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Posted March 4, 2013
This book jumped out at me as it is set in Nebraska for a main p
This book jumped out at me as it is set in Nebraska for a main part of the story and I enjoy books set there as I am from Nebraska. The bonus for me is that it is a historical fiction book which is one of my favorite genres to read.
Imagine the war is over and you are widowed or yet never married but there are no men to be "had" - what to do? Well you join a group of women headed to Nebraska to meet the man who you have in been in a long distance courtship with as a mail-order bride - as that is what some women had to do then - at least the women in this story.
This is the story of three very different women and how they handled this. Each of the women were strong in their own way not to mention that they had to leave their homes to travel to a new state where they were strangers to find a husband. No matter how many books I have read about mail-order brides I look for more as the subject is interesting to me. The author did a good job in the making and describing of each of the character as they came to life on the pages and I felt as if I knew each of them personally. I found myself wanting to not put the book down so I could just keep the story going.
I think this book is a good one to read if you would like to know how it was for some women to have to survive after the war. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Posted January 25, 2013
Posted January 14, 2013
Reviewed by: Angie Book provided by: Publisher Review originally
Reviewed by: Angie
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
In Need of a Good Wife follows three characters; Clara, who has suffered the loss of a child and her husband who ran away with a laundress. Rowena, whose father went mad and husband went off to war and died, leaving her virtually penniless and alone. And Elsa, a plump laundress whose faith sustains her through everything.
Clara is a strong woman used to dealing with the hardships of life. I can’t say I overly liked or disliked her…instead I will say I had much respect and admiration for how strong she stays throughout the book. The only time she showed “weakness” was when a migraine threatened to overtake her and Elsa helped her through it. Her husband, George, kept me guessing through much of the book.
I thought Rowena was going to be the sweet young woman in this novel when I first read her story; instead she’s a cunning, manipulative, backstabbing witch who uses trickery and thievery to get her way. You really hope that she changes her tune, but it takes a long time for her to get her full comeuppance.
Elsa is the character I loved most in this book. Straight forward, God-abiding Elsa just wants to find her place in the world and live a good life. She has no delusions that she or the man she goes to take care of will fall in love and get married; she just wants to enjoy life. She really grows from a meek woman throughout the book with a little help.
This is a very well researched and thought out novel. I had a very hard time putting it down once I started reading it as I enjoyed following each woman’s journey throughout. I look forward to reading other novels by this extremely talented author as she doesn’t follow the path most taken, but follows her own.
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Posted January 10, 2013
What a wonderful book! It tells the story of the women who brav
What a wonderful book! It tells the story of the women who braved the road west in search of something better in the post-Civil War era. The three main characters pave the road with their own strengths and weaknesses. First is Clara; strong, brave, and so very human. Then there is Rowena; spoiled, self-absorbed, manipulative. Yet, even she finds redemption on the dusty streets of Destination, Nebraska. Finally, there is Elsa, perhaps my favorite; quiet, unassuming, and possessed of a singular goodness and deep abiding faith as big as the Nebraska sky. Ultimately, all three, and the people they meet, have come to enrich me and touch me deeply.
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Posted June 8, 2014
I purchased the book based on the reviews. Have thoroughly enjo
I purchased the book based on the reviews. Have thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend. The story is about women brought to Nebraska by a marriage broker. The marriage broker, Clara, has problems of her own to contend with once she gets the women to Nebraska. My favorite character is Elsa. Great book for a book club. Can also see it as a movie on TV. Hallmark would do a great job with the story. Also recommend books by Sandra Dallas. She writes similar stories about strong minded women in the mid west.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2013
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Posted September 29, 2012
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