Saving Susannah Jones by Carolyn Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Description: In the still of a cool Colorado evening, the Circle J Ranch house burns to the ground, leaving Susannah Jones and her two brothers orphaned and homeless. Embittered by the tragedy, Susannah’s older brother grows increasingly cruel, leading Susannah to make the difficult choice to leave the last of her family behind to forge a new life for herself. It is the kindness of Dr. Kate, the woman physician in town, as well as a chance meeting with a rugged homesteader that give Susannah the strength she needs to escape.
When Joseph Iverson encounters the harassed young woman on his land one day, he has no thought but to provide the assistance she so clearly needs. Overcoming his shyness, he takes Susannah under his wing and agrees to a marriage of convenience to liberate her from her brother. As the pair works side by side, their mutual admiration deepens. But their happy existence is threatened all too soon by a series of “accidents” on the farm. With danger looming ever closer, Susannah and Joseph must discover who is bent on their destruction before the life and marriage they’ve built together goes up in flames.
My thoughts: Life on the frontier can be difficult. Susannah Jones has just lost her father due to a fire. She is expected to stay and take care of everyone else when she has been injured and not dressed properly. She is a caregiver. She finds satisfaction in a job well done and helping those whom she loves. When she's taken advantage of, the independent streak comes out. That is the Susannah that I enjoyed in this book!
Joseph is lonely. He lives on an isolated homestead. Having Susannah show up unexpectedly on his land was a banner day for him. I loved how they were able to overcome fears and become friends before there was romance. They are both honorable and having them together was a treat. They are the kind of couple that I like to root for in a book.
This book deals with a lot of hardships taking care of an isolated farm. Joseph is friends with Native American's and I loved the role that they played in this story. I loved that the characters looked past prejudices and saw the person.
This story contains a little bit of mystery/suspense. Someone is trespassing on Joseph's land and sabotaging his farming efforts. This book comes to a great climax that kept me wanting to read.
This story contains Christian elements, kissing, closed-door intimacy, and non-graphic violence.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) About my writing: I don't like to write candy for the brain. But I do like to try to make my books not only fulfilling, but entertaining. Candy is nice, but a meal of meat, potatoes, and veges can leave you more satisfied. My books give the reader a good taste of history and/or science along with a dash of mystery folded into the story.
About me: I've always loved writing, but haven't gotten serious until the past seven years. When I'm not writing, I like to garden, sew, fix up old houses, or anything else creative. My favorite movies are ones about history.
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