Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason #BookReview

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About Irish Meadows:

Faced with an uncertain future, sometimes all you have left is the courage to dream.

Brianna and Colleen O'Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he's put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, Irish Meadows, rests in their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.

Brianna, a quiet girl with a quick mind, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry---as long as her father's choice meets her exacting standards of the ideal groom. When former stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from business school and distant relative Rylan Montgomery visits Long Island during his seminary training, the two men
quickly complicate everyone's plans.

As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, James O'Leary grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father's machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?

My thoughts: 



In this first book of the Courage To Dream series not only do we have romance story but we also get to learn about some Irish history. We also get an idea about how difficult it had to be growing up in the early 1900's when women didn't have a choice in marraige and only being allowed so much education.  As you can imagine that is going to cause some family drama when your father is telling you what kind of husband you are expected to have. We get to know each main character since the story is told by each persons point of view. I was so into the story that I just couldn't wait to see how it was going to turn out.  By the end of his novel I was happy to see some changes of heart thanks to God's intercession. This is the first book I have read by Susan, I liked it so much I can't wait to continue the series in book two entitled "A Worthy Heart" and to read other books she may come to write. If you enjoy historical fiction with some romance you might enjoy this one. Visit Susan on her website to learn more, purchase a copy on Amazon.

About Susan Anne Mason:

Her debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. A member of ACFW, as well, she lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. Visit Susan on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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