It was without a doubt the most conniving, lowlife trick ever played on a man. But it was for a good cause... Eulie Toby didn't like playing tricks, but the only way she could keep her younger orphaned siblings together was to get married--and Moss Collier was the perfect choice. Handsome and kind, he seemed so lonely living with his hermit uncle on that pretty sweep of Tennessee mountaintop. It didn't matter if their vows came at the end of a shotgun; Eulie promised Moss she'd make him the best wife in all of the Sweetwood. But a young bride and a ready-made family were the last things on Moss's mind. He had big dreams of going West and nothing was going to stop him--not Eulie's sweet innocence...not her deliciously kissable lips...and especially not that growing warmth deep inside his heart every time she came near. Moss had plans all right--but he hadn't planned on falling in love.
Celebrating the simple life, Morsi (The Love Charm) writes backwoods romances about people who do well at "doin' what comes naturally." In this sweet love story about the mountain community of Sweetwood, Tenn., heroine Eulie Toby, the eldest of six orphaned Toby children, forces Mosco Collier into marriage by accusing him of getting her with child. Poor, lonely Moss is the last man on earth to want to be saddled with a "stringy haired bride." Always prone to wanderlust, he's now planning to move to Texas after the expected death of his crippled uncle Jeptha. However, when Eulie gives him his freedom by promising to care for Jeptha, who lost both legs in the Civil War, Moss begins to invent reasons to delay his departure. As the reader learns about Tennessee mountain customs�shivarees, poundings, gauntlets, Wink-em�Moss begins to find that Eulie more than makes up for Texas. Occasionally saccharine, Morsi's folktales are nevertheless a welcome departure from run-of-the-mill historical romances. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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June 02, 1999
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