Kristine Madera Book Review

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy

Book Review by Kristine Madera


Trespasses by Louise Kennedy book reviewI listened to this book on a whim because a friend was traveling to a mixed-religious neighborhood in Ireland that had been a ground zero for The Troubles. Trespasses brought to life the conflict in Northern Ireland that I heard about on the news growing up. 

Twenty-something Cushla straddles both Catholic and Protestant as a parochial school teacher living in a somewhat mixed town outside Belfast. She’s dedicated to her young students, especially a young boy from a mixed Catholic/Protestant family who is under threat from all sides. When she falls in love with a married Protestant lawyer who defends members of the IRA, it thrusts Cushla into the center of the Troubles’ broiling sectarian conflicts to both heartwarming and heartbreaking ends. 

The prose was spare and direct, and very well written. The audio version narration was extraordinary. Louise Kennedy puts the reader right into the taut survival mode and hunkered-down mood of people who are trying to get by, carve out lives, and find love amid a war zone.  A wonderful historical read that brings to life—and to heart—a painful era that is within the living memory of many readers. It also reminds us both that while troubles pass, history repeats itself until we let go of old grudges and choose peace within and toward others.

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Kristine Madera is a #1 bestselling Amazon author, novelist, hypnotherapist, and pro-topian with a passion for helping people better themselves and the world. Informed by global travel, teaching abroad, and a stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Kristine believes that everyone plays a part in imagining and creating our collective future.

Volunteering at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in Calcutta inspired her novel, God in Drag. She birthed her upcoming novel, The Snakeman’s Wife, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea.

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