Title: The Star and the Shamrock
Series: The Star and the Shamrock #1
Author: Jean Grainger
Published Date: May 28th, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII, Adult, Mystery
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: ★ ★ ★ .5
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.
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.
The star and the shamrock follow several different characters but Elizabeth Klein is the main one and we get to see her go through some very big changes in her life. She thinks she has lost everything, but then suddenly she gets the chance to help out a cousin she has never met by taking in their children for the rest of the war and possibly forever. It is a big change for her as she’s been living alone, but she accepts this change fairly easily and gets right into being a mother figure and making sure they are loved and taken care of.
We also get to see some things through a male perspective but not very often sadly. But his perspective is important when it comes to the mystery portion of this book and how certain things are happening that put everyone in danger once again.
Overall I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a different take on the children being transported to a different place to be kept safe during WWII. Liesel and Erich adjusted to living with their aunt Elizabeth fairly easily along with the other children who were sent to Ireland on the children’s transport. I loved seeing them interact with the other children and the other Jewish adults who were trying to keep things as normal as possible for them because of how they were sent away from their parents to stay alive and safe. The amount of pressure on all the adults I can’t even imagine and I enjoyed seeing that and how they were having to make something out of literally almost nothing at times.
I did enjoy the mystery portion of this story, and how it was woven into the story smoothly and made it really hard to tell who it was that was doing things until the very end. I was slightly surprised by it, but it also did make sense once I went back and started to look at things closer to what other side characters had been saying about that person.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and to see what happens next for the children in the transport and the adults taking care of them.