Friday, May 27, 2011

Spring for Susannah

Spring for Susannah
by Catherine Richmond

This book begins with a young girl, Susannah, heading to the Dakotas to meet her new husband. She's been married by proxy and doesn't know very much about him.
No one has ever loved her or been her friend except for her pastor's wife. She's scared to death to meet her new husband, but due to circumstances beyond her control knows there is no other choice.
He is pleased with his new wife, but also confused over her reserve and timidness.
The book tells the story of her growing love for her husband and the hardships of living on the prairie.
After the grasshoppers eat everything Jesse (the husband) leaves to find work and  Susannah learns how to stand up for herself and trust in God again.
I liked the story idea and was really looking forward to reading this book.
This story is your typical Christian romance. There were several things that I liked about the book. It was had a strong Christian message and had quite a few Bible verses and their application to life woven into the story.
But I soon became frustrated. It didn't seem real. There were parts of the book that didn't seem right for the time period and most of the book seemed to drag for me. I felt that most of the story dealt with Jesse being gone and Susannah dealing with life on her own. It also seemed to end rather abruptly. It needed an epilogue.
Also as a note to parents - if you don't want your young girls reading about sex after marriage then don't let them read this book. If you want them to know what goes on between a married couple than this book will be fine. I was rather surprised about the descriptiveness of this area of marriage. Most Christian fiction tends to lean on the prudish side. This book does not.
All in all a good book, just not great.

I received this book free of charge from Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review. 

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