For Clare O’Connell, home is where the heart aches…
Since the age of sixteen, Clare O'Connell has lived her life by four strict rules:
1. Don't talk about Ireland
2. Don't think about Ireland
3. Don't go to Ireland
4. Don't let anyone in
And so far, it's worked well. She's got a great career, amazing friends, and she's really happy. The future is all that counts, isn't it?
However Clare is about to realise that you can run from the past, but you can't always hide from it…
When her boss insists she travels to Ireland for work, Clare finds herself drawn back to the village of Ballykielty – the home of her family, and the home of her secrets. The one place where vowed never to return to again…
With the door to her past now wide open, the first three rules have gone out of the window. Will Clare stick to rule number four?
Can she be brave and face up to her family and the demons of her past?
The fourth and final book in The Welcome to Whitsborough Bay series focuses on Clare who we've seen in the previous two books in the series. I wasn't sure about Clare in the previous books but she really becomes herself in her book. Whilst I knew Clare had a past that had affected her, I would never have guessed from the previous books what was coming in terms of Clare's back story.
It's almost impossible to write this review without giving things away. All I'll say is there are a lot of surprises in this book and I was completely torn as to what I wanted to happen!
This is a very emotional book of family differences, friendship and facing your past!
The great thing about a series is you also get to catch up with other characters and this series is no exception; you also get to see a little more of Sarah and Elise (and Auntie Kay).
I've very much enjoyed The Welcome to Whitsborough Bay and will definitely check out some more of Jessica Redland's books.
Coming Home to Seashell Cottage is out now and can be purchased here on Kindle or in paperback: