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The Tour: Updated Edition [Kindle Edition]

Jean Grainger
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Every week Conor O'Shea collects a new group of American visitors from Shannon Airport from where they embark on a high end tour of the 'Real Ireland.' But this particular tour, with its cast of unintentionally hilarious characters, presents seasoned tour guide Conor with dilemmas that render him speechless for the first time in his life.
Among this eclectic group are Corlene, a gold-digging multiple divorcée on the prowl; Patrick, a love-starved Boston cop; Dylan, a goth uilleann piper; Dorothy, a poisonous college professor who wouldn't spend Christmas; Elliot, a wall street shark who finally shows his true colours; and then there's Ellen, back on Irish soil after so many years, to discover a truth nobody could have guessed, least of all herself. And that's just a few of the colourful cast.
The locals they meet on their journey, eccentric West Brits, passionate musicians, Ukrainian waitresses and Garda high flyers all help to make this a tour no-one will ever forget.
And of course there's Conor O'Shea in the thick of it all, solving problems and mending hearts, but what about his own?

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About the Author

Jean Grainger grew up in Cork, Ireland and has been a university lecturer of history, a teacher and a playwright. She worked for twelve years as a tour guide in Ireland. She currently teaches English and History at an all-boy's secondary school which means she has a great sense of humour and absolutely no sense of smell. Her first book The Tour, is a funny warm read detailing the lives of a group of MAerican visitors to Ireland. Her second book, So Much Owed, is a family sage sapnning both world wars. She lives in Cork with her husband and four children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 817 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jean Grainger; 1 edition (15 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BC3TSSE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going on Tour 16 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Tour, a first time novel by Jean Grainger, is a delightful read that makes you want to curl up on the couch in front of the fire as you can't help but become enveloped in the trial and tribulations of the characters.
I could not put the novel down and the more I read the story the better it got. I liked the fact that it was based in the south west of Ireland and it appears that Grainger has much intimate knowledge of the area.

I particularly liked the character of Ellen O' Donovan and her story and its link with West Cork during the War of Independence. Another interesting character is Corelene, the man eater, whose desperate attempts to find her fifth husband end in a debacle in Pajo's pub in Killarney.

I would highly recommend this novel and look forward to Grainger's next novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut novel 12 April 2013
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This was a thoroughly absorbing novel which kept me engrossed from start to finish, with a rollercoaster of emotions as I went through The Tour with the characters. The book was a wonderful read, combining an engaging story line and Irish history. Jean Grainger has a wonderful writing style and I can't wait for her next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut Novel 15 April 2013
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed Jean Grainger's new novel. I found myself engrossed from the very first page, with the excellent mix of quirky characters, exciting story lines and Irish history holding my interest until the very end. It is completely encapsulating, an absolute page turner, and impossible to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 15 Jan. 2014
By Danny
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a great read. As I am a coach driver myself I really got into it. Situations like mentioned in the story do happen and I hope Jean will write a follow up to this as there are a lot of funny and sad stories in the touring bussiness. Thanks for a great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars execellent read 1 Mar. 2014
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Captivating story. Took me back to many holidays in Ireland. They have a warm and friendly nature, and should never be underestimated, like our American friend did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new author 26 Jan. 2014
By Hgh
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I thoroughly enjoyed this first novel by Jean Grainger. I quickly became engrossed with the lives of the characters and could picture myself in the lovely part of Ireland that Jean brings to life so cleverly. This is a feel good book full of light hearted and yet serious themes at times. It is a really good read which I could not put down. Highly recommended.
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