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Publisher's Summary

Robinswood, Co. Waterford, 1939. 

The once grand house is home to two very different families. Despite delusions of grandeur, Lord and Lady Kenefick and their adult children live a life of decayed opulence as the money needed to keep such a large house and grounds ever dwindles. 

Meanwhile, the Murphy family, Dermot, Isabella and their three almost grown-up girls, live and work on the estate and do their best to keep everything running smoothly. 

Social structure is vital. Everyone knows their place, but as war looms, both families find themselves drawn into the conflict and begin questioning everything that once was true. 

From the leafy grounds of an Irish stately home to the bombed-out streets of London in the Blitz, Jean Grainger’s latest best-selling historical saga will sweep you away.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • 01-11-2019

A trip back in time to Ireland

I really enjoyed all the characters in this book starting with the Dermot
With his quiet stubborn nature, but loving heart. Also, loved the relationship with the mother and three daughters. You can feel the tension between the Irish and British conflicts from the past. I can’t wait to read the next in the series. I have read two other books from this author and she definitely reminds me of the beloved author Maeve Binchy.

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  • paula wright
  • 16-09-2020

I throughly enjoyed every minute of this book

I have never listened to any Jean Grainger books before. Can’t wait to listen to more. I appreciate no profanity and no gratuitous sex scene. . Didn’t need these fillers because she had a story to tell. I fell in live with these people in small town Ireland. Great character development.
Ms Grainger Will now check out `her other stories

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  • P Deiters
  • 09-09-2020

Fantastic Performance

The narrator was very good and really made the story come to life. I will admit I let out a few “oh no! So sad” a few times while listening. Overall a great story and very enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Bruce
  • 12-10-2019

Great crac

Fine work on all parts. The novel explains how human beings change but still keep what's important.

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  • Patti Salmon
  • 03-09-2019

Love it

I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to Book 2. Good storyline, good narrative....accents were decent

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  • Jboots
  • 29-08-2020

Loved it all!

Loved the story, loved the writing, and loved the performance! I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!

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  • D 10T
  • 06-07-2020

Very enjoyable read.

Great narration and story. Flowed well and easy to listen to. Love the historical fiction.

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  • w.c.
  • 14-06-2020

Enjoyable Read

I enjoyed this book! It brought new understanding about Ireland in WWII. A little slow at times but worth it in the end.

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  • Laurie R. Stuckey
  • 07-12-2019

Heart warming

Love how this story brings to life the different parts of life with children. also I enjoy the historical portions discussing the feeling of the time.

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  • Holly
  • 25-08-2020

Enjoyed it

I enjoyed it very much! I’m new to audiobooks and have not been enjoying my last few choices, this was a great story that pulled me in, I get like I was there.

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  • Isabella
  • 05-01-2021

enjoyable

Good voice, good story, but some parts I struggled to believe and asked my self why would anyone do that? I won't give away the plot by saying what.

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  • S. Saunders
  • 16-09-2020

Enjoyable story

I enjoyed getting to know the characters and how the plot unfolded. Enjoyed the humour. Easy to listen to.

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  • Nancy C.
  • 09-08-2019

Wonderful Story.

Beautifully written. The author really draws the listener into the lives of both families.

The narrator was inclined to end the sentences in an over emphasised tone which was a little "grating". However was really excellent dealing with the speech of all the characters, bringing them to life.

Looking forward to the continued story in book two.

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