I’ve really enjoyed this series and I’m sad to see my time with the O’Leary family has come to an end. This story is just as enjoyable as the ones before it, the characters just as loveable and the romance just as sweet. It has the perfect blend of historical detail, surprising plot twists, and endearing family relationships. Can you tell I liked it just a little? 😉
Matthew and Deirdre made great leading characters. I loved their hearts. They each grew significantly through the story’s ups and downs. Matthew is carrying a lot of guilt and regret when he first meets Deirdre. Her warm, ambitious personality strikes against his guarded heart and sparks fly. Their differences really compliment each other. He’s levelheaded and cautious while she’s vibrant and full of faith.
The other O’Leary family members played their own fun roles in the story and Matthew’s daughter, Phoebe, shined as well. There’s more than one love story also, which made my heart happy. 🙂
The story took me places I didn’t expect and I thoroughly enjoyed the twists. As the scenes unfolded, I found myself holding my breath in anticipation. The End was sweet and satisfying. I highly recommend this author and this series.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A Stirring Story of Love and Faith and America’s Great Promise
When her mother suffers a stroke, medical student Deirdre O’Leary makes the difficult choice to put her career on hold to care for her. Dr. Matthew Clayborne is renowned for his amazing results with patients, but when Deirdre approaches him about helping her mother, she finds him challenging and surly. Deirdre has had enough of complicated men in her life. After her fiancé left her, she vowed never to give a man that kind of power again.
Widower Dr. Matthew Clayborne is devoted to two things: his work with wounded soldiers and his four-year-old daughter, Phoebe. He won’t abandon either of these priorities to care for one older woman. However, when Phoebe suffers a health scare, they’re offered respite at the Irish Meadows farm, where his daughter’s weakened lungs can recover–but only if he cares for Mrs. O’Leary.
Matthew intends to hate Irish Meadows, yet he immediately feels at home, and soon both Mrs. O’Leary and Phoebe are showing improvement. But since he has no intention of leaving his life up north forever, and Deirdre has sworn off marriage in favor of her career, how will they deal with the undeniable attraction between them?
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