A Worthy Heart


Author: Susan Anne Mason
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN: 9780764217258

Book summary:

Maggie Montgomery’s long-held wish to see America is finally coming true. She’ll visit her beloved brother Rylan and his wife, Colleen, and at the same time, escape Neill Fitzgerald’s unwanted attention. In addition, Maggie has a secret! She plans to remain in America to seek her fortune and to hopefully find love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Only when Rylan demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she realize he’s Colleen’s brother, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her heart conform to her brother’s request.

Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Spending time in jail only reinforces his belief. Now that he’s free, Adam hopes to make amends and earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans.

Despite everyone’s effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break–but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome?


Such a wonderful and romantic book to read. A Worthy Heart is the second book of the Courage to Dream series. This book is a great book to read alone, but after reading this book I bet you will want to go back to read the first book. In A Worthy Heart, Maggie Montgomery and her brother, Gabe, travel to America to visit their brother, Rylan. Adam O’Leary has just been released from prison and does what he can to make a better life from himself. The one good thing in his life is meeting Maggie, but he struggles with wanting to be with her and keeping her far away from himself and his tarnished past.

Adam O’Leary tries to make amends with his family but has a hard time getting on his father’s, James, good side. No matter what he does it never is good enough for James. You find out in the book that Adam loves to take wood and create it into something beautiful. But his father believes that only the working class should be doing menial work. The power struggle between James and Adam is so thick that at any moment you are ready for it to snap. Maggie enjoys being with Adam and feels safe and protected whenever he is near. He has saved her multiple times which brings them closer together. Throughout the whole book they struggle with their own past and trying to make a future for themselves. At the same time they start to slowly fall in love with each other but there are so many outside factors that do whatever they can to break the two apart.

Besides Maggie and Adam, I enjoy how there is another love story going on between Gabe and Aurora Hastings. Gabe was a fireman back in Ireland and is enjoying learning about the fire department in New York. Aurora comes from a wealthy family and is trying to become a nurse, knowing that her father does not approve. Although we do not know much about these two characters, you cannot help but to also fall in love with them. I was amazed how the author wove them into the story and not outshining the two main characters. This touch brought the story to life and created a realistic world where so many things happening. But calm enough so that you are not overwhelmed and trying to figure out what is happening.

Overall, A Worthy Heart was a splendid book to read and get sucked into. I had no clue what to expect when I started to read this book but it was ten times better than I thought it would be. Now I am sad I have finished this story, but I would love to thank Bethany House for giving me this amazing book to read in exchange of an honest review. Once again given me a wonderful book to read and enjoy. Thank you!


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