Review: Secrets of Willow House
Title: Secrets of Willow House
Series: Sandy Cove Book 1
Author: Susanne O’leary
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?
My Review: Although this book was exactly what it promised to be, heartwarming and sweet, it was still lacking for me. I liked the premise of the story and loved the setting of Ireland but I got so bogged down in the overly detailed writing that I just couldn’t get past it and it made it difficult for me to read. I love quirky main characters and Maeve fits that, but her OCD tendencies were more annoying than quirky. I also didn’t like the love triangle angle of the story. I did like the supporting characters and the general plot line. I don’t think this book was a good fit for me but I think many others will really like it.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*