What Once Was True: An Irish WW2 Story (The Robinswood Story Book 1)


New from USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jean Grainger,

One House, two families and a war that changes everything that once was true....

Robinswood, Co Waterford, 1939. 

The once grand house is home to two very different families.Despite delusions of grandeur, Lord and Lady Kenefick and their adult children, live a life of decayed opulence as the money needed to keep such a large house and grounds ever dwindles. 

Meanwhile, the Murphy family, Dermot, Isabella and their three almost grown up girls, live and work on the estate and do their best to keep everything running smoothly.

Social structure is vital. Everyone knows their place, but as war looms, both families find themselves drawn into the conflict and begin questioning everything that once was true. 

From the leafy grounds of an Irish stately home, to the bombed out streets of London in the Blitz, allow yourself to be swept away once more in Jean Grainger’s latest bestselling historical saga.



File Size

4314 KB

Page Count

524 pages

Publication Date

24 June 2018

Customer Reviews

1-5 of 3 reviews

  • Sandy TOP 500 REVIEWER

    I Became Totally Absorbed in this Interesting Book
    Set mainly in Ireland during World War II, this well written saga is about family loyalty and division of the classes.Although the war is not too close, there are still repercussions.I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more in this series.

    December 9, 2021
  • Amazon Customer claire Thackeray

    Another Winner from Jean Grainger
    These are stories about what it was like during the hard times between England and Ireland…when one comes of a mixture of both it is good to have vision in both camps.

    December 9, 2021
  • Cathryn Haynes

    Evocative, Entrancing and Unexpected
    I was totally spellbound and unable to put this book down. The characters were believable knoing a bit about Irish history. Totally enjoyable

    December 9, 2021

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