THE HOUSE OF SECOND CHANCES
Can a house heal heartache? From coastal Australia to the rugged beauty of Ireland. An enchanting novel of starting over, in the tradition of Maeve Binchy and Monica McInerney
Their grandmother’s stone cottage was always a welcome retreat in the childhood summers of Ellen and Aidan O’Shea. After a trip home from Australia. Ellen is keen to bring the neglected property back to its former glory. And enlists the help of her dear friend and one of Ireland’s top interior designers, Colette Barry.
However Aidan is already begrudging the work on the house he has avoided for nearly twenty years. The last thing the builder needs is an interior designer who seems to do above all complicate his life. With their own personal heartaches to overcome. As a result will Aidan and Colette find the courage to give the house and themselves a second chance?
The House of Second Chances by Aussie author Esther Campion is the sequel to Leaving Ocean Road.
The story continues on from the ending of Leaving Ocean Road. And was exceptionally well done, with the blending of known characters with new ones.
The descriptions of Ireland countryside were delightful.
I loved this story in so many ways. There are beautiful emotions flowing on the pages. Such awesome characters that add so much to Aiden and Collette’s touching journey.
You can read it as a stand alone novel. But you will get more out of it, if you read the first book.
Esther Campion is from Cork, Ireland and currently lives in north-west Tasmania. She attended North Presentation Secondary School in Cork. And has degrees from University College Cork and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Esther and her Orcadian husband have lived together in Ireland, Scotland, Norway and South Australia. They have two grown-up children in Adelaide and the youngest at home in Tassie. Esther loves sharing her life on a small property with an over-indulged chocolate Labrador, a smoochy cat and a couple of ageing mares. All of whom she firmly believes are living proof that dreams really can come true. The House of Second Chances is Esther’s second novel, following Leaving Ocean Road.