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Jean Grainger
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The Star and The Shamrock

(The Star and the Shamrock #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  9,393 ratings  ·  748 reviews
Ariella Bannon has no choice: she must put her precious children, Liesl and Erich, on that train or allow them to become prey for the Nazis.

Berlin 1939.

When her husband doesn't come home one day, Ariella realises that the only way she can ensure her Jewish children's safety is to avail of the Kindertransport, but can she bear to let them go?

A thousand miles away, Eli
Published 2019
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Dan Rogers
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jean Grainger has done it again. With each book of hers that I read I find myself thinking that she has outdone herself and how can she possibly do any better. Yet again, she has done it. I was enthralled from the opening pages. This is a wonderful combination of historical fiction, mystery, and drama. With so many World War II stories out there, oftentimes focusing on the same things, it's refreshing to read something different yet still somewhat familiar. Having had only a smidgeon of knowledg ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Desperate times, desperate measures...a beautifully written story about a very difficult time in history. I cannot imagine what it must have been like for parents to put their little ones on a train taking them to another country to be cared for by strangers in order to protect the children from the horrors of War. Ms. Granger does a beautiful job of bringing history to life while creating an enjoyable, engaging and informative read. Her attention to detail is fabulous, and her characters are so ...more
Mirta Ines Trupp
I couldn't put it down! Although set in the WWII era, this is not a Holocaust narrative per se. Poignant, intriguing. Excellent read!
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderful book. So much happened during WWII, I had no idea of the Kindertransport and the sacrifices made by Jewish parents to save their children. This story covers an Irish village that houses a farm where the Kindertransport children and their guardians live, as well as the story of Elizabeth and her cousin's children, whom she was called upon to take care of when things got bad in Germany, as their mom is Jewish. A great read.
Mary Eve
The Star and the Shamrock

" She never in her wildest nightmares imagined that the quiet following of her faith would have led to this. "

Heartbreaking, yet filled with human triumph. We should all of us be this self-sacrificing.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another of Jean Grainger's wonderful stories, this dealing with the practice of German Jews getting their children to safety during Hitler's atrocities, focusing on 2 children and the woman who took them in and provided safety and security for them. I am anxious to read the sequel.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story was interesting enough but the writing was not great. Lots of language, phrases, words that were too modern and out of place in the time period. Cliche and a little trite. Oh well.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The challenge many had to face in Hitler's Germany was how to protect their innocent children, and this story tells of the fate of some who were sent away on Kindertransport, an effort that saved 10,000 children. In this case two children are featured who were sent to Ireland.
It is framed romantically with emotion and manages to tell a simple story of finding love and redemption under the worst of conditions.

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Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Star and The Shamrock is an incredibly moving book from a very talented author. When Liesl and Erich were put on the Kindertransport by their desperately afraid mother non of them knew what would become of them. Elizabeth had no idea what to expect when she agreed to give these children a home. What happen next is a poignant and heartrending tale of despair, hope, love, acceptance, fear and community. There are a host of great characters and many layers to this wonderful book and Jean Graing ...more
Kim Boutell
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent story

Jean's love of her country is evident, again, in another wonderful story, this one unique as it's set in Northern Ireland. No spoilers here, but like all her other stories, this includes history, sorrow, joy, intrigue, community and above all reconciliation and love.

I have read everything she has written and love the variety: historic love stories, friendship through trials, courage in war, strangers turned into friends & family. Try each series and you'll love the charac
Barbara Carey
Feb 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A poorly written romance novel.

I had hoped for an interesting historical novel and was very surprised at the unsophisticated writing in this book. It took me a while to realize it must have been written as a novel for adolescents. I went back and read about the book but found no reference to it having been written for young adults. It actually turned out to be a simplistic romance novel with poorly developed characters, lots of repetition, and a predictable storyline. It was very disappointing
C Blake
Not a fiction person so...

I haven’t read fiction in many years and I’m afraid I may now be a terrible judge of that genre. The plot-line carried some interest but these characters felt very shallow and much too angelic to be believable. After I read a book, I like to mull over what I’ve learned from it and with this one, there’s just nothing there to mull over. My apologies to those who regularly read novels and think highly of this one. I think I’d better stick to non-fiction.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
England 1939.

THE STAR AND THE SHAMROCK explores an unusual dimension of the Holocaust: Jewish children from Europe living in a small town in Northern Ireland to protect them from the Nazis.
After she married a Jewish man, Elizabeth Klein became estranged from her Catholic mother. She moved to London from Ballycreggan in Northern Ireland and resolved to never return even though her husband died the morning of November 11, 1911, and their child died soon afterwards. “They say that grief is the p
Donna McCaul Thibodeau
World War II is my favorite genre and I'm from Ireland, so I had high hopes for this book. It didn't disappoint me. It's the story of Elizabeth Klein. Her husband died on the last day of World War I and she lives in Liverpool, even though she's Irish. Her mother disowned her for marrying a Jew. She gets a letter from her cousin's wife in Germany, begging her to take her children, they are part of the Kindertransport. Eventually the three of them end up back in Ireland. It's a sweet story, with a ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A must read. Irish historical fiction - a heart-rendering story of a young mother who makes the most difficult decision to send her German Jewish children, ages 7 and 10, to her Irish cousin, who she has never met, living in Liverpool, England via the secretive "kindertransport" to escape Hitler's extermination of the Jews. Their story as they move to Ireland after their Liverpool home was bombed by the German air force and their acceptance by the Irish community is a heart warming although at t ...more
Gail DiPadova McCormick
Elizabeth was a wonderful compassionate woman who saves Liesl and Erich from the Nazis.. although their mother sacrificed giving up her children
So they would be safe and have some sort of normal life
Eventually. They were all in danger for a long while but
One positive was Daniel👌i enjoyed this book and will
Read the sequel soon !!
gloria gilmore
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing time in our history.

A truly gripping novel. The author holds your heart in just the right place to truly understand Motherhood. I hope the sequel continues with this family.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, heart-wrenching tale of life during the Second World War. Based mainly in Northern Ireland, it tackles the questions of loyalty, love, and freedom in a dark time. A definite page-turner and I recommend it highly.
Lynn McClelland
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read!

Jean Grainger describes characters in a way you could draw a picture just like Talia does for Erich. Her research brings detail and depth to the story. I loved this book because it demonstrates families are built on love, not necessarily on shared genes.
Loved this book!
Sarah Zajic
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book was amazing! Highly recommend
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!!! Gripping til the very end
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different view of WWII

Set in Ireland the book isn’t quite as affected by the Holocaust as most other WW II books are. But it’s still about Jews who are devastated by the war. Good book with too much repetitive dialogue. I’m sure I’ll read the sequel.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good story! I enjoyed it. The little twists were good and overall, it was an interesting historical experience.
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I noticed this book in the amazon prime free reading list. I love this era so I thought I would give it a try. Loved, loved, loved. Nothing better than an unexpected great read.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was a beautiful story that kept me engaged the entire reading. The reason I gave it four stars is because in my Kindle version "Bud" introduced himself as Corporal Thomas Smith but ended up Corporal Thomas Johnson. I can find no account of the name change anywhere. Other than that, great book. Can't wait to read the next one.
Elizabeth Smith
Corny, but kind of sweet. Had never read anything about the Irish perspective to World War II, so there's that.
Barbara C Wolford
Inspiring historical novel

This enthralling novel set mostly in Ireland during WW11 , gave me an insight of many facets of the time. Elizabeth ‘s history of love and loss dates back to WWI. She agrees to care for the children of distant relatives and nurtured them through many atrocities. The suspense of spies and espionage in Ireland piqued my interest and kept me guessing the outcome. The parallels to our present government leaders trying to make us question “the others” in our midst today was
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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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