Sunday, January 24, 2016

Book Review: A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

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Title: A Worthy Heart

Author: Susan Anne Mason

Series: Courage to Dream #2

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult

**3 stars**

A Worthy Heart, Book 2 in the COURAGE TO DREAM series by Susan Anne Mason continues in much the same way as the book before it. Drama, rifts, and forbidden romance.

This story centers on Maggie, the sister of Rylan Montgomery (from the first book), who comes to America from Ireland with her other brother, Gabriel. Adam O'Leary, also from Irish Meadows, is a main character as well. Just having gotten out of prison, he's feeling pretty low and not sure if he can face his family and townspeople. Gabriel plans to stay in America for the summer, and then go back to Ireland, where unrest is high. But certain people and circumstances may change all plans.

As I mentioned above, it was similar to the first book. Different main characters, but two more forbidden romances. Having four main characters was a little difficult for me because ... I don't know ... they all seemed the same? Sometimes I got them mixed up! O_O

James O'Leary, the father of Adam, sort of slips back into his slightly villainous role from Book 1. That annoyed me. He could be so cruel sometimes! (That being said, I did get into Adam's past, redemption story, and all that. He was a character I liked!) Um, by the end of the book, a lot of things are resolved in the family, which was wonderful, and heartfelt. ^_^

Anyway, I believe I enjoyed A Worthy Heart more than the first book. I didn't skim. And though a lot of things were the same, this book did have a spiced up ending. Some action and suspense! That got my attention and had me breathlessly turning pages to see if everything would turn out alright!

Unfortunately, though I liked A Worthy Heart, I'm more convinced now that Susan Anne Mason's stories just aren't to my taste. I most likely won't be continuing this series. But fans of romance novels in a historical setting will probably enjoy it!

I received a copy of A Worthy Heart from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Some stories/authors just aren't suited for certain readers and there's nothing wrong with that. I'm a big believer that it's best to find our reading niche, especially as a book blogger because not only is it no fun to push through a book we've committed to review, it's also doing no favors to the author or publishing to read something we'll have only half-hearted things to say about it.

    1. Absolutely! We all have different tastes. I really don't like giving "not so good" reviews ... especially for books I requested to review! :( So yeah, that's why I don't plan on reading by Susan Anne Mason anymore. But other readers will love her books, I'm sure! ^_^