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Garters [Mass Market Paperback]

Pamela Morsi
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove Pubns (Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515108952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515108958
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,690,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pamela Morsi! 20 Feb 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can always count on Pamela Morsi to write a good-hearted story about everyday people who make me laugh and GARTERS is no exception
Esme (short for Esmerelda!) Crabb is the practical one in her family. Her beautiful twin sisters are a little light in the brains department and her dad is kind-hearted but the laziest man in the county, so the burden of providing for her family is entirely hers. Determined to make a better life for her and her useless loved-ones she concocts a plan to make the richest man in town marry her.
Esme's not a beauty, nor is she refined, being brought up in the "hills" so she has to use her brains to snare Cleavis Rye's attention. He's the town store-keeper and is one of the best educated men in the land and she figures when he realizes how practical marrying up with her is he'd have to be crazy not to just jump at the chance. So she follows him around a like a puppy and insinuates her way into his life and before he knows what is happening she's working in his store, flashing her legs at him, driving him insane and ruining his reputation!
This book was fun, fun, fun! I so enjoyed watching the practical Esme lose all common sense when trying to catch herself a man. She's blunt, honest and funny and I was rooting for her all the way. It was also amusing to see the prissy talking and sometimes snobby Cleavis lighten up, get all hot and bothered and lose his heart to the most unlikely woman possible. His nickname for the heroine "Hillbaby" drove me nuts but you can't have everything, can you? There are no bad guys in GARTERS because Morsi has a gift that manages to turn even the most unlikable character into a real person (Cleavis's Mom comes to mind, as do the twins shifty suitor).
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4.0 out of 5 stars sweeeeet! 14 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
what a lovely book!i thought it was a heart warming,superb,smiley read.only one fault,to my mind.the misunderstandings just went on a touch too long.oh,and the picture for the book isn't right!there is no way she wore stockings like these.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pamela Morsi! 20 Feb 1998
By BarkLessWagMore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can always count on Pamela Morsi to write a good-hearted story about everyday people who make me laugh and GARTERS is no exception
Esme (short for Esmerelda!) Crabb is the practical one in her family. Her beautiful twin sisters are a little light in the brains department and her dad is kind-hearted but the laziest man in the county, so the burden of providing for her family is entirely hers. Determined to make a better life for her and her useless loved-ones she concocts a plan to make the richest man in town marry her.
Esme's not a beauty, nor is she refined, being brought up in the "hills" so she has to use her brains to snare Cleavis Rye's attention. He's the town store-keeper and is one of the best educated men in the land and she figures when he realizes how practical marrying up with her is he'd have to be crazy not to just jump at the chance. So she follows him around a like a puppy and insinuates her way into his life and before he knows what is happening she's working in his store, flashing her legs at him, driving him insane and ruining his reputation!
This book was fun, fun, fun! I so enjoyed watching the practical Esme lose all common sense when trying to catch herself a man. She's blunt, honest and funny and I was rooting for her all the way. It was also amusing to see the prissy talking and sometimes snobby Cleavis lighten up, get all hot and bothered and lose his heart to the most unlikely woman possible. His nickname for the heroine "Hillbaby" drove me nuts but you can't have everything, can you? There are no bad guys in GARTERS because Morsi has a gift that manages to turn even the most unlikable character into a real person (Cleavis's Mom comes to mind, as do the twins shifty suitor). Her books always remain centered on her characters growing love, never getting lost or bogged down with intrigue and action. And did I forget to mention the incredible sensual tension?! Whew, this one had plenty of it. It's the perfect book to brighten up a dank, rainy day or any day for that matter.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Pamela Morsi has a new fan 17 Aug 2003
By Victoria Eiland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Pamela Morsi book and I bought it because of the reviews of other readers. Let me just say that they did a great job reviewing this book; so basically, I'm not going to say too much more.
Esme (short for Esmerelda) Crabb is the practical one in her family. Her beautiful twin sisters are man-crazy flirts and her dad is kind-hearted but the laziest man in the county. Unfortunately, everyone in town knows this and they also know that Esme is the only hard worker of the bunch, so she gets a double-heap of pity (one for being a Crabb, the other for having supporting her Pa and sisters alone). Thing is, Esme is tired of nearly starving in their mountain cave during the winter and realizes that, unless she wants to work herself into an early grave as her mother did, she has to marry and marry well. She sets her sights on Cleavis Rhy, the town storekeeper, because he has a big, fine white house that only he and his mother live in. She decides that is perfect for her family and she will marry him.
Esme's not a beauty, nor is she educated or "genteel", being brought up in the "hills," so she has to use her brains to snare Cleavis's attention. Since he was educated in the city and is a real "gentleman" she assumes that she will have to be practical and highlight her best attributes (hard-working, willing to sacrifice, willing to be a helpmeet, etc) in order to catch him. So she simply walks up to him and says, "You wanna marry me?" This is the beginning of the most hilarious love story I've read in a long time. Esme follows him, worms her way into his life and starts driving him insane and ruining his reputation by working in his store and flashing her legs at him! Did I mention and Cleavis was supposed to be courting the minister's daughter???
This book was fun and funny! I really enjoyed watching practical Esme lose all common sense when trying to catch a man. I also thought it was realistic when she started feeling as if she wasn't good enough for Cleavis and wondering how to be the lady that she thought he needed. But Esme is blunt, honest and funny and I loved her. It was interesting to watch Cleavis open up to her and start talking about memories that transformed him from a smalltown hillboy to the prissy talking, snob that he was a the beginning of the novel.
There are no bad guys in GARTERS because Morsi has a gift of portraying real people, all their foibles and prejudices intact. Other reviewers weren't that pleased with Cleavis's Mom and Armon Hightower (the guy dating Esme's twin sisters), but I could see them as real people. Overall, I give this book five stars because it deserves five stars. It was written in 1992, so unlike most of the novels that have come out recently, the book isn't merely sex scenes for the second half. There is steam and heat, but also true plot and resolution. I highly recommend this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Esme and Cleavis are delightful! 27 July 2000
By "avonlea" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Esme Crabb is dirt poor and lives in the mountains with her lazy father and two beautiful (but dumb) twin sisters. They are poor as dirt and Esme, the practical one, decides she needs to "marry up" with Cleavis Rhy in order to secure her family a real home and regular meals. Esme is not *really* manipulative, just desperate. She is warm, fun, earthy, and just what Cleav needs!
Cleavis is the storekeeper and the richest man in town. On the surface, he is the perfect gentleman: polite, smartly dressed, upright, and uptight. Esme's first words to him, "You wanna marry me?", startle him. She distracts him with her forwardness and tempts him by constantly flipping up her skirts to adjust her sagging stockings. You see, Esme can't afford garters.
This is a fun, warm, charming, emotional book. I enjoyed it tremendously and recommend it highly. I also recommend Courting Miss Hattie and Wild Oats.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars please fix all the errors! 29 Nov 2011
By susan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a cute story, but the spelling and other errors detract from the story. I read the hardcover book years ago, so I was happy to purchase it for my kindle. However, page after page has stupid mistakes and I find it extremely annoying! Other than that, again, it is a cute story, funny in parts, and charming. I really enjoyed it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Morsi Novel 9 Feb 2000
By J. Peters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Pamela Morsi's characters are so down to earth and loveable that she could place them in any setting or time and it would be an enjoyable read. I've read most of her books and the only reason I can't say that this is the best is because I think they are all equally wonderful!
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