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Susanne O'Leary

Author of Hot Property

41 Works 576 Members 24 Reviews


Works by Susanne O'Leary

Hot Property (2013) 97 copies, 4 reviews
The Lost Girls of Ireland (2021) 63 copies
Secrets of Willow House (2019) 50 copies, 1 review
Virtual Strangers (2011) 47 copies, 1 review
Finding Margo (2007) 32 copies, 3 reviews
Fresh Powder (2006) 29 copies, 2 reviews
The Blow-In (2016) 24 copies, 1 review
Swedish for Beginners (2010) 21 copies, 1 review
Selling Dreams (2014) 21 copies, 1 review
Villa Caramel (2010) 18 copies
The Lost Secret of Ireland (2021) 17 copies
Dreams of Willow House (2019) 14 copies
Sisters of Willow House (2019) 13 copies, 1 review
The Lost Promise of Ireland (2021) 10 copies, 1 review


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Magnolia manor is the ancestral home of Lily Fleury and her sisters. Their grandmother Sylvia still lives there and when Lily finds herself divorced and with a broken heart she heads to the manor to stay with her grandmother and lick her wounds. But her welcome is not exactly what she was expecting, the manor is showing sign of neglect and her grandmother does not really want her to stay for long. Lily discovers a secret about the ownership of the manor and is horrified that it might not still belong to her family. This upsets all the plans she and her sisters had for the manor in turning it into a wedding venue to create cash flow. Lily also meets a handsome engineer who knows the house well and peaks her interest romantically, something she never thought would happen again. The story is not overly dramatic and the secret was not all that shocking so I was a bit disappointed in that. It's a nice easy read that works out well in the end.
Many thanks to Net Galley and Dreamscape Media for a chance to listen/read an ARC version of this book. 3 solid stars.
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erinclark | 1 other review | May 30, 2024 |
**I received an advanced listening copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I greatly enjoyed listening to this quiet novel set in Ireland. There are elements of mystery and romance as Lily, the main character, returns to her ancestral home and helps her grandmother uncover some damaging secrets. She's also nursing a broken heart, and as the novel progresses, it is good to see her come to terms with her heartache and begin her life anew. The voice actress was wonderful, though I may have enjoyed listening to the Irish accent the most.

This is the first in a new series, and I hope to listen to more by the author and from this series. A great way to escape from reality for a little bit of time.
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librarybelle | 1 other review | May 15, 2024 |
A rather dippy romance, but the characters are over 50!
pennykaplan | 1 other review | Jul 7, 2023 |
This book was an easy read and it had everything it needed to be a good book - a well written plot, a bit of romance, a bit of mystery plus a beautiful friendly town. The descriptions of Ireland were so beautiful that I felt like I was there and that I should pack my suitcase and make a trip to this rugged area on the Irish coast.

Laura was a nurse and a care giver to Josephine after her stroke. They spent two years together and became good friends. When Josephine died, she left Laura a cottage in the beautiful village of Sandy Cove on the west coast of Ireland, a painting and her beloved old dog Ken. Laura decides to visit the cottage and falls in love with the town and the people who lived there. She misses her old friend and needs to recuperate from her loss. Even though Laura was in her 50s, she was still happily single even though she still hoped that she would find love in the future and the town has several men who could make that wish come true. The painting is a bit of a mystery because Josephine asked her to find out who is in the painting and to return it to its real owner. As she learns more about the painting, she finds out that its very valuable and was painted on the beach below her cottage. But how will she find the real owner? As she is falling in love with her new town and one of the men in town, Josephine's only son is planning to contest the will claiming that Laura somehow got his mother to leave valuable items to her instead of her family. Laura isn't sure whether she'll be able to stay in Sandy Cove or lose the ownership of the beautiful cottage.

Laura is a well written main character - she works hard and appreciates all she's been given. Her upbeat personality makes it easy for her to become friends with everyone in the village and she's overall just a nice person. The descriptions of Ireland are beautiful and made me wish (for a short time) that I was living in one of the Starlight cottages. The Lost Mother of Ireland is book 6 in a series but can be read as a standalone with no confusion. I enjoyed this book so much that I plan to read all of the earlier books in the series to learn more about the people who live in Sandy Cove.
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susan0316 | 1 other review | Mar 8, 2023 |


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