Synopsis: One summer, property seeker, Serendipity Parker finds herself on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, hunting for a home for a wealthy Irish client. But when she finds the perfect house in the small town of Ballykiltara, there’s a problem; nobody seems to know who owns it.
‘The Welcome House’ is a local legend. Its front door is always open for those in need of shelter, and there’s always a plentiful supply of food in the cupboards for the hungry or poor.
While Ren desperately tries to find the owner to see if she can negotiate a sale, she begins to delve deeper into the history and legends that surround the old house and the town. But for a woman who has always been focussed on her work, she’s remarkably distracted by Finn, the attractive manager of the local hotel.
But will she ever discover the real truth behind the mysterious ‘Welcome House’? Or will the house cast its magical spell over Ren and help her to find true happiness?
My Rating: 3/5
My Review: I’m a huge Ali McNamara fan and rarely dislike any of her books, and although I didn’t dislike this it certainly wasn’t as good as her others. Serendipity Parker, also known as Ren is visiting the West Coast of Ireland in the search for the perfect house for one of her clients. Her assistant Kiki is along for the ride and they are staying at a local hotel run by Finn. In all honesty I didn’t particularly like Ren that much, like I said I didn’t dislike her she just wasn’t as engaging as other characters. Kiki on the other hand was a ball of energy and was a lot more readable.
As usual Ali McNamara is on the ball with her wonderful descriptions and this seemed like a beautiful part of the world to visit. Although I wasn’t bowled over by Ren I liked her enough to want to see her do well. Sadly for me this felt a little too cliched and for some reason the storyline, although reasonably entertaining just didn’t sit right with me. Overall not a bad read, just not one of my favourites of hers