Sunday, February 24, 2013

"In Need of a Good Wife" by Kelly O'Connor McNees

Light and Entertaining
In Need of a Good Wife by Kelly O'Connor McNees is a post-civil war historical fiction novel about mail-order brides seeking a new start. When Clara sees an ad for wives needed in Nebraska, she sees it as a business opportunity and becomes matchmaker for women in Manhattan who want a new start and are willing to go to Nebraska. She contacts the mayor of the Nebraska town, Destination, and when the gentlemen seeking wives write, she tells the women about them and they correspond for months before their trip. The story focuses on Clara, Elsa, an older lady who was a laundress most of her life who never married and Rowena, the prettiest in town who is a broke widow with a father in an asylum in need of money to take care of him.

I loved this book because it is unpredictable and filled with interesting characters. Some of the marriages panned out nicely while others did not, but the plot thickens when Clara was unable to deliver what she promised and the gentlemen without brides want their money back and charge her with fraud! My favorite character was Elsa. This one has discussion questions in the back and would make for a good book club selection.

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!


  1. This one sounds like fun. I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks for recommending!

  2. Karen, thanks for linking up with Books You Loved. Lots of great books already linked in this month! Cheers

  3. I haven't read this book, but it sounds good. THANKS for sharing. Nice post.

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved March Edition. I am in that list as #15.

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