions against the occupying British.
I am not much of a fan of romance novels, but am a huge fan of history. This story captures the events and feelings of the time and weaves fictional characters and events into the historical accounts seamlessly. Not only was this a good book to read just for the sheer enjoyment of reading, but would not be a bad novel to hand someone who wants to learn about Ireland’s struggle for freedom.