Every once in awhile a reader comes across a book that has all the ingredients he or she loves in a good story. A Worthy Heart was one of those books for me. It was full of adventure and ambitious characters you love from the start. The historical setting was intriguing, the lessons relatable, and the romance…. perfect. 😉
The hero and heroine are both strong characters and yet they’re both running from their pasts and in desperate need of a new beginning. I loved their relationship and seeing how God brought healing to their hurts and hope to their hearts. There’s such growth in their characters, even despite the hardships that continually surprise them.
There are several different POVs in this story – which took some getting used to at first – but I grew to care for each of the secondary characters just as much. And there’s a nice dose of suspense thrown in for good measure. 😉 I read through the chapters very quickly.
I missed the first book in this series, but I didn’t feel too lost reading the sequel. In fact, it only spurred me on to want to go back and read Irish Meadows too. Not every sequel has that effect on me, but this book did. I want more of these characters, this setting, the families – everything. This is one series I don’t want to miss and I hope you don’t either.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author and Bethany House for my copy.
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.
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 www.susanannemason.com