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?
Wow. If you want a story full of drama – look no further. Reading Irish Meadows is like watching a reality TV series – there is no shortage of fights, tears, forbidden relationships, and strict parents, leading to one emotional outburst after the other. The dicey situations the characters would get themselves into reminded me of the phrase, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we deceive…”
The constant drama made it difficult to put the book down because, of course, as the reader, you have to find out what’s going to happen next! Who can put a book down when the sentence you just read leaves you hanging?
Irish Meadows is a promising start to the new “Courage to Dream” series. I am looking forward to reading the continuation in the O’Leary family saga – which hopefully will come out sooner rather than later!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. This is my honest review.