Dreams of Willow House

Sandy Cove

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A gorgeous, compelling page-turner about one woman’s journey to the heart of Ireland and the family secret she’s destined to discover…


Cordelia Mirafiore has never truly felt at home in South Florida, so when she’s unexpectedly called to the reading of a long-lost relative’s will in Ireland, she’s hopeful that escaping to Willow House to meet her family might help her to figure out who she really is…


As soon as Cordelia reaches Sandy Cove, the views of the blue ocean and stunning coastline around her provide a sense of calm she has never felt before. She meets her cousins Maeve and Roisin, who welcome her with open arms, finds herself drawn to a handsome man who is also an outsider in town, and feels an instant spark.


But the rest of the McKenna family aren’t so willing to accept Cordelia, or even believe that she’s family. When they learn that Cordelia is to inherit a third of Willow House, she is forced to prove who she is. All she has are old parish records and a battered box of family photographs, but they lead her to secrets she may not want to uncover.


Can Cordelia find the courage to face her family’s past? Can she trust the mysterious man who has swept her off her feet? Or will the lies told for generations force her to leave Sandy Cove forever?


Second chances begin on Ireland’s shores. An unforgettable story about mothers and daughters, Dreams of Willow House is perfect for fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Debbie Macomber and Mary Alice Monroe.


What readers are saying about Dreams of Willow House:


‘What a delightful story! I so loved this book… I was drawn into the family, the gorgeous backdrop in Ireland… Susanne O'Leary is a wonderful writer, and I always feel good when I read her books. It was a marvellous book and I just had to read it in one sitting. I look forward to more from her in the future.’ Robin Loves Reading, 5 stars


Dreams of Willow House is a lovely novel… This book is set in a wonderful small Irish town which the author describes so well I can see the ocean and the stars. The characters are wonderful and easy to like… Anybody that enjoys a heartwarming story about family finding each other and some romance thrown in should enjoy this book. Now I want to go and visit Ireland.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘The story is a genealogical mystery, a sweet romance and a story of new beginnings. It is well written and shows the author’s love for her country… Most highly recommend.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


Dreams of Willow House is a charming, endearing read full of genuine characters and realistic circumstances – inspiring hope in finding where you are meant to be by following what your heart desires.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘The backdrop of Sandy Cove is just gorgeous. It makes me want to go to Ireland, that's for sure!… A well-written book and I enjoyed reading Cordelia's story.’ NetGalley Reviewer


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Bookouture
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Published on
Nov 15, 2019
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Pages
284
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ISBN
9781786818621
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Women
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‘What a wonderful read this was!... The definition of feel-good – reading it felt like sunshine… The first ‘feel good’ novel I’ve read this year that actually made me feel good… I just couldn’t put it away.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

A heartwarming and moving story about secrets, fresh starts and the power of friendship, set in the wilds of Ireland’s shores.

 

Maeve McKenna is on the verge of a breakdown. Having worked herself into the ground as a sought-after interior designer in London, she’s in desperate need of a vacation.

 

Philomena Duffy is a little lonely. After losing her husband, their crumbling mansion, Willow House, feels awfully empty.

 

With the rugged shores of Ireland calling, Maeve visits her aunt Philomena in Sandy Cove, where she once, as a teenager, kissed a wild, mysterious boy – a kiss she has never been able to forget. The beautiful night’s sky is dotted with stars as far as the eye can see, and Maeve is worlds away from her chaotic life in the city.

 

As Maeve throws herself into restoring Willow House to its former glory, a deep friendship with Philomena begins to blossom. Surrounded by the faded walls and peeling carpets of the old mansion, together they stumble across a secret that turns their family upside down.

 

All the while, she can’t stop thinking about the enigmatic boy from her past, and that magical kiss… Is he still in Sandy Cove?

 

Just as she’s beginning to feel at home, reality calls. Part of Maeve can’t bear to leave Willow House and its rocky beach. Does she have the courage to leave the security of her old life behind, and put down new roots in Sandy Cove, or is that just a daydream?

 

Fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Debbie Macomber and Mary Alice Monroe will fall head over heels for this stunning read.

 

Readers are absolutely loving Secrets of Willow House:

 

‘Loved this! So many emotional twists I couldn't put this down! Absolutely delightful!... Great read on a rainy day or a vacation read!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Lovely!!!...  A memorable and lovable cast of characters, a wonderful old house by the sea and Ireland. What's not to love?!’ NetGalley Reviewer

 

‘Oh, this was a lovely story… A lovely vacation read with plenty of heart and opportunity, choices and chances, and lots of laughter and healing, make this a book that is hard to put down and harder to forget. Grab this for an escape into places that everyone wants: timeless, accepting and supportive, with heart, laughter and love, sure to put a smile on your face.’ I Am, Indeed

 

‘A great summer read… This book will put you right in the mood for the Irish scenic countryside… If you enjoy heartwarming romances like Cathy Bramley, you'll enjoy this book!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘I love this story… My kind of fairy tale.’ For the Love of Books

 

‘This book is exactly what the cover and title promise: a beautiful house and a better beach… You can almost feel the sea air when you read this book. Perfect vacation fare.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘A story of family, love and the relationships that bring it all together… Read this wonderful book and find out! A book for a rainy day. Guaranteed enjoyable.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I loved my time spent at Willow House… Another enchanting read from Susanne O'Leary and I'm delighted to learn it is the start of a series. I can't wait to return to Sandy Cove.’ Rachel’s Randomr Reads, 5 stars

 

‘Completely delightful!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Loved it!!! What more can I say... The author takes us from London the Ireland... Her detailed descriptions of Sandy Cove make me want to transport myself right to Willow House.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Brilliant… Transports you to Ireland… I would highly recommend.’ Goodreads Reviewer

A heart-warming novel about the bond between sisters, set along Ireland’s windswept shores, where romance beckons and secrets unfold…


Roisin McKenna and her husband Cian are taking time apart. Unsure of what she wants, Roisin’s prayers are answered when she receives a call from her sister Maeve who is desperate for her help.


Roisin heads to Sandy Cove to help Maeve restore their aunt’s gorgeous tumbledown mansion Willow House and soon all she has time to focus on are its crumbling walls. Despite a shocking announcement from Maeve and hidden secrets in the house’s rafters, Roisin begins to feel a sense of self she’s been missing for years.


The ties that bind Roisin to her husband seem to be unfurling in the Irish wind, when she unexpectedly stumbles into a mysterious man on the beach. Suddenly, she’s swept up in the idea of another life she could lead…


The restoration may have brought the sisters back together, but as a storm rolls over the coast Roisin feels sure she must make a choice. Will her time at Willow House teach her the precious lessons she needs to return home or has the cove called to her in ways she’d never imagined it could?


Fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Debbie Macomber and Mary Alice Monroe will be swept away by Sandy Cove.


What readers are saying about Sisters of Willow House:


‘What a powerful story! A must read for 2019!’ Donna’s Book Addiction


‘An absolute perfect second book… A true delight to return to Willow House! I completely enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down! Filled with so many ups and downs it kept me on the edge of my seat! I loved this book and I'm hoping there will be more!’ Goodreads reviewer


‘A charming story of two sisters on the coast of Ireland. Old house restoration, stormy weather and a great romance. You will love this book. Hard to put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘It was lovely to return to Willow House… Another enjoyable story from Susanne O'Leary, and I loved getting to know just what makes the area of Kerry in Ireland so different from the rest of the country!’ Rachel’s Random Reads


‘I really enjoyed reading this book. I was hooked from the very first page to the very last. I recommend this book to others. You are going to enjoy it just as much as I did.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Charming… This book has it all and leaves you with a warm, comfortable feeling. A must read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘A book full of emotions, engrossing and entertaining… I look forward to reading other books in this series. Recommended!’ Goodreads reviewer


‘Great story with some really likeable characters. A feel good holiday read that I’ll certainly be recommending to others. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.’ Cheekypee Reads and Reviews


‘Lovely feel good story. It was well written and flowed well… hard to put down. Perfect on these summer nights.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘What a wonderful read this was!... The definition of feel-good – reading it felt like sunshine… The first ‘feel good’ novel I’ve read this year that actually made me feel good… I just couldn’t put it away.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

A heartwarming and moving story about secrets, fresh starts and the power of friendship, set in the wilds of Ireland’s shores.

 

Maeve McKenna is on the verge of a breakdown. Having worked herself into the ground as a sought-after interior designer in London, she’s in desperate need of a vacation.

 

Philomena Duffy is a little lonely. After losing her husband, their crumbling mansion, Willow House, feels awfully empty.

 

With the rugged shores of Ireland calling, Maeve visits her aunt Philomena in Sandy Cove, where she once, as a teenager, kissed a wild, mysterious boy – a kiss she has never been able to forget. The beautiful night’s sky is dotted with stars as far as the eye can see, and Maeve is worlds away from her chaotic life in the city.

 

As Maeve throws herself into restoring Willow House to its former glory, a deep friendship with Philomena begins to blossom. Surrounded by the faded walls and peeling carpets of the old mansion, together they stumble across a secret that turns their family upside down.

 

All the while, she can’t stop thinking about the enigmatic boy from her past, and that magical kiss… Is he still in Sandy Cove?

 

Just as she’s beginning to feel at home, reality calls. Part of Maeve can’t bear to leave Willow House and its rocky beach. Does she have the courage to leave the security of her old life behind, and put down new roots in Sandy Cove, or is that just a daydream?

 

Fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Debbie Macomber and Mary Alice Monroe will fall head over heels for this stunning read.

 

Readers are absolutely loving Secrets of Willow House:

 

‘Loved this! So many emotional twists I couldn't put this down! Absolutely delightful!... Great read on a rainy day or a vacation read!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Lovely!!!...  A memorable and lovable cast of characters, a wonderful old house by the sea and Ireland. What's not to love?!’ NetGalley Reviewer

 

‘Oh, this was a lovely story… A lovely vacation read with plenty of heart and opportunity, choices and chances, and lots of laughter and healing, make this a book that is hard to put down and harder to forget. Grab this for an escape into places that everyone wants: timeless, accepting and supportive, with heart, laughter and love, sure to put a smile on your face.’ I Am, Indeed

 

‘A great summer read… This book will put you right in the mood for the Irish scenic countryside… If you enjoy heartwarming romances like Cathy Bramley, you'll enjoy this book!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘I love this story… My kind of fairy tale.’ For the Love of Books

 

‘This book is exactly what the cover and title promise: a beautiful house and a better beach… You can almost feel the sea air when you read this book. Perfect vacation fare.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘A story of family, love and the relationships that bring it all together… Read this wonderful book and find out! A book for a rainy day. Guaranteed enjoyable.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I loved my time spent at Willow House… Another enchanting read from Susanne O'Leary and I'm delighted to learn it is the start of a series. I can't wait to return to Sandy Cove.’ Rachel’s Randomr Reads, 5 stars

 

‘Completely delightful!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Loved it!!! What more can I say... The author takes us from London the Ireland... Her detailed descriptions of Sandy Cove make me want to transport myself right to Willow House.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Brilliant… Transports you to Ireland… I would highly recommend.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘I totally and utterly flipping well loved reading this book!... I had to remember not to laugh too much because it would hurt… I was addicted... I binge read it over a couple of days.' Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars

Maddy and Leanne are in need of a miracle. 

Maddy can’t bear to wash another pair of her husband’s Y-fronts and if he continues to drone on about golf she might just scream.

Leanne can’t stand living with her overbearing mother for a second longer and she’s one disapproving eye roll away from a nervous breakdown.

But their luck changes when they win the lottery.

Setting off from Dublin, Maddy and Leanne lease a red convertible, winding through Europe and heading for the sun-drenched French Riviera.

But the pair have their own reasons for their adventure. Maddy has never forgotten her summer romance of twenty years ago with a gorgeous Frenchman and Leanne plans to track down the father who abandoned her as a child.

Amongst glorious sunsets and buckets of bubbly, Leanne and Maddy are searching for answers after years of wondering ‘what if?’  But there might just be some surprises in store along the way…

A hilarious and heartwarming story about friendship, living life to the full and making the most of every moment. Fans of Fiona Gibson, Carole Matthews and Lucy Diamond will adore this uplifting, fun-filled read. 

Readers are totally loving The Road Trip:


‘Delightful... I would love to see this made into a movie! I enjoyed every page… It was just the escape I needed. I loved it... Ummm did I say I enjoyed the book? Oh, Ok… Thank you, Susanne, for my little armchair escape!’ Escape with a Book!, 5 stars

‘Such a wonderful, fun read that I devoured over the course of 24 hours... Brilliant… The setting was just stunning… The perfect read for your holiday… A wonderful escape.’ Katie’s Book Cave, 5 stars

‘I loved it… Just couldn’t put it down. Warm, fun and a great light-hearted summer read... I adored both of the main characters… I can highly recommend this book as a fabulous summer read.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘A perfect form of escape from your daily routine… Lots of entertainment… I was constantly smiling… Fun, warm and uplifting – a perfect summer story!’ Rae’s Reads

‘So much fun…I loved every minute…So entertaining…The surprises and twists along the way were brilliant… Highly recommend.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Charming and uplifting… I absolutely loved this novel… so funny and moving. It's a great read that'll leave you wanting an adventure.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Fun… Great for a quick, relaxing weekend read. Has you laughing, crying and hiding behind your face nearly all at the same time.’ Chellsandbooks

‘Totally fun… Just what I needed… Made me chuckle.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘So lovely… Already looking forward to reading the next adventure that the girls embark upon.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘A breath of fresh air… Jam-packed with surprises, hilarious one-liners, multiple bonkers characters, and of course a dog who attempted to steal the show… Made me giggle.’ The Writing Garnet

A side-splittingly HILARIOUS summer read about two best friends who decide to take a chance and travel the world. But with plenty of drama on the way, could love be on the horizon? 

Until a few weeks ago, Leanne was a thirty-something who lived with her mother. And yes, she still slept under her Barbie bedspread.

Until recently, best friend Maddy was married to a man whose golf club got more action than she did.

But not anymore.

Leanne convinced Maddy enough was enough. They packed their bags, and their miniature poodle, and bid goodbye to their dreary lives for the summer.

Drinking wine under the stars and splashing around in the sparkling turquoise waters of Italy and the Dalmatian Islands should be every girl’s dream. Except… it’s not all plain sailing. Leanne soon sets her eyes on Carlo, a swoon-worthy Italian whose dark hair, green eyes and golden skin get her pulse racing. But does he have a secret? Maddy has her own opinions... as does Leanne on the new man in Maddy’s life.

Just when Leanne was starting to think she might have found something special, she has to ask: will this just be a holiday to remember, or even one she’d rather forget?

A joyful, laugh-out-loud and feel-good story that will make you want to pack your bags, set off on an adventure and live life to the max. Fans of Sophie Kinsella, Kristin Higgins and Carole Matthews will be totally hooked by this heart-warming read.

Readers are totally and utterly loving A Holiday To Remember!
‘I really wish I was still reading this book… I suppose I had to run out of pages at some point, at the rate I was devouring them… All the locations in Italy and Croatia were exquisitely described… Perfect for these hot summer days or when you want to relive a holiday of your own. A pure joy to read, I would recommend it to everyone.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Heartwarming, romantic, uplifting, fun, witty, new friends, romantic flings, plenty of drama, sticky situations, happiness, beautiful scenery and guaranteed to put a great big smile on your face… Fabulous.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘A great read. It's a great way to spend a few hours, getting lost amongst the pages. I loved this novel and I hope there's another one because I'm not ready for this adventure to end!’ The Cosiest Corner 

‘A delightful read and full of adventure and romance… heartwarming and uplifting… A great read from the first page… Wonderful read and didn't want it to end. Simply brilliant.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Nights of romance, days of sailing, and lots of sunshine, great food, and fun times on this holiday.’ Escape with a Book, 5 Stars

‘The colours, sounds and smells just leapt from the page into my mind, transporting me there… A Holiday To Remember really is a feel-good read which will make you pull up your big girl pants, grab your bestie and go and have some fun. The ideal book to accompany you on your holiday or if you need a pick-me-up… A fun and entertaining read.’ By the Letter Book Reviews

‘An entertaining, feel-good book… Lots of love and friendship and an emotional end… I hope there is more to come… I am so not ready to say goodbye to them.’ B for Book Review, 5 stars

‘A perfect holiday read for lazy sunny days on the beach or basking in the sunshine of your garden… There’s plenty of fun and laughs…Feel-good story… Very entertaining.’ Reviews and Recommended Reads

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