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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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  • Lynne S.
  • 24-10-2020

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
  • 23-09-2020

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
  • 22-05-2020

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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  • Janet R. Wright
  • 22-05-2020

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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  • Jasper Cattin
  • 01-09-2020

Loved it !

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

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  • Barney W.
  • 11-10-2020

Wonderful!!

I loved loved loved this book! Beautifully written and narrated. It is, as Ms. Grainger states in her Epilogue, a testament of our shared humanity in challenging times. A beautiful message for our current times.

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  • Baa Baa Bitty
  • 23-09-2020

Loved this book

Loved this book and I can’t wait to listen to the next in series.! The narrator was perfect.

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  • K. Mofield
  • 12-09-2020

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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  • Kate
  • 22-08-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-2020

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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  • Sonia paine
  • 13-01-2021

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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  • J M Leah
  • 07-01-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-2021

Beautiful

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

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  • jayjay
  • 06-07-2020

Great story

I have read all of Jean Graingers audio books, and have enjoyed them all, and this one was no exception. Its the story of two Jewish children, who find themselves under the protection of an Irish cousin, in Northern Ireland, for the duration of WW2. If I had a criticism - its that the heroine Elizabeth, the cousin, is just too good and always seems to do the right thing. Still there are a few baddies in the story line, to add some balance, but Jean Grainger still manages to find some good in them too. So if you are looking for a feel good historical read - despite the terrible tragedy that befell the Jewish population during the War, then read on and lose yourself for a while.

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