Spring for Susannah

Title: Spring for Susannah 
Author: Catherine Richmond 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Genre: Fiction 

Spring for Susannah is the debut novel of Catherine Richmond. The story is set in the Dakota Territory following the Civil War. The protagonist Susannah has lost her parents and having no other projection for life decides to be the mail-order bride for her Pastor’s brother Jesse Mason. Unlike love follows marriage stories, this novel leads the other way round. 
Being extremely shy and saddened from life due to her atrocious past Susannah gets in Jesse more than she expected. Jesse is very patient and always tries to help her opening up. The teasing and flirting between these two characters and their journey towards learning to love each other marks the pedestal of this book. Though even it is a Christian Romance, some people may find a few dialogues as obscene. But they only help in developing the characters and bringing them closer to reality. 
As they begin to grow in love, their love has been put to trial. A locust plague wipes out their crop and Jesse has to leave to find work in Fort Lincoln. The only thing I can say about the ending without giving any spoilers is that it feels abrupt with many loose ends. Also many scenes and actions have been too fast paced that they may leave you bewildered. 
Still Catherine Richmond has managed to develop a hale and hearty excitement and kinship with the characters, hope her upcoming novels will be even better. 

Rating: 3.5/5

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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