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SWEETWOOD BRIDE
by Pamela Morsi

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Turn-of-the-century Tennessee

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Moss Collier wonders if he wouldnt
be better off dead than wed after Eulie Toby forces him into a shotgun wedding, claiming a baby is on the way. Moss knows he has never touched Eulie
he hardly knows her. The marriage destroys his plans to head for Texas.

Eulie has to do something to help
her brothers and sisters. Moss appears
to be the best choice for a husband.
He is not mean or lazy and he has
a home where they can all live in comfort. So manufacturing a baby to get a husband and save her family doesnt seem so bad.

Sweetwood BRIDE is not your
typical shotgun-wedding romance, but then nothing Pamela Morsi writes is
typical. The slow growth of love, desire and loyalty, the utterly real characters, their problems (from Moss uncles
bitterness over his loss of his legs in
the war, to her brother Rans rebellion), and the sweet secondary love stories
add depth and emotional intensity
to a tender tale.

Ms. Morsis hallmark humor, affinity for down-home folk and understanding
of the locale and the people brighten
each page. A wonderful example of what Americana romance is all about.
SENSUAL (Aug., 390 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Harper

Published: August 1999

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