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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 Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9780385363006
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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 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 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 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 Laurice | 1/1/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea Chappell | 12/31/2013

    " Just fantastic! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 12/27/2013

    " It was interesting and kept me reading but I was unsatisfied at the end. I guess I was hoping for more history. It was too "packaged" and predictable at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/12/2013

    " Great book about a time period I have not read much about. I was afraid at the beginning that I would not like any of the characters, but almost all of them quickly grew on me. Can't wait until McNees has another book out! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Sullivan | 12/7/2013

    " Entertaining, readable historical fiction (but more than a little predictable & not all that memorable) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Rigby | 12/4/2013

    " Great tale of the migration to the wild west. Cool historical references to early Manhattan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Psalm | 12/3/2013

    " This is not great literature by any means but since I knew that going in, I wasn't disappointed. Nothing life changing or unique but enjoyable so it served its purpose for the time being. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Spielman | 11/29/2013

    " Beautifully written and rich in detail. In Need of A Good Wife drew me in and kept me reading into the wee hours of the night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 9/22/2013

    " Pretty good although it is not really my kind of book. Book club continues to get me to read things I wouldn't otherwise choose and that is a great thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilona Mustafin | 8/20/2013

    " In Need of a Good Wife has heartbreak, hope and ambition. The story focuses on three particular women with different upbringings and fates. I found the book was written flawlessly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 8/14/2013

    " Predictable. A book I would recommend to people who want a comfort, 'non-thinking' historical read. I finished it and it fit the mood I was in when I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Snow | 8/14/2013

    " Review to come. Very surprised by this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/23/2013

    " This was a very enjoyable read. Fascinating story and characters. I couldn't believe how quickly I read through this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eden | 2/20/2013

    " The three main characters all have dimension. The story is intriguing. The ending is satisfying without being predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice Smith | 2/19/2013

    " Just fair. The character plots resolved very quickly after a ling build up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianna | 2/4/2013

    " 3.5 stars. An interesting story. Jerked a few tears out of me here and there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/30/2013

    " A good story but a little too much reference to God for my taste otherwise it would have been a 5. Really liked the characters and would love to see a sequel about Clara and the rest of the women in Destination Nebraska. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley Henning | 11/21/2012

    " Fast easy reading--couldn't put it down. "

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About the Author
Author Kelly O’Connor McNees

Kelly O’Connor McNees is the author of two novels, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott and In Need of a Good Wife. Born and raised in Michigan, she received her first rejection letter in tenth grade, from the fiction editor at Seventeen, and has been writing her way back ever since. In the meantime, she has worked as a teacher and editor, and lives with her husband and daughter in Chicago.

About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.