Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Irish Meadows Book Review

Courage to Dream Series
Book One

SUMMARY:  1911, Long Island, New York
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?

SUMMARY:  Intrigued by the summary, I was curious how the author would work out the multiple details of the plots.  She does a wonderful job keeping everything on track and the characters interesting.  I like how Bree stands up for what she believes, even though it causes temporary heartache for her family.  After a revelation, the difference in Colleen's thoughts and behavior are wonderful and profound.  I also like how Colleen and Bree find common ground and use it to build up their former tenuous relationship.  The ending was perfect, tying up all the loose ends and preparing the way for the next book in this series.  This book would be a great addition to anyone's TO READ list and library.  Can't wait to see what the rest of the series brings.

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House
for review without compensation.

Susan Anne Mason describes her writing style as "romance sprinkled with faith."  She particularly enjoys exploring the themes of forgiveness and redemption in her stories.  Irish Meadows is her first historical novel and won the Fiction from the Heartland contest sponsored by the Mid-American Romance Authors chapter of RWA.  Susan lives outside Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, two children, and two cats.  Learn more about Susan and her books at

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