Tuesday, March 21, 2023



Laura is in much need of a new beginning and when she inherits a small cottage from a friend, she knows her life is about to change.  This could be the new beginning she needs.  Laura was a nurse and a caregiver to Josephine after Josephine had a stroke.  They became close friends and when Josephine passed away, she left Laura a small cottage in the beautiful village of Sandy Cove.  Laura has never visited Sandy Cove, located on the west coast of Ireland.  While Laura is walking on the beautiful white sand beach, she meets Gino, a handsome local, and they immediately develop a friendship.  It was as if they had known each other all of their lives.  Laura is adapting to life in the village, and is fitting in perfectly.  Soon, Jennifer’s son disputes his mother’s will, Laura is afraid she will lose everything, not just the cozy cottage but also, her new found love…Gino.

This is the sixth installment of the amazing Starlight Cottages series.  I always look forward to the escape of traveling to the beautiful white sand beaches of Sandy Cove.  I still love the villagers as they feel like close friends and family.  This is a wonderful story of new friendships, a bit of intriguing mystery, and romance.  I loved everything about this story and, even though it is a series this book can be read as a standalone.  If you are in need of a wonderful escape to a land far away, this is the book for you.  I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author: Susanne O’Leary 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: March 20, 2023 
Pages: 290
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A completely gripping and unforgettable story of long-lost family secrets and forbidden romance that will whisk you away to the beautiful village of Sandy Cove on the west coast of Ireland.

Laura inherits a small cottage from a friend who was like a mother to her, she wonders whether this could be the new beginning she’s been searching for. Although she’s never been to the village of Sandy Cove on the west coast of Ireland, her friend described it as on the edge of the sparkling blue sea, with sandy white beaches. Could this be the fresh start she needs to ease her heartache?

During her first walk on the beach, Laura meets 
Gino, a handsome local who instantly charms her with his sparkling eyes and gorgeous smile. Laura finds herself attracted to him as he tells her about his life and his love for Sandy Cove. And, as they spend more time together, the pair begin to grow closer.

But just as Laura begins to settle into village life, her friend’s son disputes his mother’s will. But what he doesn’t know is that Laura hasn’t just inherited the cottage from her, she’s also been given a very valuable heirloom – one that tells the story of a forbidden love, a long-forgotten family secret and a bond between a mother and daughter that could not be broken…

Just as Laura begins to solve the mystery behind the painting, everything she thought she knew about Gino changes in a heartbeat when she discovers that he might have already given his heart away to someone else. Is their love story over before it ever truly began?

And when Laura uncovers the truth behind her inheritance,
 she is left wondering whether the family secret should have remained forgotten. When the dust settles from her discovery, will she be able to rebuild her life in Sandy Cove with the one man she truly loves?


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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