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Robinswood Estate, County Waterford, 1950. Three sisters, the three men who love them, and a house that could consume them all.

Assuming their roles as the new Lord and Lady Kenefick and returning to Robinswood with the plan to drag it back from the brink of dereliction is taking its toll on Kate and Sam. With a young family to raise, a very limited budget, and only Kate’s parents to help, the task seems insurmountable.

Kate’s eldest sister Eve and her husband Bartley have found happiness in each other after some dark years, but when a face from the past appears, it seems that everything they have worked so hard to create is threatened.

Aisling, the middle sister, is being evasive, and the family suspect that something is very wrong. On the face of it, she has it all - a lovely husband, a comfortable house, and a supportive family. But she is in deep trouble, and nobody can even guess at the real reason why. 

Meanwhile, Lady Lillian, Sam’s sister, is useless and arrogant, refusing to accept that things have changed and that her title is not going to get her what she wants, least of all from her husband Beau.

In the midst of it all, Dermot and Isabella Murphy try their best to maintain a life and a home for their family, but the trials and tribulations of life at Robinswood might just tear them all apart.

©2019 Jean Grainger (P)2020 Jean Grainger

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Sorry to see this finished

I would have loved to find out what happened to the next generation. I am annoyed that I won't know.

This book did seem to end quite abruptly. I sort of felt like the author was fed up with her characters and story.

Lots of tears and a few moments of joy in this one.

The narrator is perfect.

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Not Up to the First Two!!!

The book starts with information on tuberculosis that is wrong and ruins the stories credibility. The story line is constantly interrupted with drawn out explanations of the first two books history and often turns into a silly romance novel. Especially the last chapter. Only worth getting through to see the characters progress. Frustrating.

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Couldn’t put it down! Recommend the three book series highly, although the third was my favorite! Don’t miss this!!

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Not as good as the first 2, but a good wrap up.

This is the 3rd book in the Robinswood series and it was well written but not as good as the other two. I also was disappointed with the change in narrators and liked the narrator for the previous books in the series better.

It's still worth your credit if you've read the first two books in the series, however, and the author wraps up the stories of the characters in a satisfying way.

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Awesome

I have loved these books so much and hated for them to end. Thank you for an awesome journey!

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Good story

Enjoyed the second book so thought I would try the 3rd. This does not follow book word for word but doesn’t lose the meaning.

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So sad the see the trilogy end

I dont remember loving a trilogy like this one. I have absolutely no criticism of her book except I would really like to know about eve and Hannah’s babies. It was fiction but in my minds eye very real. I am already reading Her double books about Jewish German children sent to Ireland in ww2. Mrs Grainger is a great author

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I enjoyed the trilogy of the 3 Books It Way too much repetition

It seem like so much of the book was filled with retailing a story. Not even retailing a story from book one or two but actually retailing something she had told in a previous chapter, the storyline was good I enjoyed the closure. But way too much time in repetition

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Difficult Issues Beautifully Handled

This continuing story of the McDermott family deals with a reality which faces most families sooner or later—the death of a parent or spouse. Interweaving both life and death, the story is not just about the declining condition of Bella, but it is also the story of the family’s life along with all of its delights and challenges. The scene of the last moments of the girls with their mother is especially poignant. Though difficult realities are addressed, the reader ultimately comes away with a sense of the goodness life.

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Why did you change narrators ?

I loved the first two books and was shocked when there was a different voice for this one… It almost kept me from finishing it… I am from the south and the voice of Bo was so terrible that I could hardly listen to it… It almost ruined the story for me but I persevered. If you don’t know a good southern accent, it probably won’t bother you. I do love a happy ending so all is well

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Exceptional trilogy

Wonderful story. Each character so well portrayed couldn't put it down. So many twists and turns.