Book Review: Her Husband’s Secret by Ann O’Loughlin

Format: Paperback

Pages: 378 pages

Published: August 11, 2023

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Family Life


Cora’s eyes filled with tears as she thought of the only man she had ever loved. She knew suddenly what she had to do. ‘I have to go to Dublin, visit his house when the smell of him is still there. I need to…’ she stuttered over her words, ‘I need to know about his wife.’

Cora smiles as she sees the bouquet of flowers on the kitchen table of her New York home. Her handsome long-term partner Jack never fails to surprise her. But as she leans in to smell the sweet pink roses, there is a sharp rap on the door and her world shatters as she is told that her darling Jack has been killed in a car crash in Ireland.

But Jack wasn’t the only victim. There was another woman in the car: a wife he never told her about. Distraught, she flies to Ireland to learn more about his secret life. She moves into his beautiful townhouse in central Dublin, determined to make sense of all the lies he told her.

As she grieves, she immerses herself in the local community, who need her as much as she needs them. The square they live on is under threat from developers, and Coraonly realises when her new home is in danger how much it has come to mean to her. She must learn to work with her neighbours if they have any chance of protecting the place they all love, and the house that has become a new start to Cora despite her heartbreak.

As Cora’s heart slowly begins to heal, will she be able to move forward from Jack’s betrayal and look towards a hopeful future in Ireland? Or will saving her new home prove impossible and force her back to New York?

Previously published as The Secrets of de Courcy Square and An Ocean Between Us

Cora believes that she has it all. Her life with her handsome long-time partner Jack is in a good place. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that she is greeted by a bouquet when she arrives at her New York home. But before she enjoys the roses, her world stops when she’s told that Jack died in a car crash in Ireland. However, Jack was not alone in the car…his wife was also with him. Distraught and heartbroken, Cora decides to hop on a plane to Ireland to learn more about Jack and try to make sense of the lies he told her. As she goes through the grieving process, Cora falls in love with the community that Jack has hidden from her and embarks on a journey to save a home she had come to love and discover a new start amiss the tragic heartbreak.

After reading a string of mysteries and thrillers, it was nice to read a contemporary book that shows human beings’ good nature. Based on the synopsis, you feel this is the run-of-your-mill broken-hearted woman going on a trip to “find herself”. But Her Husband’s Secret is more than that. Not only will readers enjoy the heartwarming writing style that O’Loughlin writes, but they will also enjoy the realistic characters and the engaging storytelling used to captivate the reader. The characters here were also full of heart and emotion. The relationships between some characters were just so uplifting and touching that you could not help but be inspired by their actions.

If you are a reader looking for a quick and emotional read, you can’t go wrong with this one. Perfect for readers who enjoy Jojo Moyes and Beth O’Leary, Her Husband’s Secret is a must-read for book lovers looking for something poignant but uplifting and inspirational to provide them with the perfect end for the summer.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Author Bio:

Ann is the Irish author of five novels and has been translated into eleven languages. Her first novel The Ballroom Cafe was also an ebook bestseller and in the top 20 bestselling books of 2015 on Amazon UK. Ann loves to write and often gets up at 5am to get the words down, before starting her other job of writing as a news reporter. A leading journalist in Ireland, Ann has covered all major news events in a long career with Independent Newspapers, Ireland. She is now a senior journalist with the Irish Examiner specialising in legal issues. Ann has also lived in India. Originally from the west of Ireland she now lives on the east coast with her husband and family.


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I was born and raised in New York. I still live in New York but kind of sick of the city and one day I wish to move to the UK.I have a Masters degree in Library Science and I currently work in a special collections library. I loved books ever since I was a little girl. Through the hard times in my life, my love for books has always gotten me through. Just entering another world different from my own intrigues me. As long as I am entering in another universe, I like to create my own as well. I love to write and hopefully I will be able to complete a novel.

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