Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Spring for Susannah Book Review
SUMMARY: 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 winder, 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.
REVIEW: I love how Susannah becomes a stronger person as she learns to trust Jesse and God more. Having learned veterinary skills from her father, she is a big help to Jesse and the people in their small community when problems arise with their livestock which, in turn, helps her confidence build. When Jesse leaves to find work after they lose their crop to grasshoppers, Susannah is again forced to stand on her own, trust God with her future and husband, and exert herself when forced to make some difficult decisions. This is an awesome book!!
This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group for review without compensation.
Catherine Richmond was focused on her career as an occupational therapist until a special song planted a story idea in her mind. That idea would ultimately become Spring for Susannah, her first novel. She is also a founder and moderator of Nebraska Novelists critique group and lives in Nebraska with her husband. This book is her literary debut.