Catherine Richmond’s debut novel endeavors to break the mold of historical pioneer fiction, and the result is a wonderfully engaging story. Richmond has mastered the art of a character driven story that is rich in content and depth.
It was an effortless task to welcome these characters into my heart. Susannah’s character instantly endeared herself to me and I became her champion throughout the book. As Susannah found the courage and will to slowly chip away at the wall of social expectation that she had barricaded herself behind, I cheered her on with each small victory and step forward. Beneath the shy and self-conscious facade, a confident, intelligent and lighthearted woman awaited liberation. Thanks in part to Catherine’s inclusion of excerpts from Jesse’s prayers at the beginning of each chapter, Jesse utterly charmed me with every turn of the page. His strength of character and devotion to his family was never put on, but an authentic reflection of who he was as a man of God.
The complexities of Jesse and Susannah’s situation and frailty of their relationship propel this story towards a satisfying and genuine conclusion. A story not to be missed for inspirational historical fiction lovers.
*Review copy provided by Litfuse*