Irish Meadows (Courage to Dream #1) by Susan Anne Mason

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Irish immigrant James O’Leary has spent his life building Irish Meadows into a thriving horse farm and is not about to let hard economic times threaten its success. He intends for his daughters to marry prosperous men–ones who will secure the family’s rightful place in society, and at the same time, guarantee the future of Irish Meadows. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.

Brianna and Colleen O’Leary know their father expects them to marry well. Yet despite his wishes, Brianna, the quieter sister, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry–as long as her father’s choice meets her exacting standards. When stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from college and distant family member Rylan Montgomery stops in on his way to the seminary in Boston, the two men quickly complicate everyone’s plans. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I've read of Susan's but it won't be my last. I fell in love with each of these characters. Sister feuds, confused men, a father who has planned his daughters futures without considering their desires. This book is full of drama, laughter, and how allowing God to work all things together for our good when we trust Him.
Highly recommended! Looking forward to book 2!

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