- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3063 KB
- Print Length: 109 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wedded Bliss Romances, LLC (20 Sept. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005OC5QXK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 322 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,366 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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A Bride for Tom (Nebraska Historical Romances Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 2 in A Bride for Tom and A Husband for Margaret: 2 Novellas in 1 Book
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Top Customer Reviews
The opening scene is set at a barn dance where Tom Larson is trying to find a dance partner with the intention of eventually hooking himself a wife. Unfortunately Tom is so nervous and clumsy that no woman wants to dance with him and certainly not marry him.
Jessica Reynolds is a young lady who has attended the dance with her friend Margaret. Jessica takes pity on Tom and offers to dance with him - a decision which following another clumsy incident on Tom's part, she soon regrets.
Over time the attraction between Tom and Jessica grows despite the fact that Jessica is already engaged to be married.
The story is set in 1868 and I found it a shame that the author didn't give us much insight into life at that time. I know that ultimately this is a romance but there were plenty of opportunities to paint a bright and vivid picture of the living conditions and people's attitudes.
Tom is a lovable character in a puppy dog way and for the most part you really can't help but feel sorry for him. Having said this, the characterisation of both Tom and Jessica was weak, there was little depth to either of them. Their conversations were stilted and awkward in many ways and just felt out of place when you imagine the era in which this story was set.
The book does get better the further into it you read so it is worth persisting with. Basically if you want a fairly short, sweet, easy to read romance that you will no doubt enjoy then it is worth giving this one a go.
However this writer definitely has talent and with a bit of work could go far I would certainly be interested to read more of her work in future.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lovely short story that makes you smile, I could just see those fields and houses, perfect read for holiday or train journey, so innocent and romanticPublished 3 months ago by Worcester lass
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