Irish Meadows (Courage to Dream #1)

Irish Meadows (Courage to Dream #1)Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a heartwarming story. I found myself more than once thinking about what life would be like back in early 1900’s. This story follows the O’Leary family and their struggles to survive and keep their way of life. The two O’Leary daughters are coming of age to be married and only want to find happiness, but trouble finds them and they have to make some hard choices. Do they obey their father or follow their hearts? If you’re into Christine Fiction and a bit of romance then this is the book for you. It’ll make your heart smile.

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Book Summary:
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?

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