The Hard Way Home: The Star and The Shamrock Book 3 is by Jean Grainger. This Irish author had taken the story of the Kindertransport in Ireland and created this beautiful story of people of all religions, genders, sexes, and nationalities coming together to help those in need and each other. The book is set in Ireland and as the Irish in the story speak, I can hear their voices loud and clear. Jean has done an amazing job of making you feel you are right there in the story. Liesl and Erick came to Ireland as children and we met them during one of the hardest times of their lived. We came to love them and the people in the town of Ballycreggan and view them as part of our own extended families. We laughed when they laughed, cried when they cried, talked with they talked, and listened to the stories as they told them. We rooted for them and cried for their choices. Liesl was a debater at Trinity College in Dublin and could relax and ignore the people in the crowd as she prepared for her debate. She didn’t like to debate against her beliefs; but that was why her parents had sent her to college. Now she was free to study for her exams. A few days later, she went to see Professor Kingston. After his congratulations, he tells her she has been nominated to attend the European Intervarsity Union Debates as a representative for Trinity College. What an honor this would be! To compete with the best debators in the world would be a dream come true. She just didn’t know how her Mother would feel. It would mean going back to Berlin where it all started. Could she do it? Would her Mother object? The book is absolutely marvelous! I highly recommend your picking up any of her books which are in several different series. Any of the series are really good, especially this one.