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  • The Star and the Shamrock

  • By: Jean Grainger
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Waring
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Summary

Ariella Bannon has no choice. She must put her precious children Liesl and Erich on that train or allow them to become prey for the Nazis.

Berlin 1939.

When her husband doesn’t come home one day, Ariella realizes that the only way she can ensure her Jewish children’s safety is to avail of the Kindertransport, but can she bear to let them go?

A thousand miles away, Elizabeth Klein has closed herself off from the world. Losing her husband on the last day of the Great War and her child months later, she cannot, will not, love again. It hurts too much.

But she is all Liesl and Erich Bannon have.

Thrown together in the wild countryside of Northern Ireland, Elizabeth and the Bannon children discover that life in the country is anything but tranquil. Danger and intrigue lurk everywhere, and some people are not what they seem.

From the streets of wartime Berlin, to the bombed out city of Liverpool, and finally resting in the lush valleys of the Ards Penisula, The Star and the Shamrock from USA Today best-selling author Jean Grainger is a pause resister.

©2019 Jean Grainger (P)2020 Jean Grainger

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Beautiful

An exceptionally beautiful story; heartfelt and well researched. Also well read. Definitely worth the read.

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Excellent story but awful ‘Northern Irish’ Accent

The story is gripping and the narrator has a lovely, gentle voice, so pleasant to listen to. If I had anything at all negative to say it’s only that a large portion of the book is set in Northern Ireland and the narrator has not mastered a Norther Irish accent at all, particularly her ‘Belfast’ accent, which I found toe-curlingy cringey. The accent she does is a sort of “generic Irish accent” (if there was such as thing) and it sounds distinctly south of the border. To be fair, it isn’t an easy accent and in addition almost every town in the North has a different accent, but to a Northern Irish listener it is grating to hear our accent so poorly rendered. Another small thing, but perhaps just as cringe inducing is the mispronunciation of the town name Donaghadee - the narrator pronounces it several times as: “Donadee.” That said, the story is engaging and beautifully written, but I think I might just read the next one, if parts of it are set in Northern Ireland!

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Brilliant

Loved it and went straight onto books 2 & 3 wish there more. Jean Graingers knowledge seems unending. Siobhan Waring's narrating talent is amazing and makes for very enjoyable listening.

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A heart warming story of love amidst adversity.

I love Jean Grainger’s books and this one did not disappoint. I am looking forward to listening to the Emerald Horizon. I thought Siobhan Waring was wonderful in the many different accents she had to use in the book. I would thoroughly recommend this book.

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Love

Loved this book so much have bought the next 3 books.
I am glad I dont have to wait for them 😁

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Another Great Book

The story kept me guessing all the way through with it's twists and turns and it was one ai didn't want to end. Great characters and excellently narrated.

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Great loved it . Good story great reader . Learnt lots of things I didn't know

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  • 25-08-21

An excellent book to listen to

Having read most of the authors books so far I find this again a fantastic Book, good storyline, compelling to the end and well worth a listen to .well done again Jean

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Lovely read

This is the second series I have started to read. I love the the narrators melodic voice. So pleasant to listen too. I found myself wishing I had such a soothing voice. Even though it is fictional book I am sure the facts of how the Irish communities coped during war times and their way of life.has some truth to it.

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Quite enjoyable

An interesting story line but a bit longwinded and a lot of repitition of thoughts of the characters. Predictable twists but still overall not bad.

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  • Lynne S.
  • 24-10-20

Chapters in wrong order!!!

I would have given this book 5 stars BUT SEVERAL OF THE CHAPTERS ARE READ IN THE WRONG ORDER!!!
This is very frustrating and confusing. You hear things that don’t make sense, find out things in the wrong way, etc. it even says The End and then the narrator reads a couple more chapters. The storyline was so good I think I will buy the sequel anyway and just hope it doesn’t have the same problem.

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  • paula wright
  • 23-09-20

What a great informative story

I was not real familiar with the kinder transport but as a parent myself I hurt for the parents who had to let their children go to a safe place. They had to live not knowing when or if they would ever see them again I loved her characters and the goodness of the Irish people in accepting these Jewish children. Looking forward to the sequel Mrs Grainger is my new favorite author. Also there is no sex or profanity in her books. Her stories are so good she doesn’t have need for gratuitous sex scenes. Sign of a great novelist

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-20

Very intriguing story and narrated very well

I loved the mystery throughout the story as well as the history included. It was written and narrated very well. Would definitely recommend!

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  • Jasper Cattin
  • 01-09-20

Loved it !

I enjoy books about WWII, not the war but the people. You did not disappoint.

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  • Grits
  • 22-05-20

Heartwarming, suspenseful, and insightful

I didn’t want to put it down. Historical Fiction is my favorite genre. This book kept me guessing to the end.

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  • K. Mofield
  • 12-09-20

loved it!

Jean Grainger has done it again. She has written an engaging story and I can not stop listening. I like the bit of intrigue in all her stories. But the characters are the best thing. You feel like you know them and want to continue their story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-20

looking forward to reading the second book

very well-written book, wonderful character development, and transported me into the story. the narration was also wonderful and brought the book alive.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-03-21

great story!

I love WWII historical fiction and this book did not disappoint. It was a moving story about the effects the Nazis had on Jewish people and Europe on the whole. It begins in Germany, then moves to England then to Ireland. I listened to it and could not stop. It's a great book not only for readers who like WWII historical fiction but also those who are interested in the impact that the second world war had on Ireland. It's also a wonderful book for those interested on the measures people will go through to protect their children.

The narrator was amazing and gave life to all the characters.

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  • Paul
  • 24-07-20

Excellent!

Loved it but chapter 23 and 22 we're out of order. The epilogue and chapter 31 we're also reversed.

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  • Kate
  • 22-08-20

wonderful!

This book was beautifully written. Loved all the characters. Would of lived to move into this caring community. Can bot wait to read the sequel.

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