Susannah realizes that with her parents deceased and no marriage prospects in the wings she has no choice but to agree to become a mail order bride. She becomes the wife of her pastor’s brother, Jesse. He moved west to Dakota territory to homestead and Susannah makes the long trip out to join him as his wife.
Susannah is as shy as they come and doesn’t believe she is good enough for anyone. She is in constant fear that Jesse will change his mind and ship her back to Michigan. Jesse on the other hand has been praying for a wife to love and tries to help Susannah through her shyness and fears.
Their life in the west is plagued by hard times, in their relationship with each other, crops being wiped out, fires threatening to burn down the homestead and being able to make money to survive. Jesse decides his last resort is prospecting for gold and sets off to find some. Susannah’s heart is truly tested when Jesse doesn’t return and no one has seen or heard of him. Everyone assumes him dead and tries to make Susannah realize that she needs a husband to survive this wilderness.
Will Susannah find the faith needed to survive the prairies alone?
I really enjoyed this book. I felt I could really connect with the characters and felt their pain, sadness and happy times. The author did a great job portraying them. It was interesting to see the trials and tribulations families went through when beginning a new life from scratch. I hope the author continues this story in another book as I want to know more about these characters lives and what happens next.
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