Although the rigorous trip depletes all of her savings, Susannah is certain she is doing the right thing. But when Aubrey makes her a most practical offer, it is a far cry from the heartfelt proposal Susannah desires. If he truly wants to win her hand, he will have to learn to trust once more—and sweep her away with the bold passion of a man in love. Shoulders straight, satchel in hand, glancing neither left nor right lest she lose her nerve and flee like a thief discovered, she mounted the grand staircase, marched along the imposing hallway, and selected a modest but adequate room at the rear. From the one narrow window, she could see the mountains in their mantillas of white and the unsettled waters of Puget Sound, charcoal beneath a glowering October sky. A muddy patch of neglected garden fell within the range of her vision, as did the churchyard on the other side of a high stone wall, a patchwork of gold, yellow, and crimson leaves tucked round about its slabs, wooden crosses, and statues like a quilt.
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Start your review of Courting Susannah Write a review Shelves: books-read , romance , historical-romance Very good book. When she arrived, she discovered a man who had nothing good to say about love or marriage and was uninterested in anything to do with the baby.
Aubrey had begun his marriage deeply in love Very good book. Aubrey had begun his marriage deeply in love with Julia. But she turned out to be rather immature, selfish and vengeful. When Susannah arrives she throws his life into confusion. But he is also attracted to her, which he tries to fight. As he gets to know her he realizes that she is very different than Julia, and slowly begins to trust her.
However, he is still unwilling to trust his heart again. All Susannah can see at first is that Julia had been right about Aubrey. He certainly seems to be cold, and completely uncaring about the baby. The more she learns about her friend, she realizes that Aubrey may have good reason for the way he feels. The relationship between Aubrey and Susannah is a slow growing one.
There is a physical attraction, but both have much to overcome. Susannah still believes in love and wants that for herself someday. Aubrey comes to trust Susannah, but he is unwilling to open himself up to love. He wants her and believes that they would deal well together if they were to marry. Susannah is torn. She wants his love, but she loves him so much that she hopes maybe he will come to love her anyway.
I really liked watching the changes they went through. Susannah becomes much more confident in herself, thanks to taking care of the baby and the friends that she makes. I also liked seeing her gain the confidence to stand up for herself.
I also liked her determination to see Aubrey and his brother mend their relationship. Aubrey had more changing to do. He had to let go of the bitterness about his marriage if he was going to move on. This was difficult for him because of the things that Julia had said and done. I really enjoyed the secondary characters of Maisie and Ethan. They had well-drawn stories of their own that added to what we know about Susannah and Aubrey.
She was also kind-hearted and a really good friend. His personal love story was heartbreaking to see, especially with what is disclosed at the end of the book. There is also an interesting twist that connects that love story to trouble that he and Aubrey encounter. The resolution of that mess is an interesting part of the book.
Maybe it was the "there but not heard from" son of the housekeeper, Maisie. Maybe it was Susannah constantly changing her mind about our hero, Aubrey. Feb 04, Marilyn Upright rated it really liked it So many bad things seem to happen to this family. You dont find out why until the end. Susannah gets a message that her best friend died after giving birth to a baby girl. Susannah promptly leaves her job in Nantucket and travels ten days to Seattle which is a boom town with lots of gold miners.
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