Under Heaven's Shining Stars

Cork, Ireland 1960. Sometimes friends are the family we choose.This book is free for a very limited time, all you need to do is tell me where to send it!

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Three Irish boys. Three very different backgrounds. A bond that will be tested beyond all reason.

For Liam, Patrick, and Hugo, life in 1960’s Ireland proves to be both idyllic and flawed. Leading vastly different lives, an unexpected friendship blooms between the teenagers when they all attend a private Catholic boarding school, a bond that seems unbreakable.

But, in a world where the Catholic Church is a pervasive presence, and life is both simple and complicated, can their friendship survive as they navigate love and loyalty, secrets and lies? Are they close enough to weather the gale, or will their separate struggles tear them apart?

In Under Heaven’s Shining Stars, author Jean Grainger is reminiscent of the late Maeve Binchy as she brings to life the struggles and simplicity that often go hand-in-hand with growing up. Experience it all with Liam, Patrick, and Hugo as they face the beauty, turmoil, and endless possibilities of life under the turbulent Irish sky...

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"Following in the footsteps of Maeve Binchy and Frank McCourt, Jean Grainger will go down as one of the great Irish novelists."

- Roberta Kagan Bestselling, author of All My Love, Dietrich

Hello and thank you for dropping by my website.
I am a novelist living in a 200 year old stone cottage in rural County Cork, Ireland, which is not nearly as romantic as it sounds! I used to be a tour guide of my beloved homeland of Ireland, leading groups mainly from the USA, and after that, I was an English and History teacher in a boy’s secondary school. I loved both careers and was fortunate enough to meet wonderful people over the years, but the lure of writing full time eventually drew me away from the day job to a life where huge chunks of every day are spent in pyjamas, making up stories.

I write contemporary as well as historical Irish fiction and my style has been compared, very flatteringly, to the late, great Maeve Binchy. When that comparison is drawn, I am both humbled and exhilarated as I was, and remain, a huge fan.

My books are very character driven, and Ireland is always a feature if not always the location. We have such a rich and complex history here on this green island. We are a nation of storytellers and some of us are lucky enough to make a living writing those stories down. I consider myself one of those fortunate people .

I live with my husband Diarmuid, a musician and a teacher, as well as being the breakfast chef, the finder of lost glasses, the taxi-driver of our children, the brewer of tea, a purveyor of epic hugs, and about a million other roles and without him there would be no stories.

The youngest two of our four children live at home and are the lights of my life. They are two little girls aged ten and seven and they fill our lives with fun and giggles and love, and glitter, and markers and teddy bears and bits of Lego. The older two have fled the nest, though they are not averse to showing up for a home cooked dinner and to raid the fridge on occasion, and we always love to see them coming.

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