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- Print Length: 425 pages
- Publisher: Gnarly Wool Publishing (July 10, 2019)
- Publication Date: July 10, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07V4P1BYC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Ms. Morsi pens heartwarming stories set in Small Town, USA. Her books are famous for their wit, humor, memorable characters, and down-home charm. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The hero, Simple Jess, is one of the sweetest characters that I have ever encountered. He realizes that he is "different" and "slow" but works hard to be the best person that he can be. He has a wonderful family that loves him and encourages him to do the best he can. Musically gifted, strong and handsome, he is still treated as a child by the community at large. It isn't until he takes a job with a young widow to earn a pack of hunting dogs that he starts to come into his own. I love the way the author lets us in on his thought processes and we can see that there is much more to this "simple" man than others suspect. The 'non-courtship' of Jess and the young widow may bother some hardcore 'romance' readers but I thought it was perfect.
This is a book that brought me to both laughter and tears and I highly recommend it.
Penny Ellgass's Reviews > Simple Jess
Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi
Simple Jess (Tales from Marrying Stone Book 2)
by Pamela Morsi (Goodreads Author)
Penny Ellgass's reviewAug 01, 2020 · edit
it was amazing
This is one of the most heart warming, tales of love, family and life I have read in a long time. It does not relyet on drama, suspence, sex, violence or anything else but just plain life and people to draw you in and keep a hold of your heart and mind as the story onfolds. The last time I read such a simple all consuming tale was in the 70's when I read Catherine Marshall or Elswyth Thane.
I laughed and I cried, as I lived life om Marrying Stone Mountain with Althea, Jesse, Pastor Jay and the rest.
I will be reading more by this author.
July 31, 2020 – Started Reading
July 31, 2020 – Shelved
August 1, 2020 – Finished Reading
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This is one of the most heart warming, tales of love, family and life I have read in a long time. It does not relyet on drama, suspence, sex, violence or anything else but just plain life and people to draw you in and keep a hold of your heart and mind as the story onfolds. The last time I read such a simple all consuming tale was in the 70's when I read Catherine Marshall or Elswyth Thane. I laughed and I cried, as I lived life om Marrying Stone Mountain with Althea, Jesse, Pastor Jay and the rest.
I will be reading more by this author.
Overall, the book just left a bad taste in my mouth. The ending was especially uncomfortable to read (spoiler alert: another awkward sex scene). Read at your own risk.
Somewhere there was wrote of a possible Marrying Stone Christmas book to be wrote, adding to the series. So far this is yet to be and its been years. I so dearly hope, if I write out to Santa soon my early, early Christmas Wish List (we are in mid May), just maybe both Santa and Ms. Morsi will read it and I can have my Christmas wish. I will gladly wait for Christmas 2019. I realize there's the seed thought, the story, the writing, the publishing and so, so much to be done. So I can hold out for another Christmas. Oh but I really, really would so like to have it.
(Do I sound child enough?)
I do want. I want. I wish for. I want pleeease?
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Eu amei a sensibilidade desse romance, mas sobretudo, a ingenuidade e a pureza de Jess Best. A autora criou um personagem que, literalmente, é uma curva no meio do caminho quando consideramos os heróis usualmente retratados, o que me pareceu refrescante e original.
Estamos a falar de um homem, cujo nascimento resultou em algum tipo de lesão cerebral por falta de oxigênio. O seu aprendizado foi mais difícil do que para as crianças de sua idade, sua mente mais lenta, um homem com o valor minimizado erroneamente, o que lhe causou limitações sociais.
No entanto, Jess foi criado no seio de uma família amorosa e acolhedora, o que associado à sua personalidade inata, resultou num homem doce, ético, com uma pureza inigualável. Porém, Jess não era uma criança afinal, era todo um homem, viril, lindo, cujos olhos surpreendemente verdadeiros e um corpo espetacular roubaram toda a atenção de Althea Winsloe.
A heroína se encontra numa situação bastante peculiar, viúva, mãe e com uma fazenda carecendo de cuidados, ela se vê enredada entre duas famílias que a disputam como possível esposa para seus homens solteiros.
Assim, Althea é vítima de uma artimanha engenhosa dos moradores da cidade para escolher até o Natal um possível marido. O que os moradores dessa comunidade rural ignoram é que a jovem gradativamente se apaixona pelo menos improvável pretendente, Jess.
Eu adorei a sutileza por trás do romance, com um herói subestimado por sua capacidade intelectual, que não era igual a nenhum outro, mas isso não o fazia inferior, definitivamente!
Ansiosa para ler os demais livros dessa série. Recomendo muitíssimo!
The biggest pro aspect of this novel is of course the male protagonist, which was the reason why I chose to read this book in first place. Jesse Best, having suffered birth complications, is rather slow of thinking but by no means dumb - really, the closest comparison I could come up with was with Forrest Gump. Jesse is optimistic, a hard worker, a man of integrity, a carer, and it was a pleasure to read the passages from his POV. I was never disappointed by Jesse, and I can easily say that he can be in my favourite heroes list.
The other main pro was that, despite its flaws and the superfluous POVs, my attention never dwindled and I never found the book boring. It was a consistently exciting read and I'm happy to have read it.
On the other side, there were many aspects that prevented this novel from being truly great.
As many other readers have pointed out, the greatest flaw of this book is the insertion of POV’s from Eben and Oather, Althea's wannabe husbands. Oather was acceptable, as he was a nice fellow, and I appreciated the delicacy with which his homosexuality was treated and how he was given the prospect of finding true love in the end. Eben was throughoutly aggravating and unconceivable, not even for one minute, as Althea’s possible spouse.
In fact, I resent Eben’s and Oather’s presence altogether and their narrative necessity as a tool to bring Althea to marry Jess. I found the whole kangaroo court a sham and the fact that the mountain’s people considered it a legal decision was foolish at best. I truly cannot understand how a widow of but two years could be forced to marry again, by her mother-in-law to booth, and I found that the device didn’t do justice to Jess at all.
I’ll explain it further. I’d appreciated much more if Althea had come to love Jess without any external imposition to do so. I’d loved it much more if she had fallen in love with him working with him at the farm, and had naturally decided to marry him. I’d much preferred to see Althea and Jess becoming intimate in the first half of the novel, and then deciding to marry, and then to see a bit of their married life together – how did a ‘normal’ woman and a ‘simple’ man fare together.
The impression I gathered instead from the novel was that, if there were another, more marriageable fellow in the neighbourhood, instead of people like Oather (who’s gay) and Eben (who is a rake), Althea would have chosen that man instead of Jesse. If there had been a nice, young doctor, or another widower, a ‘normal’, responsible man, Althea would have married him without giving Jesse a second glance.
I could not truly believe that Althea had really fallen for Jesse also because Althea’s POV virtually disappears in the second half of the novel. At 75% in, she wasn’t yet in love with him, and when at 78% she finally notices how handsome he is (in an hilarious moment in which her admiring look is shared by Oather), it is a scene that had to be placed around 40% in. We are not in her head when she decides to marry Jess. Instead, the narration meanders around Eben, Oather and their problems, often taking over Althea’s and Jesse’s story. Can you believe (view spoiler)
In short, Simple Jess is far from a perfect novel, but the hero definitely makes it a worth reading despite its shortcomings.