Spring for Susannah, Catherine Richmond’s first novel, is a wonderful book. It begins with Susannah’s arrival in Dakota in the middle of nowhere. She is not, however, the typical mail order bride. She has married Jesse by proxy through his brother, her minister. Upon her arrival, the two of them enter into a tenuous relationship. It is extremely difficult, since they do not know each other at all. Also, the situation is complicated due to their extreme differences in personality.
As they learn to blend Susannah’s quiet, proper nature with Jesse’s wild, impulsive one, the two of them also grow spiritually. Nevertheless, the new marriage is tested when Jesse leaves to find work due to a grasshopper invasion and is eventually thought to be dead. Susannah learns to survive on the prairie, in spite of her pregnancy, until Jesse reappears at the very end of the story.
While I enjoyed the story, I must admit that I felt it a little confusing after Jesse’s departure. Suddenly, the character count tripled, making it difficult to keep track of the people. In addition, I would hesitate to recommend this book to younger readers due to the many sexual references. Even though they are all clean and within marriage, I would recommend that parents read the book first and then decide if it is appropriate for their children.
This is a marvelous story and a recommended read for adults.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.