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


Starlight Cottages #2

In the tiny village of Sandy Cove in Ireland, Ella Caron is trying to recover. When she moved from Paris to a beautiful coastguard cottage on the sea, she wanted peace and quiet and the space to grieve after her mother’s death. She never imagined that her mother’s eccentric best friend Lucille would insist on moving in to keep her company.

With Lucille by her side, Ella finds herself laughing more than she has in years and it soon becomes clear that Lucille has her own reasons for coming to Sandy Cove: she wants Ella to help her move to her own little cottage by the sea. But then Lucille’s son Rory comes to town and her dream is under threat: he wants her in Tipperary, where she can safely grow old in their family home. Ella admires Lucille’s sense of adventure but she can’t help but wonder if Rory is right. Especially when she sees the rickety old cottage Lucille intends to buy and realises that the real reason she wants to escape could turn Rory’s life upside down.

As Ella and Rory get closer, sharing a moment under the stars that feels meant to be, Ella finds herself caught between the man she is falling for and the loyalty she has to Lucille. Ella knows that she must convince Lucille to tell her family the truth, but it may force them to leave her and Sandy Cove for good…




This is the second book in another great series by this author’s hand! A new series means new characters, but because we stay in Sandy Cove we still meet some of the protagonists we got to know well before. It’s always great to see them again.

You only have to do one small thing to finish a job. You are in a hurry and you know the saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Apparently Ella was not paying attention that day in the classroom…

Now she has to get back on her feet and it seems she has lost confidence. One phone call changes everything though. It seems like this was exactly what the doctor ordered and slowly bur surely Ella starts to climb out of the dark into the bright sunlight again. 

When you went through a bunch of sad things, you crave peace and quiet to lick your wounds. You are convinced that a life without love is better than one filled with pain and rows, but everybody seem to forget it’s Cupid who calls the shots. You will have to succumb even when you realise the right man is the wrong one and vice versa.

Friendship, love, family and second chances are the delicious ingredients the author used. 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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