The Lost Promise of Ireland by Susanne O’Leary / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @susl


Starlight Cottages #3

Maggie remembers her summers in the village of Sandy Cove in Ireland like they were yesterday. She and her family would swim in the crystal-clear waters, collect beautiful seashells and relax on the sand. So when she sees that her family’s old coastguard cottage is available, she wonders if renting it for the summer will finally help her move on from the man who just broke her heart.

As soon as Maggie arrives she is delighted to find her childhood best-friend Sorcha and Sorcha’s cousin Brian still living in town. They enjoy cosy nights in the local harbour pub, with its stunning views across the ocean, as if no time has passed. And when Brian reveals he had a fierce teenage crush on Maggie, she can’t help but notice just how handsome he has become.

But then Maggie finds a worn metal box hidden in the attic of the house, full of love letters she exchanged with a sweet American boy she met one summer. During their last night together, star-gazing on the beach, they promised to find each other again. Soon it becomes clear that Maggie is not the only one returning to Sandy Cove.

Torn between her growing feelings for Brian and the romance she’s held in her heart for many years, Maggie realises that her summer may be more complicated than she’d expected. Will Maggie finally find a true love who can sweep her off her feet or will this holiday in Sandy Cove be her last?




I love the storytelling by this author!

Time and again she takes us back to Sandy Cove where life is great. Of course a small village means everybody knows when you have or have not done something, but on the other hand they are always happy to help out when needed.

Do you ever forget about your first love? I don’t think it’s possible. It’s the first time you have been touched so deeply and often hurt deeply as well, but somehow their name is written in your mind and heart forever. You would love to see them again and you keep asking yourself why and where it went wrong.

Does our main character Maggie will get a second chance to connect again and find what she always has dreamed of? Will she finally get closure or does Cupid has something else in mind?

A lovely story about what you knew and what you find out now can be as far apart as possible or is this the moment your eyes will open and you see what you should have seen?

I loved being back in this lovely seaside village. I cannot wait to go back again and meet all this great people again. 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.


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