Monday, September 26, 2016

Love's Faithful Promise

My mother had a doctor's appointment today, and she went without any whining!  She did not even pull the sick routine this time.  I cannot take any of the credit.  This doctor has a cancellation policy that I made sure she read and sign (no one wants to pay for not showing up or canceling too late).  I have to admit it was a nice change. The only delay was getting her dressed.  She somehow ended up wearing a pair of my jeans, one of my new tops, and my Ohio State University tennis shoes.  But since we actually left the house on time, I am not complaining!  Tomorrow is Book Release Day!  I will share with you some of the books being released.

Love’s Faithful Promise by Susan Anne Mason is the third book in Courage to Dream series.  It is September in 1922 in New York.  Deirdre O’Leary has returned from Boston University when she hears her mother has had a stroke.  Deirdre is studying to be a doctor in Boston.  The family needs Deirdre to return home to care for her mother, Kathleen (they are rich and couldn’t hire a nurse?).  Kathleen will need someone trained in physical therapy to assist her, and Dr. Matthew Clayborne comes highly recommended.  He is trained in physiotherapy.  He spent a year in England after the war training in it.  But Dr. Clayborne will not leave Toronto. He is a widow and responsible for his daughter, Phoebe.  Phoebe is in fragile health.  Deirdre will not take no for answer and travels to Toronto to try and persuade the doctor.  When Phoebe ends up needing a country climate to recuperate, Dr. Clayborne agrees to take on Kathleen as a patient.  They will stay at Irish Meadows.  But taking Phoebe out of the country does not sit well with Dr. Clayborne’s in-laws when they find out.  Phoebe has grown close to Deirdre and does not wish to return to Canada.  Phoebe ends up traveling with the duo.  What can they do so Dr. Clayborne can keep custody of his beloved daughter?  Connor O’Leary is taking over for Sam, head trainer and stable manager, while he is away.  Sam had hired a new stable hand before he departed.  But there is something strange about this new hand.  Josephine “Jo” Miller needs this job.  She cannot risk losing it, but trouble arises when the heart becomes involved.  Join the O’Leary family for one last installment in Love’s Faithful Promise.

Love’s Faithful Promise was enjoyable to read and it was a good finale to the series.  It was nice to see Connor finally find happiness.  We get to catch up with all the characters from the first two novels in Courage to Dream series.  I do recommend reading the first two books in the series, or it can be confusing.  The O’Leary family is big (meaning a lot of characters to keep straight).  It is a mushy and predictable novel, but I did like it.  The writing drew me in.  The characters are likeable (friendly).  The messages in the novel are forgiveness, the power of prayer, having faith, God’s unfailing love, and relying on God’s wisdom and timing. I give Love’s Faithful Promise 4 out of 5 stars.  It is a very good Christian historical romance novel.  I look forward to reading more books by Susan Anne Mason in the future.

The first two books in Courage to Dream series are Irish Meadows and A Worthy Heart. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

I am glad that you stopped by to read my review.  I am currently reading It's Your Party, Die If You Want To by Vickie Fee.  I have to go cook dinner and throw in another load of laundry.  I will be back tomorrow to review A March to Remember by Anna Loan-Wilsey. Have a great evening.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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