{review} Irish Meadows

About the book:
Irish Meadows
(Bethany House, July 2015)

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?

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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.

Find Susan online: website, Facebook, Twitter

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed Irish Meadows. The writing is beautiful, as the author describes the scenery of a early 20th century horse farm so beautifully. The contrast of the two daughters and how they handle their father’s controlling ways is very interesting and well written. I really liked Brianna’s headstrong personality that so desperately wanted to serve her family. She is a great character and I liked reading of her as she matured through the story. Colleen’s transformation through the story is also wonderful. I would recommend Irish Meadows to anyone that enjoys historical fiction.

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