Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spring For Susannah by Catherine Richmond

Book Description
Hundreds of miles from home, Susannah faces an uncertain future as a mail-order bride on the untamed Dakota prairie.
When her parents die suddenly, and no suitors call, Susannah resigns herself to the only option available: becoming a mail-order bride. Agreeing to marry her pastor's brother, Jesse, Susannah leaves the only home she's ever known for the untamed frontier of the Dakota Territory.
Her new husband is more loving and patient with her than she believes she deserves. Still, there is also a wildness to him that mirrors the wilderness surrounding them. And Susannah finds herself constantly on edge. But Jesse's confidence in her-and his faith in God's perfect plan-slowly begin to chip away at the wall she hides behind.
When she miscarries in the brutal Dakota winter, Susannah's fledgling faith in herself and in God begins to crumble. Still, Jesse's love is unwavering. Just when it seems like winter will never end, Susannah finally sees the first tentative evidence of spring. And with it, the realization that more than the landscape has changed.
She looks to the future with a renewed heart. Yet in her wildest dreams, she couldn't predict all that awaits her.

My Thoughts:
This was an endearing book. Susannah has come to the realization that she has no other option other than to become a mail-order-bride. Her family has passed and there are no prospects for her so she agrees to become the wife of a minister's brother out in the Dakota territory. Jesse isn't sure how Susannah's petite body will do in the harsh Dakota winter but he is pleasantly surprised by her knowledge and help. As time passes, he slowly chips away at her feelings of unworthiness and shows her his unwavering love.
Jesse was my favorite character in this book. He was so strong and steady through it all, not to mention compassionate and patient. I like that the author gave Susannah skills and direction instead of just having her be a housewife. While she did that as well, it added a new layer to a wonderful character. Her shyness and difficulties in her past make the hesitation believable. I look forward to seeing more from this author.
I rate this a 4/5. It was a good, nice change of pace, read.

Thank you to Litfuse for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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