Jun 13, 2011

Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

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A KINDLE GIVEAWAY AND FACEBOOK PARTY!!

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!

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MY THOUGHTS

Spring for Susannah is a beautiful love story set in the wild Dakota frontier. Desperate for a place to live and a family of her own, Susannah gets married by proxy to a man she has never even met. She then embarks on a long stage coach ride to her new home, and into the life of her brand new husband, a complete stranger.

Susannah was the type of person that I would love to have for a best friend. She was down to earth, determined to make the best of any situation, and she had a wonderful sense of humor. However, she is haunted by memories from her past, and she has a hard time trusting others.

She had no idea that her new home would be a clay shoddy dug in the side of a hill, basically nothing more than a cave with a dirt floor. This is just the beginning of her struggles to adapt to her new life.

And then there is Jesse ... the new husband. He has lived alone on the prairie trying to make a life for himself and a future family that he could only dream of. When his blushing and timid bride arrives, he is nothing but patient and understanding, and willing to do whatever he can to make Susannah happy. This world would be a much better place if there were more husbands just like Jesse.

This story is about a young couple searching for their own place in the world, and the journey is not an easy one. The choices they make when things get tough affect not only their lives, but those of everyone around them.

Catherine Richmond has written an absolutely stunning debut novel, and I can't wait to see what comes next!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Spring for Susannah courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

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