This was a fun book to read. I can completely and utterly relate to Susannah, in some was more than ever right now. Having to move away from everything that is known and comfortable, to the unknown. Thinking that the unknown will be better than the known problems, but still worried and scared. Right now I’m getting ready to move from the home I’ve lived in for the past 13 1/2 years, the home we brought my daughter home to, the one my son has had every birthday except his first one in. I see so many memories that it is hard to just let go, but the move is needed. My kids will now go to great schools, we’ll be within walking distance to my parents (still not sure if this is good or not), and it does take me away from all the bad memories too. Susannah needs to go west, to find a husband to get away from the problems that plague her back in the midwest. She is so used to just being in the back ground, always trying to follow the rules and do the right thing no mater if it makes sense or not. Suddenly she finds herself in what must seem like a whole new world to her, everything is different- including the fact that she now has a husband. This book is a great story that shows how Susannah grows from being a girl who does everything to try and please people, into the strong resilient woman who can stand up for herself with out shying away from everything.
About the book: Spring for Susannah
Booklist says, “Inspired by [folk] lyrics, Richmond arrives on the inspirational fiction scene with a moving debut novel. Readers will be filled with hope that Susannah will learn the true meaning of love. Highly recommended where inspiring, romantic historical fiction is in demand.”
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.
Catherine Richmond was focused on her career as an occupational therapist till 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 Novelist critique group and lives in Nebraska with her husband.
For more about Catherine, please visit www.catherinerichmond.com.
To celebrate her debut novel, Catherine and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away a Spring For Susannah Prize Package worth over $150!
One grand prize winner will receive:
* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen
* Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond (for KINDLE)
To enter just click one of the icons below and then tell your friends! But hurry, giveaway ends on June 27th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 28th at 5 PM (6PM MST, 7PM CST, & 8PM EST) during Catherine’s Spring for Susannah Book Club Party on Facebook! Catherine is rustling up some fun for the party – she’ll be chatting about the story behind her novel, hosting a book club chat, testing your mail- order bride trivia skills, and giving away some GREAT prizes! Don’t miss the fun and tell your friends!
I would like to thank litFUSE for the hard copy of the book that I read and also BookSneeze for the electronic version, and for the opportunity to read such a great book. Thank you