IN NEED OF A GOOD WIFE
McNees has a knack for wonderful historical fiction readers will not be able to put down until they turn the last page. The wild West was a rough place to live; it took courage, guts and unbelievable strength to survive the elements, both natural and man-made. McNees does not glorify the past; she embraces it and elevates the nitty gritty to a better place.
Clara Bixby thinks becoming a mail-order bride broker is just what she needs to heal and to help other women who want to start a new life. Elsa, as an older woman, wants more than just washing other people’s clothes for the rest of her life. She knows she may not find a husband, but she may just find something she is not even aware she is looking for. Rowena is not used to being without money and hopes to find a rich man to keep her in the style she is accustomed to. These three women from different backgrounds want the chance to be more than what they perceive themselves to be. (BERKLEY, Oct., 400 pp., $15.00)