THE LOVESICK CURE
This sweet, sexy novel will pluck at the heartstrings, while hitting places further south, too. Morsi’s storytelling is pitch perfect when the hero and heroine are together, but dissonant when she tries to provide life lessons. With folksy characters living in a small town that time has nearly forgotten, the book will find many fans, especially longtime readers of Morsi, who will be pleased to see the return of several characters and the town from her historicals.
Dumped by her fiancé and laid off from work, Jesse flees to the Ozark Mountains and to her ancient Aunt Will — a woman known for her wisdom and folk healing, including a smelly cure for lovesickness. Her aunt’s “cure” might not be working, but Jesse’s is: She begins a sex-only relationship with single dad and physician’s assistant, Piney Baxley. Then, Aunt Will announces that she is dying. Jesse starts to see her life, her actions and her choices differently, including her sexy cure for lovesickness. But the secrets in the small community of Marrying Stone will change Jesse’s view of herself and her family forever. (MIRA, Sep., 416 pp., $7.99)