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I almost didn't read Irish Meadows. I bypassed it several times—the description didn’t entice me one bit—but I was captured by the striking cover. The cobalt riding habit. Those eyes. Unfortunately, the cover was the best part, and I should have remembered the old adage about books and covers.
It didn’t start well. The opening scene is Gil confiding his life history to a horse. Original, yes. Good, no. I thought after that unengaging start things could only get better. It didn't. I didn't like any of the main characters, the plot didn't engage me and it seemed as though some of the most interesting parts (e.g. Colleen's character change) were all told, not shown, which didn't make it seem realistic.
I've had a look at the other reviews on Amazon, and it seems I'm in the minority in not loving this book. It got a starred review from Library Journal (but so did another Bethany House historical novel which has recently been hitting the news for all the wrong reasons). I wanted to like Irish Meadows, but I really don't. At this point, I can't even finish it (one reviewer assures me the last quarter is the best, but I don't know if I want to put myself through that).
Thanks to Bethany House and Litfuse for providing a free ebook for review.