The Cooking School on the Bay, Staying at Eleni's & Second Hand Jane: Heartwarming women's fiction to make you smile
Second Hand Jane
When Jess encounters a Northern Irish pig farmer and a suave Dublin wheeler and dealer, life gets complicated.
All would be good in Jess’s world if it weren’t for her meddling mum, who views her daughter’s life as a newspaper columnist in Dublin a mere stop-gap until Mr Right happens along. She thinks he might just have turned up when her daughter meets the delectable Nick. Then, an idea for her column takes Jess away from Nick to Ireland’s north where she tries to unravel the long-buried story of a surly farmer with a tragic past. With help from a little pig, Jess is about to lay the ghosts of his family to rest and learn that first impressions aren’t always what they seem.
As her love life becomes increasingly tangled, Jess’s mum decides it’s time she sorted things out and suddenly Jess’s happy ending looks as likely as Wilbur flying.
Staying at Eleni’s
Escape to the beach with an endearing cast of characters in a story to make you smile that’s all about fresh starts and finding your way in life.
Sometimes life doesn’t go to plan. Take Annie’s for instance. Her fiancé won’t commit to setting a date and the zipper of her dream dress won’t quite do up. Her cat’s just died and her best friend, Carl thinks getting married will be the biggest mistake of her life. Annie’s had enough and when her Greek pen pal invites her to come and stay at the family guesthouse on the island of Crete, she wings her way over.
Under Crete’s brilliant blue skies Annie’s about to discover that sometimes you have to let go of the future you thought you had mapped out and let your life make a map all of its own.
The Cooking School on the Bay
A story to make you giggle about a not so perfect life and the complicated relationship between sisters
Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty-something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.
In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran, who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.
Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?
The Guesthouse on the Green Series Box Set, O'Mara's, Moira Lisa Smile, What Goes on Tour and bonus content: Feel-good, family fiction
Welcome to the guesthouse on the Green, where Mammy and her girls will make you feel part of the family. Settle in and enjoy your stay at O'Mara's, where stories abound, romance lurks and laughter sounds.
Books 1 to 3 in The Guesthouse on the Green series
A jilted bride to be, a woman with a secret past and a pesky red fox
If Aisling O’Mara hadn’t winged her way home to the Emerald Isle to take over the running of the family guesthouse, she’d never have met Marcus, and her heart wouldn’t have been broken. She’s been trying to put her life back together since he left, but now he’s back and says he’s sorry. Can she trust him again?
Moira Lisa Smile
A girl with a Mona Lisa smile, a woman who wants to confront her demons and that pesky red fox
Moira O’Mara’s developed an annoyingly enigmatic Mona Lisa smile of late when talking about her new man. She’s not ready to share him with her family, not just because they treat her like a baby. Look at the way they go on at her about her drinking? It’s not a problem, she likes a party, who doesn’t? No, he’s her secret, and for now, it has to stay that way, but keeping secrets can be tricky and knowing when you’ve gone too far can be even tougher.
What Goes on Tour
Join Moira and Mammy on their hilarious journey of self-discovery
Moira and Maureen O’Mara aren’t on your usual mother, daughter trip. You won’t spot them browsing the shops on Grafton Street, followed by a spot of lunch in Dublin’s iconic Bewleys. Oh no, Moira and her mammy have just arrived in Vietnam.
The Guesthouse on the Green Series Box Set, Rosi's Regrets, Christmas at O'Mara's and A Wedding at O'Mara's: Feel-good, family fiction
Books 4 to 6 in The Guesthouse on the Green Series
Roisin O’Mara. Rosi regrets a lot of things. She regrets having just scoffed the out-of-date chocolate bar she found down the bottom of her bag and the cheese she ate before bed the night before—it gave her the strangest dreams. Her mammy always told her not to eat cheese before bed. She should have listened. Just like she should have listened when she asked her if she was sure doing the right thing getting married because that’s her biggest regret of all.
When Rosi discovers a secret her husband’s been keeping, she hightails it back to the family fold in Dublin. It’s not just about her though, there’s their son Noah to think about too, and Rosi’s not sure she’s strong enough to stand on her own two feet.
Christmas at O'Mara's
Roisin O’Mara has already suffered through a pre-Christmas, Christmas in London with her insufferable soon to be ex-mother-in-law and husband. Now with her son, Noah, and an unexpected extra guest in tow she’s arrived in Dublin for her second Christmas. It’s not just her family Roisin’s looking forward to seeing though. She hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Shay, the man she met on her last visit home.
But the timing was wrong. It still is and she’s not sure he’s someone she should let get close. Everybody deserves a second chance at love though, or so her mammy says, but will Roisin miss out on hers?
A Wedding at O'Mara's
Mammy O’Mara: She’d like to cordially invite you to the wedding of…well now that would be telling.
The date’s set for the wedding of the year, Valentine’s Day no less but with less than eight weeks to pull off her dream day, will this anxious bridezilla make it down the aisle? To add to her rising stress levels, there are seating arrangements to contend with. Unfortunately, these are proving tricky, thanks to an old family feud.
Noreen: She treated her niece Emer like her own daughter, but Emer betrayed her, and they haven’t spoken in years.
Wedding’s are all about family, though, and so is it time to let bygones be bygones? Or, do some wounds run too deep?
The Guesthouse on the Green Series Box Set, Maureen's Song, The O'Mara's in LaLa Land and Due in March: Feel-good, family fiction
Books 7 to 9 in The Guesthouse on the Green Series
Mammy, otherwise known as Maureen O’Mara, has had a lot of changes these last few years. She lost her beloved husband, Brian, had a fresh start by the seaside away from the family guesthouse and took up numerous new hobbies, the most recent being line dancing. But, she’s ready to make one more big change too, because she’s met a man. Not just any man either. A man who makes her smile has her humming country music tunes and tapping her toes to the beat. He’s also someone who understands the pain of losing a spouse.
Maureen would like to keep things as they are, but he’s making noises about introducing her to his family, and she can’t put him off forever. He wants to meet her girls too, but what happens when your children have their late parent on a pedestal? And what will her girls have to say when they find out about their mammy’s new manfriend’s interesting erm, hobby?
The O'Mara's in LaLa Land
Ten days of sightseeing in Los Angeles. What could go wrong?
The O’Maras are living it up in the sunshine at Mammy’s brother-in-law, Cormac’s mansion smack bang in the middle of Bel Air. They’ve come to spend time with him and Patrick, the eldest son in the family, along with his girlfriend, Cindy. They hadn’t planned on roller skates at Venice Beach or a rogue chipmunk at Disneyland. Neither had they envisaged a close encounter with a peeping Tom, but things never go quite to plan for this family.
As for Cormac, it’s the first time his family has visited him in his adopted country since he left Dublin abruptly fifty years ago. He’s carved a name for himself in the world of fashion, but beneath it, all lurks a sad tale, and it’s time for him to share it with his family.
Join the O’Maras on holiday to remember!
Due in March
Mammy O'Mara, upon inadvertently finding out her daughter's pregnant, immediately calls a family conference with disastrous results. At a time when the sisters need each other the most, they're at loggerheads, and for one of them, her future as a single mammy is terrifying.
Bronagh Hanrahan, O'Mara's receptionist, wonders why her beau, Leonard, is reluctant to introduce her to his sister, Joan. Her curiosity gets the better of her, and she takes matters into her own hands. Joan, she decides, is a woman desperately in need of help.
Sometimes you can't fix what's broken, though. Or can you?
The Promise & The Letter: Two standalone fiction titles featuring one unique character.
Isabel's promise sends her on an emotional journey back to World War 2, where she'll lay the ghosts of the past to rest. But now, she must find the answer to the question haunting her present...
Constance vowed to forget the past. Isabel made a promise which will force her friend to remember it.
1944 The Isle of Wight - Sixteen-year-old Constance’s life on the island is sheltered until the death of her brother, brings the reality of war crashing down around her. He leaves behind his pregnant widow, Ginny. When Constance meets a handsome Canadian airforce man, she’s eager to escape her grief and be swept up by first love. It’s a love which has ramifications she could never envisage.
Present Day - When young British backpacker, Isabel Stark happens across a car accident on a lonely stretch of road in the South Island of New Zealand her life changes forever. The sole passenger, Ginny Havelock asks her to make a promise before she passes away - to find Constance and to say she’s sorry.
Isabel, a lost soul, is haunted by her promise on her return to the United Kingdom and the only clue as to finding Constance lies within a conversation held at Ginny’s funeral. It leads her to Isle of Wight.
When Isabel and Constance’s paths finally cross will Ginny’s last words be enough for Constance to make peace with her past? And in fulfilling her promise will Isabel find a place to call home?
★★★★★ "A sweeping, breathtaking novel, The Promise is the story of how a young woman's life is changed forever when she makes a promise to honor the last wish of a dying stranger," Writer's Digest
A woman nursing a secret heartbreak. An unexpected letter. Do words have the power to heal?
Veronica and Gabe met when they were children at ballet class, and by the time they’d reached their teens they knew they’d be dancing together forever. Only Gabe’s mother had other ideas…
Twenty something years later Veronica no longer dances and life hasn't turned out how she thought it would. She's a divorced woman in her forties. She’s got a needy ex-husband, teenage sons, a sister who fancies herself as a long in the tooth ‘it girl’ and a mother who’s recently moved into a care home. She’s tying herself in knots trying to be everything to everyone.
Veronica also has a secret.
Isabel was a lost soul until she moved to the Isle of Wight and found a place to call home, but there's a part of her that's missing. She knows she must reach out to find the missing piece if she's to feel whole.
When Veronica receives a letter she never expected to get her past collides with her present. The time's come to share her secret with her family, but she ’s not the only one keeping a secret ..,
A Reader’s Favorite, Gold Medal award winning novel.