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Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi


I have a stack of Pamela Morsi books and I thought it was time I read another one.

Here is the synopsis:

The last thing widow Althea Winsloe wanted to do was remarry.  Unfortunately, her meddlesome mountain neighbors had other plans.   So, one autumn night they banded together and gave Althea a shocking ultimatum:   She was to find herself a husband by Christmas…or the town would do it for her!   Althea knew she had her choice of any single man in Marrying Stone, Arkansas.   Yet the only one she felt truly comfortable with was Simple Jess.  Sweet and gentle, Jess wasn’t as smart as your average man.  But his tender manner stirred Althea’s heart in ways she had never dreamed possible.

It would take a miracle to find a husband in Marrying Stone.  But sometimes miracles are right under your nose…
This book was certainly different. Different in the fact that the hero has what we would term today as having
Learning difficulties. Jess, though he is called “Simple” by the other folk around him, is still a man and one who does work things out in his head often enough to make sure he does the right thing.

This book does have quite a lot of time filling. But just like the last Pamela Morsi book I read, the sub-characters are excellent and almost take over the book again.

I was particularly interested in one male character who was gay. Obviously this being 1906, it’t not something he admits to, but he does tell his sister, who doesn’t fully understand it. Watching his struggle as his family urge him to marry was a refreshing story. He knows he is different to others, they know he’s different, but they never say it in the open.

There is a little boy in the story who is 3 years old, I felt he spoke a bit too adult-like – maybe like a 7 or 8 year old.

The heroine is very likeable, she owns a farm and wants to stay single now she’s widowed.

Overall, I felt that while this was quite a good book, it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I think the chemistry between the two leads wasn’t great. There is a good insight into community life in the mountains in the USA – everyone interfering in everyone elses life, family feuds etc…

So overall, not bad, but not great either.

Rating: 7/10


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