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Morning Glory av LaVyrle Spencer
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Morning Glory (utgåvan 2011)

av LaVyrle Spencer (Författare)

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Two lost souls find love in this heartfelt historical romance from bestselling author LaVyrle Spencer. In town, they called her "Crazy Widow Dinsmore." But Elly was no stranger to their ridicule-she had been an outsider all her life, growing up in a boarded-up old house under the strict eye of her eccentric grandparents. Now she was all alone, with two little boys to raise, and a third child on the way. Will Parker drifted into Whitney, Georgia, one lazy afternoon in the summer, hoping to put his lonely past behind him. He yearned for the tenderness he had never known, the home he'd never had. All he needed was for someone to give him a chance. Then he saw her classified ad: WANTED-A husband. When he stepped across Elly Dinsmore's cluttered yard, Will knew he had come home at last . . .… (mer)
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Titel:Morning Glory
Författare:LaVyrle Spencer (Författare)
Info:The Axelrod Agency (2011), 424 pages
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*This is a #TBRChallenge review, there will be spoilers, I don't spoil everything but enough, because I treat these reviews as a bookclub discussion.

WANTED—A HUSBAND. Need Healthy man of any age willing to work spread and share the place. See E. Dinsmore, top of Rock Creek Road

April's TBRChallenge theme was No Place Like Home, so I chose Morning Glory, a book on my tbr for decades. A drifter who's never had a home but works hard to make one with a widow, sounded like a perfect fit to the theme. The first half of this, I raced through. There's a prologue of a young mother bringing her baby home and her parents locking her up in the house because they're ashamed of her “sin”, it's 1917 and unwed mother's are not looked upon kindly. The story then quickly jumps to 1941 and to a drifter named Will about to be fired from a sawmill because it's found out that he served five years in prison for murdering a woman. I had to pause to imagine one of those graphics with arrows pointing at the book listing tropes, “Murderer!” “Shut-in recluse!”.

Will Parker's eyes were drawn to her stomach as she rested a hand on it. He thought about how maybe there was more than one kind of prison.

Will starving and having no money, decides that he will check out the widower at the edge town “Crazy Elly” and her newspaper ad asking for a husband. When I tell you, the pain of these two, gah. Will's constantly thinking, please let me stay, knowing he looks like a half-starved vagabond, who Elly knows, because he told her, that he served jail time for killing a woman but drawn to something warm in Elly's aura. The house and property are run down but Elly and her two small boys seem happy and for someone who was abandoned as a baby and on his own his whole life, Will can't help but want to be welcomed into that magic, even if Elly is pregnant with a third child. Elly for her part knows she needs help and is constantly thinking, please stay, even though she knows she's not pretty, has children and pregnant, run down farm, and is called “Crazy Elly” because of her past. They're both yearning for what the other can give and I honestly felt like a voyeur reading their relationship this first half as they slowly grew to trust one another.

She was a good mother, a fine woman who'd been locked in a house and called crazy, and if he didn't tell her she wasn't, who would?

The first half also gives a pov from a woman in town called Lula, who is said to run “hot” and wants Will but he rebuffs her because he knows those kind of women can lead to trouble because of his past. Readers do learn about the murder he went to jail for and it's, probably of course, nothing that makes him nonredeemable. Lula is that classic “other woman” villain that makes you uncomfortable reading because she's backed by a whole lot of slut-shaming, but it's, pretty obvious, why she's included and while she disappears for the majority of the middle of the story, her set-up comes into play for the last half. There's also a Miss Beasley, librarian, that was a great character (Mentally, I've given her a novella HEA with the lawyer) but, geez, yeah for women with facial hair being talked about but did the hair on her upper lip have to be mentioned, SO MANY times? Like, damn, give the gal a break. Anyway, by midpoint, Will and Elly have decided to marry and they have grown to the I love yous. I can say, even if it didn't feel over-the-top passionate (which can be considered better by some romance readers) I did believe they loved each other. Elly growing up locked up in her home, constantly being told she's a sin, until the law forced her grandparents (side question: I thought it was going to be directly said but am I the only one who thought her grandfather raped her mother and that was what was with the “drawn shades” business?) to let her go to school, but she was considered “crazy” because of her lack of socialization, and only getting befriended by her first husband (he died a'la Bridgerton, bee stings) had never really had a man care for her the way Will did, or turn her on. Will was never cared for either and had no one to care for, so when they meet, it's a pretty simple scenario of two people deserving love and finding the person that connects with them to give it. It felt real their feelings and why I said it gave a voyeuristic feeling for me.

She smiled into the bluebird's painted eye, her own shining with delight. "A bluebird...imagine that." She pressed it to her heart and beamed at Will. "How did you know I like birds?"
He knew. He knew.


The second half is where things really slowed down for me. Pearl Harbor gets bombed and Will gets drafted. There's a couple chapters of letter writing between Will, Elly, and Miss Beasley and then a really great scene where Elly has to rush to see Will before he gets shipped to the Pacific. She's had the baby by now (the birth scene was something else with Will playing doctor) and while they managed to have sex once before he left for boot camp, these two are ramped up. I love how the author described their attraction, from how Will was sitting in the chair and Elly eyeing him up and Elly breastfeeding with Will seeing her exposed boob, could definitely feel the tension in the air. Will gets injured and he's eventually sent home after being medically discharged because of shrapnel in his leg. The townspeople view him differently and he gets the respect he's craved but he's also suffering from PTSD and that delivers some strain between him and Elly until he eventually opens up to her. We're at around 80% when Lula comes back into the picture and Will's suddenly arrested for her murder. The ending was the court case and Elly trying to help prove him innocent until the last 5% gives us the HEA.

He wanted to take her close, cradle her head and rub her shoulder and say. "Tell me...tell me what it is that hurts so bad, then we'll work at getting you over it."

The first half, a slower moving but pulling you in with these two and their hurts and pains, learning to come together but the second half was a slower moving left me kind of disinterested ending. I read this in almost one shot and kind of glad I did, because even though slower moving usually calls for savoring, pacing out, I feel like this would be one that would be hard to pick up again, so my two cents of advice. These two will linger with me because of how real they felt but I'm not sure I could recommended, maybe just the first half and that meet-up in Augusta. Hope springs eternal for a Donald Wade, Thomas, and Lizzy P. spin-off series! (Elly's kids)
Guess what I'm watching tonight? (Hint: check out what's on Tubi) ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | Apr 17, 2024 |
LaVyrle Spencer is a joy to read and Emily Sutton-Smith does an excellent job of narrating. The hero and heroine are two people who have never really had much love in their lives and when Elly is widowed with two young sons, another baby on the way, and no real family or friends to support her, she advertises for a husband. Will just needs to find a place to restart.

FROM AMAZON: In town, they called her "Crazy Widow Dinsmore". But Elly was no stranger to their ridicule - she had been an outsider all her life, growing up in a boarded-up old house under the strict eye of her eccentric grandparents. Now she was all alone, with two little boys to raise, and a third child on the way.

Will Parker drifted into Whitney, Georgia, one lazy afternoon in the summer, hoping to put his lonely past behind him. He yearned for the tenderness he had never known, the home he'd never had. All he needed was for someone to give him a chance.

Then he saw her classified ad: WANTED - A husband. When he stepped across Elly Dinsmore's cluttered yard, Will knew he had come home at last.... ( )
  Gmomaj | Dec 7, 2023 |
En vísperas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, en un tranquilo pueblo de Georgia, Will Parker responde a un anuncio en el que se solicita un marido. Elly Dinsmore es una joven de veintiséis años, viuda y embarazada. Cuando Will aparece, está encantada de tener a un hombre en casa, sin importarle las habladurías. Poco a poco, Will y Elly se van tendiendo mutuamente la mano y van descubriendo una pasión profunda, que ninguno de los dos había sentido jamás.
  Natt90 | Mar 24, 2023 |
Morning Glory is a historical romance that takes place in Georgia just as WWII breaks out. Will Parker is an ex-con looking for a job and home in Georgia when he sees an advertisement from a woman looking for a husband. Eleanor Dinsmore is a pregnant widow with two toddlers and a farm full of junk. The two immediately recognize that the other is exactly what they need, but it takes a few months before they fall in love and marry.
This is a wonderful story of a country coming off the Depression into the throes of war. Ms. Spencer does a terrific job of getting all the details right. I'm not quite old enough to validate them myself, but I heard plenty of stories from my parents about listening to radios and working on a farm. It's a joy to read a story where the setting is so well done.
Will is just a sweetheart with a backstory that could make you weep. And Ellie's life has been just as hard, illegitimate in a strict religious family. Her children are adorable, and Miss Beasley, the town librarian and friend to the Parker family, is perfect in her role as a curmudgeonly friend. It's a wonderful story about overcoming fears and doing what's necessary for country, for family, and for love. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Dec 30, 2022 |
One of my all time favorite books. It's a romance that non romance lovers would love. I like WWII books and there are so few good romances written around that time period. I love the hero. All men should be as honest and upright and caring. ( )
  Luziadovalongo | Jul 14, 2022 |
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Two lost souls find love in this heartfelt historical romance from bestselling author LaVyrle Spencer. In town, they called her "Crazy Widow Dinsmore." But Elly was no stranger to their ridicule-she had been an outsider all her life, growing up in a boarded-up old house under the strict eye of her eccentric grandparents. Now she was all alone, with two little boys to raise, and a third child on the way. Will Parker drifted into Whitney, Georgia, one lazy afternoon in the summer, hoping to put his lonely past behind him. He yearned for the tenderness he had never known, the home he'd never had. All he needed was for someone to give him a chance. Then he saw her classified ad: WANTED-A husband. When he stepped across Elly Dinsmore's cluttered yard, Will knew he had come home at last . . .

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