We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

A converted stone farmhouse on the Irish coast is about to receive its first guests in this warmly captivating story for fans of Maeve Binchy and Monica McInerney

With its brightly painted front door, white-sash windows and garden path sweeping down toward the sea, Lizzie O’s guesthouse promises a welcome escape from the world. Aisling and Mick Fitzgerald are travelling all the way from Tasmania to celebrate their wedding anniversary, but Aisling is burdened with a secret that could ruin their marriage. Declan Byrne, exhausted from an unhealthy routine of long hours, takeaway and too much red wine, has spontaneously taken the week off to visit the village of his childhood summers. Katie Daly returns to West Cork after an absence of 35 years to care for her ageing mother only to find she must confront her painful past. Finally, Mia Montgomery is taking this holiday without telling her husband.

Each of this group of strangers is at a crossroads. And one week in the middle of winter may change all of their lives.

‘A profoundly moving read… a skilled storyteller possessed of a supreme ability for building characters about whom we care and whose words are a balm. I look forward to reading more of Esther Campion’ Living Arts Canberra
Warm, wise and full of humour… a wonderful new voice in Australian fiction’ CATHY KELLY
Joins the captivating Maeve Binchy in the pantheon of popular Irish novelists’ Irish Scene


I adored this book.
[ONLINE] Gem's Book Nook
I found this book to be an interesting read about human relationships.
[ONLINE] Queensland Reviewers Collective
I was enchanted by this detailed and warm story.
[ONLINE] Happy Valley Books Read
[ONLINE] Kate the Booklover
Review to come
VIC [PRINT] Country Living, The Weekly Times
Review to come
[ONLINE] Female.com.au
This is a lovely escapist read with its Irish flavour and down to earth characters.
[ONLINE] Great Reads and Tea Leaves