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Here Comes the Bride
     

Here Comes the Bride

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by Pamela Morsi
 

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There comes a time in every woman's life when she must get herself a man or give up the idea entirely...

After three long years of patiently waiting for her reluctant, handsome, gentlemanly Amos Dewey, to pop the question, Augusta Mudd--owner of her small town's biggest factory--decides it's time to take matters in her own hands. With the help of her friend,

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There comes a time in every woman's life when she must get herself a man or give up the idea entirely...

After three long years of patiently waiting for her reluctant, handsome, gentlemanly Amos Dewey, to pop the question, Augusta Mudd--owner of her small town's biggest factory--decides it's time to take matters in her own hands. With the help of her friend, ruggedly attractive Rome Akers, she's determined to make Amos jealous--and get him to the altar--before it's too late.

Rome Akers wasn't ready to settle down. But by pretending to make Augusta his partner for life he had a chance to become her business partner instead. Yet despite his best intentions, the closer he gets to this intelligent, sweet woman, the stronger his feelings grow. Their tantalizing conversations and tender kisses ignite a desire more passionate than Roman ever imagined. Soon he'll do anything to make Augusta a bride--but only if he gets to be the groom.

Editorial Reviews

Kathe Robin
Not only does Ms. Morsi completely capture early-20th century small-town Texas, but her wit, tenderness and warm-hearted, real characters will ensnare readers. Though not as charming and sensual as Courting Miss Hattie, Here Comes the Bride is a sweet treat.
Romantic Times
Library Journal
Undeterred by her current swain's refusal to get married, 31-year-old ice company owner Augusta Mudd decides he needs a little competition to bring him to his senses. But the deal Gussie strikes with her plant manager to act as her new love interest in return for a partnership in the firm has unintended results; and while the summer wedding that Gussie is planning may take place on schedule, the major players may not be the ones she originally had in mind. Peopled with endearing characters, steeped in Texas small-town ambiance, and sprinkled with Morsi's characteristic gentle humor and lively charm, this heartwarming romance provides a generous slice of Americana, nicely spiced with a dash of the unexpected. Morsi (The Sweetwood Bride) is a RITA Award-winning author and lives in Texas. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062234612
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
668,923
File size:
2 MB

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Gussie Mudd, the proprietor of a small ice business has determined that at some point in a women's life she must get herself a man, or give up on the idea entirely.  To get her man, she decides to play by the rules... the rules of business.  And she makes a business proposition to her employee Mr. Rome Akers.

People, Mr. Akers, are just like businesses.  They act and think and envolve in the same way as commercial enterpirse.  People want and need things. But when they are vastly available, they prize them differently."

"Well, yes I guess so, " Rome agreed.

"So when we consider Mr. Dewey's hesitancy to marry me," she continued.  "We must avoid emotionalism and try  to consider the situation logically."

"Logically?"

Rome was not sure that logic was a big consideration when it came to love.

"Mr. Dewey has been on his own for some time now," she said. "He has a nice home, a hired woman to cook and clean, a satisfying business venture, good friends and myself, a pleasant companion to escort to community events.  Basically all his needs as a man are met.  He has a virtual monopoly on the things that he requires"

Rome was uncertain that all of a man's needs had been stated, but after his embarrasing foray in that direction, he chose not to comment.

"He is quite comfortable with his life as it is," Miss Gussie continued. "Whyever should he change?"

"Why indeed?" Rome agreed.

She smiled then.  That smile that he'd seen often before.  That smile that meant a new idea, a clever innovation, an expansion of the company. He had a long admired Miss Gussie's goodbusiness sense and the very best of her money-making notions came with this smile.

"I can do nothing about Mr. Dewey's nice home, the woman hired to cook and clean, his business or his friends," Miss Gussie said.  "But I can see that he no longer has a monopoly upon my pleasant companionship."

"I'm not sure I understand you," Rome said.

In our business if Purdy Ice began delivering smaller blocks twice a week we would be forced to do the same."

Roem nodded . "Yes I suppose you are right about that."

"We would be forced to change , compelled to provide more services for the same money," she said.

"Yes I suppose that's right."

"That's exactly what we're going to do to Amos Dewey,": she said.

Rome was listening, but still skeptical.

"You are going to pretend to be in love with me," she said, as if that were going to be the simplest thing in the world. "You will escort me around town.  Sit evenings on this porch with me.  Accompany me to civic events."

That seemd not to difficult, Rome thought.  He did not normally attend a lot of public functions, but of course he could.

"I don't see how that will change Dewey's mind," he told her honestly.

"You will also let it be known that you are madly in love with me," she said.  "And that you are determined to get me to the alter as soon as possible."

Rome got a real queasy feeling in his stomach.

"Amos Dewey will no longer have a monoploy.  You will be the competition that will force him to provide the service he is not so willing to provide, marrying me."

Gussie raised her hands in a gesture that said that the outcome was virtually assured.

Rome had his doubts.

"I'm not sure this will work, Miss Gussie," he told her.  "Men ... men don't always behave like businesses.  They are not all that susceptical to the law of supply and demand."

"Don't be silly, she said.  "Of course they are."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author

Publishers Weekly calls national bestselling author Pamela Morsi "the Garrison Keillor of romance." Her trademark wit and warmth enliven tightly written tales with down-home charm. Her novels, including Sealed with a Kiss, No Ordinary Princess, The Love Charm, and Courting Miss Hattie, have garnered rave reviews from critics and numerous awards including two RITA Awards, a Waldenbooks Sales Award, Bookstores that Care Favorite Romance Awards and the Maggie Prize for Historical Fiction, and Reviewer's Choice from Romantic Times maga-zine. She lives in Texas with her family.

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Here Comes the Bride 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very delightful book. I look forward to reading more.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Early in the twentieth century in Cottonwood, Texas, thirty-one years old Gussie Mudd decides it is time for her to marry. She asks her beau widower and tonsorial shop owner Amos Dewey if his intentions towards her are honorable, but he responds very poorly when he coldly informs her he has no plans to remarry. Amos still grieves for his deceased wife.

Not wanting to end up as a spinster, the owner of a local ice plant decides to obtain the aid of her best employee, Rome Akers. In exchange for half ownership of the ice plant, Rome must pretend to court Gussie over the next six weeks in order to make Amos jealous. Reluctantly, Rome accepts because he wants to own a company and feels that Amos is right for Gussie. Gussie and Rome fool the townsfolk into believing they are seeing one another. Perhaps their success is in part due to the fact they have fallen in love with one another. However, Gussie still becomes engaged to Amos, leaving love out of the happiness equation.

HERE COMES THE BRIDE is an entertaining Americana romance that brings small town Texas during the Teddy Roosevelt administration to life. The story line is fun much in the way of comedy of error romances when done correctly. The lead characters are warm and witty while the secondary cast adds insight to the era. Sub-genre fans will fully relish their time visiting Cottonwood, Texas during the first decade of the twentieth century and desire more such tales from Ms. Morsi.

Harriet Klausner