Wednesday, August 8

Pamela Morsi

Rosario has posted another great review of a Pamela Morsi book. Honestly, that woman wrote the best Americana Historicals. I wonder what type of bribe it would take to get her to go back to writing these instead of contemporaries?

Here are some of my favorites:

Book CoverCourting Miss Hattie Blurb:
The news spread like brush fire through the whole county when widower Ancil Drayton announced his intention to start courting Miss Hattie Colfax. She was certainly spirited and delightfully sweet natured, and she'd managed to run her family farm almost single-handedly. But wasn't a twenty-nine-year-old lady farmer too old to catch a husband?

An Irresistable Suitor.

All his life handsome, black-haired Reed Tyler had worked Miss Hattie's farm—and dreamed of one day settling down on his own piece of land with the pretty young woman he'd sworn to marry. Hattie was someone he could tell his hopes and troubles to—someone he looked on as a sister. So he thought, until the idea of Ancil Drayton calling on her made him seethe. Until the night a brotherly peck became a scorching kiss... and Reed knew nothing would bank the blaze—and that his best friend was the only woman he would ever love.

Book CoverHeaven Sent
When virtuous Hannah Bunch set out to trap herself a husband at the spinsterly age of 26, she hardly dreamed she'd be compromised by a blue-eyed stranger. Her reputation shattered, she promises to honor and cherish him always--never suspecting that his secret will threaten her life.

Book CoverGarters Blurb:
A delightful love story from the nationally bestselling author of Heaven Sent. In the late 1800s, proper young ladies don't go courting. But Esme Crabb knows that her lazy father and featherbrained sisters are no help at all when it comes to putting food on the table, and her only recourse is to "marry up".

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Wild Oats, click on the link above for Rosario's review.

Book CoverThe Marrying Stone Blurb:
Meggie was a dreamer who'd spent her entire life in the tiny town of 'Marrying Stone'. But though her life was simple, she was always sure that someday her prince would come. J. Monroe Farley arrived with his Edison listening box to record the traditional music of the Ozarks, determined to focus all his attention on his studies. But there, in this remote mountain hamlet, he found something he never expected--the princess of his dreams...

Simple Jess Blurb:
The last thing widow Althea Winsloe wants to do is remarry, but her meddlesome mountain neighbors have no intention of letting her stay single. So one day, they give her an ultimatum--find a husband by Christmas or the town of Marrying Stone will do it for her!

There are more, but all of these are keepers for me. I'm adding them back into my TBR pile. I miss her historical voice and style. I haven't tried one of her contemporaries in years, I'm tempted, really tempted.

So, what's your favorite??


Wendy said...

It's embarrassing how many Pamela Morsi books I have in my TBR. Off your list, I've got Wild Oats and Heaven Sent still sitting at home, unread.

You have two of my very favorite books on this list - Simple Jess and Courting Miss Hattie (which, whoa doggie - that's sexual tension right there).

Tara Marie said...

Wendy, Heaven Sent was my first Morsi, completely hooked me and put her on my autobuy list. She had such a unique historical voice and writing style.

Jennie said...

I had never heard of Morsi until you and Rosario talked about her, but she's on my list now. :)

Rosario said...

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the Americana subgenre, but Morsi is just something else. In her hands, I love the setting. There are some in your list I haven't read yet, so I'll be looking for them!

Tara Marie said...

Jennie, I HIGHLY recommend her historicals, as you can tell--LOL Definitely worth searching out.

Rosario, I'm not a huge fan of "Americana" either usually it's a little too sappy. But Morsi's voice is so unique, she completely stands out.

Rosie said...

I'm a fan and I tried to read her first couple of contemps and they just weren't as good as these historicals you have listed.

I also agree with the Americana time period. It's not one of my faves either but her books are just in a class all by themselves.

Devon said...

I recently read Simple Jess, and I loved it!! Loved it!!! It takes some writer to make that story work without it being maudlin or icky. It was so hot and innocent at the same time.

I've been meaning to read more by Morsi. Thanks for the list!

Tara Marie said...

Rosie, I only read her first couple of contemps too, but have been thinking she's such a good writer that I think I'll give her newer ones a try.

Devon, Isn't Simple Jess AMAZING? You definitely need to try more :)

Zeek said...

I've been wanting to read Morsi for sometime now- ever since Jude Devereaux suggested it somewhere out there in the blogosphere ... I have Garters on my wishlist at Amazon.

lisabea said...

I think that I have read Simple Jess 4 times... It's up there on my favorites shelf right next to Wild Oats.