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The Tour: Updated Edition [Kindle Edition]

Jean Grainger
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Book Description

Every week Conor O'Shea collects a new group of American visitors from Shannon Airport from where they embark on a high end tour of the 'Real Ireland.' But this particular tour, with its cast of unintentionally hilarious characters, presents seasoned tour guide Conor with dilemmas that render him speechless for the first time in his life.
Among this eclectic group are Corlene, a gold-digging multiple divorcée on the prowl; Patrick, a love-starved Boston cop; Dylan, a goth uilleann piper; Dorothy, a poisonous college professor who wouldn't spend Christmas; Elliot, a wall street shark who finally shows his true colours; and then there's Ellen, back on Irish soil after so many years, to discover a truth nobody could have guessed, least of all herself. And that's just a few of the colourful cast.
The locals they meet on their journey, eccentric West Brits, passionate musicians, Ukrainian waitresses and Garda high flyers all help to make this a tour no-one will ever forget.
And of course there's Conor O'Shea in the thick of it all, solving problems and mending hearts, but what about his own?

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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. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482385635
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jean Grainger; 1 edition (December 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story spoiled by poor editing July 20, 2013
By Adri
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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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read February 15, 2013
By Beth
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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing February 15, 2013
By Rose D
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Tour September 29, 2013
By B L
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air February 19, 2013
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contrived happy ending June 26, 2013
By sailor
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Irish Syrup May 26, 2014
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good good book November 4, 2013
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
did not really enjoy this book!!!! very predictable!!!
Published 8 days ago by kate smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable summer read
.A light and pleasent readfor anyone who has ever been on a bus tour. I enjoyed all the characters an the story ended up in a most satisfactory manner
Published 8 days ago by mary e smith
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tour
I was surprised by this book. It started as a simple story of a tour guide and his clients. By the end of the tour all the characters had gone through interesting changes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JOANN MARGARET FORBING
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Maeve Binchey??
Conor O'Shea is a tour guide in Ireland. He picks up a new group of passengers each week and takes them on a trip to some high points for visitors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Teeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour
I enjoyed this story about an American tour group travelling around the Irish countryside. It goes into detail about the lives of the tourist and their guide. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janie D
5.0 out of 5 stars This was better than I expected
This was better than I expected. The characters and their stories. I visited Ireland last year and this brought it back. Well written.
Published 2 months ago by KJ. Longbrake
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book about an Awesome group of people in a Awesome Country
Exceptional story with some unexpected twists. I love to travel but haven't been to Ireland. So it was great to visit Ireland thru this story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Read
In this delightful read one learns about the guide and nine people on a week long tour of the Irish Republic. These characters are varied, interesting, and well developed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nana2
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed breading this book
I enjoyed breading this book. the characters were very appealing and kept you absorbed in the book. Also, i enjoyed reading about many of the towns I had visited in Ireland.
Published 2 months ago by Bkm
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book!
This was a fun book. Everything was wrapped up nicely & probably too easily, but I wasn't looking for any big complicated story when I came across this.
Published 2 months ago by tricia
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More About the Author

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, a playwright, and a tour guide of my beloved Ireland. My experiences leading groups, mainly from the United States, led me to write '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.
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. Many of my reviews have said that in my books you get to know the characters and really become attached to them, that's wonderful fr 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.

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