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Simple Jess (Marrying Stone series Book 2) by [Morsi, Pamela]
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Book 2 of 2 in Marrying Stone Series (2 Book Series)
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From Publishers Weekly

Morsi (Marrying Stone) returns to Marrying Stone, Ark., 1906, for this pleasant hearth-and-home romance. Althea Winsloe is a young widow with a son named Baby-Paisley and a farm with the finest corn bottom on the mountain. Just like the best Jane Austen society, the Ozark community thinks that Althea is in need of a husband. But instead of Regency balls, Morsi's courting is conducted at hog slaughters (described in non-gory detail) and mountain socials. Althea is given until Christmas to pick herself a man, and to everyone's surprise, except the reader's, she chooses Simple Jess, a combination of Forrest Gump, Mr. Universe and a really great golden retriever. Jess Best may not be a smart man, but he sure knows what love is-and sex. Morsi is clever enough to incorporate mountain vocabulary and customs without a lot of twangy dialect.
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About the Author

Pamela Morsi is a USA Today, Waldenbooks, and Barnes & Noble bestselling author of romance. She broke into publishing in 1991 with Heaven Sent and has been gracing readers with at least a book a year ever since. Two of her novels, Courting Miss Hattie (1992) and Something Shady (1996), won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award, the highest honor in romance publishing, and others have been RITA finalists.

Ms. Morsi pens heartwarming stories set in Small Town, USA. Her books are famous for their wit, humor, memorable characters, and down-home charm.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3362 KB
  • Print Length: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Kiel Publishing (June 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053ZNH3Y
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By M. Hartmann on November 22, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
P. Morsi does not pander to the sex starved reading public.
Like any normal man, Jesse is interested in sex. But he is resigned to being simple. It is just his way. He is a most wonderful character to be a loving hero.
Althea is bound and determined to save her farm for Baby-Paisley [I couldn't understand her marrying Paisley in the first place]and not turn it over to another man.
Her mother-in-law turns out to be quite a driven character.
I loved the way simple Jesse worked his way into Baby-Paisley and Althea's heart and was a little afraid when Oather suddenly commented on how beautiful was Jesse. Whoaee!
The supporting characters make up a great community and I loved Pastor Jay who was heard talking to the Angels.
I am more into the western frontier and military romances but THE MARRYING STONE and SIMPLE JESS was so very refreshing and fascinating that I am so glad to have added them to my library.
These stories are so much more real and earthy than the bed-hoping contemporaries being spun today.
I hope M. Morsi continues to spin these wonderful, refreshing tales, as these were a treat to read.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -- great addition to most libraries.
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In all senses of the word, this is a love story. Not a romance. The novel features a young widow who is forced by the community she lives in to pick a new husband. She's being courted by two handsome, elligible bachelors, neither of whom she's interested in. Her attention is instead drawn to her hired hand, Jesse Best, who is known locally as "Simple Jess" because of a brain injury as a result of his birth. In a community where he isn't treated as an equal, Jesse finds himself being viewed as a partner, by a beautiful woman who has seen past his shortcomings, and into his heart.
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Simple Jess is an unforgettable story about how a meddling mountain community is forcing a widow(Althea) with her young 3-year old son to remarry. Her husband had left a large desireable farm that she was unable to physically manage by herself, and many of the female elders felt she would be jeopardizing her and her son's life by remaining single. In such a small community, the selection of marriable young men were slim indeed. One gentleman was a heavy drinking, irresponsible, arrogant cousin and friend to Althea's dead husband, whom Althea found unsuitable to be a father, and unreliable to care for an entire farm. The other suitor, though polite and decent, had no interest in becoming a farmer, hunter and husband, and may have homosexual tendencies.

In comes Simple Jess, who almost died at childbirth from anoxia when he entered the world with the umbilical cord around his neck, was forever "simple", unable to think critically or quickly like the normal men around him. But to make up for his mental disability, he was blessed with sharp instincts, pure intentions, excellent work ethics, enduring patience, gentleness, and untainted love. Oh, and was a natural musician. His life and Althea's life crossed when she hired Jess to get the farm ready for the impending relentless winter in exchange for her high quality hunting dogs. The love story that develops between a down-to-earth woman trying the best she could for her son, and the sweet, other-worldly and very competent Jess is so pure and sweet, that it must have been made in heaven. Though simple, Jess still has the same sexual needs and responses of other men. And Althea,unlike other women, came to notice all the things that make Jess special and desireable.
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I've read a lot of romances and over time have come to really appreciate a well-written, non-standard story. I feel that Simple Jess is just that. One of the scenes I vividly recall is when Simple Jess is skinning a deer and patiently explaining every action to Baby Paisley just as his father did for him. You get a real sense of what is important in life. In my mind's eye, I could just see the love and patience being carried on through the generations and even though Jess wasn't "normal", he was still able to be the kind of person that they needed him to be.
On a lighter note, I love how Pamela Morsi makes her characters individuals that you wouldn't find anywhere else. For instance, whenever I picture Simple Jess, I see him drifting from one group of women to another, smelling them. I love it! It makes perfect sense with his personality.
Though this book can stand alone, I think The Marrying Stone should be read first to just to provide a greater understanding of the community and personalities.
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Jesse was wonderfully written. I was a little afraid he would be too mentally child-like. Althea was okay, just kind of stupid and a pushover. Lots of external goings-on. The majority of this story is about the busy-bodies of Marrying Stone demanding that Althea remarry. Namely to Eben or Oather. Eben is in love with Oather's sister but treats her horribly. Eben's character seems contrived and totally unnecessary conflict. Oather is gay but is being bullied by his father into courting Althea.

Lots of repetitive dialog. With so many characters, they all talked about the same things. The descriptive minutiae is overwhelming in places and I began to skip paragraphs and sometimes pages. I love when authors do such wonderful research as Ms Morsi clearly did, but gosh... The basic facts about skinning a deer - great. Detailed to the point of describing each cut to the hide and organs - over kill.

Jesse and Althea spend time in the same location but very little is spent together - no way to really grow a relationship or romance particularly with all the external hubbub going on. Then there was Baby Paisley. Althea's son had to be the most annoying child in a story ever. He was referred to frequently as a fine little fellow, when he was a smart aleck brat who needed his marshmallow of a mother to dole out some discipline.

Had this story been more focused on Jesse and Althea, I probably would have liked it a lot more. Ms. Morsi has a nice writing style.
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