This is a book I read and reviewed some time ago, but it was such a good read, I thought I would share the review again. The book is available in paperback and as an e-book.
Spring For Susannah
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 14, 2011)
the death of her father in Michigan, Susannah Underhill is left
rootless, and she agrees to go west to the Dakota Territory to marry
Jesse Mason, brother of Susannah's minister. At the urging of the
minister's wife, Susannah has corresponded with Jesse for several
months, but meeting in letters is nothing like meeting in person.
is quiet and shy, a stark contrast to Jesse's outgoing personality. She
doesn't know what to talk to him about or how, and is often more
comfortable talking to the dog. He is less threatening than this man who
seems to overpower her sometimes just by his mere presence. And he is
so confident about God and God's love. How can anyone be that confident?
Before her father died, Susannah helped him in his
veterinary practice in Detroit, and that experience helps save Jesse's
ox and twin calves. She also helps neighboring farmers with their
animals, and Jesse realizes that she is an asset and a blessing in this
land that challenges the strongest of men and women. For her part,
Susannah starts to feel a part of this desolate land and begins to
appreciate what made Jesse come out here to homestead. While it is harsh
and stark with many challenges, the Dakota prairie is beautiful in
As Susannah works through her awkwardness and
feelings of unworthiness the bond that unites these two people grows
stronger. This is a beautifully written story with language and
descriptions that bring the prairie to life like the sun brings new
growth in the spring. The characters are true and believable, and the
testimony to faith is woven seamlessly throughout the story with a deft
hand. As Susannah learns to trust the love of Jesse, she learns to trust
in the love of God.
This is a book that will appeal to
fans of inspirational fiction, but it also has a wider appeal because
of the strength of the love story.
words of the author, "I was busy raising a family, working as an
occupational therapist, and trying to remember where I hid the
chocolate, when a song sparked a story within me. The journey to
publication has been long, but full of blessings. I couldn’t have done
it without ACFW, RWA, and FHL, the inspirational chapter of RWA – and
lots of chocolate!" Catherine's Web site
Disclaimer: The author sent me an advance review copy of the book,
hoping that I would write a review. But she did say if I didn't like the
book, I didn't have to write one. In keeping with full disclosure, I
will also admit that I know the author, and I had the pleasure of
reading this book in its infancy. For her sake and mine, I won't say how
long ago that was. What I will say is that I was impressed with the
writing then and am even more impressed now. I am not a fan of
inspirational fiction. It is often too preachy for my tastes, but this
one doesn't pound the pulpit.