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The Tour: A Trip Through Ireland by [Grainger, Jean]
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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: 945 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: #1,010 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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 remember the 80's not because of Disco but for the TV shows. Miami Vice was one and the Love Boat was another. Remember every cruise on the Love Boat had a group of people looking for something and the warm heart crew would help them find it. Well this is was we have here, an Irish Love Boat on wheels. There is nothing new here and the reader can predict what will happen, plus everything get wrapped up in a nice bow at the end. In short this is gentle kind story with a large dose of Irish lore. A nice slow comfortable read, just like a Hallmark movie from the Hallmark channel.

For me this was a change of pace novel. One to cleanse my reading palate. The only thing that bothered me somewhat was the way this Irish writer[?] wrote the dialogue for the Americans. Every now then she would lapse and use phrases that were not American, but the novel was so sweet that I forgot about these lapses. All in all a quaint and cozy novel.
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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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I read "The Tour" for two reasons: 1. We were on a bus tour of Ireland 2 years ago, loved it and I had hoped that this book would take me back to our wonderful trip. 2. I am a tour director with a motor coach company in the New Jersey area and had to compare my trips with Conor's. Actually, there is a third reason ; a friend just finished it and recommended it....always a good reason.
So, did it fulfill my hopes? Maybe, a little. At first I thought the characters a bit too formulae, but as I got into it, I realized that was so true. The passengers were a really mixed bag of personalities; typical of our trips. I enjoyed seeing the interaction of the passengers with each other and Conor. He had the right amount of friendliness and concern, without "playing favorites" or getting too close to any of them. I really did want the book to continue to find out what happened with everyone, since they, obviously, all had a story to continue.
The itinerary itself was not too clear since they seemed to bounce around and not really "flow" from place to place, however it allowed the passengers to have their own stories within the main story.
One thing that I found confusing was the use of Irish names and words, which did add colour, but didn't have adequate pronunciation or definition. Some of the names were spelled in the Irish and then given the pronunciation, but not all. And going from the Irish spelling ie: Siobha'n to the pronunciation "Shove on" wasn't carried through the entire story. That caused me to get hung up on more than one occasion. I was familiar with some of the Irish words only because our tour guide in Ireland, told us what they meant.
Overall, it was a good story with a nice ending and if Conor had another trip in another book, or these characters had more adventures, I'd read it.
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