August 17, 2015

Summer Reviews: Irish Meadows

Irish Meadows
Courage to Dream, book one
by Susan Anne Mason
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: July 7, 2015
ISBN: 978-0764217241
Pages: 384
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I've been reading up a storm lately as I've been trying my best to get caught up on reading books that have been piled up on my desk for several months; though somehow I've sneaked in enough time to read the newer titles for a few blog tours, including Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason.

Set in the early 1900s in Long Island, New York, Irish Meadows centers on Brianna and Colleen O'Leary, two sisters whom are both being pressured by their immigrant father, James, to marry into a rich family, so there would be a prosperous future for their horse farm.

Both sisters have their opinions of what they should do with their lives. Brianna dreams of attending college one day and has no plans on marrying. Colleen doesn't mind getting married as long as she marries for the right reasons and not just for the fact that her father wants to a rich son-in-law.

However, James O'Leary plans for his daughters become in jeopardy when a former stable hand, Gilbert Whelan, returns from business school and takes an interest in Brianna. Then things get worse when Colleen falls for Ryan Montgomery, a young man who is starting his seminary training.

I believe this is the first novel that I read by Susan Anne Mason and I only agreed to review this books based on the fact that I liked the cover art. That being said, I had no clue what the plot was before I started reading the novel. While I don't care much for books set in this time period (I prefer the 1800s), I enjoyed the book for the most part. The descriptions, characters and the main plot are all intriguing, though I thought the romance parts could have been extended lightly, making it more believable. Overall, Irish Meadow is a surprisingly entertaining read from start to finish.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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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