Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Writer’s Review of Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

{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?

{My Review}

I was really looking forward to reading this book, and am glad I was able to have a chance while also helping promote it through a LitFuse Blog Tour. Bethany House has a variety of genres and sub-genres, and Irish Meadows belongs very strongly in the Tracie Peterson historical romance camp of books--which is definitely not a bad thing!

Irish Meadows is a little different than most historical romances in that it involves two heroines (sisters) and two heroes, as well as an amazing setting and lots of family dynamics! For the most part, I usually enjoy books more when there are only one or two character point of views, but this book was very well-written and well-balanced for having so many. 

I really enjoyed reading Irish Meadows, getting to know the characters and seeing their relationships develop, suffer and eventually come to their happy endings. And I very much look forward to reading A Worthy Heart, the next in the series which releases in January!  

Susan Anne Mason's Irish Meadows has a rating of 4.11 out of 5 stars (from 184 ratings) on GoodReads. I was given a copy of of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book released from Bethany House on July 7, 2015.

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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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