I've read my copy of this book so many times that the cover is beginning to show obvious signs of wear. Just as a curiosity I came here to the book page to read the reviewes posted and could not believe that there were none. Wow, what a shame.
Pamela Morsi writes the most interesting plots with characters that you can get to know and love. This book doesn't have any dates telling when it took place but people still travel on horseback and in wagons so a good estimation would be the late 1800's, and it is situated in Oklahoma.
Hannah May Bunch is a preachers daughter, 26 years old and a spinster. When her mother became ill with cancer, Hannah, though still a child, stepped in and took over the raising of her four siblings and the running of the house. These duties continued after her mother died and so Hannah was always too busy to worry about getting married. Besides, she is not tiny, not fragile and not beautiful. Now her father has remarried, her three brothers have all married, and her sister is sixteen. Hannah realizes that it is time for her to find a man of her own and to establish her own home. She has just the man in mind and even though she doesn't love him, and he seems too shy to begin courting her, she knows that she would be the best wife he could ever want. Hannah comes up with a plan straight out of the Bible for helping Will Sample ask that special question. Now all she has to do is execute it.
Henry Lee Watson is a moonshiner. He makes the best moonshine in this part of the state and he is proud of his accomplishments. So what if the "good" folks of Plainview don't really accept him because his mother was a half-breed who was never married to the man she lived with. They certainly come to him when they want something special to drink and he is making plenty of money. He is invited by Preacher Bunch to come help at the building of the new church because Henry Lee is an excellent carpenter. His skills will be needed for the finishing touches of the new church. He didn't know that helping out the preacher would lead his life down a path he never envisioned.
A true romance, this book places all its focus on the interactions of Hannah and Henry Lee and the community in which they live. Each and every character is completely and fully drawn. Hannah isn't the first person to learn that forcing the Bible to say what you want it to say can have totally unforseen results. Henry Lee isn't the first man to find himself in an awkward situation with a life changing decision to be made. Pamela Morsi writes his character with such sweetness and with the actions of a true gentleman so that we forget the way he makes his living. And she manages to have a book based on one of my pet peeves (the big misunderstanding) be not only interesting but totally realistic. I can certainly imagine two people getting themselves into this kind of tangle just because each assummes they know what the other is thinking.
A book which explores right and wrong. Good versus bad. Honor over convenience. I just love reading this story. Don't pick up this book expecting explicit sexual content, you won't find it here. What you will find is two people caught in a situation which makes them work with and for each other in order to find love.