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What Once Was True

Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
Series: The Robinswood Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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.

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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.

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  • Bruce
  • 12-10-19

Great crac

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

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  • Patti Salmon
  • 03-09-19

Love it

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

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  • Laurie R. Stuckey
  • 07-12-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-19

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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  • May's Child
  • 27-06-19

Not for everyone!

Not to my liking...Read a little bit. Very slow starting. Not enough to make me want to keep reading.