Secrets of Willow House by Susanne O'Leary Book Summary
‘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