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Summary

Territory bachelor, Jedwin Sparrow, was merely hoping to sow some wild oats. And from what he'd heard, a logical place to start might be the cottage of Mrs. Cora Briggs, a notorious divorcee.

Cora's first instinct was to slap his face! Then a better plan occurred to her. Why not call the tune and string him along. What better way to exact revenge on those gossipy hens than to ensnare one of their own in that wicked web of lies.

In an unexpected love story, two people who discover the truth about themselves within each other's hearts.

Pamela Morsi brings to life a small-town America of a bygone era with endearing, realistic characters and a special brand of humor that touches the heart.

©1993 Pamela Morsi (P)2017 Pamela Morsi

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Romance and humour.

This is a prime example of the effect of a cover on readers - I requested the audio version of this book through Audiobook Boom, having seen the cover showing a bicycle leaned up against a rustic wooden fence. After listening to the book I registered it on BookLikes, only to discover a pink cover with a couple encircled by flowers. I realised that if I'd been originally presented with the pink cover I wouldn't even have read the book content before passing it by. As it was, it took me a while to get into the book, as I'm not much of a Romance reader, but it was the sense of humour running through the narrative that kept me reading.

Jedwin Sparrow has decided he needs to spread some wild oats before thinking about marriage, and he reckons the best place to start is the local divorcee, Cora Briggs. She is horrified and prepares to send him packing, except for the temptation of taking revenge on the tittle-tattling ladies of the town, led by his mother.
Set in Oklahoma in 1906, there were serious implications with being involved with a divorcee; the community was fiercely judgmental and the poor young woman was labelled and blamed through no fault of her own.
Cora Briggs and Jedwin Sparrow were immediately likable characters, along with the rather plain daughter of the local vicar, Tulsa May Bruder, who I see becomes one of the main characters of the sequel, Runabout, which takes place ten years later.

The reading by Stevie Puckett was a bit drawn out and some of the women's voices rather shrill, but once I got involved with the story I became accustomed to this. I certainly had no problem with the clarity or consistency of her narration and I will keep an eye open in case she narrates the sequel.

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 21-07-17

Two Lonely Hearts 💕

I was pleasantly surprised that this book was a delight to listen to. It takes you on a journey from infatuation to friendship and from friendship to love. The characters seem so real with their quirkiness and flaws. The story progresses into a lovely story of small-town life of gossip & misunderstandings and a love story that features two lonely hearts who feel undeserving. It's a lovely story and worth a credit.

I loved the narration on this book. Each character's voice was unique which added to the enjoyment and ease of listening. 😁

Please Note: This book contains sexual encounters, etc.

My sincere thanks to the author for providing me a review copy of this book at my request in exchange for my honest review.

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  • I like to shop
  • 22-08-17

Great story!

What did you like best about this story?

I really like that the story was a sweet one. There wasn't any of the relationship back-and-forth, (you know the kind... misery chasing misery before finally getting to the working it all out at the end), it was about the growing relationship. There were some great characters, and I like that though there were some people you probably never want to be friends with, there's no real "evil" except for a nasty old lady with a bad attitude. It was also nice that there were other characters in the story, with stories of their own.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Stevie Puckett?

I am actually really surprised at all of the "gushing" reviews! I have listened to a lot of books and while this narrator wasn't the absolute worst, she definitely wasn't the best I've ever heard. At first I felt like I was listening to the story in slow-motion and had to speed it up. Once I found a speed that was tolerable, 1.25 I believe, it made it much better. I didn't dislike the narrators voice per se, but there are some narrators that are true story tellers and some that are just readers. Stevie was somewhere in the middle. Like the difference between a good movie and a cartoon. LOL. Hard to explain. I definitely would not seek her out again, but nor would I turn away if I saw her.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't really want to give anything away, but I really liked the part where Titus Penny came to Corus house. I didn't expect him to handle it the way he did, nor did I expect Jedwin to respond to the visit the way he did.

Any additional comments?

I didn't have high expectations as the author was totally new to me and I actually really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of good parts to it. Even though the narration wasn't my favorite, I looked for reasons to do household chores just because it gave me an opportunity to listen to the book. I would listen to other of the authors book if they were on sale, or in a 2 for 1 sale.

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 28-08-17

Very Enjoyable Historical Romance Set in Oklahoma

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Wild Oats is a very heartwarming and comical historical romance. Set in early 1900's small town Oklahoma, our hero is a momma's boy who inherited the family funeral business when his father died. Basically, Jedwin Sparrow is a mortician who hates his job. Because his mother controls every second of his life, he's never sowed any "wild oats" or known a woman's touch. When someone suggests he visit the divorcee who lives on the edge of town, Cora Briggs takes him on a merry dance before she'll let him in her bed.

Like other books written by Pamela Morsi, her characters surprise you and are not at all what you expect. For example, Cora is not the typical scorned divorcee, but rather a nice kind-hearted and modest young lady.I n short, Wild Oats is well written and filled with great secondary characters that are well developed.

Since I only listen to audiobooks, I was extremely happy to see this book given an excellent update with Audible narration. Stevie Puckett did an admirable job narrating. However, I found the recording to be a bit slow, so I listened to it at 2x the normal speed. Once I did that, I found Stevie's narration natural and easy to listen to. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provide this review voluntarily.

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  • Eddie Lynn
  • 22-09-17

Cute story killed by narration

I cannot finish this book. The narrator is unpleasant in pace and voice. I think the story is good, but seriously, I cannot finish it. I would rather read it than listen to it and I NEVER SAY THAT!
Choosing books is such fun for me. I really wanted this book and was eager to start it. I am so disappointed that I wasted a credit on Wild Oats, especially if you read the other reviews - which I did. I trust reviews, but not in this case.

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  • Lori
  • 15-08-17

Wild Oats

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I have read several of Pamela Morsi's books and I was really looking forward to this book, unfortunately I had a really hard time with it. It just wasn’t holding my attention. I started and stopped it several times. It just never drew me in completely. I set it aside for a while then came back to it a few days later and started over. The second time around I was more drawn into the story but it still wasn't a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting. I think I would have enjoyed this story more if I had read it instead of listening to it.

As far as the story goes, overall it's interesting, entertaining and enjoyable but it moves at a slower pace. Of coarse there is much more going on throughout the story than just a budding relationship between Jedwin and Cora, but the main story is about an unexpected romance that begins to develop between the two after Jedwin makes his "indecent" proposal to Cora. It's delivered with a good amount of humor and some eye opening truths into the stereotypes and moral judgments people feel entitled to thrust onto one another in a small town during this time period. It does have not one but two HEA's. I told you there was more than just story going on inside this story.

This is the first time I have listened to Stevie Puckett narrate a book. She has a pleasant voice. She also has a wide range of really good character voices, her character voices had well....plenty of "character", but her voice for Jedwin to me sounded like he was an idiot/simple minded at times. This just pulled me out of the story. As the story progressed I didn't notice it as much. At times her straight narration seemed flat and didn't always flow smoothly. She has a good singing voice. Overall she did a good job with the narration there was just something about it that was a little "off" for me. I would definitely listen to another book she narrates, this just may be a case of it's me not you.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

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  • Susan
  • 15-08-17

Awesome Read ! Highly recommend

I really enjoyed this book! At the beginning I had to speed up the narration. I'm not sure if it was my account or the way the narriator reads but once I upped the speed it was great! The character's were really well written and the story just flowed! Will definitely listen to it again in the future!

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  • Heather North
  • 12-08-17

Loved this!

If you could sum up Wild Oats in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, steamy, funny.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Oats?

When Cora chases Jedwin with the hammer, I was laughing so hard.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Several funny scenes had me doubled over laughing and there were a few scenes that had me tearing up.

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Loved this story! The relationship between Cora and Jedwin is surprisingly sweet and often times funny. Great historical romance with plenty of humor. The narrator was amazing and I really enjoyed her performance. This review is for a free copy of this audiobook that I received at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Marla
  • 02-08-17

I enjoyed this book.

Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Oats to be better than the print version?

Audio is always better than the print version.. Narrater is like a person performing a play for you.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the time it was set in when men and women had a more gentile side to them. Jed certainly had a gentile side to him.

What about Stevie Puckett’s performance did you like?

Stevie Puckett did a great job on all the characters, she made them all seem real and did a great performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did listen to it all in one sitting. I am writing this review very late.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Michael J
  • 27-07-17

Enjoyable and Entertaining!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Oats to be better than the print version?

I haven't actually "read" it, but I know for a fact that my imagination wouldn't have gone to the happy places it did having only "read" the story and not having Stevie Puckett's AWESOME narration! She made the story SOOOO much better!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Oats?

I just LOVED how Haywood puts Amelia in her place, and she just listens and takes it...

What does Stevie Puckett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She was amazing...you could tell she had fun narrating this sweet story and it definitely showed in the way she portrayed each character. She did an awesome job, and made the book even more fun than just a plain 'ol read...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh, I definitely laughed...Stevie Puckett had me laughing right along with her and the characters

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Believer50
  • 18-07-17

A Feel Good Story

I got this ARC book via audiobook boom. This is my review only. Loved the double HEAs. Mother and son were able to get past the death of the father and find happiness. This story also emphasized how gossip can destroy a person if they allow it. But the strength of character to overcome this was thoroughly shown. Several other moral issues were interwoven into the story very effectively. I only had one issue and almost did not finish the book. Melly's voice grated on my nerves. ?the other voices were done very well but her voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard.

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