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Courting Miss Hattie

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,564 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
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?

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Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 4th 1998 by Bantam (first published 1991)
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OH. MY.GOSH this book completely peed me off! I was sorely tempted to give it 1 stars but this author can weave a good tail so that saved it. Miss Hattie is a plain Jane and almost everyone in the community calls her horse face because of her big teeth. One day out of the blue a thinning hair raggedy farmer with seven kids started to court her and she is ecstatic because no one has ever given her the time or day. The hero which is her best friend started seeing her in a new light even though he ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Audrey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, particularly historical Americana readers and fans of Maggie Osborne.
I have no words.


Expanded thoughts: Although I would normally be troubled by a hero who is already engaged, it worked in this book, and the bratty betrothed actually has more layers than initially portrayed. Miss Hattie is a wonderful character who reminds me a bit of Maggie Osborne's Jenny Jones in her self-sufficiency and lack of pretension. Reed is hotttness personified - honest, hard-working, and playful with a hint of wickedness. I love how the author reveals his feelings for Ha
Rating 3.5 stars
This is not my favourite book by this author. The heroine is 29 and a spinster and plain looking so everyone thinks she doesn't want romance in life but that is not the case, she yearns for family and romance and when a widower with seven kids declares his intention to court her, she is very happy. Hattie never got a chance to experience romance because she was plain looking and when her father died she had to take care of her mother. Reed is 24 and engaged to a very beautiful wo
This book is written with Morsi's trademark charm. She manages to write books with romantic tension and dubious characters who end up surprising us with their graciousness. There are no true villains besides weather and fate in a Pamela Morsi novel.

What I usually love in a Morsi hero is his unabashed lusting after some obscure part of the heroine's anatomy. She can make a hillbilly's foot seem swoon-worthy. In this book, there were so many references to Hattie's horse face and wide grin, that I
The story of well-to-do landowner Hattie Colfax and Reed Tyler, the farmhand she's known for fifteen years is a sweet one. The heroine is a self-sufficient woman, who's respected by everyone in town because of her charming personality, which however didn't bring her any suitors to vie for her hand and she's been a spinster for a long while despite her winsomeness. Until she attracts the eye of a widowed farmed with seven children, desperately seeking for a mother for his little ones, that begins ...more
Jill Dunlop
Jun 10, 2010 Jill Dunlop rated it really liked it
At a young age Miss Hattie Colfax had to run her family farm by herself with the help of her plowboy Reed Tyler. She was determined to be successful and sure enough she has one of the most prosperous farms in town. Although, since she had a farm to worry about, her youth passed her by. Now, at twenty-nine for the first time a man wants to court her. Hattie believed that her dreams of having a family of her own where just that dreams, but when Ancil Drayton’s wife dies and he desperately needs ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Maggie Osborne and LaVyrle Spencer
Miss Hattie Colfax is a 29 year old spinster who has been successfully running her small town Arkansas farm with the help of her 25 year old best friend/ neighbor, Reed Tyler.
Reed has been helping then sharecropping on this farm since he was about 12-13 years old. He and Hattie are great friends and she has promised to sell him the farm. He has dreams of growing rice on the farm and is saving to buy the place so he can marry his pretty little fiance'.
Hattie knows that she is no beauty, she ha
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, western
I think 3 1/2 stars would be more what I'd rate this book. It is definitely good, but I struggled to really get into it until the last 3/4 or so.

The setting is on a Arkansas farm between a land owner (Miss Hattie) and her younger field hand (Reed). The age difference didn't bother me....the boss/worker relationship didn't bother me, but it did kind of bother me that Hattie used to "babysit" Reed when he was little. If there is going to be an age gap, then please don't tell me that Hattie knew R
In Courting Miss Hattie, Morsi once again sets her story in an Arkansas farming community and captures both time and place. She tells the story of Miss Hattie, a 29-year-old spinster who has never been courted, until now. In Miss Hattie, Morsi again works with a character that is viewed as different by her community. She is respected, as an excellent farmer who owns her own land, is independent and knowledgeable and also happens to be an excellent housekeeper and cook. But Hattie is a woman, and ...more
Oct 03, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it
Cute love story with likable characters but like another reviewer said "my enjoyment was diminished by the INORDINATE amount of time spent on the characters talking about farming."
Historic Romance Sweet

Normally, when I see the word sweet associated with a book, I steer clear. For some reason, I associate sweet with boring. Not so in this case!

Taking place on a small farm in Arkansas, this isn't your typical historic romance setting. I really enjoyed the story. It's nice to see a hero and heroine working together toward a common goal, and both of them are upbeat, happy people, I like that.

The book is not clean, one or two bad words and a couple of intimate scenes.
I've wanted to punch every men in that town while reading the book. A bunch of assholes!! Scums!!! Cruel pigs! Yeah, I know there were a few good men also but that didn't change anything. Their cruel words about her physical appearance broke my heart. None forgot about her lack of beauty. I think she is a very strong woman. She accepted the truth about herself and didn't let their cruelness break her. I admired her heart. Unlike me, she could forgive easily.
Dec 29, 2013 Darla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book so much! It was simple and sweet, and it wasn't a book trying to be more than what it should have been. I enjoyed getting to know Miss Hattie and Reed Tyler very much. I enjoyed the relationship they had as friends working her farm together. The easiness that lay between two people who genuinely cared for one another and enjoyed each others company. Miss Hattie was a simple, efficient, and sufficient woman with a great sense of humor and kind spirit who knew herself well and ...more
Reed and Hattie. This story is a slow build but not in any boring way. Hattie is 29 and Reed is 24. When she was younger, her father dying and then her mother being of weak character and her being the only child, left Hattie missing her best years. Now she is a hopeless spinster but her character is such that she doesn't let it get her down. She's not a beauty, and was bullied in school for it, but she still remains sweet-natured and has a wonderful sense of humour. Reed came to work on her ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book but I suppose that, in all honesty, I was just looking for something more mindless when I picked it up. I was expecting a sweet, not too complicated romance to get swept up in. I did get my sweet romance, and it was very well done but I found I had to do a lot more thinking than I was really prepared to do along the way.

This thinking I was forced to do was about farming. If you want a primer in how to raise a boar or milk a goat or grow rice as oppose to cotton this may be
Oct 20, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
My first by this author and I loved it! Hattie, an old maid at 29 is finally courted by an unattractive widower with 7 children. But, just as she's finally being courted by someone, her old time friend and plow worker, handsome Reed Tyler begins to notice her as well - but he's already engaged! Little does he know his fiance is really in love with someone else - his new found friend and business partner! Over the course of the book, we see these couples untangle themselves from the wrong partner ...more
Jan 12, 2012 PNR rated it really liked it
Yes! A truly plain heroine! I really liked Hattie, she was just the right balance of insecure and independent. She accepted that she was not considered attractive, and was strong because of it, but it still pained her. Made for some good angst too! I really liked this couple. The sex scenes we a bit too cheesy for my taste, though.
May 21, 2011 Juanita rated it it was amazing
Hattie and Reed. One kissing lesson, and a lifetime a love to follow. I enjoyed how Reed started to realize he felt something different before the kisses, however. He felt jealousy when he found out she was being courted by Ancil, although he didn't seem to recognize the emotion. Great book all around.
Just a simple, sweet story. I was really drawn to the characters, the farm, the events that happened. Just a really good read that had a big smile on my face and a sigh of contentment when it ended.
Rosalind M
Aug 18, 2008 Rosalind M rated it it was amazing
I love this book because Miss Hattie is not immediately identified as a "great beauty". She's considered to be a plain spinster and is the target of many unkind jokes in her community (as Horseface Hattie).
Eli Easton
Feb 03, 2014 Eli Easton rated it it was amazing
I love all of Pamela Morsi's American romances. It's too bad she doesn't write them anymore, but only contemporaries. Courting Miss Hattie is full of folksy humor and hotness. Recommended.
Jun 09, 2012 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Pamela Morsi is one of those authors that I choose when I want something different. Different hero, different heroine, different feel. What I get when I read her is a different story but still a comforting, welcoming story. A story that pulls me in a makes me feel like I know these people, like they're just as real as my neighbors down the street. The first time I read Courting Miss Hattie was years ago, along with Morsi's Simple Jess and I remember feeling drawn to these characters the same way ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Shanu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If the covers of this type of books weren’t so ugly i might read more of them because to my own dismay, I kinda like them, with the romance and all.

This book was a bit longer than what I expected and I really appreciate it because I’m tired of chick lits that only occupy me for an hour or two.

I really liked the plot and the main character. Plain Hattie (nice, hard working, very likeable) and hot Reed (loyal, hard working, hot)
I didn’t care about the side characters (especially Bessie Jane and H
Oct 16, 2013 SY rated it it was amazing
One of the reasons why I read romance is not for the hot, brooding, alpha hero (though that's certainly nice!), it's actually for the heroine. Heroines can always break a story no matter how much weight the hero will pull. She is my guide through her world, feelings and thoughts. She tells me why she loves, why she hates and why she makes the decisions she has to make. Courting Miss Hattie is a story that always sticks with me because of the brilliant performance of Miss Hattie. Hattie lives in ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Iss rated it it was amazing
baca ini awalnya agak2 nyebelin apa segitu desperatenya perawan tua 29taun yg jelek ga pernah pacaran, pengen pacaran, ada yg ngajak pacaran mr ancyl tua duda beranak tujuh ko mau aja bahkan terkesan dimanfaatin lg, lemah banget padahal miss hattie cewe yg mandiri dan kuat. di sisi lain juga nyebelin si Reed 24taun yg sejak kecil udah kenal sama miss hattie bekerja sebagai petani diladangnya klg hattie udah tau mulai cemburu ngeliat hattie dikencani orglain malah tunangan sama cewek lain.

Definitely a good read with an engrossing story, appealing characters, and lively, humorous, entertaining writing. Great plot turns and a vivid, aptly detailed, setting. The romance is drawn out with complications involving secondary characters, making for an engaging story with satisfying depth of characterizations and relationships. Indeed, the first four-fifths of the book merits a rating of four or five stars in my opinion - but that last fifth drags the whole thing down. The writing and ...more
Sep 26, 2012 Cyndi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only reason Courting Miss Hattie didn't earn 1 star was because I learned a little about farming in Arkansas and growing rice. Other than that the book sucked.

Hardly any time was devoted to Reed and Hattie's romantic relationship. One second they have a brother/sister relationship, the next they kiss, and dozens of pages later (with no hint of romance in between) they get married and have sex all the time. Boo! Where's the build up? The romance? The will-they-or-won't-they suspense? Not in
Aug 03, 2014 Azula rated it it was amazing
Rating 4.5

I had high expectations on this book and I'm glad that it delivered.

Miss Hattie Colfax is not a beauty and was taunted as "Horseface Hattie" when she was a child. But she's a hardworking farmer and owns the best land in the county. She's 29 years old but has never gotten a suitor. One day, Mille, her friend, told her that Ancil Drayton, a widower with nine children, plans to court her. This made her excited since she craves to have a family of her own. When Reed Tyler, a friend and a
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I enjoyed this book. Hattie Colfax is a spinster at the ripe old age of 29. Reed Tyler (who is smoking hot-and younger) has worked on her farm since he was a boy now that her father is dead he has arranged to buy the Colfax farm from Hattie with the dream of growing rice. Now, while Reed has seen Hattie more like a big sister who is good hearted and can outwork 4 ranch hands, it isn't until Ancil starts courting her that he realizes he cares for her and, could lose the land he has worked so hard ...more
Jul 08, 2016 R. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, historical
Neither fast nor slow paced, the relationships and character development move steadily as the story unfolds.

I loved Hattie's character, dependable responsible spinster has in her older suitor a chance at having a family and husband she had resigned herself to never having.

Watching Hattie being courted makes Reed, her friend since childhood, and 5 years her junior see her in a new light and causes their feelings for each other gradually grow despite Reed being engaged to the selfish, childish bu
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Pamela Morsi is a USA Today, Waldenbooks, and Barnes & Noble bestselling author of romance. She broke into publishing in 1991 with Heaven Sent and has been gracing readers with at least a book a year ever since. Two of her novels, Courting Miss Hattie (1992) and Something Shady (1996), won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award, the highest honor in romance publishing, and others have bee ...more
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