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A Bride for Tom (Nebraska Historical Romances Book 2) by [Nordin, Ruth Ann]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 322 customer reviews

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  • 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
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 322 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,366 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By D. Jones #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Oct. 2011
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This is a short novel.

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.
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A Bride for Tom didn't take long to read but it was easy going, lighthearted & enjoyable. It has a 'feel good factor' feel to it & is a simple plot to follow. I've downloaded 'A Husband for Margaret' as I enjoyed the authors way of writing so here's hoping it's just as good!
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I enjoyed this book as I did a wife for Tom which proceeds it but I felt that it was a little rushed in places as was a wife for Tom, I think the two books would have been better had they been combined perhaps along with Debra's story and turned into a full novel, so that they would have plenty of space to be laid out properly without the rushes that spoiled them a little and made the book seem a little far fetched at times.
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.
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By Jude Faulkner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2012
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This is a nice little book and the fact is was free was very welcome. It's about a nineteenth century woman who advertises for a husband as no offers of marriage had come her way in her younger days. A woman of limited means needed a working husband for support back then and advertiseing was more common than you might think amongst ealier settlers in America. Men searched for wives this way in both the US and Canada. A very nice non-taxing read for holidays or just chilling out.
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I wanted to give this 4 stars, but have gone with 3. Like a lot of the other reviewers, I felt the book lacked description. Otherwise, it was a nice way to spend 2 hours on a boring drive (not me driving!). I really liked Tom though the thought of living in a mud house was a very brave thing. I think this could easily have been extended into a full novel. I will be reading more of this author - which is not something I say lightly.
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The main character, Margaret, is a forthright and sensible young woman who has decided to advertise for a husband. We meet her when she’s preparing to meet the young man she’s been corresponding with, but quickly discover that his older brother Joseph has come instead… along with his four young children: all boys. I assume it's set around the turn of the 20th century.

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.
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Is it because the present is so unpleasant and the future so scary that the past can seem so safe? This small novella is just that; a warm, family orientated story set out west in the good old US of A in the 19th century when men were men and women were glad for it. It's romance with a capital 'R' and a sweet one at that. As predictable as the nose on your face and by chapter 2 I knew exactly what was going to happen to Tom and Jessica but so what? In such unsure times, its nice to read a story that's uncomplicated and yet sincere, that touches that cynical part of your soul and makes you realise that 'lurve' is all around.
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.
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