Monday, June 13, 2011

Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond Tour with a Kindle Giveaway

Hundreds of miles from home, Susannah faces an uncertain future as a mail-order bride on the untamed Dakota prairie.

When her parents die suddenly, and no suitors call, Susannah resigns herself to the only option available: becoming a mail-order bride. Agreeing to marry her pastor's brother, Jesse, Susannah leaves the only home she's ever known for the untamed frontier of the Dakota Territory.

Her new husband is more loving and patient with her than she believes she deserves. Still, there is also a wildness to him that mirrors the wilderness surrounding them. And Susannah finds herself constantly on edge. But Jesse's confidence in her-and his faith in God's perfect plan-slowly begin to chip away at the wall she hides behind.

When she miscarries in the brutal Dakota winter, Susannah's fledgling faith in herself and in God begins to crumble. Still, Jesse's love is unwavering. Just when it seems like winter will never end, Susannah finally sees the first tentative evidence of spring. And with it, the realization that more than the landscape has changed.

She looks to the future with a renewed heart. Yet in her wildest dreams, she couldn't predict all that awaits her.

For a debut novel, Catherine Richmond blazes out into the christian romance scene with a fantastic book.  The main characters, Susannah and Jesse are very likable and their characters develop and grow as the story unfolds.  The story of mail order bride Susannah and her husband Jesse is the basis for the story and for the most part, it is about building the foundation for their marriage.  God does play a part in their life but for a christian novel, the bedroom scenes could have had less detail.  Sometimes less is more.  Also, the ending was rushed, which I wish more time had been spent there.  I was left satisfied but yet still hungry.  All in all though, a great read and I will be anticipating Catherine's next novel.


Catherine Richmond was focused on her career as an occupational therapist till a special song planted a story idea in her mind. That idea would ultimately become Spring for Susannah, her first novel. She is also a founder and moderator of Nebraska Novelist critique group and lives in Nebraska with her husband.

For more about Catherine, please visit

To celebrate her debut novel, Catherine and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away a Spring For Susannah Prize Package worth over $150!

One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond (for KINDLE)

To enter just click one of the icons below and then tell your friends! But hurry, giveaway ends on June 27th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 28th at 5 PM (6PM MST, 7PM CST, & 8PM EST) during Catherine's Spring for Susannah Book Club Party on Facebook! Catherine is rustling up some fun for the party - she'll be chatting about the story behind her novel, hosting a book club chat, testing your mail-order bride trivia skills, and giving away some GREAT prizes! Don't miss the fun and tell your friends!

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I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review.  All thoughts and opinions are expressly my own.


  1. Wendy, I feel like I'm in such honored company here with Eeyore! Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Spring for Susannah! I hope you'll look for Relying on Sophia next summer! Blessings!

  2. In my opinion, the bedroom scenes in Spring for Susannah were beautiful and done with GREAT tact! Now, there are other books out there that I won't even SPEAK of about the bedroom scenes! Catherine Richmond did a beautiful job creating them. They were NOT in any way, shape or form bad NOR descriptive. I disagree with you. You evidently have not come across other books that are NOT Christian related that are horribly descriptive! The book was SO tame! It was beautiful and portrayed the character as to how kind and gentle he was. I think you are completely OFF in your understanding of the bedroom scenes. The was NO more. It WAS less! Without them, it would not have shown how wonderful and loving the character, Jesse, is.


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