This book made me laugh and cry. It is about two sisters and their family. How do they live with each other and how do they get their father to let them do what they want to do with their lives. Everyone in this story learns many valuable lessons. Love the horse farm that they live on. Each sister is so different and falls in love with very different men. I received this book from Bethany House and the author for a fair and honest opinion.
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?
“Mason’s Courage to Dream debut about the O’Leary sisters’ love entanglements brings readers early American romance at its finest.”–RT Book Reviews
“This engaging debut is part historical romance, part family drama, and all about the power of faith and love to move mountains. The spirited O’Leary clan is well drawn and appealing, ready to band together during times of trouble. Mason’s enjoyable read lays the groundwork for the next installment, which promises to be just as strong as the first.”–Library Journal starred review
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. She can be found online at http://www.susanannemason.com.