Susanne O’Leary comes to the blog today with the third book in the Sandy Cove series, as the family comes together to mourn the loss of Philomena and move forward with some unusual requests in
Dreams of Willow House
When we last left Sandy Cove, sisters Maeve and Roisin were tucking into the rehab work on Willow House, while Philomena was off in the US working on book tours with her publisher after taking over the romance series from her late husband. While in the states, Phil mentioned that a family member had left for America many years earlier, and no one knew of what happened to them. A plea was sent out over the airwaves for information regarding this family member, and the very lonely and now grieving for her mother Cordelia took a chance. Knowing only that her mother had left Ireland and refused to say more, she met with Phil and was instantly absorbed into the family, even as she herself was thinking her connection to Phil was little more than hopeful.
But when Phil died and Cordelia heads to Ireland for the service along with Phil’s publisher, things get even more tangled – from finding herself with an equal bequest from Phil with both Roisin and Maeve, to having to produce a proof of her identity, and the not surprising bit of resentment from Phil’s daughter in law and mother of Roisin and Maeve. Thinking that she can find some answers back in the states, and planning to forego the bequest, Cordelia starts to investigate and make some surprising discoveries.
I loved how both Roisin and Maeve showed their shock and surprise, yet were willing to give Cordelia a chance as her inheritance was Phil’s last wish. And Cordelia’s willingness to pitch in when everyone turns up ill – working the guesthouse portion of Willow House, helping to inventory Phil’s many possessions as well as doing some digging of her own into her mother’s story made it feel both plausible and possible. And the women all start to develop a closeness, perhaps masterminded by Phil, seemed to grow organically as they became friends and realized that there was something ‘surreal’ about their connection, if yet undefined. The story carries all of the readability of the earlier titles in the series, allowing readers to experience Willow House through it’s many improvements as the stories of all the characters comes full circle. A lovely and slow-developing family history that takes the time to introduce the characters, flaws and all, wraps up nicely in this book.
Title: Dreams of Willow House
Author: Susanne O'Leary
Series: Sandy Cove #3
Also in this series: Secrets of Willow House, Sisters of Willow House, Daughters of Wild Rose Bay
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Ireland
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 12 November, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 1 minute
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ordelia Mirafiore has never truly felt at home in South Florida, so when she’s unexpectedly called to the reading of a long-lost relative’s will in Ireland, she’s hopeful that escaping to Willow House to meet her family might help her to figure out who she really is…
As soon as Cordelia reaches Sandy Cove, the views of the blue ocean and stunning coastline around her provide a sense of calm she has never felt before. She meets her cousins Maeve and Roisin, who welcome her with open arms, finds herself drawn to a handsome man who is also an outsider in town, and feels an instant spark.
But the rest of the McKenna family aren’t so willing to accept Cordelia, or even believe that she’s family. When they learn that Cordelia is to inherit a third of Willow House, she is forced to prove who she is. All she has are old parish records and a battered box of family photographs, but they lead her to secrets she may not want to uncover.
Can Cordelia find the courage to face her family’s past? Can she trust the mysterious man who has swept her off her feet? Or will the lies told for generations force her to leave Sandy Cove forever?
Second chances begin on Ireland’s shores. An unforgettable story about mothers and daughters, Dreams of Willow House is perfect for fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Debbie Macomber and Mary Alice Monroe.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.