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A really great ending to The Queenstown Series. I have enjoyed getting to know Rose, Harp and all the characters and will miss them. As always, Jen Grainger does not disappoint. The intermingling of history, beautiful locations and characters provided a very entertaining read. I look forward to the next series.
I became a Jean Granger Fan when I read her series "The Tour", so what do you do when you love the story and the Characters that made you laugh ,cry and everything in between ?? Why you start another Series she's written of course !! This was the 4 and (maybe??) final book of "The Queenstown Series". Most of the story takes place in Ireland in the Town of Cobh, or Queenstown . We meet Harp as a 'scrap of a girl' and her Mum ,Rose. Jean weaves such wonderful Characters ,with plots that twist and turn as new Characters enter. Many of the people in her stories are everyday people, trying to live their lives is a Country of strife and Civil War all for the rights we also fought for in The American Revolution. Odd how Generations later, we forget how both Countries were brutalized by the same Power. The story is about the people who survive ,sometimes in glory but mostly by the seat of their britches. It's a lovely Irish Story by a lovely Irish Author.
Every book in this series got a 5 star rating from me. I absolutely loved this story until this one. Very disappointed. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and lifestyle but I sure don't have to agree with it and I sure don't enjoy reading about it. Just a very disappointed fan. I love Jean Grainger books but not this one. At least it has an awesome ending. I didn't want to see Harp and John Joe's story end. Would be nice to have another book about their lives together
I felt some disappointment upon completing the book/series. The three prior books in the series were absolutely phenomenal. It seemed this last book was a lot of reiteration, especially where Ralph was concerned. The Harp/Elliot marriage storyline just didn't fit what I had envisioned for the final book. I will continue to read any new book JG writes as I've read every book of hers since the very beginning of it all. Thank you Jean for sure wonderful stories. Scott from Indy USA
This fictional story is engrossing and entertaining, yet perhaps more engaging is the depth of social history revealed. A wonderful picture of the politics, economics, and social sensibilities of both the US and Ireland is revealed through the story of a young, unique woman at the end of the Guided Age and the beginning of the Jazz Age! Race, women's sufferage, civil strife,; no topic is shied from yet each is presented with truth and sensitivity. A wonderful, engrossing read.
A truce has been called in Ireland. Shall the emigres to Boston return to Cobh? Matt and Road decide to return . Harp, JJ, and Jerry Gallagher decide to try their luck in the music world. With Jerry as manager he recruits Eliot to play fiddle, and Celia to handle the accounts and costumes. The Roaring Liberty trio is born. They move to New York where they quickly become famous. After several years they book into Dublin with great approval. It is here that trouble hits the group. Jerry and Elliot return to America, Celia starts an act of her own, JJ goes to Liverpool, and Harp returns home to Ireland. Read ROARING LIBERTY to see what is in store for each of the characters in this story.
This book was a little disappointing. it lacked the excitement the other books had. However, it was good. Roaring Liberty: Queenstown Series Book 4 is by Jean Grainger. This is the final book in the Queenstown series. I have to confess that I put off reading this book since it is the final one in the series. I didn’t want it to end since Jean’s books are so good that you want them to just continue forever. However, I couldn’t put it off forever, so on a snowy day when I had to stay home, I finally began this book. It was as good as I thought it would be and it was sad to get to the end. Now, I have to say goodbye to Hope, Rose, Matt, and JohnJoe as well as the rest of those living in New York, Boston, and of course, Cobh, Ireland. It seems as though Ireland and Great Britain are finally coming to an end to the hostilities over freedom from English Rule. Matt is finally getting to go back to Ireland. His job will be to keep the Irish calm while the treaty ending the war will be signed. As his wife, Rose has gone with him; but still worries about Harp who is staying in New York to go on the stage with JohnJoe. Harp and JohnJoe make ideal music together on and off the stage. However, Harp refuses to get married since it puts her under Joe’s control as a married woman and she refuses to be under any man’s control. She and JohnJoe together with Will Krauss, Celia, and Jerry head to New York and vaudeville to strike at the music industry as Roaring Liberty. They have no idea how big of a hit they will be. Meanwhile in Ireland, Matt is busy trying to keep the lid on a civil war over the treaty. Will this treaty hold?
The fourth book in this emotional, suspenseful and intriguing series based on the final Irish Rebellion and ultimate formation of the Irish Republic delivers the goods. As one of millions of Americans with at least some Irish heritage, it is important to understand the 800 year struggle that the Irish people had to free themselves from British rule. It was an eye-opener that the final British occupation by the Black and tans among other forces was brutal and unfeeling. The IRA was also violent but they were fighting for their own independence. What I did not understand previously is how much dissention existed after the final treaty was signed by those members of the IRA especially who felt that the treaty for Irish independence contained things they felt they could not accept. This violent struggle is the backdrop for the series and it makes the books, especially book 3, tense and scary. You come to care about the Irish characters too much to want anything bad to happen to them. There are several beautiful love stories that come to a close in this book and, after the rebellion, futures decided with some hope of fulfillment. The character of Ralph is one of the truly evil men in literature! Sometimes I felt like the book was so sad and I felt that Harp was a little too modern and rebellious for the 1920s but it came to a good end.
The headline says it all for me. I was looking forward to reading this book, as I have enjoyed the rest of the series. But this book was just a bit flat for me. You weren't pulled into the story so much as being told what was going on - there was no emotional connection to any of the characters. And that was a big disappointment. It also felt that what was happening was telegraphed from the beginning (ie, Elliott's story) so it wasn't really a surprise - in fact, it was so obvious, it was disappointing.
I also found Harp's attitude toward a lot of what was going on to be rather annoying. Her attitude towards her bohemian lifestyle as well as towards JJ was particularly annoying. I also felt that Ralph's story felt shoehorned in, and it wasn't done well at all. We know Ralph is a despicable human being, so his scene at the end of the book was so out of character that it was unbelievable.
I think it was mostly that we were outside the story as the reader, looking in at this story, which was different from the other books. A shame, really.