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The Star and The Shamrock
Jean Grainger
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The Star and The Shamrock

4.89  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Published 2019
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Stanley McShane
Elizabeth Klein, living in London, defied her Catholic mother to marry a Jewish man and then lost him in the Great War. She obtained a teaching credential and never returned to the beautiful Irish countryside of Northern Ireland or to her mother or the home she grew up in.

She receives a plea from a distant cousin's wife in Europe, begging her to receive her two children. Ariella Bannon's husband disappeared after coming to the aid of a Jewish woman and she realized would likely never come home.
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Star and the Shamrock is a magnificent story about anti-Semitism and how it affected Jewish children whose parents were able to send them sent out of Germany. Elizabeth, whose mother never forgave her for marrying outside her Catholic faith...and to a Jew, is asked by one of her late husband’s relatives to assume guardianship of her two children in 1939. Elizabeth, a primary school teacher, is determined to take the best care of her charges as possible. When her English home is destroyed she ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Star And The Shamrock – Ms. Grainger does a wonderful job telling about the transportation of children from their families in Europe to the UK. The Jewish children of this story land in Northern Ireland and the reader is introduced to the Irish side of the equation.

The storylines are varied and heartwarming and heart breaking about this horrible period in man’s history. The characters run the gamut from extremely good to extremely hateful. There is good where it is least expected. The pulli
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Star and the Shamrock was written by Jean Grainger. This novel is set in Ireland during World War II and is directly involved in the Kindertransport. It is an excellent book and is so very realistic that you think you are reading a memoir instead of a novel. It is important to note that Ireland did take in children from the Kindertransport, did have an RAF base on its shores, did have some bombings, and did have people who were on the side of the Germans on their shores. Jean Grainger has co ...more
Anne Whiting
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another unputdownable read from Jean. This one's different from the others but still as engrossing. I too read into the early hours of the morning not wanting to go to sleep till I knew the outcome.
At one point I was worried for Elizabeth and the Jewish children Liesl and Erich, but felt sure that it would work out. What a brave thing to do taking on the children who Elizabeth didn't know and everything that went with bringing up two children especially as she hadn't any of her own. I Googled J
Dianne Charnley
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is exciting to read another masterpiece from this wonderful story teller. It was an interesting perspective from World War Two. I had not realized about the evacuation of Jews to Ireland and how they would remain as a community. Jean captures your attention from the first page and describes her characters and locations so well, that you feel you are part of the story. Interesting twists to the storyline which makes you just want to keep reading into the wee hours!
Bernadette Cinkoske
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In The Star and the Shamrock, Jean Grainger has written a gut wrenching, heart warming story about the Jewish children send abroad to escape Hitler's purge. I love everything Ms. Grainger writes even though I hate reading about the atrocities of war. This book focuses instead on the love, support and community that took care of some of these children. I could not put the book down. It is amazing.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An entirely different view of survival for Jewish children during WWII. They were helped by and living in Northern Ireland. Historical novels are this author's greatest strength. I highly recommend this 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