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Sisters of Willow House (Sandy Cove #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A heart-warming novel about the bond between sisters, set along Ireland’s windswept shores, where romance beckons and secrets unfold…

Roisin McKenna and her husband Cian are taking time apart. Unsure of what she wants, Roisin’s prayers are answered when she receives a call from her sister Maeve who is desperate for her help.

Roisin heads to Sandy Cove to help Maeve restore
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published July 26th 2019 by Bookouture
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Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read the first book in the series, it was easy for me to get into the spirit of book 2. This was Roisin's story.

When her husband Cian got the camper van as a romantic getaway and named it Rita, his ex-girlfriend (an absolute no-no!!), she knew that things were at a breakpoint where her husband did not know what she wanted. They decided to go on a break with each other. He went off in the camper van with his best friend, and she moved to Sandy Cove to help her pregnant sister Maeve with t
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.

It was great fun to go back to Sandy Cove and spend some more time with the McKenna sisters in beautiful county Kerry. Having been to Killarney and Kenmare myself, makes reading this so much more fun. I only wish there'd been more of aunt Phil, though.

And I have to say, I liked the first book in the series a bit better. Maybe Maeve's story resonated more with me t
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was lovely to return to Willow House and catch up with what has been happening with Maeve since the previous book.

However the thrust of this book was the story between Roisin, Maeve's sister and Cian and how they are going to adjust to a new phase in their life. Their children are at boarding school, they have sold their joint business and come into an inheritance but things just seem awkward between them.

I really didn't have many feelings towards Cian at all, although key to the story he w
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book where the author tells Maeve's story. In this one the focus is on Maeve's sister Roisin.

Everybody's life changes through the years. It can be in your professional or private life or in both at the same time. Is it a bad thing? Of course not because finally you can do what you always wanted to but could not find the time for. And now time is on your side and you don't seem to find your feet.

You do not want to do something your heart is not into just to please s
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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Roisin McKenna and husband Cian married young and have three robust teenage boys who are currently in boarding school. Cian has hopes of traveling about in an his new campervan for months to give the couple a chance to reignite their love for one another. Roisin wants nothing of the sort and has told this to Cian many times. When her sister Maeve requests her help in a restoration project, Roisin jumps at the chance.

Maeve has been restoring their aunt's mansion, Willow House,
Deanna Walker
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy...

Aww, what a nice about the cool characters in the story...

Looking forward to read more book series from this author soon
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
Many years ago when I lived in Ireland the only books I read was from Irish authors. This is a great story that brought me back to those amazing authors.

Maeve asks her sister Roisin to help her restore their aunts mansion Willow House. Is a break from her husband what Roisin needs?

Great story with some really likeable characters. A feel good holiday read that I’ll certainly be recommending to others. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
Roisin and Cian were married during university, and now with three teenaged sons, selling up their very successful business and an unexpected inheritance have plenty of time on their hands and enough disposable income to take a break. It’s been non-stop work and organization for the past twenty or so years, and while both needed a break – they are getting under one another’s feet. The extra money allowed for the boys to go to the boarding school they wanted, and the allure of “ladies who lunch” ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read, reviewed and loved the first book in the Willow House series, which is called ‘Secrets Of Willow House’. I couldn’t wait to get hold of the next book in the series. Well the wait is over because ‘Sisters Of Willow House’ was released on 26th July 2019. It is a read and a half, which I adored but more about that in a bit.
I loved the characters in this book. The main focus of the story is Roisin. She is married although she and her husband are having marital problems. They agree to take so
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Roisin and Cian find themselves at a loose end after they sell their successful business. With the children all happy in boarding school they are looking for their next project, something they can enjoy together now they have the time. Or so Roisin thought, until Cian came home with a Campervan that he named Rita after his first girlfriend. With Cian wanting to go travelling (something that fills Roisin with dread) and Roisin wanting to go to her aunt’s house to help her sister oversee the renov ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sisters of Willow House is a gentle and enjoyable story. The sisters of the title are Roisin and Maeve. Roisin and her husband Cian are at a bit of a crossroads in their relationship. At a relatively young age, they have sold their business making quite a lot of money in the process and their sons at all at boarding school. To be honest, they are both a little lost with no real idea what to do with their lives. Cian decides to fulfil an ambition of his, one which Maeve does not share. Instead, s ...more
Monica Mac
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't know what it is about books that are set in Ireland, but I haven't found many that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. What is even better is if said book is written by an Irish author. I swear, storytelling is in their DNA and I love their turn of phrase!

Roisin is married to Cian, and when he comes home one day with a motorhome and wants to go exploring the countryside in it, she decides that they need a bit of a break and she goes to help her sister, Maeve, with the renovations of Willow Hou
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sisters of Willow House by Susanne O'Leary is the second in the Sandy Cove series. The delightful story is about family, loyalty, and commitments with a lot of romance. Roisin and her husband Cian seem to be at loose ends after selling their company and sending their teenaged sons to boarding school. Cian surprises Roisin with a huge camper van/ motorhome and tells her they are going touring and camping for the next few months. Roisin is appalled because she hates camping and refuses to agree wi ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Roisin and her husband Cian have sold their business and are looking forward to the next phase of their life. Unfortunately they have different opinions about what comes next. When Cian comes home with a camper and plans to travel in it, Roisin isn’t to keep on it. After Roisin receives a call from her sister, Maeve, asking for her to help with the remodel of their Aunt’s house in Sandy Cove, Roisin decides it’s best if her husband does the camper trip with his best friend while she goes Sandy C ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Roisin and her husband Cian are at loose ends- they are empty nesters AND they've sold their business. AND, how would you feel if your husband bought a camper, named it after his ex-girlfriend, and took off with a buddy? The time is right for Roisin to head to Sandy Cove to help her sister Maeve with the renovation of Willow House. If you read the first book, you know what Maeve has been dealing with but don't worry if you didn't because O'Leary will catch you up. There's some fun interaction be ...more
Donna Hines
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Ever feel like you're about to embark on a journey far beyond your control? Ever wonder what it must be like to live a double life successfully?
This had that sort of feel as we are captured by the relationship between Roisin and her sister Mauve using Irish ties.
It appears that each sister has a secret some more shocking than others and the feeling that life isn't quite yet complete for either one.
Roisin is actually separated from Cian while Mauve is withholding her secret till they are together
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Roisin and her husband Cian are taking a break from their marriage when she gets in touch with the sister Mauve who needs help.
The goes back to Sandy Cove to help her save their aunts mansion Willow House.. While there secrets
surface and a new man shows in her life. She soon has to decide whether to go back and save her marriage or move on and make a new start.
Very heart warming book. This is the second book but can be read as a stand alone. I found it to be well written and the writer was able
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed going back to Sandy Cove

I really enjoyed reading about Sandy Cove again.
The overall story was wonderful and the characters were fabulous.
It would be nice to have a 3rd book about Sandy Cove and Willow House...especially more with Phil, Maeve, and Roisin
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A charming story of two sisters on the coast of Ireland. Old house restoration, stormy weather and a great romance. You will love this book. Hard to put it down.
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Susanne O'Leary is the bestselling author of 22 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 At ...more