I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review
Published: July 7, 2015
Number of pages: 384
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction
Series: Courage to Dream #1
Synopsis: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?
What I thought about this book:
I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am glad I picked it up. I like both the historical aspect and the touch of romance. The characters in this story were strong. Susan Mason does a good job in getting the historical details down. She also does a good job with scene descriptions so you feel as if you can see just what she is talking about. Even though this was a quick read for me it left me satisfied. This is going to be a fun series to follow and I am looking forward to getting to know this family even more.
What did I think of the cover:
I thought the cover was very nice. It shows us a picture of one of the characters. She is beautiful and I love the color contrasts.
About the author:Susan Anne Mason's 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
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