Friday, June 10, 2022



Allegra Casey is in much need of a fresh start.  While on the beaches of Cape Cod she finds an engagement ring buried in the sand.  The inscription in the ring leads her to the tiny village of Sandy Cove on the west coast of Ireland.  Allegra immediately falls in love with the people and the beautiful coastline.  Allegra meets her neighbors and she shows them the ring. They believe it belongs to a family living just outside the village.  Allegra visits the estate and meets Max who is the great-nephew of the former owner.  Max and Allegra become very fond of each other as they team up to find out who owned the engagement ring.

I almost don’t know where to begin in describing how this book hit all my emotions.  I was completely captivated by the amazing description of Sandy Cove, from the sparkling waters to the beaches and the warm sunshine.  I loved the chemistry between Allegra and Max and as always love the villagers were such a joy.  This story was so moving and completely melted my heart.  This story is uplifting and inspiring and I found it to be unputdownable.  I absolutely loved it.

Thank you Susanne O’Leary for such a wonderful continuation to the Starlight Cottages Series. This delightful story is a must read.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author: Susanne O’Leary
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 8, 2022 
Pages: 280
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An enchanting story about forgotten family secrets that will transport you to the charming village of Sandy Cove on the beautiful Irish coast. 

Allegra Casey is searching for a new beginning. So when she discovers an engagement ring buried in the sand near her home in Cape Cod, the last place she expects it to lead her is to the west coast of Ireland. But when she arrives in the tiny village of Sandy Cove, she finds herself falling in love with the crashing waves, the picturesque coast and the warm-hearted people.

As soon as she settles into her cottage at the old coastguard station, Allegra meets her eccentric neighbours. They believe the ring belonged to Davina Courtney, whose family still live on the Strawberry Hill estate just outside the village. And when Allegra visits the old mansion, she meets the charming, enigmatic 
Max Courtney-Smythe, the great-nephew of the former owner.

As they try to solve the mystery of the long-lost ring, Allegra and Max grow closer, and it soon becomes clear that their feelings for one another are mutual. And as she spends more time with the local community, Allegra wonders if she’s finally found the place she can call home.

But the reappearance of the engagement ring causes problems among the heirs of the estate and, as Max suddenly grows distant, Allegra wonders whether she should never have travelled to Sandy Cove. 
Is this where she will finally find true love, or is she destined to leave this magical place alone?


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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