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Love's Faithful Promise by Susan Anne Mason | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis from back of book:

Widower Dr. Matthew Clayborne is devoted to two things: his work with wounded soldiers and his four-year-old daughter, Phoebe. When Deirdre O’Leary, a feisty New Yorker, arrives in Toronto requesting he use his skills to help her stricken mother, he won’t abandon either of these priorities to care for one older woman. However, when his daughter suffers a health scare and needs a respite, Deirdre offers a trade — they can escape to the peace of her family’s farm, if he will care for Mrs. O’Leary.

Matthew agrees for his daughter’s sake, but is intent on staying as short a time as necessary. The sojourn at Irish Meadows does wonders for Phoebe, and as she begins to flourish, Matthew finds himself drawn to the O’Leary’s, especially to the captivating Deirdre. But since he has no intention of leaving his life up north forever, and Deirdre has sworn off marriage in favor of her career, how will they deal with the undeniable attraction between them?

My review:

Have you ever read a story that you wanted to read as slow as possible to savor every word? I felt that way with this story. I absolutely loved the story of Deirdre and Matthew. I will miss the O’Leary family, but the ending was pretty satisfying.

I often snatch short amounts of time to read. When I am reading a page turning book, I struggle with trying to get more of those little snippets of time to dive into the story. This book was a struggle for that reason and for another one that I do not run across that often – the desire to make the story last. How does one read a page turning story really slow?

When I closed the book, I sat for a few moments in complete contentment. Seriously, how does this author write such wonderful characters? As an author, I am envious and want to analyze that. As a reader, I am a complete fan.

Enough about my feelings… Deirdre was my favorite of the O’Leary sisters. She was only second to Maggie from the second book. Deirdre was confident, compassionate, and a humble woman of God. Everything about her was admirable. I loved that she was career minded and yet completely comfortable in a position of assistance.

Now Matthew… Ah, he was such a grump when he met Deirdre, and he had good reason. I loved that Deirdre’s influence pulled him out of his self imposed shell and made him a better man. His feelings for her, well let’s just say that there were times when my heart was skipping a few beats right along with him.

What I enjoyed most about this book

All of it. I loved that it was the complete package: great story, the right amount of conflict, wonderful characters, and just a really good love story. Sigh. This book is a keeper for me.

What I didn’t like about this book:

That it had to end. There are not that many books that make me want to read slower in order to savor them.

My rating:  5+ out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  Absolutely!  Go and get your copy right now. It is a love story with wonderful characters that will make you breathe a sigh of happiness at the end. That is what this book did for me. This is the third and final book in the series. It is a standalone story and it reads very well that way. You do not have to read the other two in order, but you should definitely read them anyway. What are you waiting for?

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.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Susan Anne Mason, author website


-Loraine Nunley


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