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Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond
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Jun 09, 2011

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It's summer time and a time for relaxation, fun and books!

What better way to start this summer or to take on vacation, but "Spring for Susannah" by first time author,Catherine Richmond.

A brief synopsis of "Spring for Susannah" as shared by Goodreads:

"With no prospects for marriage and her parents recently deceased, Susannah Underhill agrees to go west to the Dakota territory to marry her minister's homesteading brother, Jesse. But Susannah is painfully shy, doesn't see herself as worthy of love from either a husband or from God, and lives in constant fear that Jesse is going to ship her back to Detroit.

In spite of her petite size and the fact that Susannah doesn't look like she could survive on the prairie, Jesse quickly discovers that his new wife is a greater blessing than he even hoped for. The years she spent as her father's veterinary assistant allow her to save Jesse's ox and twin calves and to help neighboring farmers with their animals.

But Susannah's feelings of unworthiness are deeply rooted, and she can't believe that Jesse's praise-or the tenderness and love he shows-could possibly last. The thawing of her heart seems almost as distant as Spring in the midst of the winter blanketing the Dakota prairie."

A historical romance set after the Civil War, "Spring for Susannah" is Catherine Richmond's debut book; A sweet romance, the reader is carried along with the main character, Susannah, as she faces married life, life on the prairie and battling her own feelings, as she grows in both faith with our Father in Heaven and in love with her husband, Jesse.

For more discerning readers, there is a bit flirtation that is not normally found in most Christian Romance, but its not too much to take away from its deeper readings of growing in faith and trust.

An impressive writing by Catherine Richmond, "Spring for Susannah" was a fun read and I look forward, with interest, to the future works of Catherine and the direction of her work.

With bits of humor sprinkled through the reading, I was a little disappointed toward the end, but it didn't take away from being impressed by the work of Catherine in writing, "Spring for Susannah" overall.

The character development of Susannah as she grew stronger both in her faith and her ability to trust herself in what she could do was wonderful and Catherine did a wonderful job of showing that character progression without the reader feeling rushed in the process.

She helped the reader feel as if they were not just watching the growth and change in both Susannah but in her relationship with God and Jesse, but like they were a living part of the growth and the reader will find them chuckling, smiling and well....have to read the book to find out more and there are many ways to have that happen.

~~~Thank you to Litfuse for the opportunity to read and review "Spring for Susannah" in exchange for an honest review.~~~

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