Author: Susanne O’Leary
Series: Starlight Cottages #5
Genre: Women’s Fiction; Romance
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 284
Date of Publication: October 20, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
Susanne O’Leary has written two delightful and connected series. The Sandy Cove series had nine wonderful stories, and this series, the Starlight Cottage series, is currently at five books and is just as enjoyable. This book, The Lost Letters of Ireland, was a perfect fit for both of these lovely series.
Edwina is about to make a fresh start when she makes what she hopes will be a sound business decision. She has purchased five cottages in Sandy Cove, and problems surface almost immediately. Gossip abounds as to what the new developer might have in mind for the cottages. In fact, Edwina does not want anyone to know that it is she that purchased the cottages. Not only do the people in town doubt the integrity that would go towards keeping the historical elements of those cottages alive, Edwina also faces issues with her brother Max, and those issues must be ironed out.
Edwina does meet someone who will no doubt change her life eve more than it already has, but that’s not the relationship that really appealed to me in the story. She meets the town’s Doctor Shane after injuring her ankle, but she also meets his son Daniel whom he has for a few months as part of a custody arrangement with his ex-wife. It is at this point that another story is told in this engaging novel. At some point, Edwina discovered a letter in a bottle and she is determined to solve the mystery contained in that letter. Edwina and Daniel strike a good friendship that is beneficial on many levels. For one thing, that pair delve into the mystery of the letter that Edwina found. More than that, Daniel’s relationship with his father plays into what happens between Edwina and Shane as the story develops.
Meanwhile, the renovations are underway, and it is soon made clear as to whom the new purchaser of the cottages is. This brings in another enjoyable character in this book and that is Edwina‘s mother Pamela, who plays a role in Edwina’s plans to renovate the cottages.
This story works on so many levels. What I loved about it the most was all of the relationships - Edwina and Shane. Edwina and Daniel. Edwina and her brother Max. Edwina and her mother Pamela. Shane and his son Daniel. Every relationship flowed together so smoothly in this book and gave this very lovely story incredible depth. Also, considering that it is part of a series that I have loved from the beginning, and as mentioned, the previous series, there were some familiar faces that came through the pages of this truly engaging read by Susanne O’Leary.
If you want a sweet, effective story that will give you a warm feeling inside, then you cannot go wrong with this book. This character driven story, set in a beautiful location, changes Edwina’s life for the good, making this book a truly delightful read.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
Visit Susanne at her website, http://www.susanne-oleary.co.uk
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