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A Husband for Margaret (Nebraska Historicals)

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When Margaret Williams posted an ad for a husband, she expected Paul Connealy to arrive. But Paul couldn‘t make it because of a fatal accident. However, Paul had a brother and that brother needed a wife in the worst possible way.

Joseph Connealy jumped at the chance to marry Margaret. Sure, he didn‘t know her, but he saw her ad and figured she‘d suit him just fine. His only
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ebook, 129 pages
Published March 24th 2010 by Smashwords (first published January 1st 2010)
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LadyCalico
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
Kathryn
May 08, 2013 Kathryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading A Bride for Tom, I was semi-interested in continuing the story with Margaret's journey. Especially since both were free. If I recall correctly (which I may be wrong -- it happens. Sorry), "Bride" was offered from a Christian reads source. I didn't find it religious, but it was clean and cute. I expected the same from this novella, but I was sorely mistaken. The wedding night scene was unnecessarily graphic.

There has been mention that both novellas don't seem to use 1800's language.
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Liza
Feb 08, 2016 Liza marked it as unfinishable  ·  review of another edition
Boy this author sure does love to have her characters - male and female - roll their eyes. Just like the last book.

Note to self: scroll farther down before randomly selection book on Kindle list.

I get it; this is her style of writing. I just don't like it. There's no historical accuracy at all. None. Which is fine, but if so, why bother choosing to write historical romance? At least throw in a unicorn or something so it could be considered a fantasy novel and you could take whatever liberties yo
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Kristen
Nov 14, 2011 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At the end of the synopsis it says rated "R", but for some reason when I went to read it, I didn't see that part. It is rated "R" which is why I didn't get past the honeymoon night chapter. Seriously, I don't need details.

But even if it weren't for the "R" rating, I still felt that characters set in the 1800's wouldn't speak, or act the way they did in this story. The only thing that seemed old fashioned was that Margaret put an ad in a paper to find a husband, he showed up on a train and they g
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Sue
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 towards the end of the 19th century.

I was a little irritated by the number of times people were described as rolling their eyes, a phrase which meant something rathe
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Anne-claire
Feb 03, 2011 Anne-claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read between two "really"boring lab experiments. To make it short, I absolutely disliked it. Because of the plausible factor. Apparently this story takes place in the late 1800s but the words used, the way the characters were speaking did not went accordingly and so it was very disturbing. For me, it was like swinging from the 1800s to todays date and vice versa.
SheLove2Read
Jun 11, 2010 SheLove2Read rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
I wasn't very impressed with the story. The writing was fine. This is a marriage of convenience story but the heroine dealt more with the children and her husband's pseudo-stalker more than she did her husband. A disappointment.
Cheesecake
Margaret and Joseph. This was a much less angsty read than I was expecting. Mostly because the MCs don't keep stuff from each other and Margaret is a 'doer' not a 'fretter'. Margaret lives in a small town and has given up on finding a husband there so she puts out and ad. Paul answers her ad and they decide from their letters to make a go of it. But tragedy strikes just before the train would have carried Paul to meet his bride to be. Paul's older brother, Joseph who has been a widower for over ...more
Aerykah
Dec 24, 2015 Aerykah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, my computer decided to restart right in the middle of me typing a review for this book. So let's give this another go, shall we?

After reading the previous book in this series, A Bride for Tom (see my review here -- I would apply that review to this book as well), I realized that I also had this book on my kindle. The storyline sounded fun so, even though I did not like the previous book, I figured I'd give this one a shot. After all, I already had it and it's only 124 pages, right?

I didn't
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Heidi Kneale
This story started with a strong premise (mail-order groom dies so his brother takes his place), but the actual telling didn't work for me. The conflict didn't have enough tension and was resolved too easily. Debra Potter(view spoiler)

I have issue with this being called a "historical", as the setting was extremely sparse, their
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Judy Lavik
Jun 20, 2014 Judy Lavik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another heartwarming tale from Ruth Ann Nordin

A Husband for Margaret is the 3rd book in the Nebraska Historical Romance series. Margaret, Peter, and Connie return. Margaret, having run out of suitable contenders for her hand, and being the only one of her friends who is still unmarried, decides that desperate times call for desperate measures. She places an ad for a mail-order husband. Expecting Paul Coneally, who she has been corresponding with, his brother Joseph steps off the train instead. J
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Melody
Aug 10, 2014 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book enjoyable. The kids were entertainng although it was a surprise when Margaret agreed to marry a man with 4 boys ages 2-7 after only one conversation. Two weren't even potty trained and the heroine couldn't change a diaper. Sure Joseph is gorgeous but she really didn't take time to think about what she was getting into. She didn't even know if he had a job or a place to live and she didn't ask. Aside from this the book wasn't pretty good. Unlike the previous book in this series, ...more
Amy
Jan 27, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The concept was good, it made me download the book. The rest was not that good.

What I liked: Joseph and his boys.

What I didn't like: Just about everything else. The setting was described badly, as it's supposed to be 1869, however, I think that year was picked as a way to set up the whole "mail order ___". Nothing felt historical here. It would have been better had the author picked the 40's or even modern day, and given the mail order setup a new twist. It could even be written in the future wh
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Natasha
Jan 04, 2012 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think it was a fantastic perspective on why people do what they do and the struggles they have to endure becuase of certain circumstances. I enjoyed how it pulled my mind into taking the shoes of another person.
Cathie
Mar 09, 2011 Cathie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book started out with a wonderful premise and a lot of spunk and ended up...well conventionally boring. Not worth the price of admission.
Adelina Filip
It was a cute book.
Margret posted an ad for a husband but because the man who responded to the ad had died two weeks before their encounter, his brother Tom, father of 4 little boys,marries her instead.
At first she struggles being a mom but overcomes the difficulties with the help of her children.
What I didn't like about this book was the fact that after he married Margret,Tom left the hard task of taking care of his boys to her.THEY WERE HIS CHILDREN!!!Not to mention that se was only 20 years o
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Judy
Sep 30, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3: A Husband for Margaret
Margaret Williams put an ad in the papers for a husband. Paul Connealy had answered her ad and was arriving on the train today and they would be married. How exciting!
As Margaret watched for him to come off the train, she saw one man but held a child and Paul had no children so that could not be him. A young boy ran up to her and asked if she was Margaret Williams and she said yes, as that was her name. Soon the man holding the child and three more as well came and
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Katya
Aug 14, 2011 Katya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a simple story about a woman, Margaret, who put an advertisement into the paper for a husband to come out west and marry her. Who got off the train was her husband-to-be's older widowed brother and his four kids and a woman in tow who wanted to be the next Mrs. Joseph Connelly.

I wanted to like this story, and for the most part I did. Now to be fair, this is a follow-up to the first book and I did not read the first book.

The author did a nice job with the flow and laying out the plot.
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Christina
This was a light, sweet enough read, but I think I would have enjoyed something a bit more substantial and angst-ridden given the characters and their situations. After his brother’s untimely death, a widower with four children offers to marry his brother’s fiancée, a woman his brother met through an ad in the newspaper. This, to me, opens the door to all sorts of possibilities. The story could deal with the hero’s loss of his brother and that of his first wife, of his marrying a total stranger ...more
Jessie Morgan
Jul 14, 2012 Jessie Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Margaret Williams, a young woman so practical and out-spoken that, finding the local manly pickings a bit slim in Omaha, Nebraska, she advertises for a husband elsewhere. Unlike another reviewer, I didn’t have a probably with this aspect of the story. Although much, much rarer than advertisements for wives, I know women also utilized this avenue when they couldn’t find local mates. It also added (for me, anyway) a bit of a twist to the usual ‘man places add for wife’ plot us ...more
Terree
Nov 09, 2011 Terree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a sweet little quick read, but I did stumble a few times over terminology. there were modern words and phrases used in late 1800's era books... it stopped the flow of the book. phrases like a little 7 yo boy saying gross... often. I myself didn't start doing that until, well, we won't get into that. And I don't recall grade school being called that until not too awfully long ago, and before that it was elementary school and during the era of this book I think it should have been primary ...more
Gretchen Fatouros
2nd book I read. This begins books with sex in them of Ruth Ann Nordin's (though only between husband & a wife). Love the innocence of this time period.

This is the best order to read these in (per Ruth Ann Nordin's website 05/14):

1 - Her Heart’s Desire (Nebraska Book 1) – Sally Larson’s romance
2 - A Bride for Tom (Nebraska Book 2) – Tom Larson’s romance
3 - A Husband for Margaret (Nebraska Book 3) – Joseph Conneally’s romance
4- Eye of the Beholder (Nebraska Book 4) – Dave Larson and Mary’s f
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Jovanie
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Karen Baney
Margaret, who we're first introduced to in A Bride For Tom, decides she is going to look for a husband in a very unconventional way. She takes out an ad in the newspaper looking for a mail-order husband.

When she receives a response from Paul, she is excited to meet him. Unfortunately, Paul's brother Joseph shows up instead, widowed and with four children tagging along.

While the story was interesting and a quick read, there was one bedroom scene that left me blushing. If this book were a movie, i
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Maritha
The book was good. I love the author and so I tend to read her books. The main reason being the connections between the books.... However her writing style does seems a bit repeating if u tend to read the books back to back... so i usually give a gap by reading a book or two of another author and then come back to her.
 Gigi Ann
Mar 12, 2012 Gigi Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Light and easy reading.
This was another nice and easy short story to read. I enjoyed this sequel as much as the first one I read by this author, "A Bride for Tom."


Sometimes I like having something to read that's not so overly wordy, but a fun and a cute quick read, also it was a freebie for my NookColor E-book.


I found it an adorable storyline. But I chuckled at some of the language--the story was to be taking place in 1869 Nebraska, but she used the term "motel" instead of hotel. Some of the terms of her language were
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melanie charsley
Different

I really liked this story and the characters . The children in the book were very funny and easy to love all in all a charming story my only complaint is there was no description of Margaret all the way though the book which I found strange the reader had no idea what she looked like.
Liz melia
Jul 22, 2014 Liz melia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Good read

this was a great book, it had a lot of laughs...one man was expected and another arrived off the train with a 4 boys to boot!! Margaret has to decide if she's r ready to be an instant wife let alone an instant mother, you will be chuckling out loud
Ipshita
I did not like Margaret at first, she came across as slightly self-absorbed and immature. Her reaction, or rather, her horrified reaction to the children made me question her suitability all the more. But she does succeed in becoming a good mother in spite of a few initial mishaps. Also,it was refreshing to see her straight-forwardness.

Mail-order bride or as the case is here, mail-order groom is a favourite trope of mine. What I found unique in this story is that the heroine is the one who shows
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Bethenia Dixon
Jan 07, 2012 Bethenia Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with some of the other reviews that the terminology used does not reflect an 1800s time period. Also, There was quite an overuse of the word "pointed/ly" in reference to the character's expressions, so much that it made me cringe every time I came across the word. When I read a book I expect to learn at least one new word and new ways of using words I already know, which didn't happen here.
Despite all this, I still loved the book. If it can stand through all the aforementioned cons, then
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What's to say? I write a lot. I read often. I sleep little. Once in awhile, I've been known to clean the house. A number of kids live in my house and there's this guy they call dad and I call husband. All in all, it's a pretty good life. :-)
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