A doctor and a healer try to find common ground in a small Irish town.
Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Blog Tour for Memories of Wild Rose Bay by Susanne O’Leary.
Memories of Wild Rose Bay is book #5 in the Sandy Cove series but can be read as a standalone.
Title: Memories of Wild Rose Bay by Susanne O’Leary.
Publisher: Bookouture (August 6, 2020)
Print Lenght: 226 pages
A feel-good love story about taking chances and finding yourself, set under the endless, twinkling stars of the Wild Atlantic Way.
When Kate O’Rourke takes up a temporary position as a doctor in Sandy Cove, she hopes spending time in the place where her father was from will help her find herself again. Ever since his passing she has felt lost, but she imagines the calming sound of the sea on the Irish coast will allow her to heal.
Kate immediately feels at home in the old surgery, and as she takes walks beside the camellia bushes along Wild Rose Bay and meets every resident in the tiny village, she feels like this is where she’s meant to be. And when she’s told about local healer Cormac O’Shea, she’s excited to learn even more about the history of the area, and meet the man who every woman in town says is so charming.
But Kate quickly realises that she and Cormac have different ideas about how their patients should be treated. Kate is efficient and well-organised, whilst Cormac is wild and spontaneous, passionate about his ancestors’ reliance on Irish healing. And their differences cause more sparks than Kate is prepared to admit.
Just as Kate and Cormac begin to understand one another, Kate’s old life threatens to call her away from Sandy Cove forever. And she is finally forced to decide what life she wants to lead, and what kind of person she wants to be…
A beautiful story about finding love in Ireland, Memories of Wild Rose Bay is a gorgeously uplifting read. Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sheila O’Flanagan and Mary Alice Monroe won’t stop turning the pages.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
Kate was a doctor that was unhappy with the stressful and detached environment of the large Dublin hospital she worked for. She decided to apply for a job in the countryside, the place where her father’s ancestors came from.
At the village, she met Dr. Pat, the old doctor, a sweet fatherly figure that helped Kate to find her real vocation and connect to the community.
Kate is a little too cerebral for my taste, but it works within the story. She has to face her insecurities, change people’s preconceptions about a young female doctor, and, at the same time, figure out her feelings for Cormac, the local healer.
Cormac is a great character, full of mystery and mysticism. As the seventh son of a seventh son, it was believed that he had special healing powers.
I loved that Cormac and Kate had to deal with their differences, and how they both grew from the experience.
The side characters are lovely, especially Bridget, the nurse, and do-it-all.
The story takes place in beautiful Ireland with its magical beaches and magnificent scenery.
An engaging and light read.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author
Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre, mostly romantic comedies, aka chick-lit.
Her four first novels were published in Ireland and then she started self-publishing in 2010. She has also written four 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 keeps fit in the local gym, she’s writing, producing a book every six months.