Saturday, July 27, 2019

BLOG TOUR - Sisters of WIllow House

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Sisters of Willow House by Susanne O'Leary.


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. 



Author:  Susanne O'Leary
Series:  Sandy Cove Book #2
Genre:   Women's Fiction; Literary Fiction
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:   245
Date of Publication:  July 26, 2019
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.

Susanne O'Leary is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties (including MacGillycuddy's Reeks, featured in Full Irish), or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.

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