The Lost Girls of Ireland: A heart-warming and feel-good page-turner set in Ireland

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A heart-warming story about family secrets and one woman’s escape to dreamy Sandy Cove on the stunning west coast of Ireland.

The picturesque beach of Wild Rose Bay is the last place Lydia Butler thought she’d be. But having just lost everything, the run-down cottage she inherited from her Great Aunt Nellie is the only place she can take her daughter, Sunny. Hidden away in a tiny Irish village, she can protect Sunny from the gossip in Dublin, and the real reason they have nowhere else to live…

The cottage is part of the old coastguard station and other eccentric residents are quick to introduce themselves when Lydia arrives. Lydia instantly feels less alone, fascinated by the stories they have about Nellie, and she’s charmed by American artist, Jason O’Callaghan, the mysterious man who lives next door.

But the longer Lydia relaxes under the moonlit sky, the more the secret she’s keeping from Sunny threatens to come out. And as she finds herself running into Jason’s arms, she knows she must be honest and face up to the past she has tried to forget. Has she finally found people who will truly accept her, or will the truth force her to leave the cottage for good? 

Will transport you to Ireland to relax on the shore and stare at the perfect emerald waters. The Lost Girls of Ireland is perfect for readers of Debbie Macomber, Sheila O’Flanagan and Mary Alice Monroe.

This novel can be enjoyed as a standalone.

What readers are saying about The Lost Girls of Ireland:

‘OMG! OMG!! I cannot remember the last time I was so gutted to come to the end of a book!! I absolutely fell in love and it genuinely felt like I was packing my bags and being whisked away from my Irish holiday… Absolutely gorgeous!!!... an absolutely stunning, heart-warming romance that will have you heading off to Ireland in the blink of an eye.’ Bookworm 86, 5 stars

Truly touched my heart. Impossible to put down, this moving story kept me tapping the screen of my Kindle deep into the night until I reached the heart-warming conclusion… a stellar read, one that will be with me for a long while.’ Robin Loves Reading, 5 stars

‘This fabulous story is a rapid page-turner. It will whisk you away to the great Irish Sea. I absolutely loved this unputdownable read… it was phenomenal, loved it.’ Reviews by Caroline, 5 stars

‘A lovely read. This heart-warming story set in the West Coast of Ireland is just delightful… I devoured it in days and was sad to say goodbye to characters who felt like friends. The descriptions of Sandy Cove made me wish I could jump on a plane and experience Wild Rose Bay for myself.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Perfect… like slipping my feet into handmade shoes – the fit was spot on, and I don’t know how I haven’t read any of Susanne O’Leary’s books before… made me feel the wind in my hair, and I could even smell the salt from the Wild Atlantic sea without leaving my living room… a wonderfully, brilliant story.’ Book-mad-mum, 5 stars

A heart-warming tale… A beautiful clean romance and wonderfully uplifting tale of second chances and starting over… we need more places like Sandy Cove where people are not judged by what they have, but rather by who they are and how they treat others.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Wonderful… I just loved it.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Lovely book. A hope-filled read about the power of reinvention and second chances… Susanne O’Leary transported me to this lovely place where the villagers are accepting for who you are not for what you have. This is a story of heart and soul and is highly recommended.’ NetGalley reviewer

Ratings and reviews

74 reviews
Edward Graham
May 14, 2021
Losing Everything and Finding a Better Life This is a lovely work of Women's Fiction. The story takes place on the coast of Kerry, Ireland. A rich woman and her daughter lose all of their worldly goods along with their husband/father. As they learn to navigate their new lives, they find value in all they do, realizing the lack of value in so much of their previous life. The story is well-plotted and never gets 'preachy'. The description of the area makes me want to go there. It is a warm story with true friends and a very positive look at a small village without malicious gossip or snobbery. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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Kirsty Whitlock
May 5, 2021
BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'The Lost Girls Of Ireland' by Susanne O'Leary. This book was previously titled 'The Irish Rose'. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Susanne O'Leary , Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 5th May 2021. This is the first book I have read by this author. It is also the seventh book in the 'Sandy Cover' series but can be read as a standalone. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis. It also stated in the synopsis that this book is 'perfect for readers of Debbie Macomber, Sheila O’Flanagan and Mary Alice Monroe.' I am a huge fan of Debbie Macomber so am looking forward to see if it lives up to this. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of 29
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Miriam Martina
June 28, 2023
A real page turner .How Lydia had to learn tu turn the page from rich to poor .But thanks to her kid .And Jason all things fall in its place ..
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