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Robinswood Estate, County Waterford, 1950. Three sisters, the three men who love them, and a house that could consume them all.

Assuming their roles as the new Lord and Lady Kenefick and returning to Robinswood with the plan to drag it back from the brink of dereliction is taking its toll on Kate and Sam. With a young family to raise, a very limited budget, and only Kate’s parents to help, the task seems insurmountable.

Kate’s eldest sister Eve and her husband Bartley have found happiness in each other after some dark years, but when a face from the past appears, it seems that everything they have worked so hard to create is threatened.

Aisling, the middle sister, is being evasive, and the family suspect that something is very wrong. On the face of it, she has it all - a lovely husband, a comfortable house, and a supportive family. But she is in deep trouble, and nobody can even guess at the real reason why. 

Meanwhile, Lady Lillian, Sam’s sister, is useless and arrogant, refusing to accept that things have changed and that her title is not going to get her what she wants, least of all from her husband Beau.

In the midst of it all, Dermot and Isabella Murphy try their best to maintain a life and a home for their family, but the trials and tribulations of life at Robinswood might just tear them all apart.

©2019 Jean Grainger (P)2020 Jean Grainger

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Sorry to see this finished

I would have loved to find out what happened to the next generation. I am annoyed that I won't know.

This book did seem to end quite abruptly. I sort of felt like the author was fed up with her characters and story.

Lots of tears and a few moments of joy in this one.

The narrator is perfect.

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Not Up to the First Two!!!

The book starts with information on tuberculosis that is wrong and ruins the stories credibility. The story line is constantly interrupted with drawn out explanations of the first two books history and often turns into a silly romance novel. Especially the last chapter. Only worth getting through to see the characters progress. Frustrating.

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Couldn’t put it down! Recommend the three book series highly, although the third was my favorite! Don’t miss this!!

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Not as good as the first 2, but a good wrap up.

This is the 3rd book in the Robinswood series and it was well written but not as good as the other two. I also was disappointed with the change in narrators and liked the narrator for the previous books in the series better.

It's still worth your credit if you've read the first two books in the series, however, and the author wraps up the stories of the characters in a satisfying way.

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Awesome

I have loved these books so much and hated for them to end. Thank you for an awesome journey!

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Good story

Enjoyed the second book so thought I would try the 3rd. This does not follow book word for word but doesn’t lose the meaning.

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So sad the see the trilogy end

I dont remember loving a trilogy like this one. I have absolutely no criticism of her book except I would really like to know about eve and Hannah’s babies. It was fiction but in my minds eye very real. I am already reading Her double books about Jewish German children sent to Ireland in ww2. Mrs Grainger is a great author

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Like the series, this is least favorite so far

I was very disappointed that there was a different reader for this third book. This reader did not do men's voices well.
I admit, I have not yet finished it, but so far I also don't understand what happened with Lillian. At the end of the 2nd book she said her and her husband were not going to live in the big house but would get a little house in the village and she had changed. this book so far she has reverted back to how she was and seems even worse and they live in the big house. I am confused and disappointed in that too.
*Edit* I have now finished the book and it was a good plot and ending I thought. Sad, but realistic. BUT, I CAN'T STAND when an author can't even keep their own story straight and there were even more inconsistencies in this book! There were a couple in the 2nd book too. This one's most noticable one was Eve's husband's past. It was quite different from what he told her in the 2nd book. That was very aggravating.

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SO MUCH SADNESS!

This is my least favorite of the Robinswood series. The narrator is fantastic, as always.
And it's so nice to have not foul language and very little sex. I love Jean Grainger, but
she is SO repetitive. Sometimes saying the same thing within minutes of each other. I
think she needs a better editor. That being said, she is a master story teller.

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Great ending to this trilogy

Jean Grainger creates such amazing characters that spring to life and you won’t be able to stop thinking of them even weeks after you finish these books.
I highly recommend all of the authors books but especially this series!

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Exceptional trilogy

Wonderful story. Each character so well portrayed couldn't put it down. So many twists and turns.