Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond

Susannah’s parents have passed away, a banker forces inappropriate advances on her because of her father’s debt, and she has no future in Detroit. So she heads to Dakota Territory as a mail-order bride to her minister’s homesteading brother, Jesse. She never felt good enough for her parents, so she hides behind what is proper. She also feel like she isn’t worthy of God’s love and worries that if Jesse really knows her he won’t like her.

“Susannah had hoped he wouldn’t be overly demanding, insisting on fancy meals, requiring a spotless house. Instead, he complimented her for the simple fare she cooked, approved of the linens she’d bought, and didn’t ask for much in the way of housekeeping.

No, his demands were of a more frightening nature. He wanted to know her.”

Watch as this couple grows from strangers to a husband & wife union in which only death will part. Understand their struggles as they go from hiding their real selves to being honest with each other and God.

I truly appreciated the realness in which the book was written. Love wasn’t something felt as first glance. The main characters weren’t ruggedly handsome or extremely beautiful. However, they became more and more attractive to each other and to those around them, especially Susannah as her confidence grew under Jesse’s patient encouragement. There was a little of everything in this book -humor, romance, adventure, death, life, friendship, hardness, beauty, laughter, sorrow, etc! This is not just any historical fiction! The only negative is that I wanted more of Jesse and Susannah together and not apart and after all they went through the end seemed a little rushed… could there be a sequel?

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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