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 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.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2019|
After losing her father in a fire, Susannah Jones is left to deal with her brother, Stanley, who only wants her around because her father's will demands it. But she's tired of dealing with Stanley's cruelty and attempts to escape. When her first attempt fails, she flees into the wilderness and takes refuge on Joseph Iverson's farm. His kindness is unexpected but appreciated. When Joseph hires her as his housekeeper, Susannah hopes to be able to earn enough money to flee again, this time with her younger brother, Logan. But Logan's appearance at the farm shortly after Stanley's catches her in a lie and Susannah decides that her best option is to make her fake marriage to Joseph real. Just when things seem to be working out, someone starts sabotaging the farm. And Susannah is left wondering if she's brought Joseph more trouble than she's worth. Frank tells a compelling story of life, love, and struggle. Susannah and Joseph are both sympathetic characters that I found easy to root for, and Logan is a delight. This is an enjoyable read for those who enjoy hard-working pioneer stories with an element of intrigue thrown in the mix.
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 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.
I love finding favorite authors! I love knowing that I’m going to love their next book, no matter what. Carolyn Twede Frank is one of those for me.
I love reading her books. She has such a way with characters. I loved Susannah in this one. There are so many great things about her, her kindness, service and charity. But the main thing I loved is her vulnerability. Susannah for many reasons has never felt loved by those who should be closest to her. She tries to make them love her by doing everything for them. And that doesn’t ever work. Susannah is able to learn for herself later in the book that she can’t base her value on what others think of her. And I LOVED that. It’s a lesson we all need to know.
Susannah’s character is strong. She goes through so many things, each seemingly worse than the last. Yet she is a survivor. I couldn’t even imagine myself in the situations she ends up in. But she keeps going. I loved that about her!
Then there’s Joseph. He’s minding his own business on his homestead when strange things start happening. Starting with finding Susannah on his property sick, weak and about to die. I loved the way he takes her in, learns to love her and tries to make her whole world better. He’s the perfect kind of hero for Susannah.
There are so many crazy things happening in the plot. I was amazed with every page turn at just how many things happened to this couple. I didn’t want to stop reading for fear of missing something, or leaving the characters in peril.
Saving Susannah Jones was so great! I loved reading every page and didn’t want the story to be finished when it was. I have so many questions that I’d love to still be answered about this one. Maybe they’ll be another book with the same characters some day. I sincerely hope so!
How could Susannah's eldest brother and heir to their family's ranch be so cold and cruel during ad after the tragic events of their home burning down. She knew she could not endure her younger brother's treatment of her, now that he was in charge. She made he difficult choice of fleeing her home. She had a small "stash" of cash. She would find refuge with Dr. Kate until she could escape the town.
When things did not go as planned, she escaped to an abandoned shack, only to discover it was on someone's property. With no where to turn, a bargain was made.
Saving Susannah Jones is a very entertaining tale of "old western" days, when times were tough, yet women began to "take a stance" and became doctors, teachers, and began to be a part of the "business world", while still not truly accepted by most men.
This is a story of one woman's perseverance and courage to have some control of her own destiny, without succumbing to the will and conniving of her kinsman.
Although very well-written, there were a couple of parts that did not "flow" smoothly. The story line, also, needed a little more depth, with a stronger ending.
Still, the characters and scenes were easily visualized, allowing the reader to feel connected and a part of the story.
The Title and Cover were a good "fit". For the "browser", the Cover was not overly "eye-catching".
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me by the publisher, with no urging to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
This book began with a bang and I was excited to read it. Susannah was easy to fall in love with and have empathy for. Joseph's shyness was very endearing which made him easy to love as well. Their unusual courtship was fun to watch grow, but when they got married, I was surprised at how much of the book was still left. Maybe it was distractions within my own family or maybe it was the book itself, I'm not sure which, but I had a hard time with the rest of it. I could have been that I had it all figured out too early to enjoy it unfold. I'm not sure. It is a fun, clean read that I would recommend to anyone though.