Book Review: “Irish Meadows” By Susan Anne Mason

August 20, 2015 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Susan Anne Mason in her new book “Irish Meadows book coverIrish Meadows” Book One in the Courage To Dream series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the lives of Brianna and Colleen O’Leary.

From the back cover:  1911, Long Island, New York

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?

I love horses and actually wanted to own a horse ranch. So naturally I zeroed in on this book as Irish Meadows is a horse ranch. The Irish, Romance and Horses these are the ingredients for a wonderful read. James is looking for any way that he can draw in money so that he may keep the ranch going. So he feels that he can marry his daughters off to wealthy men and that would do it. However both Brianna and Colleen have their own ideas of whom they will marry and that causes some degree of stress. “Irish Meadows” is a wonderful romance and the history is perfectly accurate giving a picture of simpler, slower times.  Ms. Mason is an amazing writer and she has given us a great story with believable characters on Brianna and Colleen as well as the men they fall in love with and all the supporting players that we just fall in love with.  I liked this book and look forward to the next one in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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