‘Sisters Of Willow House’ by Susanne O’Leary

Sisters of Willow House: Utterly heartwarming, feel good Irish fiction (Sandy Cove Book 2) by [O'Leary, Susanne]


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?


My Review

I read, reviewed and loved the first book in the Willow House series, which is called ‘Secrets Of Willow House’.  I couldn’t wait to get hold of the next book in the series.  Well the wait is over because ‘Sisters Of Willow House’ was released on 26th July 2019.  It is a read and a half, which I adored but more about that in a bit.

I loved the characters in this book.  The main focus of the story is Roisin.  She is married although she and her husband are having marital problems.  They agree to take some time out from each other.  He takes off with his best friend and travel in a camper van, that he helpfully named after one of his ex-girlfriends.  I mean how stupid is that.  Anyway back to Roisin.  She receives a call from her sister and before she knows what’s what, Roisin is on her way to help her pregnant sister, Maeve, with preparing for the baby and with renovating Willow House.  Complications arise and suddenly Roisin has to decide what she wants to do with herself and who does she want to be with?  Well for the answer to that question and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.

It didn’t take me long at all to warm to Roisin and Maeve and in fact reading this book did make me feel as though I was reuniting with old friends.  It didn’t take me long to get into the story either.  I soon became addicted to reading this beautiful story and I couldn’t turn those pages fast enough.  The more I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages seemed to turn as my desperation to find out what happened increased.  All too quickly I reached the end of the story, which I was so disappointed about.  I don’t mean that I was disappointed with the way in which the story ended, but I was enjoying the author’s writing, the characters and the storylines so much that I just wanted the book to continue.

‘Sisters Of Willow House’ is beautifully and brilliantly written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from Susanne O’Leary.  She draws you into the story from the first word and she dangles enough bait in front of your nose to keep your interest all the way through the book.  You could say that the book had developed a hold over me and it was a hold that I didn’t want to break.  The author uses such powerful and vivid descriptions that the characters seemed to spring to life and leap off the page as it were.  I was completely taken with the story and I began to ‘live’ it as if it were real.

Reading this book did take me on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride with all the highs, lows, ups, downs and well you get the picture.  It got to the stage where I was experiencing the different emotions of the various characters, at the same time that they were experiencing them.  I hope that makes sense.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Sisters Of Willow House’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  Susanne has done it again and written one hell of a read, which is sure to soar to the top of the bestsellers chart.  I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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