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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?
I have read and enjoyed every book Jean Grainger has written and will buy anything she writes. Though I enjoyed this series, this final book was not my favorite. I think that I was becoming a little tired of the characters and the constant never-ending strife. I'm just not sure, but do recommend it as a good wrap up to the stories of Harp, JohnJoe, et al. I did like the excellent revelation of life in the new Irish Republic and the disagreements among the former Irish freedom fighters. I am thrilled with the courage that it took for Ms. Grainger to talk so openly about discrimination against gays and repression of women in the 1920s. Nothing was "off the table" in this book or any other book written by Ms. Grainger. That is one reason that she is one of my favorite authors.
I received notice that a new book by Jean Grainger will be published soon and I have preordered it. Though this wasn't my favorite book, I strongly recommend any book by Jean Grainger. She is truly a gifted story teller.
So much of this story was like being stuck on a Ferris wheel...same scene constantly repeating! I was determined to finish so stuck it out and thank goodness the last portion tied up to long saga! It could have been a great story if not drugged out repeating earlier segments over and over.
Stranger stories I have read, but this one tales the cake. I couldn't tell where the story was headed but I knew the main characters had to end up together. I am glad I didn't stop reading. Whew! Beyond the long history in the story, it's a worthy read.
I really liked this story. My heritage is Scottish, Irish, on my mother's side. Elliot was her maiden name. It's a sad story, but a testament to a strong character. Their history is not unlike America's history.