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A Worthy Heart #2, in the Courage to Dream series, by Susan Anne Mason
When Maggie and her brother Gabe arrive in America to visit brother Ryland and his bride Colleen, none of the family suspects that Maggie has no intention of returning to Ireland. It isn’t long before she finds another reason to stay…and his name is Adam O’Leary. Adam, it turns out, is Ryland’s brother-in-law, who has just been released from prison. Ryland is not pleased with her choice. Will Maggie and Adam be able to persevere and start a new life together?
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Courage to Dream
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Maggie Montgomery's long-held wish to see America is finally coming true. She'll visit her beloved brother Rylan and his wife, Colleen, and at the same time, escape Neill Fitzgerald's unwanted attention. In addition, Maggie has a secret! She plans to remain in America to seek her fortune and to hopefully find love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Only when Rylan demands she stay away from Adam O'Leary does she realize he's Colleen's brother, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can't seem to make her heart conform to her brother's request.
Adam O'Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Spending time in jail only reinforces his belief. Now that he's free, Adam hopes to make amends and earn back his family's trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans.
Despite everyone's effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break--but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome?
KateBSeattle, WA5 Stars Out Of 5CAPTIVATING HISTORICAL ROMANCE!August 29, 2017KateBSeattle, WAQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As with her novel, Irish Meadows, the first in Susan Anne Mason's Courage To Dream series, the author once again kept me turning the pages in her second, A Worthy Heart, creating believable characters I wanted to either cheer for or cry over. Mason has developed an emotional and gripping story I found difficult to put down until its very sublime resolution. I look forward to reading more about the O'Leary clan in her third series novel, Love's Faithful Promise!
jean 77705 Stars Out Of 5The Second in the Dare to Dream SeriesJuly 21, 2017jean 7770Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I love all three books in this series! Each ties in with the others but can be read and enjoyed singly. Everything about this book and the series more than met my expectations.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Welcome Back to Irish Meadows!January 6, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"God grant me the wisdom to accept the past and the courage to face the future with a clean heart."
Adam O'Leary is leaving his sordid past behind; walking out of prison and starting over, he is riddled with doubts about whether or not he can rebuild relationships with family members, in particular his father. On his way home, Adam pauses to perhaps catch a glimpse of his sister Colleen, outside the orphanage where her husband is the director, and instead spies a lovely young woman playing with some of the children; a woman that would catch the notice of any man, but should remain off limits to one who could ruin her reputation simply by association.
Maggie Montgomery and her brother Gabe have recently arrived from Ireland to spend the summer in New York, escaping Ireland's rumors of civil war and Maggie's disenfranchised former fiance. Staying with their brother Rylan and his wife Colleen, Maggie and Adam happen to meet at a family celebration, sparking an attraction that no one dares to encourage and that her brothers vehemently forbid.
When it becomes apparent that Maggie's compassionate heart and fierce determination refuses to let her give up on Adam, the two begin to wonder if their dreams might come true, albeit there are many obstacles to overcome, and Adam has garnered a dangerous enemy in the process.
Enjoy this trip back to "Irish Meadows" with re-introductions to previous characters and pleasant associations with new ones, celebrating the strength of God's forgiveness and the joy of unconditional love.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Second book in series!June 18, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason is the second book in Courage to Dream series. It is June of 1914 and Maggie Montgomery has just arrived in New York City from Ireland. Maggie broke off her engagement to Neill Fitzgerald and came to America for the summer (or so everyone else believes). Maggie does not plan on going back to Ireland. Maggie is looking forward to reuniting with her brother, Rylan and his wife, Colleen. Gabriel "Gabe" Montgomery accompanied his sister to America. Gabe is a fireman and is eager to see the equipment used in the states. Then Gabe runs into Aurora Hastings. Aurora wants to be a nurse, but she is a society lady. Her father, of course, expects her to marry well (like the doctor who is interested in her) and makes sure that Gabe knows his opinion of him. Gabe is attracted to Aurora, but there is little chance of her family approving of the match. However, fate seems to keep throwing them together especially after Gabe rescues Aurora from a fire in her home. Adam O'Leary has just been released from prison and wants to make amends with his family. Adam (he is Colleen's brother) and Maggie meet each other at Irish Meadows. Maggie is warned to stay away from Adam (and Adam is warned to stay away from Maggie). Their paths continue to cross and love starts to bloom. Is there a chance of love and a happily-ever-after for these two couples? The four of them will have many obstacles to overcome. They will need to have faith and believe that God has a plan for them.
A Worthy Heart is a lovely novel. It is well-written and enjoyable to read. The story line is predictable (but it did not bother me), but I still liked it. It has a sweet ending that will have you making a happy little sigh (the kind where you close the book and sigh with pleasure at a good ending). I give A Worthy Heart 4 out of 5 stars. A Worthy Heart has engaging characters and a good setting. I liked the time period (1914). The author did a good job of showing what life was like during this time period. It was interesting to learn about early fire fighting techniques. While A Worthy Heart is the second book in the series, you can easily read it as a stand-alone book. However, the first book is a pleasure to read and will help you understand Rylan, Colleen, and Adam. I see more books by Susan Anne Mason in my reading future.
I received a complimentary copy of A Worthy Heart from the publisher courtesy of The Book Club Network, Inc. In exchange for an honest review of the novel.
nkwbookreviewer5 Stars Out Of 5A Worthy BookJune 12, 2016nkwbookreviewerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Worthy Heart by Susan Mason is book two in her Courage to Dream series. Irish Meadows was book one. This book features the Montgomery and O'Leary families and is 400 pages long. While this is a sequel it could easily be read as a stand alone.
There are many likable characters, main and supporting, including children. Dialogue flows smoothly and is very well written. The book is packed full of action, romance, history, twists, humor, tear jerking moments that will tug on your heartstrings, inspiration, redemption, and family. This book is simply packed full. The spiritual messages are abundant in this Christian novel. The author addresses forgiveness, redemption, mercy, gravy, love, faith, hope, and family.
Anyone that enjoys a love story or historical romance will love this book. It has a lot of things happening in it and a lot of characters. Readers definitely won't be bored. The author has a few surprises and twists. It is a very nice book. Unfortunately I had not read book one before reading this, but I will go back and get it. I could follow along just fine, it is just so well written that I feel like I missed out by not reading Irish Meadows.
I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it. A copy of this book was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.