Review (and a Giveaway!): A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

Posted January 31, 2016 by meezcarrie in Christian, giveaway, historical, romance, Susan Anne Mason / 37 Comments

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a worthy heartCan an Irish Lass with a Dream for America Find True Love?

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?

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I very much enjoyed Susan Anne Mason’s first novel in the Courage To Dream series – Irish Meadows. In fact, I ended up falling more in love with the secondary romantic pairing than I did the first (though I liked them just fine as well.) So I was quite pleased to see that, not only does A Worthy Heart continue the pattern of double the romance, but it also spends a lot of time catching up with Rylan and Colleen from Irish Meadows.

This time around, I’m not sure I could pick a favorite of the two pairings.  I was rooting for both Montgomery siblings – Maggie and Gabe – to find their “happily ever after”. Okay, yes…. I do have a favorite.  But I’m not going to tell you which relationship it is so as not to bias you toward one or the other when you read it for yourself.  And you should. Read it for yourself, that is.  And while you don’t need to have read Irish Meadows, the story will be that much sweeter for having done so.

And one more thing while I’m on that topic – the whispered Irish endearments.  Be still my heart. Melted into a little puddle of mush, I did.

Perhaps even more important than the romance (I can hear your gasps of shock from here!) is the message of restoration that Mason weaves through the story.  It’s evident in several scenes that will have even the least emotional readers wiping away a few tears. Some are obvious. Others are more subtle.  But each will touch anyone who has ever needed the reminder that God specializes in the beauty of second chances.

Bottom Line: Suspense, romance, history, family, and faith all come together in the framework of a novel even stronger than its predecessor.  The theme of grace and restoration is poignant and sincere yet beautiful in its simplicity.  Mason paints her characters with vivid color so that they set up camp in your heart almost before you realize it. If you’re a fan of Dawn Crandall, Carrie Turansky or Pepper Basham, you will want to read this series!

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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I’ve got an extra copy of A Worthy Heart and I want one of you to have it!

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To get a head start, go ahead and leave a comment while you’re here, answering the following question:

Who is your favorite romantic pairing in literature?

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susan anne masonAbout the Author:

Susan Anne Mason describes her writing style as “romance sprinkled with faith”. She loves incorporating inspirational messages of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness into her characters’ journeys.  A Worthy Heart is her second novel in the COURAGE TO DREAM series, which features the O’Leary family. The first book in the series, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction From the Heartland contest sponsored by the Mid-American Romance Authors chapter of the RWA.

Susan lives outside Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She loves red wine and chocolate, is not partial to snow even though she’s Canadian, and is ecstatic on the rare occasions she has the house to herself. In addition to writing, Susan likes to research her family history online and occasionally indulges in scrapbooks.

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37 responses to “Review (and a Giveaway!): A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

  1. carrieturansky

    This sounds like a wonderful story. I love the beautiful cover! Thanks, Carrie and Susan, for this opportunity to learn more about this book. I’m just listening to the audio book of Jane Eyre, so that’s the romantic couple on my mind right now. : )

  2. Great review! That’s what I keep hearing! I must get my hands on a copy! =) Maybe I’ll be lucky and Mr. will choose me here. =) My favorite all time pairing has to be Miss Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy! Yes, we need to go the full name route to tell you how I love them.. specifically Mr. Darcy. =) For recent reads, Amaryllis and Nathan Everstone is a good pair. Millie and Everett in In Good Company makes me laugh…hmmm. I might be able to go all night.

  3. Trixi

    That’s such a hard question to answer, right up there with “who’s your favorite author”, lol! I think ANY good fictional romance book I’ve read the hero & heroine have been my favorite romantic pairing 🙂
    Ive been SO looking forward to this book since I have “Irish Meadows”….I have some serious author love with Susan! I’m so happy to see a secondary book in this series, thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    P.S, How about that cover?? Just as gorgeous as the first!

  4. Gail Hollingsworth

    That’s a hard question, kinda like who’s your favorite child. I am a romantic at heart and am always cheering on couples in the books I read. Right now I’m pulling for Zane and Lila in Amish Sweethearts by Leslie Gould. So my answer is whatever couple I’m reading about at the time in my current book.

  5. Stephanie C.

    Wow! I think you found an impossible questions for a reader to answer. It ranks up there with what is your favorite book or author. Lol! ?

    Thank you,
    Stephanie C.

  6. spotts06

    Suspense, romance, history, family, and faith…Just what I love in a novel. I would love to be able to read this book. I think probably my favorite pair is whatever book I am reading because I love them all.

  7. kda61

    I do like Pepper Basham books. Also Carrie Turansky. Thank you for this review. I love the cover of the book. As far as my favorite couple, what a difficult question! I would have to say Heidi Wetzel and Paul Braeden from Friends and Enemies by Terri Wangard.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

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