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Shadow of a Century

By: Jean Grainger
Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
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From the author of So Much Owed, winner of Authors Choice Best Historical Fiction Award 2016

A broken woman, New York, 2016. A fearless rebel, Dublin, 1916. And a gripping story that spans a century.

During a time of great upheaval and unrest in Ireland, as men and women run to take up arms against the tyranny and occupation of the British Empire, the lives of three women are forever altered and thereby inextricably linked over the span of a century.

Mary Doyle arrives in Dublin in 1913, doomed, she fears, to a life of domestic service. Instead, however, she finds herself deeply affected by the social and political turmoil of a fledgling nation struggling for independence. Suddenly, all that was once inevitable is no longer a certainty as she is embroiled in the very heart of the Easter Rising.

Scarlett O'Hara has had many hurdles to cross in her life, not least her name. A successful political correspondent, she finds herself at a crossroads when one error of judgement jeopardizes everything she has worked so hard to overcome and achieve. In the process of rebuilding her life, Scarlett faces the difficult and ultimate choice of starting all over again.

At 93 years old, Eileen Chiarello thought her time for adventure and wonder was over, before a chance meeting with Scarlett draws her back to Ireland, the land her parents fought for and loved so passionately. Now, at the end of her life, Eileen has the opportunity to fulfil a promise she never thought she could.

Historically sweeping and beautifully written, Shadow of a Century draws a circle around the Irish Rebellion and carefully traces the magnitude of its significance against the backdrop of three women's lives across history.

©2015 Jean Grainger (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Loved this book!

The story went between 1916 & 2106. Loved how it all came together at the end. Having been to Ireland twice & seeing where my great grandmother was born I have a special place for Ireland in my heart.

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Great Historical Fiction

I love learning history this way! I had known virtually nothing about this period of Irish history. The characters and their stories make it come alive! The audio recording was quite well done, and was especially helpful with the accents.

I'd give this a PG rating, due to some mild bad language and some violence.

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Nice Story

It was an interesting book, with historical references. I enjoyed it. Somewhat predictable but, would recommend

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Wonderful book

This book was really good. The ending left you wondering what happens with the characters that were proud and strong from their past to the present. Definitely worth the read. It explains about Ireland's struggles and the women and men who fought for their independents.

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Good story, olnarrator too strident

I enjoyed the story though it was poorly integrated at the start. Narrator's voice irritated me by hitting the c above middle c for several syllables at the beginning of nearly every sentence.

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Irish love story

Such a wonderful historical fiction love story. So happy I came upon .this story.. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

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Wonderful story and I loved everything about it.

Loved the story and the narration. Wished wouldn’t ever end. Jean Grainger is now a favorite of mine after having listened to several of her books.

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An absolutely lovely and touching story.

If you love historical fiction this is for you. Beautifully written, touching and thoughtful. third story will stick with you long after you finish.

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Great historical fiction

Love Jean Grainger and her characters. She is one of the best historical fiction writers I’ve read. Can’t wait fo her next!

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Heartbreakingly amazing

As a daughter of an Irish Eileen make me cry But it also made me proud to be Irish. It went through so much they gave so much. The story was written so beautifully. The intertwining of the different time periods was well done. I was never confused by it and enjoyed it immensely.

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  • 03-23-19

Jean Grainger

Just found this author and I love her. I am working my way through all her books this was number 3. A good proper story with the background of real events. Great characters that you really care about. I will be straight onto the next one of hers today.

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  • 03-27-20

Disappointing

After The Tour 1 & 2 .Felt this was more for a teenage audience.