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Reviewed by Charity Lyman
As an avid reader, I come across many styles of books. It isn’t just the genre or the author’s writing technique that makes a favorite book unique. Sometimes something just stands out that causes me to fall in love with a book from the beginning, and other times I have to read a bit before truly enjoying the read. Irish Meadows by Susan Mason was a book that I enjoyed from the very start. I was totally intrigued by the world the characters moved in and wanted to know how their lives would turn out by the end of the book.
The novel revolves around the Irish Meadows horse farm and the O’Leary family who has owned it for years. But when the safety of the farm becomes dependent on the marriages of the family members, some grumbling and troubles arise. Will they follow their hearts no matter the cost? Or choose to keep the farm alive and running even if that means suffering in a miserable marriage?
There are two O’Leary sisters, Brianna(or Bree to her friends) and Colleen. Brianna is being urged towards marriage with a respected man but in her heart she loves another. Her heart belongs to a lowly banker who was raised in their family and reciprocates her feelings but will back off and honor her father’s wishes in the matter. I have to admit that Gilbert, the business man, took me a bit to like. He knows she loves him, he loves her and yet he won’t get in the way for anything. He would rather keep relations right with her father than step in and be a man who will fight for the woman he loves.
Colleen, on the other hand, is a headstrong and impetuous young lady. She has a tough exterior but on the inside is quite sweet and I quickly loved her character. And I also loved Rylan, the poor priest who shows her a different way of living. His sense of humor was hilarious and the things he said? Amazing! I truly fell in love with his character.
If you are looking for a book that is intriguing, full of fun characters and important decisions to make, you will definitely want to pick up Irish Meadows. A 5 star rating for sure!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.
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