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A Husband for Margaret (Nebraska Historical Romances Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B005OC68XW
- Publication date : September 20, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 3840 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 111 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,767 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After reading the previous book in this series, A Bride for Tom (I would apply that review to this book as well), I realized that I also had this book on my kindle. The storyline sounded fun so, even though I did not like the previous book, I figured I'd give this one a shot. After all, I already had it and it's only 124 pages, right?
I didn't make it through those 124 pages. I started speed-reading around 1/4 of the way through and stopped reading entirely when I hit the wedding night scene, about half-way through. Isn't this book supposed to be Christian fiction?? That's how it was listed on Amazon. I expected a Christian -- or at least "clean" -- read, but that certainly isn't what I got. Yes, God is mentioned. No, there is no cursing-- that I saw. But that wedding night scene is definitely explicit.
I do not recommend this book. Especially to anyone looking for a good, clean, and/or Christian book.
Tom Larson gets super-clumsy and tongue-tied around women, but he's desperate to move out and create his own household. When Tom managed to be refused by most of the town's single women at the barn dance, Jessica Reynolds decided to help him overcome his awkwardness. But Jessica is already engaged, and even as she's failing to rehabilitate Tom's reputation, Jessica realized something... Her fiancee has no backbone (everything's controlled by his mother) and Jessica found herself attracted to the kind Tom instead...
Not bad for a short, as it's sweet and all that. A bit too overly dramatic, perhaps, but okay for novella. Average.
Unlike the first novella, this one had a very graphic sex scene, although it was Joseph and Margaret's wedding night. It didn't need to be that explicit, however.
All in all, I still enjoyed the book. It was a quick read with an interesting plot.
Second, Tome gets very clumsy when he is nervous around young women but the rest of his life shows he is confident and a charming man. The story is full of humor and I loved the happy ending as Jessica does find 'A Bride for Tom'.
The wedding goes on as scheduled and the rest of the book is pretty much dedicated to explaining how Margaret gets rid of Debra. I would have preferred that Joseph had been the one to deal with Debra. As Dr. Phil says, "step parents" or boy or girl friends of a parent should not be the one to discipline the children...the biological mother or father should do that. Likewise, I think whoever brings a problem into a relationship should be the one to solve the problem.
I have read several Ruth Ann Nordin books and have enjoyed all of them though this is perhaps not her best. You're not going to discover how to cure cancer or how to end world famine in any of the Nordin books, but I have found them to be nice, quick, easy-to-read, and enjoyable stories.
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I was a little irritated by the number of times people were described as rolling their eyes, a phrase which meant something rather different until the middle of the 20th century. Still, I quite liked the characters and was pleased when Margaret decided to accept Joseph; unfortunately, the author included several pages of detailed description of what happened on Margaret and Joseph’s wedding night; it added nothing, and I skimmed most of it.
The latter part of the book has a rather silly sub-plot involving some not particularly nice people, and it felt as if the author was poking fun at caricatures. I did continue to like Margaret, and was pleased that the book stands alone despite, apparently, being a sequel. Joseph and the small boys were likeable, too. But a lot of the writing was trite, the bedroom scene was unnecessary, and the ending really didn't work.
Available free for the Kindle, so worth downloading if you want something light and undemanding. It's a novella than a novel, and I read it in a couple of hours.
There was hardly any characterisation and really they were all cardboard cut-outs especially Peter and his awful mother, the plot was like a simple sponge cake recipe and it was a bit forced in places but that aside, it was a story that I read all in one go so for a freebie, it was okay.
The story is quaint enough but there is very little told about the relationship between Margaret and Joseph, more about Margaret and the boys.
Of course Jessica realises she doesn't love her fiancé and calls off the wedding -much to the horror of his controlling mother - and is married to Tom in short order.
There is no mystery about this book -the end is obvious from the first few pages. It is short and not that sweet.
I won't be bothering about further books by this author.