Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

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What it’s about:
From the publisher:

“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?”
My thoughts:

It’s always fun, and a little scary to try a new author. You never know what you might find. I found a gem! I found Irish Meadows to be compulsively readable. Every time I picked it up, I had a hard time setting it down. It was fast paced in my opinion, with something new happening all the time. I love that! It seems many historical novels being written today get bogged down and drag for most the story and end up with the last 40 pages being all the excitement and everything coming to a conclusion way too fast. Irish Meadows had constant new issues popping up where I never knew what was going to happen next or how each issue would be resolved and kept resolving in a much more realistic and natural way than waiting for the very end for each and every problem. I really like Susan Masons style and look forward to whatever she writes next!

I give Irish Meadows 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to historical lovers!

I relieved this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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.

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