First thoughts: This book was more enjoyable than the first of the series, Irish Meadows. I always enjoy stories that have multiple perspectives and relationships. The characters were strong, the plot was original and the story moved along at a great pace. There was plenty of conflict as family secrets are brought to light and many lives are in danger from diseases, fires and stalkers. This was an excellent read that kept me guessing.
Plot: Maggie Montgomery is visiting New York from Ireland with her brother Gabe, a trip she felt necessary to escape from the unwanted attentions of a man. Although her family doesn’t know it, she has no intention of returning home. Adam O’Leary has made some mistakes and has a prison record to show it. Recently released and a new man, he returns home, hoping his family will take him in, especially the father he’s always had a strained relationship with. Gabe Montgomery dreams of becoming a fireman and longs to return to Ireland and fight for his country’s freedom, but an encounter with the wealthy banker’s daughter, Aurora Hastings may change his plans.
Setting: The story takes place in New York City in the early 1900’s with a brief jaunt to Ireland. I enjoyed learning a little more about this time period in history as I haven’t read many books from this era. This story picks up a couple years after Irish Meadows, so it was fun to catch up with the previous characters and see what’s been happening in their lives.
Characters: I enjoyed getting to know Adam O’Leary as he was rather briefly introduced in Irish Meadows and I had many questions about his past. Maggie was a fun addition to the story, as she added spunk. It was also great to see Aurora make an appearance, as she got her heart broken in the previous story. She has a second chance at a happily-ever-after with the charming Gabe.
Series: This is the second book in the Courage to Dream Series. It can stand alone, but I’d suggest reading both books in order if you’d like to get the background of the secondary characters. This story picks up a couple years after Irish Meadows, so it was fun to catch up with the O’Leary family and see what’s been happening in their lives.
Recommendation: I’d highly recommend this story to those who enjoy historical romance with faith and heart.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.