What Once Was True

Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
Series: The Robinswood Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Robinswood, Co. Waterford, 1939. 

The once grand house is home to two very different families. Despite delusions of grandeur, Lord and Lady Kenefick and their adult children live a life of decayed opulence as the money needed to keep such a large house and grounds ever dwindles. 

Meanwhile, the Murphy family, Dermot, Isabella and their three almost grown-up girls, live and work on the estate and do their best to keep everything running smoothly. 

Social structure is vital. Everyone knows their place, but as war looms, both families find themselves drawn into the conflict and begin questioning everything that once was true. 

From the leafy grounds of an Irish stately home to the bombed-out streets of London in the Blitz, Jean Grainger’s latest best-selling historical saga will sweep you away.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A trip back in time to Ireland

I really enjoyed all the characters in this book starting with the Dermot With his quiet stubborn nature, but loving heart. Also, loved the relationship with the mother and three daughters. You can feel the tension between the Irish and British conflicts from the past. I can’t wait to read the next in the series. I have read two other books from this author and she definitely reminds me of the beloved author Maeve Binchy.

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Great crac

Fine work on all parts. The novel explains how human beings change but still keep what's important.

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Love it

I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to Book 2. Good storyline, good narrative....accents were decent

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Very enjoyable read.

Great narration and story. Flowed well and easy to listen to. Love the historical fiction.

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Enjoyable Read

I enjoyed this book! It brought new understanding about Ireland in WWII. A little slow at times but worth it in the end.

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Heart warming

Love how this story brings to life the different parts of life with children. also I enjoy the historical portions discussing the feeling of the time.

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I throughly enjoyed every minute of this book

I have never listened to any Jean Grainger books before. Can’t wait to listen to more. I appreciate no profanity and no gratuitous sex scene. . Didn’t need these fillers because she had a story to tell. I fell in live with these people in small town Ireland. Great character development. Ms Grainger Will now check out `her other stories

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Fantastic Performance

The narrator was very good and really made the story come to life. I will admit I let out a few “oh no! So sad” a few times while listening. Overall a great story and very enjoyable to listen to.

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Loved it all!

Loved the story, loved the writing, and loved the performance! I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!

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Enjoyed it

I enjoyed it very much! I’m new to audiobooks and have not been enjoying my last few choices, this was a great story that pulled me in, I get like I was there.

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  • 09-16-20

Enjoyable story

I enjoyed getting to know the characters and how the plot unfolded. Enjoyed the humour. Easy to listen to.

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  • Nancy C.
  • 08-09-19

Wonderful Story.

Beautifully written. The author really draws the listener into the lives of both families. The narrator was inclined to end the sentences in an over emphasised tone which was a little "grating". However was really excellent dealing with the speech of all the characters, bringing them to life. Looking forward to the continued story in book two.