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 Susanne O’Leary:
‘I couldn't put this down! Absolutely delightful!... Great read on a rainy day or a vacation read!!!! Loved this!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘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, 5 stars
‘Excellent… A totally captivating book from the first page, I laughed out loud at many parts and shed a few tears in others, a real hug in a book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘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
‘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
‘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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Roisin and her husband Cian have sold their business and are looking forward to the next phase of their life. Unfortunately they have different opinions about what comes next. When Cian comes home with a camper and plans to travel in it, Roisin isn’t to keep on it. After Roisin receives a call from her sister, Maeve, asking for her to help with the remodel of their Aunt’s house in Sandy Cove, Roisin decides it’s best if her husband does the camper trip with his best friend while she goes Sandy Cove. Unfortunately, taking a break doesn’t always work out the way it was intended, as Roisin and Cian find out. Does love and family truly conquer all? Only Roisin and Cian can make that decision and life will change for their family no matter the outcome. This was a truly sweet story and one that many women who have been married for such a long time can relate to. Sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side and we don’t always realize that until we lose what we had. Great setting for the story and an enjoyable read.
My Rating: 4.5 Stars Roisin McKenna and husband Cian married young and have three robust teenage boys who are currently in boarding school. Cian has hopes of traveling about in an his new campervan for months to give the couple a chance to reignite their love for one another. Roisin wants nothing of the sort and has told this to Cian many times. When her sister Maeve requests her help in a restoration project, Roisin jumps at the chance. Maeve has been restoring their aunt's mansion, Willow House, but she is now pregnant and has been told to take it easy. There is a lot of work to be done and with their aunt on a book tour, Maeve needs a lot of help. Roisin gladly agrees to help and she and Cian look at this as an opportunity to spend time apart. Maybe Cian can have his traveling dream, while Roisin can use this time to help Maeve. Roisin hopes that their sons can make Willow House their home base during school breaks, and is certain that she and Cian will see one another soon. When Roisin arrives in Sandy Cove, she quickly learns that the house is in really bad shape and she must contend with the unreliable builder. At the same time, there is a man that she meets who is also working with the same builder, and he and Roisin become very good friends. Sisters of Willow House is the second book in the Sandy Cove series and it has a bit of everything. For starters, Roisin develops a strong bond with Declan O'Mahoney, the man she met with whom she has the contractor in common. In Roisin's mind, she was just on a break with Cian, so, despite how close she got to Declan, she strove to remain honorable. Meanwhile, Roisin and Maeve get to spend a lot of time together, and this goes a long way to strengthen their sisterly bond. As expected, Maeve shows proper concern for Roisin when it comes to Declan and this does add some tension between them. There are misunderstandings along the way, especially when gossip enters into matters. I loved the journey that was set before readers of this delightful book and especially enjoyed how everything was resolved. Factor in the beauty of the setting in Sandy Cove and the people of Kerry and it all came together to make this a wonderful book. This is my third read by Susanne O'Leary and I absolutely loved it just as I have the previous titles that I read by her. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Roisin and her husband Cian are taking a break from their marriage when she gets in touch with the sister Mauve who needs help. The goes back to Sandy Cove to help her save their aunts mansion Willow House.. While there secrets surface and a new man shows in her life. She soon has to decide whether to go back and save her marriage or move on and make a new start. Very heart warming book. This is the second book but can be read as a stand alone. I found it to be well written and the writer was able to make you visualize it in your mind wonderfully. Loved the characters and storyline. Worth reading.
*****Sisters of Willow House returns to Kerry to the house featured in Secrets of Willow House. Maeve’s sister Roisin and her brother-in-law Cian have sold their business, sent their 3 boys to boarding school and are struggling to find their way in their new stress free lives. Cian has bought a camper and wants them to leisurely drive up the Irish coast. Roisen hates camping and her personality needs plans and lists for everything. When Maeve calls needing help getting the remodel of their aunt’s house completed the long married couple embark on separate excursions. Things don’t exactly go as Roisen has planned and she suddenly finds herself embroiled in headlines and gossip. Can this marriage survive or will this supposed to be temporary separation become permanent? Suzanne O’Leary has populated her story with strong, interesting characters and situations all drawing readers into the charm of Ireland. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. Most highly recommend.
Roisin and her husband Cian are at loose ends- they are empty nesters AND they've sold their business. AND, how would you feel if your husband bought a camper, named it after his ex-girlfriend, and took off with a buddy? The time is right for Roisin to head to Sandy Cove to help her sister Maeve with the renovation of Willow House. If you read the first book, you know what Maeve has been dealing with but don't worry if you didn't because O'Leary will catch you up. There's some fun interaction between Roisin and the people who are supposed to be doing the work but better is the relationship between Maeve and Roisin. Declan seems like an interesting guy to Roisin, especially when she's down about Cian, but is it a wise idea to get close (really close) to him? He's a tad creepy to my mind but you have to let the characters find things out for themselves! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good read and I'd like to spend more time with these sisters.