Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason ~ Review

Irish Meadows (Courage to Dream #1)Lucie's Review:

Love and marriage are not roads that are ever all sunshine and roses. 

Brianna O'Leary has a passion for horses and reading, and would rather be pursuing an education than marriage alongside her flirtatious sister, Colleen.

Gilbert Whelan has long been a good friend to Brianna and her family, ever since their family took him in after his mother died. Gil sees Brianna as more than a sister, but her feels indebted to her father for taking him in, so he does what their father requests even thought he knows it will hurt Brianna.

Rylan Montgomery is the distant relation of Mrs O'Leary, and is staying at Irish Meadows for the summer while he trains to be a priest. He has a passion for serving the orphans.

Colleen infuriates her father by causing a suitor to retract his offer of marriage, and as punishment she is assigned to accompany Rylan in his work at the orphanage.

A tale of family and friendship, Irish Meadows is the story of two sisters, who find where they are meant to be despite expectations and the course set before them.

I like how Brianna takes charge of her life and goes to college, following her dreams. And how working with the children at the orphanage, really helps Colleen mature and see things from a different view.

Overall, this book follows the sisters through the ups and downs, as they grow up and find strength in their faith.

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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.

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Will Brianna and Colleen have the courage to stand up to their father's schemes to save their horse farm and instead pursue true love? Don't miss Irish Meadows, the newest book by Susan Anne Mason! As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, their father 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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