The horrors of the First World War devastated many a Dublin family and the Brannigans weren’t spared. Struggling to get past their heartache, the family finds itself divided by both the rebellion against British rule and the wide Atlantic. Devoted matriarch Eda Brannigan witnesses her family unraveling. Sean and Molly make startling choices with potentially lethal consequences. Francis steeps in a drunken angry stupor. Young Brandon is so eerily quiet. Eda desperately wishes her beloved firstborn, Deirdre, wasn’t living so far away. But with a determined resolve, Eda soldiers on in her bustling pub, The Gallant Fusilier, where tragedy, triumph and even love unfold. Can this family endure the violence and intrigue of the Easter Rising, the bloody struggle for independence, and a bitter civil war?
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I loved this book, which is the third of the Series: None of us the Same, Truly Are the Free, and now, No Hero’s Welcome. This is a story of a family’s struggles during WWI and the Irish uprising. The trilogy is consistent in portrayal of the events of history, the characters personalities, the story telling, and capturing the readers’ interest and feelings. The way this book was written made it obvious that it was written about another culture and another time. It wasn’t Americanized. I was drawn to the Irishness of the book. It made it possible to understand what was happening, what people were thinking, what motivated them and why. All the characters are very believable. You are drawn to some more than others. In this book I was most invested in Eda, the mother; Sean, the son who joined IRA, Molly, the daughter, and Peter, a friend. I think you will be also. They were real enough that I wanted to reach out and help a few. We watch Sean grow up and mature. He became a deeper thinking man as he aged, understanding the consequences of what he did during the Irish uprising. Not everyone comes home or experiences a war or uprising the same so one gets a view from a number of angles . The story often takes place in a pub, The Gallant Fusilier, and you watch the characters develop as they would as you got to know them better each time you saw them. I think there is the right amount of historical detail for the story and to get the feel of the period. The Epilogue is a wonderful way to finish this book and the trilogy, allowing us to see all the people we got to know reading the trilogy.
This story is a compelling look at how various family members of an Irish family deal with life in Post-WWI Ireland. The characters must deal with the turmoil of the Irish Civil War, choose their own involvement in it, and deal with everything it takes to survive. The author does a wonderful job of knitting together the three books in this series. His faithful readers will find the conclusion quite satisfying.