Monday, June 13, 2011

Spring for Susannah

Thank you to LitFuse Publicity Group for providing this book in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. 

This is a great book. I was quite surprised to realize that she is a first time author. I had a hard time putting this book down. I fell in love with the characters and needed to know what was going to happen next! Now, I have been to North Dakota and South Dakota. She is such a good story teller she almost had me believing Dakota was beautiful! The booked flowed well and was not as cliche as this story line could be. There are the parts that you probably know are coming but the route she went was different. The story was fresh, it didn't feel "done before." If you're looking for a good book to throw in your bag and take to the beach/pool/enter-name-of-outing-here, this is it!

I am looking forward to Catherine Richmond's next book. I feel there may possibly be a sequel or series in this one. If so, I would definitely read them!

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.

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About the giveaway and party:
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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1 comment:

  1. Stacie,
    Thanks so much for your kind review of Spring for Susannah! The Dakotas have a kind of beauty that grows on you - like an old friend. I can't imagine anyone reading this at the beach - I spent my writing time shivering with all those blizzard scenes!
    My next book, Relying on Sophia, comes out summer 2012. It takes place in southern Dakota Territory, 1876. Hope you like it, too!