Saturday, August 29, 2015

Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason



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?
My opinion: I was so excited to read this new book from a new author, the name of the book alone and the cover were enough to get me hooked. I really liked the book followed both Brianna and Colleen, although Brianna standpoint was told more and she was clearly the nicer of the two sisters, but Colleen did get better as the book progressed. I liked the real and raw characters, Brianna was very endearing and I liked her a lot. I wish there was a tad less romance, it started awfully soon in the book, but it was still a very good read and I cannot wait to read Ms. Mason's future works. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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