Starlight Cottages #1
The picturesque beach of Wild Rose Bay is the last place Lydia Butler thought she’d be. But having just lost everything, the run-down cottage she inherited from her Great Aunt Nellie is the only place she can take her daughter, Sunny. Hidden away in a tiny Irish village, she can protect Sunny from the gossip in Dublin, and the real reason they have nowhere else to live…
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?
Reading this series is wonderful. Every book brings you back to the lovely Sandy Cove and you are reconnected with the villagers. Each time the author introduces a newcomer who fits in seamlessly and plays the major part in the story.
Sometimes something devastating happens and forces you to leave everything behind. The life you have lived and enjoyed for several years ceases to exist in the blink of an eye.
The life you saw through rose-tinted glasses only seems to have black clouds left and the future does not look good. In order to survive you have to leave the past behind you and try to make the best of it. Of course you can count on your many friends to help you, right? Well, no, because they too seem to have disappeared once the going got tough.
The author paints a perfect picture between living in a city and in a village. I know it’s not always just black and white, but I think we can say that in the city you are loved for what you have or know, while in a village they help you because of who you are. Is this charity? No! I understand it might feel like that, but villagers act like this because they are that genuine and really want to help, not expecting anything in return.
Love and friendship are always on the forefront, because those are two things you need when trying to climb out of a black hole and leaving the sadness and pain on the bottom of it.
I just loved it. 5 stars.
Thank you, Susanne O’Leary and Bookouture
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.