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The Tour

(Conor O'Shea #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  13,381 ratings  ·  781 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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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
Jean Grainger
May 09, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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
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. ...more
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
Katherine Coble
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
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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 to
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
Feb 07, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My friend Michelle asked me to read this book to verify that it was as bad as she thought. It is. I can't explain how it is rated 4.09 stars by 11,638 readers? How? Who are these people? What am I missing? You may be saying - you went into reading with a bias – maybe, but I tried to find something to like, honest. Below is a list of my disgruntled observations: (WARNING: There are lots of spoilers, so if you do want to read this book, stop here and take my 1 star review as my recommendation.)
Cecelia Beyer
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  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 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. ...more
Dori Sabourin
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conor O'Shea is a tour guide in Ireland. He is responsible for the visitors on the tour, setting up room accommodations, meals and other necessities to assure them of a comfortable visit in the Country. On this particular trip, he gets more than he bargained for. Husbands walking out on their wives when they learn the wife is pregnant, a cantankerous know-it-all College Professor who assaults one of the guests and tries bribing the Garda when she is arrested, a mother seeking a rich husband, her ...more
a_smidgen_of_life (Staci)
Jul 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-kindle
"Maybe there is a master plan for humanity after all"

This book is described as "a feel-good Irish springtime read" which is exactly what it was, and exactly what I needed when I read this at the tail end of spring. 🌷

I adored this jaunt through the Irish countryside with this character driven story! This is one of those books that I’ve had on my Kindle for many years. I think I originally bought it with a gift card I received for my birthday.

Dorothy had me cringing, Juliette had me cheering, Dyla
Kara Hansen
Sep 11, 2021 rated it liked it
The Tour is a story that takes us on a tour of Ireland. The tour bus is driven by Conor, and on board are: Patrick, Bert, Ellen, Corlene, Dylan, Anna, Dorothy and Juliet. Each of these characters brings an “issue” along on the ride. Each of their “issues” brought about an extreme development in the book. Far fetched? Somewhat. Believable? Not really. The people we meet along the way are given traits, characteristics and names that can be portrayed as “only the Irish”.
Some implausible scenarios
☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}
This book was great! It was nothing like I've ever read. I saw the title of the series and said, "I'm going for it"! I went in blind & I mean so blind I didn't even know if it was a romance, lol. It was though, in fact it had a few. I really enjoyed it thoroughly & am excited about the second book in the series. ...more
Deborah Sherman
Sep 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My husband gave me this book for my birthday and I have to admit he really knows how to pick out books for me. He has never missed the mark.

This one was a very pleasant surprise. It was light hearted, humorous and full of interesting characters; most likeable, some not. They are all Americans on a one week tour of Ireland driven by tour director Conor O'Shea. He has never had a group like this one. Each one had their own story to tell. A fun book to read with some
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, buddy-read
A tour bus ride with a lovely cast of characters whom I have come to adore.

I now want to take that tour and drive around Ireland; experiencing new adventures and places.
Candice Jarrett
Aug 31, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
The cursing was unnecessary.

The notion that wives putting on makeup and high heels will prevent their husbands from cheating is absurd, archaic, and frankly messed up.

Silly reader, plot resolutions don't need to make logical sense!

Character growth? Just force it like Cinderella's stepsister shoving her foot into a glass slipper. MAKE IT FIT DARN IT!!!

Also, the author's attitude toward any female character over 30 is this: Women over "a certain age" shouldn't lighten their hair, they need to cho
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
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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
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.
Sheila Wheltle
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoy Jean Grainger’s charming writing style. The best part of The Tour is that, after you get emotionally attached to many of the book’s characters, you meet many of them again in the rest of the books in the series. I encourage readers to enjoy this book then work chronologically through the rest of the series. Ms. Grainger and her characters develop exponentially in each following novel.
Lynn Mcclelland
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Page Turner, for Sure

This is a tale told by Conor O'Shea, the driver/tour guide for a prestigious travel agency in Ireland. On this particular tour, his charges are about a dozen tourists from the U.S., each with their own backstory and reason for making the trip, lending diversity to the group in age, personality, and economic standing.

You will have a love-hate relationship with the cast of characters and not want to put the book down.
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.
Morgan James
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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.
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.
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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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“Among the Dunshane staff, the young Ukrainian was the person he had struck up the closest friendship with. His chats with Anastasia revealed that she, like so many of her countrymen and women, had come to Ireland in search of a better life. Conor was surprised when she told him that she had, in fact, worked as a teacher in Kiev, but the money she made waitressing in Ireland was twice what she could earn at home. Two weeks earlier, in between departing and arriving tour groups, one of the receptionists had told him it was Anastasia’s birthday, so he had taken her out for a meal to cheer her up; she had seemed a bit lonely for home” 0 likes
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