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"The three central, compelling women of In Need of a Good Wife are each, in turn, terribly lost and deeply brave. I adored them and rooted for them…I found it deliciously satisfying that the redemption I wished for each of them arrived in completely unexpected ways, taking both me and the characters by surprise."--Katrina Kittle, author of The Blessings of the Animals

"With graceful prose and historical settings that shine with vitality, In Need of a Good Wife is unforgettable."--Kristina Riggle, author of Real Life and Liars

“Painting vivid images of the poverty of post-Civil War Manhattan City and the harrows of Destination, Nebraska, McNees weaves a hopeful, compelling story of love and resilience so engaging it is impossible to put down."--Robin Oliveira, author of My Name is Mary Sutter

In Need of a Good Wife is a beautifully wrought story, every page bursting with poetry and adventure.  McNees sweeps us west with such hope and excitement that we ache and rejoice, celebrate and cry.”--Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

About the Author

Kelly O’Connor McNees is a former editorial assistant and English teacher.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425257924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425257920
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca L. Brothers on October 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If you are looking for a completely compelling, lovely read, this book is it. The story follows several women on a particularly daring journey west. It is just after the Civil War and many women in Manhattan City are left widowed or at a serious loss for eligible men. One enterprising young woman has decided to take matters into her own hands by arranging long-distance courtships between these women and the eager men in the frontier town of Destination, Nebraska. What follows is a tale impossible to put down; McNees weaves history and personality so seamlessly--huge skirts and snoods parade through a tale rich in characters. One detail in the end of the book was so palpable, I could feel it: "[She] felt the bristles of his mustache rustle over the thin cotton of her glove. He rested his cheek on her knuckles, and all the while he kept his eyes on her". Oh. My. God. Can't you just feel it? Little Laura Ingalls never had such a sexy prairie moment in all her pig-tailed days. The tale is told from multiple perspectives with perfect rhythm. I loved her determined Clara, her sweet Elsa, and the conniving Rowena (who is just about as complex as a woman gets--she's very, very real). I have neglected hearth and home to finish this book; I am so sorry to see it's over now. The characters will stay with me for a long, long time. This is where lovers of prairie lore need to turn!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Not a bad book, but just not a great book. The writing is simple, the characters are underdeveloped, and the story just kind of ends with no real thought or logic. I generally enjoyed the book, but I read so many books that this one I have to list as just OK. You could read this in less than 48 hours and is a good one to bring on trip for some very light reading.
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If you think you have read or seen anything like this books title imply think again! It will either impress you with the authors ability to craft an interesting read or disapoint you if your looking for a simple entertaining story.Both are accurate discriptions of this material. How can that be you may be wondering. You will need to read it to understand that a good well written story can be crafted from an old idea. You will find no disappointment from this reader.
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A Reader's Opinion: The idea behind this book is the best part about it. I enjoyed the storyline and the concept. The characters were written in a way that I either liked them or hated them. This book took me a surprisingly long time to get through. It moved right along and didn't slow down, but it also didn't pull me. Though predictable at times, I still enjoyed the stories of the individual women. The town is depicted well and I even found myself cringing when I thought about these city women living in such a place. Clara's story felt the most prominent, or perhaps I just enjoyed it more than the others. Rowena--well, I just wanted to slap her a few times, and Elsa--she's a likeable sort.

The romance felt non-existent, but considering what the women went through, I'm not certain romance was the point, though the ending was nicely done. Read it to know what I mean. Overall, I thought it was a well-written book and interesting story.
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I liked this book but I didn't love it. If you need a book for sheer entertainment or just light reading this might be one for you. The story line has been told several times before in slightly other formats especially on television, I believe. I did enjoy the letters that the men and women wrote to one another. Some of them were really funny and made me giggle. That is always nice when you are reading a book.
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This is kind of a fun book in the way of "characterization" and the harsh life of the time it takes place. The unlikely ending was the only thing in which I was disappointed a little. This is not "heavy" reading, but is an escape into a different time.
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.....pick this book up. You won't be sorry. It is an historical fiction that is well researched and well written. It is set in the years after the Civil War and talks about the hardship of everyone, especially women of "marriagable age" when there weren't a lot of good men around. I really hated to see this book end.
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Clara Bixby's husband walked out on her after the death of their infant son. She is desperate to start over in life when she reads an article about a town in Nebraska. The town is made up of mostly men who are looking for good women to join them. Clara decides to try to fill this need with woman who are looking for a new life. The story focuses mostly on three women. There is Elsa, an older immigrant who has spent most of her life as a laundress, Rowena, a strong willed and spoiled (poor) heress and Clara, the organizer of this adventure. There are many intrigues, adventures, problems, and solutions before everyone is settled. I found the book to be a fun and heart warming read. I am looking forward to reading more from this author!
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