Monday, July 4, 2011

Spring For Susannah Book Review

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.

This is a new author to me and I was pretty excited about trying it. I love books that have mail-order brides and that time in history kind of has a special charm to me. I mean, come on, leaving everything and traveling west to marry a man you have never even met? Talk about interesting:) So this book, Spring for Susannah, was high on my list to try.

The plot was very interesting. Jesse is quite a gentle, patient man but Susannah lives in constant fear that he is going to send her back. Even after she helps save some of his livestock, she still thinks he is going to want her to leave. But Jesse is ever patient and slowly teaches her that he will love her no matter what. But then other hardships arise and they have to see if they can make it through the trials and still stay strong together.

One part I found interesting was the Norwegian friends. We have a friend who is from Norway and I could just imagine the voice and the language! And then when she runs into the older Irish gentleman, he gives her some wonderful advice. I don't want to give too much away as I want you to pick up this book, but I loved the wisdom given out in this novel.

I would suggest this book for anyone who is having a difficult time or gone through trials. It clearly shows the message of God's love and how He is the husband. Very nice lesson!! I will be watching for Catherine's next book and I imagine she will have some more lessons for us in her new one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze as part of the Books for Bloggers program. I did not receive any monetary compensation and all thoughts are 100% mine.


Cathy said...

Charity, Thank you for your wonderful review! Yes, that's exactly what I was going for - that Jesse's love pointed Susannah to God's love! Blessings!

Josiah said...

Sounds like a good book to give to someone who is searching or feeling alone. Thanks for the review

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