This is my first time reading Susan A. Mason, and I was pleasantly impressed. I received this in the mail yesterday, and by staying up beyond midnight I finished it. The story drew me in and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to sleep until I finished the book.
Irish Meadows is about two sisters, Brianna and Colleen O’Leary who lives on a horse farm with their three siblings and parents. Gil, is a loosely adopted member of the family, who has been away at college for the past years. He returns, to pay off his debt to Mr. O’Leary and is reminded why he had left so many years before. His fondness for Brianna has developed into something more.
In the meantime, Mrs. O’Leary’s distant relative, a soon to be priest comes to stay with the family. Colleen is definitely not interested in this poor relation.
All in all, the story is an excellent read. There were areas where I found myself sniffling and wiping tears away, although by the end of the book I was getting frustrated. OY!
What I liked about the book was the place it took me and the descriptions of that time period. I like the way that Susan writes and look forward to reading further books from her.
What I didn’t like about the book was the melding of the two characters within the book. There were two stories here and I thought it would have been a top-notch book had Colleen’s story and Brianna’s been separate. Both could have delved further into situations and made each character even more like-able. Brianna, I initially liked, but as the story progressed I began to dislike her more.
Despite the negatively I had towards the book, I really did all in all enjoy it.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.