Love’s Faithful Promise by Susan Mason – a review

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Susan Anne Mason

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On May 26, 2017
Last modified:May 26, 2017


When her mother suffers a stroke, medical student Deirdre O'Leary makes the difficult choice to put her career on hold to care for her. Dr. Matthew Clayborne is renowned for his amazing results with patients, but when Deirdre approaches him about helping her mother, she finds him challenging and surly. Deirdre has had enough of complicated men in her life. After her fiancé left her, she vowed never to give a man that kind of power again.

Widower Dr. Matthew Clayborne is devoted to two things: his work with wounded soldiers and his four-year-old daughter, Phoebe. He won't abandon either of these priorities to care for one older woman. However, when Phoebe suffers a health scare, they're offered respite at the Irish Meadows farm, where his daughter's weakened lungs can recover--but only if he cares for Mrs. O'Leary.

Matthew intends to hate Irish Meadows, yet he immediately feels at home, and soon both Mrs. O'Leary and Phoebe are showing improvement. 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?


Love’s Faithful Promise is Book 3 in the Courage to Dream series by Susan Anne Mason. In this novel, there are two stories presented: that of Deirdre O’Leary and Matthew Clayborn, and Connor O’Leary and Josephine Miller.

When Deirdre O’Leary’s mother has a stroke, she is driven to find the best help for her mother. A nurse aspiring to become a doctor in the early 20th Century, Deirdre knows that her mother needs the best of help for her recovery. Deirdre takes on the task of traveling to Canada to convince widowed Doctor Matthew Clayborn to help her mother.

Matthew Clayborn is a widowed father to a young daughter. His loveless marriage left him with feeling like a failure. Driven to his work and taking care of his daughter, nothing else is important to Matthew.

When Deirdre asks for his help, Matthew turns her down. However, when his own daughter has a need presenting itself, Matthew accepts the challenge. He travels along with his daughter to the farm where the O’Learys live to help his daughter and Deirdre’s mother.

Josephine Miller arrives at the farm disguised as a farm hand. Her family situation is poor–her father an alcoholic. When Connor finds out the truth, he does everything that he can to try to make the situation better.

I haven’t read the other two books in this series, but after reading Love’s Faithful Promise, I’m going to have to buy the other two. Additionally, though, I’ll inform you that this is a stand-alone novel. You can understand what is going on without having read the other two novels in the series.

Susan’s writing is wonderful, and I was very disappointed when the story came to an end. Character development is fantastic, and the scenes and situations are entertaining and creative. If you enjoy Christian historical fiction, give Love’s Faithful Promise your time!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers!

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