Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond Book Review/Giveaway

Spring for Susannah
A mail order bride and a Dakota homesteader discover love in Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond.  When Susannah's parents die and leave her with nothing she is forced to find someone to provide for her.  She is introduced through letters to her pastor's brother, Jesse Mason.  Her arrival at Fourth Siding, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, begins Susannah's journey of opening herself to the harsh realities of life that she never anticipated.  Her first step into the dirt floor soddy was not the cozy home she expected.  Susannah holds back much of herself as Jesse gently tries to help her relax.  Many differences in their personalities and how they were raised caused concern and friction for the couple.  It wasn't until they experienced a tragedy that Jesse and Susannah begin to knit their hearts together.  As financial circumstances force the couple to make difficult choices for separation, the love they share with God and each other warms the distance.  Susannah discovers who she is and as God blesses them, she is certain that Jesse is the provider that she knew was always waiting for her.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet novel, a debut by Catherine Richmond.  Her rich descriptions and colorful characters make this story come alive.  At first, I was wondering how she could make such a plain setting where few people lived be an interesting story.  The relationships of the characters are special and entertaining.  Jesse is a model husband and almost too good to be true and Susannah reminds me so much of myself.  When she cast off her city bred ways and took on tasks of a homesteader I was simply amazed.  You will enjoy this novel, but beware that the ending is somewhat unfinished.

*This book was provided to me free of charge by Litfuse Hens for purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of this book and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*

Win it:  I am having a giveaway for this book.  Open to US only and giveaway ends Sunday, June 26.

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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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