Daughters of Wild Rose Bay
Daughters of Wild Rose Bay is a heart-warming page-turner set on the Irish coast, where secrets hide, romance is waiting and there is every chance to make a new beginning…
Jasmine Delon feels completely lost: having just broken up with the man she thought was the love of her life, all she knows is that she can’t face living alone in her empty apartment in Paris.
When she turns up at her mother’s curiosity shop, nestled in Sandy Cove in Ireland, she hopes time with Sally will help heal her broken heart. Walks along the rugged coastline and nights under endless stars immediately make her feel at peace, and then she meets Aiden, a handsome chef in town, and sparks fly between them.
But a lot has changed since Jasmine last saw her mother. Sally is happier than ever with a charming new man in her life and Jasmine’s not sure where she fits in. Then she’s told about the ruins of an old village in a place nearby called Wild Rose Bay. The locals say it holds secrets about her mother’s side of the family…
Is delving into their history the thing that can bring Jasmine and Sally back together or will it drive them further apart? And is Jasmine brave enough to give in to the call of the Irish sea for another chance at love?
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.
My review : 4
I love books that are set in Ireland and was really happy to be asked if I’d like to review this one.
The book is not just the story of Jasmine finding romantic love after suffering a terrible heartbreak. Mother daughter relationships always fascinate me – and they are often very complicated. This story also is largely about Jasmine rediscovering her mother and both of them rebuilding a relationship – learning to accept each other and trust each other to make the best decisions for themselves.
How Jasmine finds her confidence again, while discovering Sandy Cove and learns to allow new friends in while rediscovering her old friend Aiden makes a very interesting story.
I also loved what a close knit and supportive community Sandy Cove has. And of course, the entrepreneurial spirit of the residents.
As much as I loved this story, it was the characters I fell in love with. Jasmine’s quirky Mom attempting to reinvent herself through yoga, meditation and a new diet. Mad Brendan who sparks an interest in Jasmine to find out more about her Irish ancestors. The yoga teacher with his ability to look at the heart of people. All Sally’s friends who seem to lead such interesting lives. And of course, Jasmine and Aiden.
The descriptions of the coastline of County Kerry are riveting and makes one long to visit.
This is the first book of Susan O’Leary that I’m reading. It’s also Book 4 in Sandy Cove series and I’ll certainly be looking to catch up on the earlier three books and looking out for Book 5.
Thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to tour with them and giving me access to the book via NetGalley.
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