• Secrets of Willow House

  • Sandy Cove, Book 1
  • By: Susanne O'Leary
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline Milne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A heartwarming and moving story about secrets, fresh starts, and the power of friendship, set in the wilds of Ireland’s shores. 

Maeve McKenna is on the verge of a breakdown. Having worked herself into the ground as a sought-after interior designer in London, she’s in desperate need of a vacation. 

Philomena Duffy is a little lonely. After losing her husband, their crumbling mansion, Willow House, feels awfully empty.  

With the rugged shores of Ireland calling, Maeve visits her aunt Philomena in Sandy Cove, where she once, as a teenager, kissed a wild, mysterious boy - a kiss she has never been able to forget. The beautiful night’s sky is dotted with stars as far as the eye can see, and Maeve is worlds away from her chaotic life in the city. 

As Maeve throws herself into restoring Willow House to its former glory, a deep friendship with Philomena begins to blossom. Surrounded by the faded walls and peeling carpets of the old mansion, together they stumble across a secret that turns their family upside down. 

All the while, she can’t stop thinking about the enigmatic boy from her past, and that magical kiss.... Is he still in Sandy Cove? 

Just as she’s beginning to feel at home, reality calls. Part of Maeve can’t bear to leave Willow House and its rocky beach. Does she have the courage to leave the security of her old life behind, and put down new roots in Sandy Cove, or is that just a daydream? 

Fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Debbie Macomber, and Mary Alice Monroe will fall head over heels for this stunning audiobook.

©2019 Susanne O'Leary (P)2019 Bookouture

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Awesome Series - BUY IT!

Love the setting, the storyline and just all of it! I felt like I was there in the village.

Narrator was awesome!

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Captivating with a touch of spunk!

The narrator has a charming voice I was transported to Willow House, Sandy Grove, Ireland. The author gave me the grand tour.

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Snoozer

Predictable from the start. I never warmed up to the characters. I hate to “quit” a book so I forced myself to listen until the end but unfortunately there were no surprises. Slooooooooow!

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Great book

Loved the story and the setting
want to read next book. can't wait for next one.

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  • Michael Wild
  • 01-07-21

the reading is more than addequate for the story.

This is not a very good book. It may be well meant but it isn't well written. The audio book is better performed that the story merits.

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  • Mrs. K. Baron
  • 08-10-22

Utter tosh

Couldn’t get past the highly unlikely conversation with the doctor in the first paragraph. Gave up.

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  • Janette Budge
  • 06-05-22

Such fun and romance!

loved the lighthearted story and the narrator got me in the mood for my Irish holiday. Can definitely recommend if you're looking for a romantic easy read with an Irish flavour.

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  • ALH
  • 09-13-20

Just ok

Sadly the accents and narration were not good. Main narration in a lovely Irish lilt but the 'voices' in Irish awful. Lots of repeated phrases, very obvious story line. Didn't flow and was very much read rather than told.

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  • rita
  • 09-21-21

Heavy going

This is a book I think would be better read than listened, the Posh British accent was grating, the narrator was not right for this book which I believe is possibly a good story. Did not manage to finish the book but I gave it good try

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  • Dominic
  • 10-19-20

Nice place to escape to

This book takes me to a place that would be wonderful to escape to. Makes me want my own Willow house.