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’Learys, 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?
I chose to read Love’s Faithful Promise because I’ve read the previous books in the series.
Susan Anne Mason concludes her Courage to Dream series with a novel about the two youngest members of the O’Leary family. Eight years have passed since the events of the previous book and Connor and Deidre are all grown up. This was a bit of a stunner for me who remembered Deidre as a little girl hugging her older sisters. Now, she looks on enviously as those sisters enjoy family life while she intends be a doctor. She’s already a nurse and therefore she’s the one to assist when her mother has a stroke. It’s also the reason she’s sent to Toronto to persuade Matthew Claybourne to come to the USA to treat her mother.
Meanwhile at home, her brother has been tasked with bringing a race horse back from injury. It seems an impossible task until a new stable hand going by the name of Joe displays skills worthy of a horse whisperer. But something doesn’t seem quite right about Joe and Connor is determined to learn the truth about his new employee.
This was a pleasant read focusing on life after World War I. Matthew is a physical therapy specialist, a discipline still in its early days at this time. It’s an element I found interesting because my husband is a physical therapist. The characters are appealing and sympathetic and the story of Matthew’s daughter tugs at the heartstrings.
Although Love’s Faithful Promise is the third title of a series, I think it can be enjoyed without having read the other two books first. I do recommend reading them, however, to better appreciate the family dynamics. Throughout the series, for example, we see the gradual transformation of the family patriarch James O’Leary. It’s fitting that the series should end on a scene with him thinking back on the past and also looking to the future.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary electronic advance copy of Love’s Faithful Promise.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 13 September 2016
Page Count: 400