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3.0 out of 5 starsEmotionally distant
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2019
This historical romance is the third in a series set in Ireland in the 1950’s. It follows three daughters and their husbands, as well as their mothers and fathers, as they work to give a dilapidated mansion a second life as a bed and breakfast. Tribulations include old class resentments, a murder, a serious illness, and the very hard work of trying to run a large farm and appear rich while pinching every penny. The plot is well designed, but the emotional impact is diminished because much of the action doesn’t happen on the page. It is described by the omniscient third-person narrator who seems to hold the characters, and the reader, at arm’s length. Further, transitions are often rocky, as when one chapter ends with the announcement that the grandmother is seriously ill… and the following chapter picks up months later, as if to say her illness is not important to the characters or the plot, neither of which is true. The best writing occurred in the letters sent home by the grandmother to each of her daughters. Her voice is authentic and direct, and her words are driven by her deep insight into the character of each woman. I wish the whole book had been written in this voice.
I, like so many other reviewers of Ms. Grainger’s readers, was waiting, “impatiently” for this book to come out. I read where one reader said, “If you read any of her books, you MUST read this one!” I absolutely agree! I can now successfully say, I have read every one of Ms. Grainger’s books! Having said that, it means that she has some very devoted readers for everything she is writing.
At the top of my Bucket List in life is to go to Ireland one day. Therefore, I try to read anything and everything by Irish Authors. Her writing helps to express the magnetic pull to discovering what the truthful way of life really is in this awesome country.
A very proud, and hard working people that truly stand up for what they believe in and are willing to do anything to protect it. But what stands out foremost in all of their times of troubles is, their love of family, honor, and integrity. And to me, that says it all!!
5.0 out of 5 starsANOTHER GREAT READ BY ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2019
This is the third and, I believe, final book in the Robinswood series and what a special book it is. Jean Grainger continues the action and momentum from the first two books and tells of the hard times and grief her characters must face. I don't want to give away the story but readers should be ready for a good cry or two. As she does in all of her books, Jean creates characters who are so real that they virtually walk off of the page (or out of the Kindle as the case may be). She is truly a gifted author and I will read anything she writes.
Another wonderful book that I was not able to put down!
Very rarely does an author come along who creates characters so real that they become old friends. Jean Grainger is one of that small number. The Robinswood families, like The Tour family, have moved into my life. Reading their stories is like getting together after being apart, sharing joys and sorrows. This sequel is particularly difficult because of the tribulations the family faces, but trials produce strength. Grainger shows us that these friends will grow in strength as they continue to make Robinswood a first class hotel. Jean Grainger, keep writing.
Jean Grainger's Trials and Tribulations is undoubtedly the crown jewel of her novels. The return of the entire Murphy family and extended family to Robinswood was extremely well written. My emotions ran the entire emotional gamet. A previous reviewer suggested having tissues close by. Truer words could not have been written. It was very easy to feel as if you were part of the family and going through their trials and tribulations. An absolute must read for all of Ms Grainger's fans. I will miss the characters in this trilogy, but look forward to meeting new Irish friends.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis series has it all, historical fiction with a smidgeon of romance, adventure and mystery.
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2020
The Robinwood Story, books 1-3 An excellent historical fiction series. The author has done her homework, the series twists and turns around characters that partake in World War II, the IRA, Discrimination, disappearing classes, the crumbling estate and classes and the rebuilding of the new. Pure love of family, romance, acceptance of diversity in life and death. Has a smidgeon of it all, romance, adventure and mystery. Great series, suggest reading in order. Book one sets up the story, book two goes in depth into the characters and book three tells of their outcomes. Great read, highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 starsA great read can always work wonders for the spirit
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2020
Great book which I finished late ( for me) last night..Just ahead of Jean Grainger's 3rd book in the Star and Shamrock series appearing in my kindle. A great read can always work wonders for the spirit, although this one definitely had it's ups and downs. Resilience seems to be always a theme in these Irish centered book and that is needed now!
From the publisher:"Robinswood Estate, County Waterford, 1950 Three sisters, the three men that love them, and a house that could consume them all." Happily it did NOT consume them all and wouldn't I love another in the series! I do hate to leave these folks just as they are beginning to come together
I felt like the author rushed this book just to get it out and snag her audience. The 22 pages missing as compared to others in series could have been used to go more in depth for several story lines. Lillian. Let’s hear about how she felt when she went to hear Beau preach. Maybe God didn’t actually talk to her but something moved her perhaps that led her to realize her place was with Beau and her family at Robinswood. What about Bartley’s relationship with his brother prior to the latter running away. We didn’t really hear anything about it. Too much of the book was spent explaining past things in series and not enough developing new story lines. I feel like “wait for it” Hannah seeks out her lost baby Laura, Aisling suffers a tragedy during pregnancy or birth ...