Friday, May 7, 2021

BLOG TOUR - The Lost Girls of Ireland


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

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.

*previously titled: The Irish Rose


:   The Lost Girls of Ireland
Author:  Susanne O'Leary
Series:  Sandy Cove #7
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Women's Fiction; Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   279
Date of Publication:   May 5, 2021
My Rating:   5 Stars

From a grand home in Dublin to a cottage in the small village of Kerry. In this touching read by Susanne O'Leary, Lydia Harrington and her daughter Sunny experience a humbling experience when Lydia's husband suddenly passes away. Their home, expensive cars, clothing and more are now a thing of the past due to her husband's unscrupulous business practices that left them all but penniless. 

Lydia is not left completely in the lurch as she had an inheritance from her great aunt Nellie that would at least provide them a home, although they would have to move away from everything they've known. For starters, Sunny would have to start in a new school. If only that would be the only extent of the many changes they would have to make. Lydia and Sunny being to settle into their new lives. The move was only the first change. Going back to her maiden name of Butler and working for the first time in twenty years clearly showcases Lydia's strength and resilience. 

Both Lydia and Sunny adapt to the changes in their lives with great aplomb. Meeting new neighbor Jason O'Callaghan is one thing that begins to give Lydia a sense of belonging. While inexplicably drawn to Jason, Lydia is concerned that it is too soon to start over when it comes to any hint of romance. Also, while Lydia and Sunny fall into their new lives they take on an interesting project. Who was Lydia's great aunt and why do the village's members speak so highly of her? The research they begin proves to be a very nice distraction for Lydia and Sunny. 

Oh how I have loved this Sandy Cove series! Meeting all the characters in the charming village has left me with a warm feeling of contentment. The Lost Girls of Ireland was a wonderful read. With endearing characters, a beautiful setting and a bit of romance, this book 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 heartwarming conclusion. From despair to hope, this fulfilling story of starting over was a stellar read, one that will be with me for a long while. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Susanne O'Leary is the bestselling author of more than twenty 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, or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting read!

  2. I love books set in Ireland so this one is right up my alley! I'll have to read it after the other one I bought because of your review :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. This sounds just lovely. I have always wanted to go to Ireland

  4. I would love to visit Ireland one day. The Lost girls of Ireland sounds lovely. I may have to add this to my collection.