In Want of a Wife

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"Dazzling" —Publishers Weekly (starred review)   
When his mail-order bride arrives from New York, a Wyoming rancher gets more than he bargained for in this first-rate romance from the bestselling Jo Goodman.  For fans of Linda Lael Miller and Catherine Anderson.

Jane Middlebourne needs a way out. In 1891, life in New York is unforgiving for a young woman with no ...

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"Dazzling" —Publishers Weekly (starred review)   
When his mail-order bride arrives from New York, a Wyoming rancher gets more than he bargained for in this first-rate romance from the bestselling Jo Goodman.  For fans of Linda Lael Miller and Catherine Anderson.

Jane Middlebourne needs a way out. In 1891, life in New York is unforgiving for a young woman with no prospects, especially when her family wants nothing to do with her. So when Jane discovers an ad for a mail-order bride needed in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, she responds with a hopeful heart. 
Rancher Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife who will be his partner at Morning Star, someone who will work beside him and stand by him. His first impression of the fair and fragile Jane is that she is not that woman. But when she sets out to prove him wrong, the secrets he cannot share put into jeopardy every happiness they hope to find….

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Publishers Weekly
★ 03/10/2014
Goodman makes a dazzling return trip to 1891 and the town of Bitter Springs, Wyo. (after True to the Law), in this page-turning historical that slyly pays tribute to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Jane Middlebourne, the orphaned daughter of missionaries, longs to flee her bleak life in New York City. She agrees to be the mail-order bride of rancher Morgan Longstreet. Morgan is hoping for a sturdy wife who can help him run his ranch, so he’s shocked by the delicate-looking woman who steps off the train. While at first the pairing seems incongruous, Jane and Morgan rapidly learn that opposites can attract, and Morgan finds that Jane is feistier than he gave her credit for being. But when Morgan’s past comes back to haunt them, it could have consequences for the entire town, leading to a dramatic and engrossing finish. This first-rate tale easily measures up to its predecessors and will make readers eager for their next visit to Bitter Springs. (May)
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"This first-rate tale easily measures up to its predecessors and will make [listeners] eager for their next visit to Bitter Springs." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Library Journal
★ 04/15/2014
Miserable living as a poor relation in her spiteful cousin's New York mansion, orphaned Jane Middlebourne engineers a way out—as a mail-order bride for a rancher in Bitter Springs, WY. Morgan Longstreet is expecting a strong, big-boned woman, and although he has his doubts about Jane, they agree to go ahead with the wedding. Jane is not the fragile flower that she seems and is more than capable of dealing with the harsh realities of ranch life—she just has to prove it. A feisty, pragmatic heroine determined to make her marriage work, a hero with a past that could endanger them all, and a passel of both new and familiar characters (the ranch hands and their brotherly give-and-take are particularly memorable) combine with a tender, engaging romance and a dash of risk in a totally compelling read. VERDICT Gritty, realistic, and laced with humor, this latest Western is a worthy addition to Goodman's Bitter Springs titles. The author (Boots Under Her Bed) lives in West Virginia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425264171
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 264,906
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Goodman is the USA Today bestselling author of True to the Law, The Last Renegade, and Kissing Comfort,.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

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    I like Jo Goodman's writing style and I've read about seven of her books.  I don't think I'll read any more though.  Out of the seven I've read four of them have a child molesting theme in them.  This book of a mail order bride was really excellent .   I just don't think that the hero being molested by his stepmother added anything to the story.  In fact it was a distraction.   It seems however to be a fixation to this writer.  In----  If His Kiss Is Wicked--also by JG--- it is germane to the plot.  But that was more of a mystery-romance. And a really great one.   However i see it cropping up in all her books now.   We all know this happens.     It's probably happened to someone you know.  It is extremely sad.  But reading historical romance is about escapism.   To be honest even when I read crime and mystery this is a subject I usually pass.  Children being hurt is not a fun read for me .  
    It was still a good story.   Even the secondary characters are well written.   Well worth 4 stars.  
    To answer the other reviewer question --the prologue explains why she decides to become a mail order bride.  It also explains the length she goes to to raise a small nest egg it case it doesn't work out for her.  Unfortunately that backfires for her.    

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

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    IN WANT OF A WIFE by Jo Goodman is another interesting Western H

    IN WANT OF A WIFE by Jo Goodman is another interesting Western Historical Romance set in 1891 Bitter Springs, Wyoming. #3 in the "Bitter Springs" series, but can be read as a stand alone. A marriage-of- convenience love story.

    Meet, Jane Middlebourn, a mail-order bride and Rancher Morgan Longstreet, who wishes a wife and partner to help him work his ranch, the Morning Star. Jane goes to Wyoming with a hopeful heart, Morgan, enters this marriage with a she is not the one, but a fragile young woman. Boy, is he in for a rude awakening!

    Fast paced and filled with secrets, struggles, finding love and an HEA. Just the right mixture of romance, adventure and passion. Ms. Goodman is a wonderful storyteller who brings the Western frontier to life, with her engaging and enduring characters. An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4


    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Highly recommended

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jo Goodman never fails to delight.

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

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    Author Jo Goodman brings readers another story from Bitter Sprin

    Author Jo Goodman brings readers another story from Bitter Springs with her latest book, In Want of a Wife. Goodman is able to take a Western theme and turn it into just about anything she wants. With this book, she takes a reoccurring theme in Western romance, the mail order bride and adds to it child exploitation, to create a story that is multi-layered while still being romantic. Readers who are looking for a good cowboy romance, this book is that and a lot more. Jane is a sassy East Coast girl and Morgan is a Wyoming cowboy looking for a wife. It's an explosive combination. 

    What I liked:

    With any Jo Goodman book, especially her western historicals, readers know they will get good quality writing and engaging characters. I think I like Goodman's westerns best because she is able to capture not only the customs and traditions of the times, but also the heart of people who lived them. She gets into character so well and readers are drawn right along with her. Her character's speech patterns and mannerisms are authentic and that adds so much to the overall feel of the book. In Western writing of any kind atmosphere is key and Goodman has got it down to a science.

    I always appreciate an author that takes the time to get a little more in depth when it comes to romance than just boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after. Goodman's books don't tend to be that straightforward. With any good book, there is conflict and with In Want of a Wife, the conflict is two-fold. When Jane and Morgan meet for the first time, she is coming to him as a mail-order-bride, but she isn't exactly what he was expecting. Morgan has some demons of his own to face in this book and that struggle it what made this one so interesting. Between both those issues, Goodman has conflict galore, and for whatever reason it works with this book. I liked all the secrets and the situations that brought these two characters closer and made their relationship grow.

    Child molestation and exploitation isn't often something you find in western romance. It is a theme that Goodman has used in several of her other books as well. In this book I think it was handled with respect for it's devastation and in way that showed recovery is possible. I think that needs to be central when writing about this subject. Yes, it is a horrible thing, but those who have suffered it's consequences can move forward and find love and happiness and Goodman portrayed that well. 

    What I didn't like:

    The romance between Jane and Morgan is slow building and romantic but there were times when I felt they were pushing the boundaries of where they were in the relationship. Moving a little too quickly and sometimes not quick enough. The pacing was a just a little off, but it wasn't a big issue. It was still a very well written love story.

    Bottom Line:

    Goodman's western romances may not be for the readers who want their HEA's all tied with a bow. I liked the complexity of Jane and Morgan's relationship and how their pasts did not keep them from having a wonderful future together. I want my character's to earn their HEA and Goodman sees to it that they do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014


    I have no idea what the prologue had to do with the story

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    Posted July 19, 2014

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    Posted May 31, 2014

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