Unmatched Brooches is set in the Belfast of my childhood. It tells the stories of two ten year olds: Grace is thrown into the world of the Troubles when her family come under threat from the IRA. Saoirse discovers that her dad is a terrorist when she is followed by the police to his hide-out, and he is arrested. Their paths glance past each other at certain points, and as the story develops, it becomes clear that they are connected in a darker way. In the final section when they meet as young adults, it’s up to them to put the pieces together, and to choose between bitterness and friendship.
I read this book in one sitting. The tale of two families, on either side of the Northern Ireland divide took me back to my own childhood in North Belfast. There were chilling reminders of the fear people endured, but this book is all about the healing process, and leaves you full of hope for a brighter future. I am so glad I found it.’
I really enjoyed following the story of two girls and how their lives intertwined. I would love to read more from this author.