THE HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET
January 8, 2013
Rating: 4 Cups
Cashel Reilly should be perfectly happy. He has managed to put his humble beginnings behind him. He is an entrepreneur with money to spare, influence at his fingertips, and the ability to make all of his dreams come true. A far cry from his roots in the Irish village of Avalon, a place he left after his failed romance with the daughter of the big house.
Tess Power grew up with all of the trappings of wealth and none of the money. She dearly loved her father and the impoverished Avalon House they called home. The dark cloud from her youth never seems to have waned. Her marriage is over, her business failing, and her belief in happy endings has petered away to dust.
Then Cashel Reilly comes back to Avalon for his mother’s funeral. The ties that bound them so tightly in youth have withered away, yet Cashel takes it upon himself to purchase the destitute Avalon House. As the house is restored to its former glory, Tess and Cashel’s lives will come full circle. Each step draws the town of Avalon closer together, the inhabitants’ lives inextricably entwined for better or for worse.
Though slow at first, the story picks up and rewards those who stick with it. This story is not just about Cashel and Tess’s rekindled romance. It is about the lives of everyone in the Irish village of Avalon. Readers will be treated to a small town experience that gives a peek into the rich lives of those kissed by the beautiful magic of the Emerald Isle.
Reviewer for Coffeetime Romance & More