He was a carpenter.
Willoughby Dunn is supposed to teach the Poncas how to build houses. But the sawmill’s broken, their supplies are exhausted, and the tribe is under attack. Now, instead of the tools he needs, the sternwheeler delivers some sort of Russian princess.
And she was a lady.
Sophia Makinoff’s father advised the czar on freeing the serfs. She, too, wants to accomplish a great work for God, but the problems at the Ponca Agency are overwhelming. Her students are hungry, ill, and poorly-clothed. The schoolhouse lacks even a latrine.
United with the God of infinite power, they changed history.
When U.S. policy decrees that the Poncas be uprooted from their homeland and marched hundreds of miles to bleak Indian Territory, Sophia and Will wade into rushing waters to fight for their friends, their love, and their destiny.
Hundreds of miles from home, Susannah faces an uncertain future as a mail-order bride on the untamed Dakota prairie.
Susannah’s father and mother were disappointed in her – why should her husband be any different?
But Jesse is more loving and patient with her than she deserves. His confidence in her—and his faith in God’s perfect plan—slowly begin to chip away at the wall she hides behind. Yet in her wildest dreams, she couldn’t predict all that awaits her.
THANK YOU, READERS! Spring for Susannah made the June, 2011 ECPA Bestseller list!
“This is the kind of character-driven book many first novelists hope to write and few achieve. Richmond leaves the reader begging to know what happens next to her protagonists. More, please!” —Historical Novel Reviews, starred review
“Richmond arrives on the inspirational fiction scene with a moving debut novel . . . The backstory of the emotions of a mail-order bride—a favorite among historical-romance readers—deepens Richmond’s tale, and readers will be filled with hope that Susannah will learn the true meaning of love. Highly recommended where inspiring, romantic historical fiction is in demand.” —Booklist
“. . . charming inspirational story about a man’s extreme faith, a woman’s bravery, and God’s amazing grace. Catherine Richmond has penned a treasure in her debut novel, Spring for Susannah. She gives realistic details of life in the 1870s, works in a good measure of inspiration, and just the right amount of romance. This is truly a must read!” -FreshFiction.com
“I devoured Spring for Susannah in one lovely gulp. Richmond is an author to watch. Highly recommended!” -Colleen Coble, author of the Mercy Falls Series
“Spring for Susannah follows one woman’s journey to the Dakota territory where she learns not only to survive the elements, but to also trust that God has a plan for her. I loved watching Susannah transform from a shy and timid woman who feels unworthy to a strong, independent pioneer in this new world. Filled with history and well researched, Spring for Susannah kept me cheering for these well developed characters until the very last page. Fans of this genre will welcome this refreshing read from debut author Catherine Richmond.” –Beth Wiseman, best-selling author of Seek Me with All Your Heart
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