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.
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?
This is the third book in the Courage to Dream series. I have only read this book and found it to be a stand alone book. That being said I would love to read the first two books to read the stories of Deirdre's siblings.
Deirdre had to leave medical school to tend her mother since her mother's stroke. This was a very difficult decision for her as women in medical school was unheard of in that day and age. If she doesn't return soon, she will forfeit her place at the school. Matthew doesn't want to like anything about Irish Meadows and especially Deirdre. He vowed never to get married again. Matthew's daughter blossoms at Irish Meadows. He can't deny Phoebe's health has greatly improved or his growing attraction to Deirdre.
I would recommend this book to all ages. I was given this book by the publisher for a honest review. I was not compensated in any way.