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    4 stars Review posted May 27, 2016What s wrong with what I have on she asked It s pretty That s an observation, not a compliment I was not in danger of mistaking one for the other I have no objection to pretty, he told her But it goes against my grain to see it come to a bad end Someday you ll look at it and not recollect that it was ever once the color of summer apples or that it had that little ruffle at the neck It s for wearing, she said, stirring the batter It goes 4 stars Review posted May 27, 2016What s wrong with what I have on she asked It s pretty That s an observation, not a compliment I was not in danger of mistaking one for the other I have no objection to pretty, he told her But it goes against my grain to see it come to a bad end Someday you ll look at it and not recollect that it was ever once the color of summer apples or that it had that little ruffle at the neck It s for wearing, she said, stirring the batter It goes against my grain to tuck it in a wardrobe and only visit it from time to time Is that rightMorgan shrugged Maybe the person you should be asking is Cobb Bridger He s been married a spell, and he s real free with advice Jem looked to his left, his right, off in the distance, and then back at Morgan D you see him around You re the only married man in spittin distance Well, then, ask him next time you can spit on him Hell, Jem, I wasn t married when I saw you yesterday afternoon I m not exactly flush with experience I will get the view spoiler pan, water, and bandages, she said We will see how far you get with that boot while I am gone hide spoiler She devil, he muttered On the point of leaving, Jane turned and gave him her most indulgent smile If we are already come to a point in our marriage where endearments are an appropriate form of address, you should know that I prefer devil s handmaiden She felt very good about leaving him speechless. Jane Middlebourne s life has been shaped by loveless people and after a particular incident, she gives up hope of having a real future in New York After discovering an ad for a mail order bride, she accepts Morgan Longstreet s arrangement who s a rancher in Bitter Springs, Wyoming Jane starts a long journey, not only to become Logan s wife, but also to prove that she is a strong, reliable, and capable woman and wife But what about Logan s shady past and secrets Will they impair their happiness eventually Morgan bent his head again, this time with gentle intent His mouth brushed hers He nudged her lips carefully, laying down the kiss like a balm He had inflicted a wound that needed tendingSet in 1891, Jo Goodman has once again written an engaging western HR In Want of a Wife is my second book by this talented author and won t be my last, that s for sure I do enjoy her character driven novels and don t mind that her storytelling has been established on a level that is mostly quiet and unagitated In spite of that, her love stories remain compelling and the added wit and humor never fail to put many smiles on my face And in the era of manwhores, it did appeal very much to me to get acquainted with a quiet thinker of a hero who was almost as inexperienced as the heroine Seriously, I totally dug that I also liked Jane very much Jane of the sophisticated and eloquent words Though if the situation required a sharp tonguedness and strength, she was ready to deliver also As an added bonus, two secondary characters did etch themselves in my memory Finn and RabbitHey, Rabbit Come see who s here It s Mr Longstreet and his special delivery His head snapped around and he looked wide eyed at Jane Sorry, ma am, but I can t recollect what comes after Middle Burn Bury Borough Bourne, said Jane Middlebourne He snapped his fingers Got it He hollered back to Rabbit, who was rapidly approaching It s Miss Middlebourne Finn, Morgan said, wincing slightly as he tugged on one ear You don t need to yell like he s standing at the other end of town Besides, shouldn t you both be in school On my way Got plenty of time Mrs Bridger is usually a little late these days on account of her condition is what you call delicate I think there s a lot of puking so I m not clear about what makes it delicate, but that s what Granny says it isview spoiler Finn set his folded hands on the table with great aplomb and regarded the man who was charged with keeping them in the kitchen So, he said gravely, what sort of name is Dicks anyway No villain should have a name that sounds like his man partshide spoiler Those rascals are priceless I do have a minor quibble, though I m slightly disappointed that the author denied readers to witnessing Jane having riding and shooting lessons Other than that, In Want of a Wife was a completely enjoyable read who kept me eagerly turning page after page from start to finish This third installment in the Bitter Springs series can be read as a standaloneThe quiet in her settled in his heart In these moments, the peace that had eluded him all of his life became what she was, his companion He walked with his past at his side now He walked with her With Jane, all things were possible Recommended read


  2. says:

    4.5 starsFor fans of historical western romances, or readers who enjoy Ellen O Connell s westerns, this one s a treatJane Middlebourne is in need of a new life Orphaned, and brought up with her rich cousins in Manhattan, Jane has never been considered as part of their family With better prospects elsewhere, she answers an ad for a mail order bride.Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife After corresponding with Jane, he sends her money for the train trip to Wyoming Unfortunately, when Morgan 4.5 starsFor fans of historical western romances, or readers who enjoy Ellen O Connell s westerns, this one s a treatJane Middlebourne is in need of a new life Orphaned, and brought up with her rich cousins in Manhattan, Jane has never been considered as part of their family With better prospects elsewhere, she answers an ad for a mail order bride.Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife After corresponding with Jane, he sends her money for the train trip to Wyoming Unfortunately, when Morgan lays eyes on the refined and delicately built Jane, his plans for marriage take a dive She s not the sturdy woman he was led to believe who would be suitable for the harsh life of a rancher s wife.This is the third novel set in Bitter Springs, but can be read as a standalone I know a number of readers were disappointed in the previous novel, True to the Law but In Want of a Wifereturns to the high standards and great story telling of her first book in the series, The Last Renegade.Like most of Ms Goodman s novels, this is a very character driven romance The first half is almost entirely focused on the characters and the budding romance between Morgan and Jane The second half while building on the romance and relationship delivers some great action, and focuses on the unveiling of Morgan s past, with that past now catching up with him Some previous characters make appearances, particularly sheriff, Cobb Bridger And those two adorably annoying young boys, Finn and Rabbit, who have some great lines and scenes.There are two relatively small problems, that didn t really detract from the story, but think are still worth mentioning Contractions Or lack of them, in both the narrative and dialogue, gave a sometimes stilted flow to both story and speech This isan editing issue, that should have been picked up The second issue was with some details of Morgan s past with his stepmother you ll know when you read it and I m not sure why it was necessary or what it actually added It was certainly interesting and added dimension to his character, but not sure it really impacted his present life, or the plot.But these minor issues aside, In Want of a Wife is an excellent western romance Highly recommended.Steam 3


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    This book definitely satisfies my Western historical romance craving While slow building and with a lotnarrative than action, it was a book that captivated me with lead characters whose stories I wanted to know It definitely helps that Morgan is a redhead I have a not so secret fondness for red headed heroes I loved the manner in which Goodman conveys the loving intimacy that a marriage can cultivate between two people.Overall rating 4.5 5.0 stars.Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazi This book definitely satisfies my Western historical romance craving While slow building and with a lotnarrative than action, it was a book that captivated me with lead characters whose stories I wanted to know It definitely helps that Morgan is a redhead I have a not so secret fondness for red headed heroes I loved the manner in which Goodman conveys the loving intimacy that a marriage can cultivate between two people.Overall rating 4.5 5.0 stars.Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine in the May 2014 issue


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    This was sooo good Jane, an unwelcome family member to her cousin s household much in the manner of Jane Eyre answers and ad for a wife, and she exchanges letters with Morgan Longstreet until they come to an agreement She s to ride out to Bitter Springs, Wyoming where they re to be married, sight unseen Both Jane and Morgan have secrets and things don t go smooth when she first arrives, but I absolutely loved their journey So much feeling, so passionate, and oh so very steamy I have to This was sooo good Jane, an unwelcome family member to her cousin s household much in the manner of Jane Eyre answers and ad for a wife, and she exchanges letters with Morgan Longstreet until they come to an agreement She s to ride out to Bitter Springs, Wyoming where they re to be married, sight unseen Both Jane and Morgan have secrets and things don t go smooth when she first arrives, but I absolutely loved their journey So much feeling, so passionate, and oh so very steamy I have to say both Jane and Morgan s family were utter crap view spoiler Jane suffered an assault, basically rape IMO hide spoiler and after all those revelations I was evenhappy she escaped that despicable family Morgan had his own horror story with people that were supposed to care and look out for him growing up as a boy Disgusting The last few chapters I was biting my nails with nervous anticipation Pretty frightening, but both Jane and Morgan prove to be smart and capable I m loving Jo Goodman, and I can t wait to dive into her next Western historical I listened to the audio version, and Talmadge Ragan s performance was excellent Too bad the rest of the series isn t in audio version I want to read True to the Law next


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    Originally posted at The Book NymphoQuick summaryJane Middlebourne needs a way out of New York City As the ward of a distant cousin, she s destined for a lonely life of servitude Morgan Longstreet recently bought a ranch in Bitter Springs and needs a wife to help him manage Morning Star When Jane answers his ad for a bride, he believed he d found the perfect solution for both of them.The conflictWhen Morgan sees Jane in person, he doesn t mask his disappointment because he thinks she s not go Originally posted at The Book NymphoQuick summaryJane Middlebourne needs a way out of New York City As the ward of a distant cousin, she s destined for a lonely life of servitude Morgan Longstreet recently bought a ranch in Bitter Springs and needs a wife to help him manage Morning Star When Jane answers his ad for a bride, he believed he d found the perfect solution for both of them.The conflictWhen Morgan sees Jane in person, he doesn t mask his disappointment because he thinks she s not going to be tough enough to withstand the rugged life on a ranch in Wyoming Jane s discouraged as she d hoped to find a willing partner in Morgan, in time developing affection for one another The heart of the storyI love western historicals and this was one of the most authentic stories I ve read in the genre for quite some time There was no instant love here and ranch life is tough Morgan s not an easy man and he doesn t mask his feelings around Jane She s well educated and forthright, which made them surprisingly a good match He s not educated but extremely bright and savvy, though very reticent Both had complicated pasts and Morgan s resurfaced to wreak havoc in a major way NarrationUnfortunately, this was the weakest part of my reading experience The narrator didn t seem to have a sense of the tone of the story or understand the characters I couldn t tell when Morgan was being clever or caustic because no distinctions were made Most of the performance sounded rote, almost as if it was computer generated It just didn t work for me and I had to go back and read the prologue from the sample to understand what turned out to be a critical passage The bottom lineI enjoyed the story in spite of my issues with the narration I just had to work harder to figure out the nuances provided by the author I loved how Morgan and Jane s relationship developed and it s the strength of the story And, the ending was exciting with a strong climax I ll definitely go back and read the first two books in the series this one stands alone very well as I didn t discover it was part of a series until I d finished and I ll continue it but not with this narrator I received an audio ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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    I never said you were pretty Well, maybe I did, but I didn t mean it I just couldn t say the other He shrugged a little diffidently About you being beautiful and all, I m saying Partly I kept my tongue in my head because it hurts a mite to look on you that way, like there s a radiant light coming from you that could blind me if I stare too long Legit, this is one of the best books I ve read in a good while, and it definitely qualifies as my favourite of the year The characters pretty I never said you were pretty Well, maybe I did, but I didn t mean it I just couldn t say the other He shrugged a little diffidently About you being beautiful and all, I m saying Partly I kept my tongue in my head because it hurts a mite to look on you that way, like there s a radiant light coming from you that could blind me if I stare too long Legit, this is one of the best books I ve read in a good while, and it definitely qualifies as my favourite of the year The characters pretty much every one of them were all fantastic, in particular the two leads If a slow book isn t your thing, this may not be the best because it does take its time The romance isn t just slowburn, but the story itself is slow going There s villainy, sure, but that doesn t come to a head until much later in the book One thing I can say with certainty, though, is that even if you dislike the book for its slowness, the two leads are so amazing that I feel they make up for it.Morgan is honestly one of the best heroes I ve read in quite some time, ranking up there with some of my favourite Hs ever And for those who ve read Morning Glory if you loved Will Parker, I m pretty certain Morgan Longstreet can win you over Morgan is pretty introverted, preferring to mind his own business than to be a social butterfly, and very much the strong, silent type He s been through some serious shit in his life, from view spoiler child sexual abuse at the hands of his adoptive mother, to spending six years in jail hide spoiler , but I loved that instead of having him be some tortured soul who s broody and angry and hateful over this because we all know how much authors love to use a traumatic childhood as an excuse for assholery , he s kind and gentle He s quiet, sure, but that s because of who he is, not because he s sitting around being broody all the time The author never uses Morgan s past in order to get him to purposely hurt others though there is a scene that I ll mention later that might be cause for concern with some There s a quiet strength to Morgan that the reader sees throughout the book.Morgan wondered if she had gone to see Dr Kent about her headaches It had not occurred to him until now that she might have been hiding them from him He wondered what stupid thing he had said that might make her think he wouldn t want to know.When her headaches migraines, I believe kick in, he doesn t sit there getting angry about why she wouldn t tell him her head hurt Instead, he wonders if he d done something dumb that made her not want to share There s even a point where she s being passive aggressively angry with him Instead of being angry or annoyed with her for being angry, and instead of pushing and nagging her for the cause behind it, he lets her bring it up in her own time while preparing apologies in the meantime When it comes to Jane s reveal about her past, he sits there patiently and listens to her story, not jumping in or being angry and accusatory Afterwards, he expresses wanting to hurt those who d hurt her and then comforts her while she cries.JustI adore this guy And I thought it was great that the author took the time to show us how great Morgan is rather than just telling us, using these small moments and details in order to do so.Morgan s sexual past is mentioned, but it wasn t done in a manner that left a bad taste in my mouth Morgan, although not a virgin, feels inexperienced when he s with Jane, remarking that there had been no other woman like her in his bedin his life The only reason why it s even mentioned is because he s thinking of it in response to Jane s comments It was true he had some experience with women, but that did not mean he knew them He recalled Jane s words I understand that you ve had opportunity to beget. He wondered what Jane would have thought if he told her his opportunities had been limited to a few whores, two of whom he paid for a poke, and one who took him upstairs because she felt sorry for him.Aside from his view spoiler sexual abuse hide spoiler , that s it There is a point later in the story where view spoiler Gideon, Morgan s brother, comments that Morgan always was a ladies man, but I think he was just saying that to upset Jane in order to get a response out of Morgan Morgan says outright how many women he s been with, so I choose to take his word for it over a brother who s a POS hide spoiler I think Morgan could even count as having been celibate There s no mention of specifically when he was with those other women, but there s a point where he says that he had not been with any woman for a long time He lives in a small town and bought Morning Star ranch three years ago, so I don t think it s likely that he d skip working on his fledgling ranch to go to the next town over in order to get laid And, before that, he was view spoiler in jail for six years I don t know how many years passed between getting out of jail and buying the ranch, but he did mention spending time getting the money together in order to buy it hide spoiler Since the author doesn t mention it, I m just going to go with him being celibate from anywhere between the last three to at least the last nine years, which is why this is getting shelved as hero celibate Now, the other part of Morgan s sexual past that s mentioned is his view spoiler sexual abuse from when he was a kid The woman who abused him, his adoptive mother, is mentionedthan once in the story It should be noted, though, that it s never, ever, done so in a fond remembrance kind of way He refers to her as a whore, and you know what I don t like it when men use gendered slurs against women, but in this case I honestly couldn t give less of a fuck because she s a child abuser Morgan says his abuse started when he was eleven and she was 20 30 something but doesn t specifically mention when it ended, only saying that it lasted years before he put an end to it There s about half a chapter dedicated to Morgan s past, which includes mentions of his abuse and how it started.There s one graphic scene included of Zetta Lee abusing him when he was twelve, but it only lasts about half a page During it, Morgan is having a nightmare and Jane tries to wake him up The scene I mentioned above that I felt some may find disturbing is this one He thinks he s still dreaming so he turns on Jane and starts to choke her which is something that he mentions Zetta Lee made him do during the years of abuse , but as soon as he wakes up, he immediately stops and gets out of there After this is the only time Morgan is ever purposely awful to Jane, being crass as he tells her about his sexual abuse This entire thing may be objectionable to some, but I didn t have a problem with it I didn t like that he hurt Jane, but I can overlook it because he d been in the middle of having a nightmare of his abuse from when he was twelve I don t blame Jane, either, for trying to wake him up because she was concerned about him It was just an awful situation all around.The sexual scene with Zetta Lee might also bother some, but I didn t have a problem with that either He s having a nightmare at the time, not reflecting on it fondly The abuse can be hard to read, especially when keeping in mind that he s twelve at the time It s not that I want to read about child abuse, but I was glad that the author actually explored and acknowledged it rather than including it as a barely there footnote in Morgan s story I ve seen authors take serious issues and just barely graze the surface of it before forgetting its existence They skirt the issue, only using it as an excuse to make their character detestable manwhore, asshole, etc before quickly brushing it aside, never really give it the respect it deserves by delving to the heart of it I was glad that Goodman was not only unafraid to go there, but also didn t do so in a manner in which I found was gratuitous or used for shock value I feel it was there to illustrate that victims of abuse don t forget it, even decades later, and some even have PTSD as a result.And when Morgan is horrible to Jane after awaking from the nightmare, I could understand him lashing out as he did because he s brought back to his past abuse Jane was understanding and, rather than being upset with him while he s emotionally raw, she remains by him, willing to listen if he wants to talk.The author also uses the scene as a way to show how victims of abuse can often blame themselves for it Although Morgan was eleven when the abuse started by a woman who had raised him from the age of six , he still feels it s his fault He feels he could ve told someone, that he should ve been stronger and stopped it a lot earlier than he did In response to this, Jane tells himthan once that it s not his fault and that he was a child It s not that I expected to read anything else as a response, but I was still glad that the author acknowledged the self blame victims feel, and then had Jane firmly tell him that it s not his fault and never could be hide spoiler I was a little nervous at the end when Morgan s past catches up with him and there s a confrontation, but I wasn t worried about it all going to hell because the author hadn t let me down so far, and I didn t think she would do so in the eleventh hour though there have been authors who ve done so in the past Near the end, view spoiler Jane is assaulted kissed by one of Gideon s gang members Jane, in response, gets back at him real good for that There honestly couldn t have beensatisfying justice dealt to a man assaulting a woman than what Jane does to him And the author made it even better by making Jane be the one doing it rather than turning her into a damsel in distress and having a man come in and rescue her hide spoiler Jane was a great character in every way The author doesn t just tell you how great she is, she actually show you At one point, someone view spoiler Gideon hide spoiler says that Jane is sass and brass In other books, this would be the point where I sat back and thoughthuh Since whenbut not in this book The author shows you time and again how true those words are She s super sassy with Morgan, giving him lip and putting him in his place and not being afraid to call him out Early on, she makes it clear that she wants to be included in his decisions At a point after this, he starts to give her a story instead of the truth In response There s nothing to tell He stopped because Jane was already getting to her feet Where are you going To bed I don t want to hear that there s nothing It is the beginning of an evasion You do not seem to understand that you make me vulnerable when you try to protect me from the truth Jane stepped behind her chair and pushed it under the table She set her hands firmly on the top rail The only time you offend me, Morgan, is when you doubt my strength She may love Morgan, but she respects herself at the same time, refusing to let him walk all over her And if he s not willing to give her the answers, she s smart enough to do it on her own At one point, view spoiler Finn and Rabbit show up at their ranch and Morgan pulls them aside so he can listen to their message without Jane being around Jane figured something was up so, when Finn and Rabbit do make it into the house, she plies them with delicious food while casually asking seemingly innocuous questions, drawing the answers from them easily hide spoiler She s so, so far from TSTL.I loved that, throughout the book, Jane proves Morgan s thoughts about her wrong at every turn Morgan had thought he was getting himself a sturdy wife because he got Jane s cousin s photo instead of Jane s Instead, Jane turned out to be fragile looking and the complete opposite of what he d expected He thinks she s too fancy to live on his ranch, but she shows him time and again that he s underestimating her and she s perfectly capable which the author shows by having Jane walk around Morgan s house and having remedies for every issue She even lays into Morgan about this later, telling him how wrong he was not only in his initial judgements of her, but also in his request for a twenty four hour trial period And as I mentioned before, I loved that she wasn t afraid to speak her mind no matter what.I was a little wary of continuing after I got past the prologue because I figured out pretty early on that view spoiler Jane was a virgin I ve come to dislike reading about virgin heroines, but the type I absolutely despise is the surprise virgin hide spoiler Even though I had my suspicions about this early on, I still decided to continue reading and see where it went And I was very happy that I did Although view spoiler Jane s a virgin hide spoiler , I felt she was in touch with her sexuality Before anything sexual even happens between them, Jane has sexual dreams about Morgan Instead of feeling shameful or guilty about this when she wakes up, she just feels disappointment that Morgan isn t there with her And I liked that the author included that.At times I thought the book would get preachy and religious because Jane s faith and belief in God is mentionedthan once She prays and also refers to Morgan as being a Godless man this isn t meant as a judgement, just an observation However, how much can an author really want to push religion when she has the heroine sitting through Sunday service thinking about sex with her husband instead of concentrating on the sermon itself And this was also another instance in which Jane didn t shy away from thoughts of sex, as many virgin or virgin until recently heroines do.Morgan and Jane together make such a good pairing He s completely head over heels for her, just as she is for him However, they ve got a partnership going rather than an imbalanced relationship with one following the other s marching orders Although she gets to the heart of things when it counts, she also concedes in situations where she knows Morgan is right They banter playfully and also have their serious and tender moments.Heck, even the side characters were great I don t think I met a good character in this book I didn t like, with Jem, Finn and Rabbit being my favourites Jem is probably my favourite support character because he s such a loveable idiot.He stopped reading and cocked an eyebrow at Jem Looks like it has about every kind of thing in it Oil of petroleum Alcohol Sodium chloride Tar ex Max said, That sodium chloride That s salt, isn t it Fancy salt, Jem said That s why they call it that No one corrected him.And the relationship between Morgan and Jane and Morgan s ranch hands was great, too.Morgan picked up his coffee cup He had it almost to his lips when he said, I love her No one said anything.Morgan looked at them over the rim of his cup Well Jessop glanced over his shoulder Hell, boss, I reckon we all knew that The only issue I had with the book was the lack of contractions at times The book does have them, but not an awful lot Sometimes the dialogue between characters came out sounding robotic And I wasn t all too fond of the view spoiler you can t get pregnant but SURPRISE you re pregnant trope hide spoiler BUT, neither issue was strong enough to ruin my enjoyment of the book so I was willing to overlook them


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    Another wonderful book I ve read the first book, The Last Renegade, and enjoyed it very much I ve foolishly missed the second one, True to the Law, but I ll remedy that ASAP In this book we also have the theme of mail order bride, but the twist we had in The last Renegade view spoiler where Kellen was kind of mail order bride, as he himself says so hide spoiler , here we have a real mail oder bride Jane Jane was such a wonderful heroine, completly different from Raine, but in so ma Another wonderful book I ve read the first book, The Last Renegade, and enjoyed it very much I ve foolishly missed the second one, True to the Law, but I ll remedy that ASAP In this book we also have the theme of mail order bride, but the twist we had in The last Renegade view spoiler where Kellen was kind of mail order bride, as he himself says so hide spoiler , here we have a real mail oder bride Jane Jane was such a wonderful heroine, completly different from Raine, but in so many ways very similar to her I loved her honesty and her strait forwardness Her complete dedication to make a good wife to Morgan Her thoughts and reasoning were excellent Her reactions to a very bad situation very clear headed and very clever Cheers for Jane Morgan was interesting in his own way After a very difficult life, he made a new one for himself I appreciated his reasoning behind the fact that he accepted Jane at the beginning, and his change of mind was a pleasure to read.Obviously I loved reading about all the secondary characters from The Last Renegade I especially loved the role Rabbit and Finn had here Such a heroes in their own Wonderful story and wonderful story telling I ll be looking forward to read True to the Law and all the other books Ms Goodman will write in this great, great series D


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    3.5 starsThis rating and review is a little tough for me because I had mixed feelings about this book I liked the plot I liked most of the content I liked the characters BUT, I did not like the writing style I don t even know how to describe it I guess some terms that come to mind are Formal Intellectual Emotionless Dry Unique Overall, I found it hard to feel the connection between Morgan H and Jane for much of the book The second half was definitely better than the first th 3.5 starsThis rating and review is a little tough for me because I had mixed feelings about this book I liked the plot I liked most of the content I liked the characters BUT, I did not like the writing style I don t even know how to describe it I guess some terms that come to mind are Formal Intellectual Emotionless Dry Unique Overall, I found it hard to feel the connection between Morgan H and Jane for much of the book The second half was definitely better than the first though Both Jane and Morgan started to revealof their secrets, which allowed the couple to grow closer.Not sure this author s writing style really works for me It is intelligent and different than the norm, so it may just be that I am not bright enough to keep up lol.One big positive No OW around at all And Morgan was not some confident manwhore Instead, he had a limited sexual background, and it was not a feel good one Note about potentially upsetting material view spoiler hero was sexually abused as a boy and he does recount that time period hide spoiler


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    Love Mail order bride stories and this one was extra special I thought that Jane and Morgan s romance happened in the right sequence and timing, so by the end of the story you really believed in their romance I wasn t ready for it to be over or leave Bitter Springs, so I hope that she has other stories lined up as good as this one was I needtime with Jane and Morgan Wonderful western romance.


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    IN WANT OF A WIFE, the third book in the Bitter Springs series, introduced two new characters to the quirky town Jane Middlebourne had come to Bitter Springs to marry Morgan Longstreet, a rancher, who was in need of a wife They corresponded by letters, each omitting some secrets that they meant to share with the other when the time was right Morgan was a quiet man, a thinker as one of his men referred to him When he spoke, he meant what he said Jane did a wonderful job matching his earnes IN WANT OF A WIFE, the third book in the Bitter Springs series, introduced two new characters to the quirky town Jane Middlebourne had come to Bitter Springs to marry Morgan Longstreet, a rancher, who was in need of a wife They corresponded by letters, each omitting some secrets that they meant to share with the other when the time was right Morgan was a quiet man, a thinker as one of his men referred to him When he spoke, he meant what he said Jane did a wonderful job matching his earnestnessI never said you were pretty Well, maybe I did but I didn t mean it I just couldn t say the other He shrugged a little diffidently About you being beautiful and all, I m saying Partly I kept my tongue in my head because it hurts a mite to look on you that way, like there s a radiant light coming from you that could blind me if I stare too long Mostly, though, I didn t say anything because you wouldn t believe me I thought maybe that had passed some, but I guess not That family of yours sure did twist the way you see yourself The reasons I want to take a swing at them just keep piling up Jane searched his face She said quietly, I never know what you are going to say, Morgan Longstreet Is that good I don t know about good but it keeps me on my toes She came up on them again and kissed him.There was a slow buildup to the H h s relationship which suited me fine I found the tension realistic and the witty dialog entertaining view spoiler The secrets include a dark subject which some people will find squeamish I did, but the author resolved it in a timely manner hide spoiler As stated earlier, this story was part of series I would not recommend reading it by itself Many of the townspeople returned in various contexts There were the ever lovable Finn and Rabbit, the common sense Cobb Bridger and the rascally Davis brothers whom are now employed as Morgan s ranch hands IN WANT OF A WIFE was character driven and without reading the previous books, I think you will feel cheated.Oh, and the ending Not the epilogue but the last 15 or so pages I couldn t read them fast enough.If you enjoy Ms Goodman s romances you might care to read some stories written by Susan Kay Law, Kaki Warner, Caroline Fyffe or Ellen O Connell They are primarily known for writing American West romances some that are part of a series and others that are stand alones


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