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No one does Americana quite like Pamela Morsi. Nostalgic, but not sickly sweet views of life in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries fascinate me and I like to think that this is possibly the way that my grandparents and great-grandparents lived. In this novel of second chances, Ms. Morsi also brings developing technology like electric lighting and the newly discovered uses for cottonseed oil to our attention. It is the late 1890s and Gidry Chavis has returned because his father has suffered a serious stroke. When he had fled town years ago, he had severed all ties with his past, including his former fiance, Prudence. Now he must make amends and try to take his father's place as the community is unable to sell their cotton profitably without the guidance of the elder Chavis. In trying to fill his father's shoes, he realizes just how much he had learned from his father and how much they mean to each other. He also realizes that the girl he left behind is the one that he has always loved, but winning her back will not be easy. Both of the leading characters were interesting, but I found myself fascinated with the lifelong but hidden romance of the older Aunt Hen and Peer Chavis. And the standout character for me was the delightful Milton "Sharpy" Kilroy. He has to be one of the cutest child characters ever. I really enjoyed this story, even with all the typos (where was the proofreader?) and missed words. Although not her best, it is still an enjoyable read and one that I recommend.
4.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful historical about love and second chances...
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2008
Texas, 1895. Gidry Chavis returns to his town Chavis for the first time in almost a decade. He had no idea what he had left behind. His father, Peer Chavis, a powerful and beloved man in the small town, had wanted Gidry to marry Miss Prudence Belmont, his neighbor and friend. At the age of twenty-one, Gidry was selfish and immature. He felt pressured by his father to do things that he was not ready for, and so, he left town to live the life of a cowboy, jilting Prudence in the process. He comes back to a father who is now bed-bound, having suffered a stroke, a town in need of a new leader, and a former sweetheart who still holds a grudge against him. Prudence has not forgotten the pain and humiliation that Gidry's departure has caused her throughout the year. Now at the age of twenty-seven she, like her aunt Hen, is a spinster. Or is she? Who is the man she visits every night in her milk shed? Gidry is curious and -- is it possible? -- jealous of the mysterious visitor. He wants to make things right for Pru, but she isn't ready to forgive and forget. To her estimation, Gidry left more than just a disappointed father and a brokenhearted woman behind. His faithlessness during his courtship had left consequences, and she isn't willing to forget it all...
I didn't know about Pamela Morsi. A fellow reviewer recommended her, and I decided to give this book a whirl. I am so glad I did! She writes with such beautiful language, and brings late nineteenth-century Texas vividly to life. She puts historical details -- such as electrical lighting -- into the story and everything is quite insightful. Prudence and Gidry are wonderful protagonists. There is a lot of chemistry between them. However, they got on my nerves a lot. Gidry seemed awfully stupid at times. What made him think that Pru was having an illicit affair with a married man? Why hadn't he put two and two together and figured out who she had been looking after? Yes, the misunderstandings infuriated me because he had no reason to think such things about Pru, especially after the way he had run off and jilted her. Gidry and Pru are great, but the ones that touched me the most were Aunt Hen and Peer. Their story is so sad and beautiful that it almost brought tears to my eyes. Sealed with a Kiss is a beautiful Americana about star-crossed romance and a small town with an inkling to gossip. I absolutely loved it. The one thing I did not like was the constant typos. Where were the copy editors when this was written? Other than that, this is great. I will definitely give Morsi a whirl again.
I have loved every book by Pam Morsi that I have read. They are a delight and leave you with a sense of satisfaction of a book worth reading. This is another of her delightful tales. No matter when loves comes your way it is always special, even when it doesn't happen when we expected it would. A book filled with a precious story of love, humor and some tears. I hope you will read this book and all the others she has written or might yet right. She is the best of the best by far. Simple weet love stories about ordinary people who are NOT ordinary at all but very very special...
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
Overall I enjoyed the book but I thought it could have been finished several chapters sooner. Better editing could reduce the redundancies throughout. It really became tiresome towards the end but I finished it.
This books takes us back to a small town in1895 America. The men plan to install electric street lighting to combat a spat of thievery. The ladies worry that their gardens will suffer, like humans, if the plants are kept awake all night. Oh, and there is a sweet romance and some naughty human nature.
I have enjoyed most all of her books so far .... I seriously cannot rave enough about her books. The first one so far has been as good as the second,third, fourth as many as she has written ....LOL :) Any of her book's or series is just as interesting as the first one you begin reading . Awesome, excellent reading... I would recommend any and all of PAMELA MORSI'S Books. Once you read one of her books :) you just wont want to stop ,
3.0 out of 5 starsLiked some parts but found both main characters annoying
Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2014
Very well written. Good depiction of setting (time and place). I disliked both main characters, particularly Girdy. I did not find the parts about the lights and the thefts to be that interesting. Other story lines had potential but I did not care about the romance that much and the other parts were not that interesting.