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Spring for Susannah

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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.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Susannah and Jesse marry after exchanging a few letters. How long were you in a relationship before committing? What discoveries did you make after committing? Are there any surprises left for long-time couples?
     
  2. Susannah is intimidated by Dakota's emptiness. What frightens you when you travel?
     
  3. Susannah wants privacy, but Jesse craves intimacy. How do couples work this out?
     
  4. Jesse refers to their marriage as a two-piece puzzle - different, but fitted into a whole. Is he right? Do opposites attract? Do you believe there's someone for everyone?
     
  5. Susannah wants to confide in Marta. How important are girlfriends? What can you say to a girlfriend that you wouldn't discuss with your spouse?
     
  6. Victorian culture blamed women if they were attacked. In what ways does today's culture blame victims? What should our stance as Christians be toward victims?
     
  7. Jesse tells Susannah to forget the "shoulds". What "shoulds" does today's culture impose on us? Do "shoulds" point to a more Christ-like life or restrict our freedom in Christ?
     
  8. Jesse's expectations for his wife don't include fancy meals or a spotless house - he wants to know her. How do expectations affect relationships? How do expectations change over the years?
     
  9. Jesse keeps trying to coax Susannah into expressing her opinion, debating with him. On what issues should couples agree? And where are differences of opinion acceptable?
     
  10. Susannah stopped praying when God didn't give her what she wanted. What other ways to people react to disappointment with God? Have you had a similar experience with unanswered prayers?
     
  11. Jesse thinks the grasshopper invasion is a lesson or punishment from God. When Susannah learns the extent of the plague, she remembers Matthew 5:45, God "sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." Who is right? In your life, which problems do you attribute to God's discipline and which are 'just life'? Are some problems both?
     
  12. Susannah renegotiates her marriage. Have you had to do this? How did it work out?
     
  13. When Susannah has to make a decision, she struggles to hear God amidst advice from friends. What role should friends have in discerning God's will?
     
  14. Jesse's love for Susannah opens her to believe God loves her. Who in your life has helped you understand God's love? How can our actions show God's love?
     

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Spring for Susannah, Catherine Richmond
  • Spring for Susannah, Catherine Richmond

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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.

More Information

Length 352 Pages
Publication Date June 14, 2011
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595549242
ISBN-13 9781595549242
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"