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The Tour

(The Conor O'Shea Series #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,598 ratings  ·  337 reviews
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 hilarous characters leaves seasoned tour guide Conor speechless for the first time in his life. Among this eclectic group are Corlene, a gold digging multiple divorc ...more
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Jean Grainger
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SHARON Boyle Maeve Binchey's LILAC BUS is an older publishing but I remember enjoying it at the time. Several of her later books concern groups of people traveling…moreMaeve Binchey's LILAC BUS is an older publishing but I remember enjoying it at the time. Several of her later books concern groups of people traveling together but,at the moment, I can't think of a name, even though I have every book she ever wrote!(less)

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Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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 wel
Julia A. McDonald
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you have been missing Maeve Binchey ( may she rest in peace ) , here is just the book to get you back to Ireland and all its characters.

I was a bit skeptical 're this book, thinking it to be another ho hum book about the Irish. I was delighted to be proven wrong. while the main characters weren't Irish , Ms.
Grainger did a great job of weaving their stories together as well as their inter action with the Irish. There was humor, melancholy and a nice happy ever after. If you were a fan of Maev
Bonnie Dale Keck
Available Kindle Unlimited although I just have gotten it in a giveaway or one of my free books sites. Went to read it because got the sequel.

The blurb says A charming Irish bus driver. A group of disparate American tourists. One life changing week. Take a tour you’ll never forget as you navigate the stunning vistas of gorgeous Ireland along with the hearts and minds of a cast of characters who will live with you, long after you’ve finished the last page. During a routine tour of Ireland, tour
Mary Mullane
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I was lucky enough to travel to Ireland in 1985 with my Dad, who in every town looked in the phonebooks to find others with either Mullane or Connolly surname. Both of Dad's parents were 2nd generation Irish-Americans, their grandparents emigrated to the US during the Potato Famine. I saw quite a bit of my Dad in the Patrick character. Granted, Dad was born in 1914 and growing up heard a lot about the evil English and what they were doing to family still living in ...more
Kathi Mckeown
I may have given a higher review to this, but felt the book wasn't as described. The review indicated the fact the group was traveling around Ireland to various points of interest. The book to me is more about relationships, a little bit too quick-solve, and barely mentions travels around Ireland. Simply not my kind of book. Hope I don't sound like Dorothy.
Donna J
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting, but maybe a little more of ‘Touring’ should be written

This was to say the least, an interesting book. Maybe I was going into it with a pre conceived idea that it would have the land, hills, and views described, just like a Jane Austen book. She always seemed to do that & managed to introduce so many characters and a beautiful love story. This was not the case.

Now I’m not saying Jean Grainger did not write a good book, but I was a bit confused. For example: When was this supposed
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tour: A Trip Through Ireland is by Jean Grainger. This book is nothing like I thought it would be. I thought it would actually be a tour where they talked about the places they were visiting. Then I could remember those places that I had been to when I was there. Instead, it was a bus tour which dwells on the people on the tour more than on what they are seeing. Despite it being different from what I expected, I loved the book. It was very difficult to put it down when I needed to do mundan ...more
Katherine Coble
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Laurie Way
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful book. It reads very much like a Maeve Binchy or Rosamund Pilcher with interesting characters and lives intersecting on a week long tour of western Ireland, a visit I made 10 years ago. I loved the references to some familiar places of one of my favorite vacations.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-tbr
This story of an Irish tour guide and one of his tour groups is a great comfort read: great scenery, pleasantly quirky characters, enough plot elements to keep you turning the page. It was 100% predictable, but the ride was so enjoyable that I didn't mind a bit.
Morgan James
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grainger gives us well drawn characters, especially tour guide Conor O'Shea, and a fresh look at the Ireland of today through a few well placed historical facts without being pedantic. I enjoyed The Tour and believe you will as well.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book from the second I started reading it. It makes me want to book a tour to Ireland.
Sue King
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat predictable but nonetheless a very pleasant read about a tour guide and the group of Americans he takes around Ireland. Very character-driven, so if you’re looking for descriptions of the Irish countryside, this isn’t your book.
Anne W
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and kept me engaged.

Lighthearted easy read. Felt like I was on the tour. Makes me want to plan a trip very, very soon.
A charming story, with colorful characters, and some great interactions. Unfortunately, there are too many characters to ever feel very tied into one persons story. Ellen, who seems like such a big deal at the beginning, fades away after about half the book, with little mention made of her. Bert's only roll seems to be to function as deus ex machina for Dylan, and his mom, bailing Corlene out of her poor life choices. Conor seems like a lovely man, but is a little flat as a character. And the wh ...more
Stanley McShane
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun little romp of a small group of tourists in scenic Ireland led by seasoned guide Conor O'Shea. He has a very diverse group, each with their own special reasons for joining the trip, and at times conflicting personalities. Conor manages to quash most problems and personally gets involved in one lady's quest to find relatives (which I am quite sure must happen rather frequently). The mixed bag includes a sullen teenager with his mother, brow-beatened wife to narcissist husband, senior lady loo ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. On this particular tour we meet quite an interesting cast of characters who certainly provide some challenges to Conor's good nature and natural humor.

The book reminded me of Maeve Binchy at her finest. I was so sad when she passed away since I looked forward to each of her novels. When Chestnut St. was published after her death I eagerly read it, o
Robin C
Though this was a cute story with a pretty good plot, I agree with some previous reviewers who said this book could have used some proofreading. I also found the first few chapters confusing with all of the head hopping between characters. I think the author could have used some help with her dialogue, as many of the American characters were not speaking American English. As a speech-language pathologist who has traveled a bit, this was a little distracting at times. For me, the most powerful ch ...more
Cecelia Beyer
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I wanted to like this book. I think it just wasn't what I was looking for. I love all things Ireland, and so when I looked for a free Prime Kindle book in the YA section and this came up on the top of the list, I downloaded it. However, it's definitely not a YA book; it's more of a chic-lit beach read, which wasn't what I was looking for. The characters were very predictable and complete caricatures/stereotypes. The writing was readable, but the editing was not. The plot felt like a setup for a ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this from Book Bub because a blurb said "if you like Maeve Binchey, you'll like this book".
I loved this book. Very reminiscent of Binchey and other writers of this genre, in the sense that it takes place in Ireland, involves a group of disparate characters thrown together by circumstance and each every one learns something about himself by the end. It's well written and filled with local history and the charm of the Irish countryside. My only criticism is that her American characters t
Jan Mcleod
The first part of the book was laborious until about half way through. The people on the tour were deplorable at first: egotistical, self-centered, a control freak, selfish, a bigoted loud-mouth, a man leaving his wife who was pregnant with HIS child, and a woman looking for a "meal ticket".
About half way through the book,things began to change. Everyone had come to Ireland seeking something, but what each one found was so much better than what they had hoped for.
The language in the book is ofte
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been on a tour like this in Ireland I was intrigued by this book. I was a bit disappointed as it turned out to feel contrived - each character had so much drama in their lives. Also the characters were mostly American and occasionally I felt pulled out of the story as their conversations were peppered with saying used by Brits. Read this book if you are looking for a light read that centers on a group of strangers who come to another country on tour and find romance and friendships in unl ...more
Lizzie Wann
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was okay. The story follows a bus tour group around Ireland led by Conor. The language and substance is fairly simple. What I didn't like about it was the way the author went from one character to another in subsequent paragraphs with no separation. I was expecting one to be somehow associated with the other, but no, the paragraph would just pick up that character's story arc and leave the previous one with no transition.
Many of the characters' stories were so predictable, you could s
Juli Nelson
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
We read this book for book club and rated it an average of 2.5 stars. It was a pleasant book but lacked depth. Every story of the members on the tour culminated in a happy ending. While that was pleasant to read, it was unrealistic. We agreed that this was a good book for a much younger crowd. All of the characters were cliches and behaved way out of their expected behavior in the end after they underwent an amazing epiphany. Each one became a better, more compassionate person or was suddenly a ...more
Doreen Vasquez
Jul 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too unrealistic.
No only do we have a small group of people who had life-changing events happen all at the same time, but because of the time the book took place, 1 week, the fact that those life-changing events were "solved" by the end of that week is just too far fetched.
And... one of the main plot lines that was mentioned quite a few times in the beginning of the book didn't really go anywhere. It "ended" sure but it was so rushed and really was a let down.
Actually most of the book was rushed.
Jean Grainger
May 09, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a warm funny book that draws the reader into the world of the story. You feel connected to the many characters, who delight and appall the reader in equal measure. There are many laugh out loud moments but it also has a very poignant central story line that touches the reader on a much deeper level. The main protagonist is charming and lovable and the reader follows the lives of this disparate group over a short week, but by the end of the book you feel like you are leaving your friends. ...more
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-novel
Enjoyed this. Found myself thinking about the characters a week or so after finishing, they were well drawn and complete which was entertaining. I felt like I was actually on a tour bus with an eclectic group of people. I also enjoyed the mysterious traveler that you could never quite decide if he was up to nefarious doings or about to play the Fairy Godfather! It was not quite "fluff", more "filler", and I'm glad I took some time to read it. I'd probably read more of Grainger if I came across h ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, sometimes I just don't understand a book's many rave reviews.

I was just...SO...BORED!

The writing was mediocre, the characters were uninteresting, and the plot was just not engaging. When there was a plot, that is. I slogged through as much as I could, but honestly it was a relief to put it down.
Kristin Dennehy
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing

the characters were so well developed and the storyline was wonderful. great job of weaving Irish culture and history in as well.
Karie Y
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Once I got a little ways into the book, it was an excellent read. I fell in love with all of the characters. I really recommend this book. Just give it a chance.
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Jean Grainger was born in Cork, Ireland. She has been a tour guide of her beloved home country, a teacher, a university lecturer and a playwright. She began writing fiction at the suggestion of her clients on tours, many of whom were sure all the stories she told them would make for a great book. Her first book, The Tour, has become a Number 1 bestseller on Amazon. It tells the story of a disparat ...more

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