Secrets of Willow House

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 storyA 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 storyMy 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

Secrets of Willow House by Susanne O'Leary Book Reviews

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Light, fun and not corny.

I loved this book. A feel good story with warmth and love. A touch of sex with lovely interrelationships. My kind of book.

Great book! Sorry it ended. Loved the characters and the story. Thanks!

Very good

Heart warming lovely story. I just loved it!

I loved this line from the book. “The sky is like a velvet canopy that someone sewed diamonds all over.” This book was wonderful woven with interesting characters and a terrific heroine.

The characters and setting made this such a delightful read. Couldn’t put it down!

I love to read and will stick with just about anything but this book lagged too,ugh for me to finish. First time I have ever quit a book.

I so enjoyed this delightful read! It is the best kind of escape into the world of some wonderful characters whom one can’t help but cheer for and relate to. I will definitely be reading more of this talented authors books. So glad I found her.

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I normally only read murder type books, but I really enjoyed reading this too. Great characters, storyline and writing. Well done to Susanne O’Leary.

I really enjoyed this book. It leaves a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart.

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