New: Third Strand of the Cord

Hard-working single mom Caroline Jameson wonders why her son is so unruly. Weren’t children with Down syndrome supposed to be cuddly and compliant? Her ex says the boy belongs in an institution. Caroline will do anything to prove him wrong, even sign her son up for karate classes with a know-it-all instructor.

Lee Marivaux is an expert at reading people. He knows his feisty new student will thrive with firm guidance – and he’s right. He pegs the boy’s mother as a clueless socialite who loafs at the country club – and he’s never been so wrong.

It’s a battle of wills and misperceptions – until Caroline’s abusive ex shows up, demanding custody. Can Lee and Caroline join forces to keep the boy safe? And in a town called Liberty, will love give them the freedom to braid themselves into a strong new family?

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Spring for Susannah

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When Susannah goes to Dakota territory as a mail-order bride she finds something she never dreamed she would—true love.

With no prospects for marriage and her parents recently deceased, Susannah Underhill agrees to go west to the Dakota territory to marry her minister’s homesteading brother, Jesse. But Susannah is painfully shy, doesn’t see herself as worthy of love from either a husband or from God, and lives in constant fear that Jesse is going to ship her back to Detroit.

In spite of her petite size and the fact that Susannah doesn’t look like she could survive on the prairie, Jesse quickly discovers that his new wife is a greater blessing than he even hoped for. The years she spent as her father’s veterinary assistant allow her to save Jesse’s ox and twin calves and to help neighboring farmers with their animals.

But Susannah’s feelings of unworthiness are deeply rooted, and she can’t believe that Jesse’s praise—or the tenderness and love he shows—could possibly last. The thawing of her heart seems almost as distant as Spring in the midst of the winter blanketing the Dakota prairie.


“I can’t remember being drawn in so hard by a debut novel. Cathy Richmond wrote an absolutely beautiful, sweet, funny, exciting romance. I fell completely in love with the hero and heroine. The shy, sweet Susannah who’s been trained that a woman doesn’t spout opinions or show emotions, and poor lonely Jesse who is dying for someone who will talk to him. It’s full of passion and danger and humor and charm.”
— Mary Connealy, author of Montana Rose

“Spring for Susannah is a captivating debut! Susannah’s plight captured me from the beginning, and I didn’t want the book to end. Catherine Richmond wove beautiful details throughout this novel, and I savored her wonderful description along with her story.”
— Melanie Dobson, author of Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa and The Silent Order

“Spring for Susannah is a tender, realistic story full of memorable characters. This vivid portrait of life in the Dakota Territory will transport you into the life of a brave woman who must take the ultimate risk as she awakens to love in body and spirit. By capturing the earthly beauty of a good marriage, Cathy Richmond puts the “inspiration” in inspirational romance.”
— Rosslyn Elliott, author of Fairer than Morning

“Brimming with fascinating details and endearing characters, Spring for Susannah is as refreshing as a cool Dakota breeze. An accomplished debut!”
— Dorothy Love, author of Beyond All Measure

“Upon rare occasion, one discovers a book that sweeps you into its world so completely, you never want to leave. Catherine Richmond’s Spring for Susannah is such a book, transfixing the reader with a tale of an unlikely love that whispers and sways across the pages like the grasses across the prairie, ripening into a heart’s desire that touches the very soul. A stunning debut that will capture your heart and never let go …”
— Julie Lessman, author of A Hope Undaunted

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!”

“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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