Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pamela Morsi - Courting Miss Hattie

The news spread like brush fire though 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?

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...

Comment: This story has a premise I usually don't go for. An older woman and a younger man. Well, not that much older, but still. Interesting how our perceptions of things are so ironed by the way we live our real lives, the culture we're in, what society dictates at's part of our growing up that allows us to change the way we think and make us accept things we wouldn't otherwise. I feel pretty happy with myself for having an open mind for many things society still condones, but I must admit older women with yonger man still makes me frown. In this book I did it when I realized it, but the author has managed to create such a web of whys and becauses that it seemed really atural for them to be together in the end. I'm not telling a secret, it's obvious this woukd happen.

Hattie has always been a not so pretty girl and while a child, other would make fun of her.
Reed was one of her friends, even if younger than her, but he is a working man, he knows what he is doing and together they have the dream to grow rice in her farm.
Others in the city don't think it would work and everything starts to go from the moment another man declares he wants to court Hattie. She's a 29 year old who never had a marriage offer and is now considering the marriage, a way for not to aelone. This makes Reed jealous in a way he didn't think possible and slowly we get to see both their feelings change.

It's a very emotional voyage and one where people's feelings are the most important thing. It's so good to see a couple to trust and allow a friendship t escalate further, in a positive way. The story is well written, I think it has the exat amount of chemestry and suggestion to make the reader happy with it. In the end I had a smile on my face.

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