• Last Port of Call

  • The Queenstown Series, Book 1
  • By: Jean Grainger
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Waring
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Queenstown, County Cork, Ireland

April 1912

Twelve-year-old Harp Delaney is an unusual child, quiet and intelligent far beyond her years. She would rather spend her days in the library of the grand Georgian house that she sees as her home than playing on the streets with other children.

Her mother, Rose, is the reserved and ladylike housekeeper at the Cliff House. The local women envy her grace and poise while the men admire her beauty. She behaves not as a servant should, but as someone who belongs at the ancestral home of eccentric loner Henry Devereaux.

Nobody ever visits the Cliff House, but Harp, Rose, and Henry have a happy life together, each accepting the idiosyncrasies of the others.

The day Titanic sails from Queenstown, taking with it the hopes and dreams of so many, Harp’s life too is devastated. The small port town is shaken to its foundations at the loss of the unsinkable ship, but the revelation of a long-held secret means that Harp and Rose have a much more pressing issue to solve, one that could destroy them if they cannot find a solution.

Unexpectedly, fate takes a hand, and mother and daughter find themselves thrown a lifeline, one that inextricably links them to the stories of men, women, and children for whom Queenstown was the last-ever sight of Ireland as they sailed away to new lands and new lives.

Last Port of Call is the first book in the Queenstown series.

©2021 Jean Grainger (P)2021 Spoken Realms

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  • JD
  • 07-25-21

Engaging story for a series, once you read a third of the book

The characters and situation introduced 1/3 of the way through were fascinating and the story moved at a fast pace with some unexpected twists. But the first part of the book described Harp, her school, her poverty, her mother and her relationship with her uncle over and over. It was all sorrowful happenings that seemed to be unending. Once the pace picked up, it was enjoyable, but ended all too suddenly to be worth the steep price of the book. Of course, the ending made me want to get the next book, but this author, a great story teller, doesn’t let her books, even used, sell at a discount of less than $1.00 off. The price of the whole series will be too steep, especially if the good part of the books are so short.

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Good New Series ahead

I have enjoyed getting to know these new characters in a new series. I look forward to following stories involving Rose and Harp. I thought the ending was rather abrupt and unsatisfying since we were kept in suspense as to what the actions of Ralph Deveraux would be. I hope his actions will be resolved in the next book and not strung out like one character in another famous author’s book. I was hoping Ralph would just trip over Henry’s gravestone and break his neck. I guess he is needed in the next part.

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Historical Perspective

The story line was captivating and kept me wanting more. It is the historical perspective that drew me to listen to a story that took place in the early 1900's so I was a little disappointed to hear a reference to "the whole 9 yards" which is a reference to the gunners from WW II. In a revision remove that reference.

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Wonderful!!!

This is a great story with wonderful characters that I have really come to care about. The narrator’s Irish accent is so warm and comfortable to listen to. I am eager to start the next book on the series.

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Enjoyed very much.

Always enjoy a book about lives in Ireland. The accents were good, the story wonderful.

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  • GG
  • 02-06-22

Absolutely LOVED it!!

Everything about it I simply loved! I’d be friends with Rose and Harp! Can’t wait for the next one!

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Wonderful Story

I wish I had Harps words to say how much I enjoyed this story. Seldom do you hear or read about a mother-daughter relationship that becomes stronger through their turmoil. I'm so looking forward to the next in series.

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Determination and Love

Great story line and love learning about some of the Irish history. Harp and her mother have a wonderful relationship along with the master of the house. Lots of twists and turns. Siobhan is a great narrator. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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The Power of Sharing Personal Giftedness

The character development of individuals in Jean Grainger's books is superb. They come alive to me! I miss them when a series ends. Powerfully she weaves these created characters lives together in such ways that each becomes more than they could be on their own. Differences and idiosyncrasies are valued and celebrated. This makes for fabulous story telling as well as speaking to the powerful potentials available to all of us when we share our individual bitterness freely with one another.

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Jean Grainger is a character master

I really enjoyed this book with all its unique and likable characters.I also was intrigued by the port now Cobh being the spot where the Titanic left for its voyage .I look forward to reading the next book to see what Harp and the others are doing next!

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  • 05-21-22

I didn't want this book to end

This is the first book I have listened too by Jean Grainger and it will not be my last. I really felt part of the story and couldn't wait to hear another chapter. it was beautifully read by Siobhan Waring .