Irish Meadows is the story set in Long Island, New York in 1911. The main characters are Irish immigrants who own a horse farm. However, times are tough for the horse farm and Brianna and Colleen O’Leary’s dad is insinuating that the only way for the farm to do well is for them to marry well, not for love but for money. Their father is very controlling, however, both girls are head strong and have different ideas for their futures.
Former stable hand Gilbert Whelan is like a member of the family. When his father passed they took him on like a son. When he returns from business school Mr. O’Leary sees an opportunity to help along a loan for his business by having him agree to marry the banker’s daughter. The problem is his heart is devoted to Brianna. What will happen when the sisters and Gilbert decide to go against Mr. O’Leary’s plans?
My description of this book does not do it justice. This story has loads of intrigue, romance, and redemption. Any lover of historical fiction about immigrant life will love this book. It left me intrigued the whole way through. I highly recommend this book and gave it four out of five stars.
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About the book:
Irish Meadows (Bethany House, July 2015)
Faced with an uncertain future, sometimes all you have left is the courage to dream.
Brianna and Colleen O’Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he’s put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, Irish Meadows, rests in their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.
Brianna, a quiet girl with a quick mind, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry—as long as her father’s choice meets her exacting standards of the ideal groom. When former stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from business school and distant relative Rylan Montgomery visits Long Island during his seminary training, the two men
quickly complicate everyone’s plans.
As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, James O’Leary grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father’s machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?
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