Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Morsi cures with latest romance

    I’ve been a fan of Pamela Morsi’s Americana historical romances for years so was thrilled to see a novel set in one of her previous locations, Marrying Stone Mountain of the Arkansas Ozarks. Her latest, “The Lovesick Cure,” is a contemporary story but it involves descendants of characters from Morsi’s historicals “Simple Jess” and “The Marrying Stone.”
     In “The Lovesick Cure,” Jesse Winsloe not only looses her teaching position due to budget cuts, but her principal, who also happens to be her fiancée, dumps her for another woman, getting married almost immediately. Jesse is heartbroken, unemployed and in desperate need of a change so she doesn’t have to keep running into old flame and his new wife. She travels to Marry Stone to visit her eccentric Aunt Will, who also happens to be the town’s natural healer.
    Living in “Onery Cabin” with the elderly woman is challenging, especially when Aunt Will employs a nasty smelling lovesick cure on Jesse. But the poultice begins its magic, particularly when Jesse meets the local physician’s assistant. Within time, things start looking up for Jesse, but Aunt Will has a few secrets and Jesse’s visit turns out to be fortuitous for both of them.
    Like Morsi’s historicals set in the same region, “The Lovesick Cure” offers charm, romance and homespun American culture. It’s a delightful book from start to finish.

Cheré Coen is the author of “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” She teaches writing at UL-Lafayette’s Continuing Education. Write her at chere@louisianabooknews.com.