Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond

When Susannah heads out West after agreeing to be a "mail order bride", she isn't sure what to expect.  Recently orphaned as a young woman, she finds herself in new territory.  She is used to city life in Detroit, not this vast barren land she finds herself in the middle of.  Rough, mountain men missing their teeth, goodness, what has she gotten herself into?  Half afraid of what her new husband will look like, she breathes a sigh of relief when she meets Jesse.  Strong handsome features, certainly she can come to love this man.  Life may not be easy, but at least she will not be alone.

I loved the storyline of this book...sometimes I think this was the time period I should have lived during!  Richmond does an excellent job vividly painting word pictures that make me feel as if I am right there with Jesse and Susannah in their little mud Soddy.  I literally felt their pain and sorrow with them, I cried with them at their loses, and rejoiced with them in their triumphs.  I even flew through many of the last few pages just trying to see how it ended!

On the downside, sometimes Richmond painted too vivid of a picture for me.  Some of her intimate descriptions made me blush, but it was nothing that was "R" rated.  Just a few too many details for this "G" rated girl.  A few times I needed to remind myself that this was a christian fiction book, just not the type I was used to.

All in all, I give this book 4 stars.  If you are looking for a romantic read set back in the settling days, then this book is for you!

 **I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.**

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