This is the best Plain Jane Romance hands down I haver ever read. And Plain Jane is one of my favorite themes. This is a great friends to lovers love story. Again, one of the best I have ever read as you know the characters like and respect each other and you see when a platonic caring changes to a sizzles and a life long romantic love. And it adds in a older woman younger man trope that is perfect.
The news spread like brush fire through the whole county when widower Ancil Drayton announced his intention to start courting Miss Hattie Colfax. She was certainly spirited and delightfully sweet natured, and she'd managed to run her family farm almost single-handedly. But wasn't a twenty-nine-year-old lady farmer too old to catch a husband?
An Irresistable Suitor.
All his life handsome, black-haired Reed Tyler had worked Miss Hattie's farm--and dreamed of one day settling down on his own piece of land with the pretty young woman he'd sworn to marry. Hattie was someone he could tell his hopes and troubles to--someone he looked on as a sister. So he thought, until the idea of Ancil Drayton calling on her made him seethe. Until the night a brotherly peck became a scorching kiss... and Reed knew nothing would bank the blaze--and that his best friend was the only woman he would ever love.
Morsi is one of my favorite writers and this is one of my favorite books. Everything is perfectly in place. She does wonderful work with this common themes but sets them in a less common time period and gives me nerdgasms by teaching me about rice farming.
It is rare in any romance that you actually feel the couple fall in love. It is subtle and sudden and you are just so happy for them.
All other details in this story are finely wrought and memorable but they are the kind of memories you need to relive again. So, I keep rereading this book.