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The Tour: A Trip Through Ireland Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Jean Grainger grew up in Cork, Ireland and has been a university lecturer of history, an English, Drama and History teacher and a playwright. She also worked for twelve years as a tour guide in Ireland. She currently teaches English and History at an all-boy's secondary school which means she has a great sense of humour and absolutely no sense of smell. Her first book The Tour, is a funny warm read detailing the adventures of a group of disparate American visitors on a high end bus tour of Ireland. The story details the visitors individual journeys as well as weaving their experiences together. There are returning immigrants, searching for truth, lonely souls looking for love and mysterious figures observing it all. 
Jean Grainger's second book, So Much Owed, is a historical family saga centered around the Buckley family of Dunderrig House, near Skibbereen in Ireland. Spanning two world wars, the story opens at the end of World War 1 in France and moves to tranquil West Cork, Ireland. All too soon however the next generation are faced with a world once again at war. From wartime Belfast to neutral Dublin, from battered London to occupied France the story follows the fortunes of the Buckleys of Dunderrig.
This era was Grainger's academic specialty, in particular the resistance in Europe to Nazi oppression, which is a feature of this novel. 
Jean Grainger lives in Cork, Ireland with her husband and four children. 

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  • File Size: 817 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jean Grainger; 1 edition (December 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BC3TSSE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hello and thanks for taking time out to check out my page. If you're wondering what you're getting with my books then think Maeve Binchy but with a historical twist. I was born in Cork, Ireland in 1971 from a large family of storytellers. I have worked as a history lecturer at University, a teacher of English, History and Drama in secondary school, a playwright, and a tour guide of my beloved Ireland. I am married with four children and live in a stone cottage in Mid-Cork with them and a deaf cat called Rebel.
My experiences leading groups, mainly from the United States, led me to write my first novel, 'The Tour'. My observances of the often funny, sometimes sad but always interesting events on tours fascinated me. People really did confide the most extraordinary things, the safety of strangers I suppose. It's a fictional story set on a tour bus but many of the characters are based on people I met over the years.
My second novel, 'So Much Owed' is a family saga based in Ireland following the Buckley family of Dunderrig House. The story opens in the trenches of WW1 at the end of the war and moves to tranquil West Cork. As the next generation of the Buckley family find themselves embroiled once again in war, the action moves from Ireland to wartime Belfast, from occupied France to the inner sanctum of German society in neutral Dublin. The history of the period was my academic specialty so I'm delighted to be able to use it in a work of fiction.
My third novel, Shadow of a Century, is set in New York in 2015 as well as in Dublin during the events of Easter Week 1916, where Irish men and women fought valiantly to rid our island of British Imperialism. While not my academic specialty, I loved researching this book. My husband, most fortunately for me is an expert on this era and so I didn't have to go too far for assistance. The story features three very strong women, united through a battered old flag. Its essentially a love story, but with a bit of intrigue thrown in for good measure.
My fourth book, Under Heaven's Shining Stars, will be published in early 2016 and is set in my home city of Cork. This time its against the backdrop of 1950s and 60s Ireland and it really is a book about friendship, family and the Catholic church. I have a deep personal affinity with all of my characters but this book is especially close to my heart.
Many of the people who have reviewed my books have said that you get to know the characters and really become attached to them, that's wonderful for me to hear because that's how I feel about them too. I grew up on Maeve Binchy and Deirdre Purcell and I aspired to being like them. If you buy one of my books I'm very grateful and I really hope you enjoy it. If you do, or even if you don't, please take the time to post a review. Writing is a source of constant contentment to me and I am so fortunate to have the time and the inclination to do it, but to read a review written by someone on the other side of the world really does make my day.

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This is a very likable book, with interesting characters, some lively plot lines and lots of interesting historical tidbits about Ireland. It is an easy read, but again, ruined by the poor editing.

A book is not just the story, the plot lines, the descriptive passages. It also is the way in which it is presented. I am sure there are people who will find me nitpicking, but if the presentation is bad then it detracts from the story. For once I would like to find one of the Indie novels that is well-presented, where spelling has been checked and double checked, where words don't run into their neighbors, where sentenced end with full stops, etc. I'd like to read a book where I am not aware of the words on the page, just the story.

Rant done.
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By Beth on February 15, 2013
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When I got towards the end of this book, I found myself deliberately slowing down because I just did not want to finish it. When I did reach the end, I got that feeling you only have after a truly great book where you have a little sigh and feel a little sad like you have just said goodbye to a friend. This is good old fashioned story telling, in the truest sense, with plenty of humour along the way...I can't recommend it highly enough to any lover of fiction.
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By Rose D on February 15, 2013
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A book for the intelligent reader. Impressed with the the authors ability to combine Irish History with a great story full of interesting and intriguing characters. I found myself totally switching off to the outside world while reading it which is the sign of a great book. Very well written with a great storyline .
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Am normally a blood and guts reader but I couldn't put this book down. From the beginning you are completely enveloped within the story and its characters. The descriptions of the characters create a vivid picture in your head of each person. The book is well researched and brings a breath of fresh air to the reader. Excellent first book, roll on the next one!
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I got lost at times in the dialect and the switching about from one character to another without transition. The plot resolves itself almost to handily. If looking for some very light reading this volume fills the bill.
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It is a very sweet read. Ms. Grainger led tours of Ireland for twelve years, and this must be a compilation of her fantasy group of nine. Great literature it is not. Badly in need of copyediting. I'm not sure how this indie paperback found its way to my shelf. But, if you like things Ireland, its tourist landmarks, a one-dimensional history lesson, syrupy contrived story lines and ludicrously happy endings and you find it on your shelf, give it a quick go.
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It seemed like a good concept for a story, but it was like watching one of those Hallmark Hall of Fame productions on television - which isn't to my taste. The story was too contrived and the overly happy ending was beyond belief.
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delightful, heart lifting writing. hope to read more from this author and I wouldn't
mind seeing Conor on another tour.
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