In Book two of the Courage to Dream series, we are introduced to Rylan Montgomery’s brother Gabe, and his sister Maggie, as they arrive in New York City from Ireland near the turn of the century. Maggie’s secret desire is to stay permanently in America, while Gabe can’t wait to return to his homeland. During their visit they reacquaint themselves with their brother and forge ties with his in-laws, the O’Leary family. They also fall in love and each must stand against prejudice to pursue their loves.
Author Susan Anne Mason seamlessly ties this book to the first in the series, yet this novel stands on its own. One of the highlights of this book was to see how God had worked healing and strength of character in the lives of characters met in the first book, Irish Meadows.
The author’s writing was strong. As I read about Maggie walking down the street by herself, I felt creeped out and wanted her to check and see if she was being followed. Themes of restoration, forgiveness, service to others, and family ties drove this book, and it was an enjoyable read. I recommend this book for those who love romance and historical fiction.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
And isn't the cover gorgeous? Bethany House's design team is amazing!
About the author:
Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Chapters 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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