In her debut novel Catherine Richmond beautifully tells the story of Susannah, a young woman who becomes a mail-order bride after a series of tragic events leave her alone in life. Susannah’s new life has her facing trials and struggles she never dreamt she would encounter. Through these events Susannah is changed; Richmond crafts an interesting and captivating story about these transitions. Spring for Susannah is a wonderful story of love, strength, trust and hope.
I loved reading this book! The way the plot, settings and characters were developed and described really kept my interest and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next; even until the last few pages, I kept wondering what direction the story would take. I enjoyed the way the characters related to one another and I thought Richmond did a great job of detailing the intricacies of life on the frontier. From the prairie fires to the cold, harsh winters I felt as though I was right there with the characters seeing the world through their eyes.
Based on this debut novel, I’d say that Catherine Richmond has a great future as an author!
Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. I was not required to give a positive review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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.
About Catherine: 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.