Thursday, May 26, 2011

Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond

Book Description:  When Susannah goes to Dakota territory as a mail-order bride she finds something she never dreamed she would-true love.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.
My Review:  Susannah is all alone in the world.  She has no parents and no prospects of a husband.  Susannah feels unworthy and she feels abandon by God....not sure that she even believes in God.  
But when the local preacher approaches Susannah about being a mail-order bride for his brother who lives in the small community of Fourth Sidling, North Dakota, she accepts the proposal.
Susannah isn't sure, after getting to North Dakota, that she is worthy of being Jesse's bride.
However, Jesse is a loving and patient husband.  He truly loves Susannah and in spite of herself Susannah finds her love for Jesses growing.  But what if Jesse learns of her secret?  Will he still love her?  
This is a great read about finding love, being forgiven and yes, there is a hope and a future.  
The author does and excellent job of writing about faith, hope and love when we trust an Everlasting Father!
This is one of must.have.great.summer reads for your summer enjoyment!
*This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Pubishing/Book Sneeze*

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