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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kelly O’Connor McNees, Kelly O’Connor McNees Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For Clara Bixby, brokering mail-order brides is a golden business opportunity, and a desperately needed chance to start again. If she can help New York women find husbands in a far-off Nebraska town, she can build an independent new life away from her own loss and grief.

Clara’s ambitions are shared by two other women, who are also willing to take any risk. Quiet immigrant Elsa hopes to escape her life of servitude and at last shape her own destiny. And Rowena, the willful, impoverished heiress, jumps at the chance to marry a humble stranger and repay a heartbreaking debt. All three struggle to find their true place in the world, leaving behind who they were in order to lay claim to the person they want to be. Along the way, each must face unexpected obstacles and dangerous choices, but they also help to forge a nation unlike any that came before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Becky | 2/14/2014

    " It's a 3.5. The setting of this novel in a rough town of Nebraska was really interesting. It's crazy that "mail-order" brides really happened. It's fascinating to read how some marriages worked and yet others crumbled. It was fiction, but there was a lot truth to these characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beth | 2/12/2014

    " Kelly O'Connor McNees drew me in with her skillful storytelling and fully-fledged characters, plus, her descriptions of New York and the American West (post-Civil War) were excellent. Carla Bixby and all the women who (bravely and blindly) dared to embark on a life-altering journey kept me captivated from beginning to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa Bauer | 1/8/2014

    " In Need of a Good Wife is the story of three women that unfolds beautifully, smoothly and eloquently. The three women find themselves in circumstances they could never have imagined making decisions equally difficult to fathom. Set in the 1800s from New York City to Nebraska, McNess sets a sweeping backdrop of the culture, physical difficulties and grand beauty of the times. The story is told through the three main characters, which lends a richness and diverse viewpoint of life. It was a difficult book to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurice | 1/1/2014

    " Three and a half stars. Overall good story but I would have liked more depth into each characters outcome. "

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