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Love's Fatithful Promise #3, in the Courage to Dream series, by Susan Anne Mason
Dr. Matthew Clayborn living in Totonto who is a widower devoted to his four year old daughter Phoebe and his work with wounded soldiers. Deirdre O'Leary is a fiery New Yorker who asks him to use his skills to help her injured mother. He does not want to disregard his priorities in order to care for her. When his daughter has a health scare and needs downtime to get well, Deirdre offers a trade for them to escape to her family's farm, if he will care for Mrs. O'Leary. For his daughter's sake, he agrees to stay as short a time as necessary.
The stay at Irish Meadows does wonders for Phoebe as she begins to flourish. Matthew finds himself drawn to the O'Leary's, especially Deirdre. He has no intention of leaving his life in Toronto and she favors her career over marriage. How will they deal with this undeniable attraction between them?
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Courage to Dream
The 12 Brides of Summer Collection: 12 Historical Brides Find Love in the Good Old SummertimeMary Connealy, Amanda Cabot, Miralee FerrellBarbour Publishing / 2016 / Trade Paperback$9.79 Retail:
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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?
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful conclusion to the series!August 17, 2017kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The third book of the Courage to Dream series features grown up Deirdre and Connor O'Leary as they make their way in the world. It was very comfortable to spend time with the O'Leary family for the wonderful conclusion to this series. A reader could easily read this book as a stand-alone, but it was richer for me, having "known" the family.
There were many joys, sorrows, and surprises to experience throughout this book. I highly recommend it! Fans of historical romance will certainly enjoy reading this book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
jean 77705 Stars Out Of 5I Love this Series!July 21, 2017jean 7770Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The three books in this series are all very good! Lots of romance and excitement, makes for a good read. They are faith based, which to me is the best thing
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Series Conclusion!January 11, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Perhaps coming to Irish Meadows hadn't been a mistake after all."
Deirdre O'Leary is determined to convince Dr. Matthew Clayborne, renowned for his progressive approach to physical therapy, that he must travel back to Irish Meadows and coax her mother back to full health after Kathleen's nearly paralyzing stroke. Postponing her own aspiring medical career, travelling from Long Island to Toronto, Canada in order to meet with Dr. Clayborne face-to-face, Deirdre matches the dour doctor's excuses with every tool of persuasion in her arsenal, but in the end, the decision hinges on improving the health of the doctor's young daughter, Phoebe.
Matthew Clayborne does not intend to disrupt his life simply to appease a wealthy New Yorker with a sick wife; his patients, mostly veterans of war, are more important to him. After facing off with the fiery, but quite beautiful, Deirdre, Matthew reluctantly makes arrangements to privately treat Mrs. O'Leary, on the condition that the therapy will be on a trial basis. He fully intends to return to Toronto, putting Irish Meadows and Deirdre O'Leary's dazzling smile and compassionate heart completely out of his mind. But there is more than one person on Long Island who desperately needs to feel the touch of God's merciful healing hand, and it isn't Kathleen O'Leary.
Susan Anne Mason has written a beautiful conclusion to her three book series, not only penning a breath-holding romance between Deirdre and Matthew, but including a clever parallel story surrounding Connor O' Leary and his own unexpected rodeo of love.
Sally M4 Stars Out Of 5Courage to Dream ConclusionDecember 14, 2016Sally MQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Susan Anne Mason concludes her Courage to Dream series with a novel about the two youngest members of the OLeary family. Eight years have passed since the events of the previous book and Connor and Deidre are all grown up. This was a bit of a stunner for me who remembered Deidre as a little girl hugging her older sisters. Now, she looks on enviously as those sisters enjoy family life while she intends be a doctor. Shes already a nurse and therefore shes the one to assist when her mother has a stroke. Its also the reason shes sent to Toronto to persuade Matthew Claybourne to come to the USA to treat her mother.
Meanwhile at home, her brother has been tasked with bringing a race horse back from injury. It seems an impossible task until a new stable hand going by the name of Joe displays skills worthy of a horse whisperer. But something doesnt seem quite right about Joe and Connor is determined to learn the truth about his new employee.
This was a pleasant read focusing on life after World War I. Matthew is a physical therapy specialist, a discipline still in its early days at this time. Its an element I found interesting because my husband is a physical therapist. The characters are appealing and sympathetic and the story of Matthews daughter tugs at the heartstrings.
Although Loves Faithful Promise is the third title of a series, I think it can be enjoyed without having read the other two books first. I do recommend reading them, however, to better appreciate the family dynamics. Throughout the series, for example, we see the gradual transformation of the family patriarch James OLeary. Its fitting that the series should end on a scene with him thinking back on the past and also looking to the future.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary electronic advance copy of Loves Faithful Promise.
tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Pros and ConsNovember 9, 2016tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Deirdre is a medical student on her way to becoming a doctor when her mother's stroke takes her home. Her dad hates to ask her to leave school, but Deirdre is the best person in the family to take care of her mother. When a family friend hears about the stroke he recommends a Dr. Clayborne who has experienced great results in his work with paralyzed patients. After working for years with war veterans he hopes to expand his practice to include stroke victims. Deirdre just needs to convince him that leaving the country and his practice for a short time to help her mother is the right choice.
This book had pros and cons for me. The pros were the double story line. I thought having the small story of the main characters brother added depth and an interesting element. I actually liked the story line for that one better than the main one. I also liked the visual that the author created for the reader. She did a great job of making the story come alive, scenery wise, without bogging the reader down with too many unneeded details. All of the characters seemed well developed and had depth.
The cons for me was the flat places in the plot, the extensive drama and angst that the main characters kept going through repeatedly, and the weak spots that occasionally appeared in what I considered the "faith element" of the story. I often felt like I was reading a regular novel instead of a Christian one.
Overall, this was an interesting story and won't stop me from picking up another book by this author, but it wasn't a favorite.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.