A Husband for Margaret by Ruth Ann Nordin
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 used by other historical romances.
What Margaret didn’t count on was for the man she’d been ‘courting’ to die in a tragic horse accident, nor for his brother to show up in her fiancé’s place. Nothing says ‘I love you, let’s get hitched, please, dear God’ quite like showing up with four small children for your first face-to-face meeting. But he does and Margaret takes the plunge, and the end result is a story that is charming and sweet, and extremely mild where explicit sexual content is concerned. It’s definitely more romantic than erotic, which was a nice change of pace for me. 4 Stars