Friday, February 12, 2016

A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream #2) by Susan Anne Mason

Title: A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream #2)
Author: Susan Anne Mason
Pages: 384
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Will Maggie listen to the warnings of those she trusts most or the leadings of her heart?

     The answer to Maggie Montgomery’s dream of seeing America has arrived at just the right time. Not only will she be reunited with her beloved brother Rylan, but she’ll finally be able to escape Neill Fitzgerald and his increasingly unwanted attentions. She’s intent on never returning to Ireland, hoping to build her future in the land of opportunity and perhaps find the love of her life.

     While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man she thinks is a stable hand. Only when her brother demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she learn he’s Rylan’s brother-in-law, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her stubborn heart conform to her brother’s request.

     Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Now a free man, Adam’s only desire is to earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with the newly arrived Maggie, however, was never in his plans. Despite everyone’s efforts to keep them apart, the two develop a bond it seems nothing can break – but they soon discover the past isn’t easy to overcome.

My review:

     An absolutely fabulous historical novel!

     This is the second book in a “true” series. You need to read the first book before this one.

     I love the characters that Susan has created for this story. The friends that I made in “Irish Meadows” are back and I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with what is going on in their lives. But the new ones quickly found a place in my heart. Susan does a fantastic job of developing very deep people for her stories. The level of belief that many of them have in God is amazing.

     The story that Susan has crafted is incredible. There are a number of twists along the journey of Maggie and Adam’s relationship. They have a lot of heartache and doubts to work through and overcome. They each know what they are feeling and yet society says that they shouldn’t be together.

     At the same time there are many others with difficulties and issues to deal with that Maggie and Adam get to help with. Though they are the central characters they are not the only ones with everything revolving around them. I found this to be much more realistic.

     I’m already looking forward to Susan’s next book. I hope that it continues the story of these wonderful friends.

     This wonderful story is getting a 5 star rating from me. I’m highly recommending it.

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