Friday, January 15, 2016

"A Worthy Heart" by Susan Anne Mason

Cover ArtIn the second Courage to Dream novel, Maggie Montgomery and her brother Gabe sail over from Ireland to visit their brother Rylan and his family, as well as give Maggie some space from the unwanted attentions of her former fiance. Maggie has plans to stay in New York when the summer if up, while Gabe is eager to return to Ireland take part in the rebellion. But in all their plans, neither expects to find love, especially in such impossible situations - for Gabe, the daughter of a wealthy financier, a world apart from him in status. And for Maggie, Rylan's own brother-in-law - a man fresh out of prison. Will they find the courage to overcome the obstacles standing in the way of their dreams?

I really like Adam. He comes out of prison changed, repentant - but he doesn't come out perfect. He's still struggling with resentment and anger, and the stigma of prison doesn't help, not with his job prospects, and not with his relationships with his family and friends. Everything is an uphill battle for him, but through it all, he keeps trying.

While the romance between Maggie and Adam is a little more prominent, Gabe and Aurora's still receives significantly more attention than secondary romances usually warrant. I'm still not sure how I feel about it; the two are fairly well intertwined, and the author does a good job on the back and forth between them. But neither one gets as much story time as they would as separate books, and I prefer a long, meaty story.

It helps to read Irish Meadows first; there are a lot of characters and backstory. As it had been close to six months since I read the first book, I'd forgotten a lot of those details, especially about Adam. But I certainly didn't forget about Rylan and Colleen! I'm curious where the final book in the series will go.

Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for providing an e-copy for review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.

Courage to Dream
1. Irish Meadows
2. A Worthy Heart

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