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Spring for Susannah

Spring for Susannah

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Spring for Susannah

Bewertungen:
3.5/5 (7 Bewertungen)
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317 Seiten
7 Stunden
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Freigegeben:
Jun 13, 2011
ISBN:
9781595549846
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Beschreibung

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.

Herausgeber:
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Jun 13, 2011
ISBN:
9781595549846
Format:
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  • (5/5)

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    I absolutely LOVED this debut by the VERY talented Catherine Richmond. This is an author who knows how to take history, characters full of wit and charm, God's guidance and love, and turn them all into one FANTASTIC piece of history! I was lost among the pages instantly, and I did NOT want this beautiful book to end. Truly wonderful!Susannah is a wonderful character and my heart truly went out to her. She went through so much turmoil in her life that I felt it all like it was my own. Susannah's story is a mix of mail-order bride and marriage-of-convenience rolled into one. Bless her heart, she lost her parents and now she's settling for what she thinks is a loveless but convenient marriage.Jesse's character is AMAZING! I LOVED him from the start. He's charming and lovable and I would DIE for a man like him. He stuck by Susannah from the beginning, and for him, it grew to be more than just convenience. The way he was so patient with Susannah and her adjusting to life in Dakota, well, I truly wish I could have had a man like that!This is so much more than a 5 star book! This is the BEST historical fiction novel I've read in a long time. Not only that, but it is a DEBUT! A lot of debuts from new authors are good, but rarely do they so capture me that I feel lost once I've shut the book. That is exactly how I felt at the end of this novel. I could feel the dresses and hear the talk of the historical era that Catherine wrote about. I could see my self right beside this lovable and quirky characters! I can't wait to see what Catherine Richmond has in store for her new found fans!

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  • (4/5)

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    This was a story that after I finished reading, I closed the book with a feeling of joy and satisfaction. It was a feel good story, even though there were elements throughout the story with sorrow and heartache in them. I will look forward in the future to hopefully reading more of Catherine Richmond's books as this was her debut.Susannah finds herself arriving in the Dakota territory married to a man she has yet to meet (which I thought was quite interesting in itself). She has grown up in a home where love was never openly displayed and rarely shown, and her self-confidence level is very low. Her new husband Jesse is a breath of fresh air. What was there not to like about this character. I thoroughly enjoyed his personality and how he eventually brought out the best in Susannah. There was sadness, heartaches and pain in the story; but there was also alot of love and understanding and folks who endured and came out stronger in their love for one another and in their faith in their God. I feel it was time well spent in reading this story and would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers/ BookSneeze for sending me this book for review.

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  • (4/5)
    Normally I’m not a fan of the historical romance novel but the description on Spring for Susannah intrigued me with the mail-order bride scenario. It’s not your typical mail-order setting but more of a “last choice” option for Susannah. She knew this was her last alternative to even hope for a husband and home.Susannah had no idea what she was getting herself into when she got on that train going west. She assumed her new husband would have a home like she was accustomed to and she would take care of it and her husband as her mother taught her. What she did get, however, was nowhere near what she anticipated. Put yourself in her place—leaving everything & everyone you have known your entire life and going into a wilderness where there is limited access to food, farming materials, and even other human contact. Her mother’s teachings of the way a lady should act and project herself had no place in this new world and Susannah felt lost. I loved how patient and kind Jesse was with Susannah—having just met her, he tolerated her ineptitude around the house, her social constraints, and her lack of trust with a faith that God will provide in time. Susannah’s lack of trust and faith slowly turns around with Jesse’s intervention and the way he lives his own life. Over time, their love grows and we even learn a little about their lives “behind closed doors” which is unusual for the typical Christian novel---don’t get me wrong, there are no sordid details but this time we actually know they share a physical relationship.There were a few slow spots in the middle, almost as if repetition would fill the pages, but once I got past those the story picked back up and got back in the groove. Then at the end, I felt the book ended kind of abruptly as if it was getting too long or something.For a introductory novel, Ms Richmond has done a fabulous job of getting the reader emotionally involved with the characters. I felt as if I was looking through a window actually watching the story—not just reading about it. I look forward to her next release. Overall, I’d give this a 4 out of 5 for the depth of characters and a new approach to the mail-order bride/historical fiction category.This Book was provided by Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson in exchange for an unbiased review. The opinions expressed were my own.
  • (4/5)
    Susannah Underhill finds herself a mail-order bride when her parents die suddenly. She agrees to marry her pastor's brother, Jesse Martin, who lives in the Dakota Territory. She thinks that Jesse will be a quiet, proper type like his brother. Imagine her surprise when her new husband is everything but quiet. He's as wild as the place he lives. But he's also loving and caring toward her in a way she's never known before. He encourages her to be strong, to speak up and teaches her about faith in God. When tragedy strikes will Susannah's love for Jesse and her new found faith carry her through a very difficult winter to find the promise of Spring?This was a wonderful story. I found myself glued to the pages from beginning to end. There were many times throughout the story I would put my self in Susannah's shoes and think, WOW, could I have done that? The lead couple in this story were so well written. Jesse was awesome. How he handled Susannah and their whole situation was excellent. I LOVED the dialog!!!! I appreciated how the author wrote him as a realist 'man'. There was an honesty in this story that I just really liked. Susannah was a wonderful leading lady. She was timid and trying to behave proper and lady-like as she was raised but Jesse quickly pointed out that in Dakota that really doesn't do you any good! I loved watching these two work to find their balance. Life in the Territory was extremely harsh and I thought the author did a wonderful job of painting a vivid picture of the area. I felt like I was there. The spiritual thread of 'depending upon God' ran realistically through the story. I didn't feel like it was forced at all. If you enjoy historicals, this is one you won't want to miss. I am looking forward to other works by Catherine Richmond. I might make mention that I really liked the cover of the book. The woman matched what I pictured Susannah to look like. A thank you goes to Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson for providing this complimentary copy for review.