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Dreams of Willow House: Gripping, heartwarming Irish fiction full of family secrets (Sandy Cove Book 3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A gorgeous, compelling page-turner about one woman’s journey to the heart of Ireland and the family secret she’s destined to discover…

Cordelia Mirafiore has never truly felt at home in South Florida, so when she’s unexpectedly called to the reading of a long-lost relative’s will in Ireland, she’s hopeful that escaping to Willow House to meet her family might help her to
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Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dreams of Willow House by Susanne O’Leary is the third book in the contemporary romance Sandy Cove series. Each book of the series has changed the main character who has come to Sandy Cove so they can be understood as a standalone. However, those that follow from the beginning will notice the previous leads are now secondary characters so you will get updates on what has happened to them since their story was told.

In the first book of the series Maeve McKenna had come to visit her elderly aunt
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read the previous 2 books in the series, I wondered if this would be the same kind of story. But this blew me away. There was mystery and intrigue, lost family and relationships, and hints of a new love.

Cordelia was at the Willow House at the funeral of Aunt Phil. Will read by the lawyer made her the part owner of the House. But there was a secret. She had not told the truth about herself and her relatives to Phil. So was she the real cousin?

My third book by author Susanne O'Leary, was a
Robin Loves Reading
My rating: 4.5 Stars

Cordelia Mirafiore is saddened by the loss of her relative. I loved that character in the first two books of this series, Secrets of Willow House and Sisters of Willow House. Cordelia has been included in the reading of her will.

The thing is, although she drew close to her relative (do not want to name the individual in case readers of this blog have not read the previous books in the series), she has a lot of doubts about the truth of the family connection. She is about
Monica Mac
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cordelia is an American woman who grew up in a single parent family. With an Irish mother who never spoke about her roots and the reasons she left Ireland, there is a big gap in Cordelia's knowledge about her family. Enter Phil, whom she becomes close to and who she is sure is related to in some way, but she is not entirely sure.

When Phil passes away, Cordelia makes the trek to Sandy Cove and Willow House, Phil's house. She meets distant cousins Maeve and Roisin, who welcome her, but have some
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot believe it’s already part 3! They say that time flies when you are having fun and it’s true. I am most certainly having a lot of fun reading this series.

The author always combines drama and happiness in the most delightful way. You just have to keep on reading and reading and read a bit more. When you have finished it, you wish you already had the next part handy as well.

I have never been in Ireland, but the way this part of the country is described only makes me want to go there even
Pooja (Penningtales)
3.5 stars
Cordelia Mirafiore has come to Willow House, the ancestral home of the McKennas, to attend the funeral of her beloved Aunt Philomena, a bestselling author. She had reconnected with her aunt a year ago, who had then welcomed her into the family and life with open arms. Her relatives, on the other hand, now look upon Cordelia with doubt and mistrust. Their suspicions only grow when they learn Phil has made Cordelia part owner of Willow House in her will, along with her two distant
When we last left Sandy Cove, sisters Maeve and Roisin were tucking into the rehab work on Willow House, while Philomena was off in the US working on book tours with her publisher after taking over the romance series from her late husband. While in the states, Phil mentioned that a family member had left for America many years earlier, and no one knew of what happened to them. A plea was sent out over the airwaves for information regarding this family member, and the very lonely and now grieving ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cordelia is living a lie and waiting to be caught out.
After the death of her Irish mother Frances, she is all alone in the world. Then she watches her favourite author Philomena on TV say she wants to find her long lost cousin Frances. Cordelia contacts her and says Frances was her mother despite knowing that the surnames are not a match. She and author Phil become close but sadly Phil dies. Cordelia travels to Ireland for Phil’s funeral and is nervous about being caught out by her supposed
This is book #3 in the Sandy Cove series. It can be read as a standalone book, but I would recommend reading them in order. We return back to Ireland with Cordelia Mirafiore who is visiting Sandy Cove for a relative’s funeral and reading of the Will. Cordelia has flown over from Florida and is immediately taken with the rugged landscapes of the Irish coast. She meets her cousins, Maeve and Roisin who, if you have read the previous books, are already known. With the reading of the Will, can ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cordelia Mirafiore had no idea what having a family was like.

But a twist of fate was about to change that.

An only child raised by her single mother; Cordelia lived happily until her mother passed away. Left alone, life became even more empty for her.

Enter Phil, the glamorous, exciting romance author. Convinced but not sure that they are distant Irish relatives, Cordelia reaches out to the successful author after seeing her on television. The two instantly bond, feeling a true affinity for one
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Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book #3 in the Sandy Cove series. It can be read as a standalone. I have read and enjoyed the entire series. This one is just as charming with returning charcters readers love. This is a charming family fiction trilogy set in Ireland that is fun to read and endearing to the reader.

Thank you for the ARC for review.. My review opinions are my own. This is a book I highly recommend.

The story continues in Ireland with Cordelia Mirafiore who is visiting Sandy Cove for a reading of a
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Honestly this book was a little messy to me. Cordelia's lying story coupled with her strange attitude was just ... off.
I'm not sure why she was droning on about having had no real relationships then she jumps into bed with the first guy she meets in Ireland. Just odd behavior.

Maeve and Roisin were both very rude to Cordelia even when they were purporting to be nice to her. They were both evil stepsisters here if you ask me even going so far as to treat Cordelia like Cinderella washing up at
Erin Remen
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this endearing story of Cordelia and her unexpected journey to a family and a home she never knew she had or needed. Cordelia was all alone after her mother passed and she was left feeling isolated and bereft. Until an unexpected discovery of what could possibly be her mother's long lost family. Phil becomes a friend to her, family really. Until she dies and Cordelias secret might just alienate her from the family she has just met. The trip to Ireland for Phils funeral may just ...more
Susan Holly
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this series!!

Loved all three books in this series. Great stories, a little mystery, a little romance, but lots of love. Loved the location, brought Ireland to life for me. I would highly recommend. All these can be read as standalones, but I started with the first one that was free and just had to buy the next two because I fell in love with the characters and the locations. You won't be disappointed.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dreams of Willow House is another phenomenal novel from Susanne O’Leary. This fast-paced novel grabs your attention at page one and keeps it all the way to the end. This page turner will have you flying through the pages. I highly recommend this book and I assure you that you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to more books from this author.
Carol Kelley
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great story about Willow House

Loved all the characters and setting. Would love to also visit a similar village in Ireland some day. Any suggestions?
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Family is the bond that holds

This book continues with the drama of family from the first two books. There is sadness, laughter, love and intrigue!
Robin Centola
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoy Willow House series.

Easily able to connect with the characters. Description of the town make you feel like your there. Ms. O'Leary pulls you in with her writing.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dreams Of Willow House is a lovely novel of an American woman who finds some distant relatives in Ireland after growing up with just her mother. This book is set in a wonderful small Irish town which the author describes so well I can see the ocean and the stars. The characters are wonderful and easy to like. The romance is well written and I enjoy reading a book where I can enjoy the love story without out all the unnecessary description of sexual encounters. Anybody that enjoys a heartwarming ...more
Brenda Spayberry
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book.

I loved this book. It keeps your attention and you want to keep reading until you have finished the book.
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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 ...more