Synopsis from back of book:
The answer to Maggie Montgomery’s dream of seeing America has arrived at just the right time. Not only will she be reunited with her beloved brother Rylan, but she’ll be able to escape Neill Fitzgerald and his increasingly unwanted attentions. She’s intent on never returning to Ireland, hoping to build her future in the land of opportunity and perhaps find the love of her life.
While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man she thinks is a stable hand. Only when her brother demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she learn he’s Rylan’s brother-in-law, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her stubborn heart conform to her brother’s request.
Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Now a free man, Adam’s only desire is to earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with the newly arrived Maggie, however, was never in his plans. Despite everyone’s efforts to keep them apart, the two develop a bond it seems nothing can break – but they soon discover the past isn’t easy to overcome.
I absolutely loved this story. It is the tale of a man who has made huge mistakes but manages to find his worth, forgiveness, and even love. It is beautifully written and I was completely immersed in the story of this broken man and the wonderful woman who gives him her heart.
That is the short review. Here comes the gushing…
I LOVED Adam and Maggie’s story. It takes quite a lot to get me emotionally invested in a character and so I was super impressed that this author was able to get me to care so much about Adam, who was by no means perfect.
It starts with the cover, which I may just have to put on my bookshelf facing out. It is definitely a cover that begs to be opened. Then I met Maggie Montgomery. She is such a sweet soul that I immediately wanted to call her a friend. She was the healing balm that Adam needed in his life. I ached for Adam from the time that he came onto the page. I actually found myself getting choked up several times over how difficult things were for him. The fact that Maggie could see the depth of his character when even he couldn’t was another thing that made her a wonderful character for me. I can’t give too much away except to say that God’s love is reflected in this story and I couldn’t help but be moved by that.
There is a secondary story line that runs through the book which involves Maggie’s brother Gabe and a character from the first book in the series. It was very well done, by the way. I was also able to revisit the O’Leary’s and see how things were progressing with the family.
What I enjoyed most about this book: Just about everything. Any book that makes me care so much about the characters is a keeper in my book.
What I didn’t like about this book: That I didn’t write it. Seriously. I will have to get another copy of it so I can make notes on how to write characters that evoke such emotion.
My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars (I may have to rethink my rating scale…)
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. Go and get your copy right now. If for no other reason than to see how God’s love is reflected in Maggie’s love for Adam who feels he is not worthy. This is the second book in the series. It is a standalone story, but I would highly recommend that you read the series in order so you can keep up with the O’Leary’s.
Note: I was gifted this book by the author. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I express here are my own.
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