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Garters [Kindle Edition]

Pamela Morsi
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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When Esme Crabb steps into the Vader general store one day in 1888, she wants just one thing - the storekeeper - and she has only one way to ensnare him: with the longest legs in all Tennessee. Esme is determined to wed a rich man to save her featherbrained sisters and worthless pa from a life of poverty, and Cleavis Rhy fits the bill perfectly. Handsome, citified Cleave doesn't intend to marry any hill girl, but Esme sees the desire in his eyes - and a gift of garters, intended to stop Esme's constant, tempting adjustment of her stockings, is his downfall. When the shocking news that Cleav gave Esme such an intimate gift gets around town, she becomes Mrs. Cleavis Rhy with breathtaking speed. Esme is surprised by the rapturous heights of their lovemaking, and she falls more and more in love with her new husband. But Cleav believes she married him only for his money - and to change his mind, she must now win his heart.


A lady doesn’t go courting…but that doesn’t matter a whit to Miss Esme Crabb. Unlike her featherbrained sisters, the proud, practical hill girl knows sweet talk won’t put food on the table – so she’s bent on finding a sensible choice…so amidst the cracker barrels and jam jars in his general store, Esme makes her move … She doesn’t realize that daring to set her sights on someone like Cleavis Rhy will turn the town-and her heart-upside down.

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  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 455 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (June 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053ZN9YQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pamela Morsi! February 19, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can always count on Pamela Morsi to write a good-hearted story about everyday people who make me laugh and GARTERS is no exception
Esme (short for Esmerelda!) Crabb is the practical one in her family. Her beautiful twin sisters are a little light in the brains department and her dad is kind-hearted but the laziest man in the county, so the burden of providing for her family is entirely hers. Determined to make a better life for her and her useless loved-ones she concocts a plan to make the richest man in town marry her.
Esme's not a beauty, nor is she refined, being brought up in the "hills" so she has to use her brains to snare Cleavis Rye's attention. He's the town store-keeper and is one of the best educated men in the land and she figures when he realizes how practical marrying up with her is he'd have to be crazy not to just jump at the chance. So she follows him around a like a puppy and insinuates her way into his life and before he knows what is happening she's working in his store, flashing her legs at him, driving him insane and ruining his reputation!
This book was fun, fun, fun! I so enjoyed watching the practical Esme lose all common sense when trying to catch herself a man. She's blunt, honest and funny and I was rooting for her all the way. It was also amusing to see the prissy talking and sometimes snobby Cleavis lighten up, get all hot and bothered and lose his heart to the most unlikely woman possible. His nickname for the heroine "Hillbaby" drove me nuts but you can't have everything, can you? There are no bad guys in GARTERS because Morsi has a gift that manages to turn even the most unlikable character into a real person (Cleavis's Mom comes to mind, as do the twins shifty suitor).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Pamela Morsi has a new fan August 16, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Pamela Morsi book and I bought it because of the reviews of other readers. Let me just say that they did a great job reviewing this book; so basically, I'm not going to say too much more.
Esme (short for Esmerelda) Crabb is the practical one in her family. Her beautiful twin sisters are man-crazy flirts and her dad is kind-hearted but the laziest man in the county. Unfortunately, everyone in town knows this and they also know that Esme is the only hard worker of the bunch, so she gets a double-heap of pity (one for being a Crabb, the other for having supporting her Pa and sisters alone). Thing is, Esme is tired of nearly starving in their mountain cave during the winter and realizes that, unless she wants to work herself into an early grave as her mother did, she has to marry and marry well. She sets her sights on Cleavis Rhy, the town storekeeper, because he has a big, fine white house that only he and his mother live in. She decides that is perfect for her family and she will marry him.
Esme's not a beauty, nor is she educated or "genteel", being brought up in the "hills," so she has to use her brains to snare Cleavis's attention. Since he was educated in the city and is a real "gentleman" she assumes that she will have to be practical and highlight her best attributes (hard-working, willing to sacrifice, willing to be a helpmeet, etc) in order to catch him. So she simply walks up to him and says, "You wanna marry me?" This is the beginning of the most hilarious love story I've read in a long time. Esme follows him, worms her way into his life and starts driving him insane and ruining his reputation by working in his store and flashing her legs at him! Did I mention and Cleavis was supposed to be courting the minister's daughter???
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Esme and Cleavis are delightful! July 27, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Esme Crabb is dirt poor and lives in the mountains with her lazy father and two beautiful (but dumb) twin sisters. They are poor as dirt and Esme, the practical one, decides she needs to "marry up" with Cleavis Rhy in order to secure her family a real home and regular meals. Esme is not *really* manipulative, just desperate. She is warm, fun, earthy, and just what Cleav needs!
Cleavis is the storekeeper and the richest man in town. On the surface, he is the perfect gentleman: polite, smartly dressed, upright, and uptight. Esme's first words to him, "You wanna marry me?", startle him. She distracts him with her forwardness and tempts him by constantly flipping up her skirts to adjust her sagging stockings. You see, Esme can't afford garters.
This is a fun, warm, charming, emotional book. I enjoyed it tremendously and recommend it highly. I also recommend Courting Miss Hattie and Wild Oats.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars please fix all the errors! November 29, 2011
By susan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a cute story, but the spelling and other errors detract from the story. I read the hardcover book years ago, so I was happy to purchase it for my kindle. However, page after page has stupid mistakes and I find it extremely annoying! Other than that, again, it is a cute story, funny in parts, and charming. I really enjoyed it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Morsi Novel February 8, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Pamela Morsi's characters are so down to earth and loveable that she could place them in any setting or time and it would be an enjoyable read. I've read most of her books and the only reason I can't say that this is the best is because I think they are all equally wonderful!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Garters
It was interesting to see how such different people got together. It was fun to read and see what would happen next!
Published 6 days ago by Brenda Bauer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
The story started well. The main characters were likeable with believable personalities. As the story unfolded some details did not add up eg. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kalia Skeete
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Morsi always comes thru. Hilbilly girl chasing handsome storekeeper.....just wish that she wanted to marry him for more than just his house. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Winn
4.0 out of 5 stars great story, bad ebook experience
I loved the story, which I had read before, but this ebook is fiiled with typos. At least twice on every page, the word "the" was replaced with "die". Read more
Published 8 months ago by gingerale
5.0 out of 5 stars such heart
I totally adored this story. Cleav and Hillbaby are adorable. This is a fun, romantic read. The plot was engaging and moved with a constant, comfortable pace. Read more
Published 9 months ago by StacyS
3.0 out of 5 stars The typos drove me nuts!!
Enjoyed the story but it's clear that the book was scanned without the courtesy of anyone doing even one proofreading. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bunny Jamison
4.0 out of 5 stars Garters by Pam morsi
I love her books. There is a lot of romance and humor. I can not seem to put them down. Can't wait to read more.
Published 17 months ago by Gerene Malkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars she has done it again another five star!
This book was wonderful! it had me laughing and i just fell in love with all the characters. i did not put this book down until i finished it! Read more
Published on April 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A really delightful, sexy story!
This is a prime example of Pamela Morsi's writing at it's very best!

The characters are warm, real, and I just loved getting to know everyone. Read more
Published on November 8, 2005 by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars A real sweet story.
Cleav and Esme could not come from more different backgrounds even wanting to.
Cleav is the town's general store owner and is a gentleman through and through. Read more
Published on June 15, 2003 by R. Plaza-Gotay
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National bestseller, RWA Hall of Fame member and two-time RITA winner, Pamela Morsi began writing in 1990 creating historical romance novels set in the small towns and farms of the early twentieth century. She was an immediate success garnering awards and accolades from reviewers, readers and peers. In 2000, with a new millennium, she decided to move in the direction of mainstream fiction. Her recent works depict the voices of ordinary people overcoming everyday challenges. Librarian Pamela Morsi once asked herself what she would do if she ever won the lottery. She decided, given the chance, that she would spend her time writing fiction. Now, years later, she is still waiting to win the lottery, but THE BENTLEY'S BUY A BUICK is her twenty-third full-length novel. Pam lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and daughter.


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