Friday, October 7, 2016

Love's Faithful Promise

GIVEAWAY

MASON, SUSAN ANNE
LOVE'S FAITHFUL PROMISE

If two wounded souls can find healing, love may not be far behind.

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 of 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?

My Review:

I'm a little bit speechless over this grand finale of the Courage to Dream series....okay, not really... more like I'm bordering on super gushing and I'm tongue-tied over trying to figure out what to say. Well, that's sort of speechless, right?

First off -- best conclusion to a series ever!!! I finished it on the bus and I was so overcome with a mix of giddy and sad that I gave a gusty sigh and said something like, "I don't know whether to laugh or cry that was such a good ending!" Out. Loud. Which earned me odd looks from fellow commuters. Kinda embarassing, but not enough to wipe the silly grin off my face or stop me from hugging the book before I carefully put it back in my bag.

So I'm feeling replete from a story well told, and already nostalgic over the O'Learys and all the characters and pretty much every single blade of grass in Irish Meadows (horse farm).  Sigh. I'm really not ready to let go.

Deirdre -- all grown up and spunky as all get out. Determined to get her way no matter what. With a heart so full of love and kindness and faith. The perfect foil for the rather jaded Matthew. He comes to life as his relationship with Deirdre grows. And so does his daughter. So many tender moments. And funny ones. And infuriating ones. And -- oh my goodness the toe-curling ones! Thud!!!!! Exquisitely delicious.

And then there's the surprising bonus of an additional romance for brother, Connor O'Leary. The kind of love story that makes a reader squirm with delight as unexpected events unfold. Not to mention adding even more toe-curling to the book. I may need an iron to straighten my poor toes! :-)

And Mason has blessed her readers with a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of the entire O'Leary clan -- the past heroes and heroines who captured our hearts in Irish Meadows and A Worthy Heart. No need to have read the first two books in order to enjoy this one -- but seriously, after you read Love's Faithful Promise you'll be desperate to read the others so you might as well give in now and get the whole series!

Masterful storytelling, stupendous romance and a moving inspirational thread earn this novel a place of honour on my keeper shelf.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Love's Faithful Promise please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 9 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

41 comments:

  1. You have the most interesting reviews of books! I love the bus story. Thanks for the chance to win this great book!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Bwahahaha! I fear I am an expressive reader so reading in public isn't the greatest idea. :-) Good luck, rubynreba.

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  2. What a review, Kav! You are seriously making me to want to read this one!

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Well -- as far as I'm concerned everyone should read this whole series. LOL Good luck, Janka.

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  3. To quote - Best conclusion of a series ever! That is very high praise! I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series, so I am very much looking forward to this third book. Cathy. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Oh you will be thrilled with this one, CC, you truly will. Good luck.

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  4. My daughter read book one in this series and loved it. This one looks good too.
    Diane
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. They are all excellent. Good luck, Diane.

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  5. I have done that! Laughed out loud or made a comment not remembering I am in public. LOL
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Ah, a kindred reading spirit. Good luck, Susan.

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  6. My sister has part of this series and is hoping to obtain the rest. She'll be excited about this!
    Elly -Indiana-

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  7. I would imagine you got a few odd looks on the bus. I sometimes forget when reading in public and get involved with a book too. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. LOL -- yes...strange looks from the people crazily testing on their itty bitty phones or carrying on personal conversations on their phones or rocking out to music....so, really, who is the crazy person? Bwahahaha! Good luck, Donna.

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  8. Okay, when I see words like tongue-tied, speechless, gushing and TWO toe-ceilings, I'm in!!!

    I've read a couple of Susan's LI's and liked them , but haven't read any in this series. I'm glad to hear you say it can be read as a stand-alone.

    And doesn't she have the most gorgeous covers?!

    Thanks for the opportunity.
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes -- the covers in this series are exquisite. Bethany House out did themselves. You'll love these books. Tracey. You really, really will. Good luck.

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  9. I would love to win a copy. The first 2 books in this series were wonderful! Thanks!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDotcom

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    1. You'll be thrilled with this book, Kate. Good luck.

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  10. KAV, I can picture you on the bus savoring the Loves Faithful Promise. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Caryl. Good luck.

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  11. This is such a beautiful book cover. TY for rhe chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Isn't it gorgeous? The story inside is too. Good luck, Lucy.

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  12. I know exactly what you mean because those special books are my keepers too! I'm anxious to check out the series, thanks for the great review.
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. I predict you will fall in love with the series too, Diane. Good luck.

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  13. You have me drooling over both the book and your review Kav! Sorry about your poor toes :-( Definitely going to get me a copy one way or another as I have the other two in the series!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (com)

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    1. Yes, you must complete the set. Good luck, Trixi.

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  14. What a great review! I can hardly wait to read this one, not to mention the first two. I will have to wait until they are available in the library or on sale at my local book store. I have a limited budget for books. Hope to win this one. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

    princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Libraries are wonderful, aren't they? I love when they order the Christian Fiction books I recommend. Good luck, Debbie.

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  15. Love your reviews Kav! Always making me want to buy more books😀
    This sounds so good, but I think I need to read the other two books first.
    Like my TBR stack isn't big enough...

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Bwahahaha -- well, there really can't be a TBR stack that's too big, can there??? You just have to apply your reader spidey senses to it. Good luck, Patty.

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  16. Loved the first book in this series. Will be reading the second one soon and can't wait for this one!
    mindyhoung (at) msn (dot) com

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  17. Can't wait to read this one! I loved the first two and was supposed to get this one for review but their computers messed up and by the time they realized it it was too late. Thanks for the chance to win!

    gatorade635(at)gmail.com

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    1. Aaaaggghhh --- not fair -- mean computers!!!!! Good luck, Abbi.

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  18. Can't wait to get my copy to read.

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  19. Kav, you TOTALLY drew me into this story with your wonderful review! I was engrossed from the beginning to the end and longing to know more! You made me laugh with your commuter outburst and needing an iron to uncurl your toes :) Thanks for further enticing me to read this book and series and for the opportunity of this giveaway! ~Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Glad I could entertain. :-) Good luck, Alison.

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  20. I love this series and I know that I am prejudiced about book covers, but this series has the BEST! The colors and models are gorgeous. In fact, the cover for Irish Meadows is one of my all-time favorites. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. They are all stunning, aren't they? Good luck, Terrill.

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  21. I'm drawn to this because of the stunning cover!
    Dianna

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