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A Bride for Tom (Nebraska Historicals)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,755 Ratings  ·  270 Reviews
Tom Larson is having trouble finding a wife, and Jessica Reynolds decides to help him overcome his awkward and clumsy manners so he can attract women. This historical romantic comedy is rated G.
ebook, 115 pages
Published February 27th 2010 by Smashwords
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This was the first book by this author I read, and, since I have a few of them on my eReader, it won't be the last. It took a while to get used to the narrative style, and even longer to warm up to the heroine, but eventually I did, and when that happened I found myself enjoying this little story.

Initially I disliked Jessica, so worried about appearances, dismissing Tom as a "bumbling idiot", because everybody else thought so. She appeared shallow, haughty, and conceited, but eventually changed
I thought this book was cute, what with Tom being a clutz and Jessica not, it was over all good. I thought it was a little rushed though, as far as the romance goes--Jessica and Tom kissed(like, a serious one)not long after they met each other, and then they got married much too quickly. But, nonetheless, it was cute.

Side note: Please, please, please do not read A Husband For Margaret!!!!!!!!!!! I started reading this book, totally drawn in by the whole widower with four boys thing, but as I go
Goddess Of Blah
Jun 21, 2015 Goddess Of Blah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A funny, romantic and cute love story
If you're looking for a bodice ripper then you won't appreciate this.

If you're looking a steamy novel with the cliché wealthy neanderthal rapist (also known as a cliché Alpha Male) and poor, feeble-minded waiting to be saved heroine than this isn't for you.

The book does lack historical content and the dialogue ought to portray the era it was set in, but otherwise no major problems. I've read far worse dialogue by American authors writing historical fiction
Sep 30, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2: A Bride for Tom
Jessica Reynolds is engaged to Peter, although when you meet his mother you may think she is engaged to both of them! While at a dance she feels pity for Tom Larson. He is so clumsy and all the girls refuse to dance with him, so Jessica decides she will. All is going well until Tom's cuff gets tangled into Jessica's hair and she has to cut her precious hair shorter than she likes.
Tom gets ribbed for his clumsiness yet again, especially from his youngest brother, Joel. Tom
Oct 03, 2011 LadyCalico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read A Bride for Tom and A Husband for Margaret on the same night as if they were one story, but I think I enjoyed Margaret's story just a tad more. I found the writing style a bit Mickey Mouse at first, but as the story and character development continued I got interested enough to look past it. What I loved about both these stories was the bold, strong-willed, straight forward personalities of both heroines--they made more sense and just seemed more capable of logical thought than your avera ...more
Aug 09, 2014 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really nice, sweet story. But I would have enjoyed it even more if it wasn't so out of sync with the first in the series. 1) This book occurs 1 1/2 years after the first book yet everyone is 3 years older. I guess people really did grow up faster in the olden days. 2) In the first book Tom's parents let his sister Sally elope with a man she has known less than a month and only talked to 4 or 5 times. His mother doesn't even want to be at the wedding of her oldest daughter. Her father ...more
This book is..... Extremely silly and not at all believable.

It's supposed to be historical fiction, yet part of if felt historic and other parts felt more modern. I kept having to kinda remind myself that I wasn't reading a contemporary story.

The characters were mostly just annoying. I didn't really like any of them.

The story was rather abrupt and progressed much too quickly for my taste.

Overall, I simply did not enjoy this story at all.
Hanna Krivinchuk
Jun 04, 2014 Hanna Krivinchuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was really cute. I was really surprised that Tom kissed Jessica first with how clumsy Tom was, and how inexperienced he was when it came to girls. I am happy that Jessica got rid of Peter, because he was 'lame sauce.' I somewhat relate to this book in a way because I was in a relationship that I wasn't happy with and now I have found an amazing man, I get that butterfly feeling every time I am around him, and we have been together for a year now. I relate to Jessica a lot bec ...more
Dec 30, 2011 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't often read historical romances and if it hadn't been a free download I probably wouldn't have read this one either and that would have been a shame. I enjoyed this book, it was quick and easy to read and I read it in one evening.

The story and old fashioned courting reminded me of "These Happy Golden Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder which is the penultimate book in the Little House on the Prairie series when Almanzo Wilder is courting Laura Ingalls.

I'm now going to have to download a Husba
Jennie -  Webbweaver Reviews
Sweet story, had some very funny moments but no intensity.
Jo-Ann Murphy
This is a very simplistic wholesome romance. But you have to overlook a lot of flaws.

However, I would not call it historical. While it claims to be set in 1868/1869, there is little to realistically place it in that time period.

They make several references to trash cans and I may be wrong but it was my understanding that at that time, especially in a new state like NE, there really weren't trash cans. Garbage was just thrown out windows and into streets.

The farmer must be well to do because he i
Nubia Sanchez
This one is simply my favorite by Ruth Ann Nordin because it show that this two character were meant for each other. Jessica helps out Tom, who is finding a bride, by getting rid of his clumsiness and shyness yet Jessica unexpectedly starts to love him while helping him out. I really love the plot and the character. I must read it again.
Roseanne Wilkins
Oct 20, 2011 Roseanne Wilkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly what it is advertised to be. As a short historical romance, it's a charming bit a fluff that left me with a satisfying ending. Definitely one I would hand over to my daughters. I plan on reading other books by Ruth Ann Nordin.
Heidi Kneale
The good: this book has a strange, addictive quality to it that compelled me to read it to the end. The plot seems solid and there's something appealing about the characters, even if I found them a bit flat. Good frothy brain-candy for those afternoons you want something baggageless to read.

The bad: Non-existent setting, simplistic storyline, extremely anachronistic social interactions and dialogue, conflict not strong enough for my taste. There is no way this is set in the 19th Century. None at
Jan 03, 2011 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this just because it was free on my new gadget. It was a clean book but very boring and I need to figure out how to erase it because I don't want to see it again.
Jan 03, 2014 Anubha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not read many historical romances which were not actually written by an author of that era. But after reading this one I am going to change that.
This was one beautifully written quick read which left me satisfied. It is a clean read with lovable and well developed characters- which I didn't expected as being around 100 pages long I thought it would be rushed, but no! it wasn't. In-fact I really liked how the story unfolded with a nicely woven plot.
Jessica is sweet and beautiful girl who is
Kind of corny but a cute read. I liked it for a short quick read to "rest" my mind between the other heavier books that I'm reading.
Judy Lavik
Jun 18, 2014 Judy Lavik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I bought this book last year, but never got around to reading it until now. I had read "Her Heart's Desire" recently, and when I realized the books were related, I knew it was time to read this one. I really hope to see a book for Peter in the future. He was originally engaged to the heroine, but he cared more for his mother's feelings than his fiancee's, and he lost her. It would be great to see him develop a backbone and stand up to his mother. And of course, he needs to choo
Jun 05, 2012 Tausha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was short and sweet. Not much to it, pretty simple love story. ok read but wouldn't read it again.
Well, this was the first book I read from this author. ... I held my interest and I was hooked up to it. I read it a long time ago, however now if I look back on it, it would seem as a predictable story, mainly because I have read the the other books. However to be honest I would still love to read books by Ruth Ann Nordin... it helps in believing in love and finding it in the strangest of place or time. Somehow m unable to rate any books from my tab.... guess there is some glitch or I should tr ...more
Lynde Shaw
This was a sweet, quick read. I thought Tom's clumsiness was a little over the top and the fact that Jessica jumped from one fiancé to another after knowing Tom for only a brief time was unrealistic, but considering the book was less than 100 pages, I understand the need for such expediency. No heavy petting gave this book a G rating, which can be good sometimes. I thought Jessica was a nice person who truly started out wanting to be Tom's friend and Tom's quirky clumsiness was endearing, if a l ...more
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Well, I'm a fan! This was a freebie that I downloaded a while back and thought it was time I give it a go. I am so glad I did,

This was such an infectious story! I read the whole thing (102 pages) in one sitting. This story was so cute! I loved the characters. Jessica was just adorable, and Tom, well he was just such a misfit you couldn't help but fall for him and hope that Jessica made the right choice.

What a great ending this story had. I loved the kitchen scene where the mothers were fighting
Jul 15, 2013 Ren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book A Bride for Tom is, to say the most, milady interesting. Yes, it is hard to put down, but only because the reader is waiting impatiently for something exciting or significant to happen, as much of the plot is simply a small-town girl's thoughts on a boy. Although the dramatic-love-story theme was cute, the plot was extremely predictable, as all love stories are, the setting left one guessing as to where and when the story was taking place, but character development was nothing short of ...more
Rosie Comia
A cute, humorous, short story of an awkward, clumsy man & a compassionate, sensitive & classy lady. Tom's determined to find a wife although the women in his town tends to shy away from him due to his clumsiness when he's nervous. On the other hand, Jessica is engaged to Peter, a mama's boy. In a town dance Jessica felt sorry for Tom's & agreed to dance with him but her long hair got snarled in Tom's shirt cuff's loose button & 4 inches of her hair ended up being cut-off. Despite ...more
Dianne Sidebottom
Feb 24, 2014 Dianne Sidebottom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book made me laugh and angry. Maureen a somebody thinks that farmers are low economic people n a man who works in an office is productive. I may be wrong but I appreciate those who grow my food to buy. As for Peter's mother, she wanted the right bride for her son, what colours she was going to have at the wedding. I would breaking of the engagement as well. As for Tom's brothers they were wondering had he proposed and was this all true. A short delightful story of courting.
Apr 20, 2011 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love historical romances, and I am always on the lookout for new authors, and with my ereader, I occasionally will pick up those 'free' or 'reduced' price books. I have to admit, I really liked the whole plot for this book. Our hero has two left-feet, he is constantly ridiculed by his younger siblings who fear he will never get married because of his clumsiness around women - basically, he is a trainwreck that everyone loves to stand and watch...from a distance...and then - our heroine who jus ...more
Jun 17, 2011 Elvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband got me an ereader for either my birthday or Mother's Day. It's a really basic model and I am learning how to use it. One of the books that I was able to download just to try it out was this one. It was cute and quaint. It had no malice. I don't want to say that the writing was gripping and involved. The writing and the story was simple but sweet. I found it engaging. I really liked it the way you really like rocket pops. Its sweet, traditional and good for a summer day.

The story had t
Deane Lingenfelter
Tom is a nice guy but he is having a hard time finding a wife. He goes to a dance and steps on his future wife feet. She is engaged to someone else. She finds out that her future husband is a Mama's boy and will only take his mothers side. So she breaks off the engagement and starts to date Tom. You will have to read the book to find out if they have there happily ever after. I hope you enjoy this book and Happy Reading....
Priya Kamlesh
Tom Larson is having a difficult phase finding a wife thanks to his "clumsiness". Enter Jessica Reynolds, engaged to Peter, who wishes to set this right by helping Tom overcome his clumsiness. What follows is very predictable but I read it for the sheer simplicity of the language and fun. There is nothing new you will learn here or be inspired by, but you still get entertained. Quaint, no evil and you still turn pages thinking of something exciting to happen though you secretly know the story al ...more
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