By Susan Anne Mason
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?
Daddy wants both his daughters to marry well – very well – in order to save his horse farm. Brianna and Coleen have other visions of marriage.
Brianna has long loved the young man brought up in the family as her brother. Besides, she wants to go to college and won’t marry anyone who doesn’t take that seriously. Coleen is looking forward to marrying someone with high social standing and wealth – just not the jerk her father has picked out.
It has become a battle of wills. Will Brianna and Coleen stand their ground or cave in to their father’s demands? Can they really walk away while their father is on the verge of losing everything?
Thank you, Ms Mason. Your debut novel has me wanting more. I’m looking forward to the second book in your Courage to Dream series.
***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***
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.
You can find Susan online here.