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March 23, 2023

The Lost Mother of Ireland by Susanne O'Leary ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


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.

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book cover of women's fiction novel The Lost Mother of Ireland by Susanne O'Leary
March 2023; Bookouture; 978-1837901944
ebook, print (242 pages); women's fiction

The Lost Mother of Ireland
 was an easy read and it had everything it needed to be a good book - a well-written plot, a bit of romance, a bit of mystery plus a beautiful friendly town.  The descriptions of Ireland were so beautiful that I felt like I was there and that I should pack my suitcase and make a trip to this rugged area on the Irish coast.

Laura was a nurse and a caregiver to Josephine after her stroke.  They spent two years together and became good friends.  When Josephine died, she left Laura a cottage in the beautiful village of Sandy Cove on the west coast of Ireland, a painting, and her beloved old dog Ken.  Laura decides to visit the cottage and falls in love with the town and the people who live there.  She misses her old friend and needs to recuperate from her loss.  Even though Laura was in her 50s, she was still happily single even though she still hoped that she would find love in the future and the town has several men who could make that wish come true.  The painting is a bit of a mystery because Josephine asked her to find out who is in the painting and to return it to its real owner.  As she learns more about the painting, she finds out that it's very valuable and was painted on the beach below her cottage.  But how will she find the real owner?  As she is falling in love with her new town and one of the men in town, Josephine's only son is planning to contest the will claiming that Laura somehow got his mother to leave valuable items to her instead of her family.  Laura isn't sure whether she'll be able to stay in Sandy Cove or lose the ownership of the beautiful cottage.

Laura is a well-written main character - she works hard and appreciates all she's been given.  Her upbeat personality makes it easy for her to become friends with everyone in the village, and she's overall just a nice person.  The descriptions of Ireland are beautiful and made me wish (for a short time) that I was living in one of the Starlight cottages.  The Lost Mother of Ireland is book 6 in a series but can be read as a standalone with no confusion.  I enjoyed this book so much that I plan to read all of the earlier books in the series to learn more about the people who live in Sandy Cove.

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  


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