The Star and the Shamrock

The Star and the Shamrock

Ariella Bannon has no choice: she must put her precious children, Liesl and Erich, on that train or allow them to become prey for the Nazis.


Berlin 1939.


When her husband doesn't come home one day, Ariella realises that the only way she can ensure her Jewish children's safety is to avail of the Kindertransport, but can she bear to let them go?


A thousand miles away, Elizabeth Klein has closed herself off from the world. Losing her husband on the last day of the Great War, and her child months later, she cannot, will not, love again. It hurts too much.


But she is all Liesl and Erich Bannon have.


Thrown together in the wild countryside of Northern Ireland, Elizabeth and the Bannon children discover that life in the country is anything but tranquil. Danger and intrigue lurk everywhere, and some people are not what they seem.


From the streets of wartime Berlin, to the bombed out city of Liverpool, and finally resting in the lush valleys of the Ards Penisula, The Star and The Shamrock from USA Today bestselling author Jean Grainger, is unputdownable.

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  • Dan Rogers

    Jean Grainger has done it again. With each book of hers that I read I find myself thinking that she has outdone herself and how can she possibly do any better. Yet again, she has done it. I was enthra...

  • Jill

    Desperate times, desperate measures...a beautifully written story about a very difficult time in history. I cannot imagine what it must have been like for parents to put their little ones on a train t...

  • Mirta Ines Trupp

    I couldn't put it down! Although set in the WWII era, this is not a Holocaust narrative per se. Poignant, intriguing. Excellent read!...

  • Janice

    Such a wonderful book. So much happened during WWII, I had no idea of the Kindertransport and the sacrifices made by Jewish parents to save their children. This story covers an Irish village that hous...

  • Mary

    The Star and the Shamrock" She never in her wildest nightmares imagined that the quiet following of her faith would have led to this. "Heartbreaking, yet filled with human triumph. We should all of us...

  • Linda

    Yet another of Jean Grainger's wonderful stories, this dealing with the practice of German Jews getting their children to safety during Hitler's atrocities, focusing on 2 children and the woman who to...

  • Rachael

    The story was interesting enough but the writing was not great. Lots of language, phrases, words that were too modern and out of place in the time period. Cliche and a little trite. Oh well....

  • Kelly

    I loved this book and was thinking during the first half that it might deserve 5 stars, but when Daniel got arrested, the plot floundered. The identity of the spy was so obvious... two possible suspec...

  • Lisa

    The Star and The Shamrock is an incredibly moving book from a very talented author. When Liesl and Erich were put on the Kindertransport by their desperately afraid mother non of them knew what would ...

  • Kim Boutell

    Another excellent storyJean's love of her country is evident, again, in another wonderful story, this one unique as it's set in Northern Ireland. No spoilers here, but like all her other stories, this...