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Bitsy's Bait and BBQ

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,054 ratings  ·  178 reviews
While Emma Collins wonders who in their right mind would use her hard-won divorce settlement to purchase a bed-and-breakfast down in the Ozarks, her free-spirited sister Katy fantasizes dreamily about how this move to a small town will be just the thing for her six-year-old son, Josh.

And, as usual, Emma is right. But it is not until they drive to Warbler Lake, Missouri, to
ebook, 344 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Mira Books (first published January 23rd 2007)
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Oct 30, 2011 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Saw it on the shelf in walmart.
A classic fish out of water story that follows sisters Emma Collins (the dependable, grounded, wanna-be anthropologist) and Katy Dodson (the never thinks things through, eternal optimist) who relocate to an obscure part of the Ozarks when Katy buys a "B&B" online, sight unseen using her divorce settlement. Thinking Katy purchased a bed & breakfast, the girls are shocked to find it's a bait shop and barbecue restaurant in tiny Warbler Lake. Of course, knowing nothing of either business, E ...more
This book is set-up with questions in the back for a book study for those who want to use it in a book reading group.

I found that it was interesting as of two sisters of a just barely responsible mother, the older always felt responsible for her sister. This was interesting that one sister had to learn to let go, and the younger had to learn to group up some. They take up a new challenge for them both in a small town that is bending over backwards to help them in their new business. The ex-mothe
Just - The romance reader
In all honesty, the cover photo and the title are what initially sparked my interest in the book.

Bitsy's Bait & BBQ is a very sweet story about two sisters: Emma and Katy who have a very strong bond and close relationship. Emma is the older sister, who is accustomed to making sacrifices in her life so that she can protect and save her sister from life's dramas. Katy is a recently divorced mother of a young son, who while living with Emma buys a "B&B" in the Ozarks on eBay using her divo
The beginning of each of the 31 chapters is a bit of wisdom from Bitsy, the woman who died and left her B&B to the town to sell and keep the proceeds to help Warbler Lake's citizens. Bits of wisdom like: "Use unsalted butter. You don't want somebody else deciding how much seasoning is right for you." or "Rub down your clean cooking grate with a smidgeon of oil. It will cut down on cursing when you're taking the meat off." or "Hornyhead minnows are often confused with creek chubs. Maybe you c ...more
Katy Dodson along with her 5 year-old son Josh and her sister, Emma Collins, move to Warbler Lake, Missouri where Katy has purchased what she thinks is an Ozark Mountain bed and breakfast. But it turns out to be a run-down tackle store and BBQ restaurant. Katy was using money from her divorce settlement for the purchase, hoping to start a new life for her and Josh.

However, when Katy ex-mother-in-law sees things differently. Gwendolyn Dobson had helped her late husband start a successful hamburg
I just finished reading this book on 9/17/07. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about small town life, and the dependence the people in the small town (in the story) had on fishing.

It was also funny to read about the way everyone gossiped about one another because I could understand how that could happen. After attending BYU-Hawaii, that "gossip" seems all too familiar.

The important part of the book was about the relationship the two sisters, Emma and Katy had with each other. They really needed to d
This was quite enjoyable and a well put together story of starting over, the sacrifices (and/or mistakes) we make to see that our loved-ones are taken care of.
This is the story of two sisters, one of which (Katy) has just purchased a business in a small town, sight unseen. Her sister Emma comes along, still feeling the need to watch over her sister and she is definitely needed, at least at the beginning. I'll stop here so there are no spoilers, but the wrap-it-all-up ending was very satisfying
This was an enjoyable book. Not heavy.
Bitsy's Bait and BBQ is an appealing book set in the Ozarks of Missouri. Katy Dodson uses the divorce settlement she receives from her ex-husband, Sean, to buy a B&B on Ebay, thinking that a small rural town will be a great place to raise her son. Her sister Emma comes along to get Katy and Josh settled in. The sisters are astonished when they learn that B&B stands for Bait & BBQ rather than Bed & Breakfast. Although Emma knows the best plan is to return to St. Louis, Katy is det ...more
This was fun to read, I read it in two sittings, I think. I really connected with the two sisters who are the main characters and the description of the small lake community made me dream of what it would be like to live there. Interesting and with a happy ending, which I love.
I was so disappointed in my neighborhood's choice for book club this month. Poorly written and some totally inappropriate content. Don't waste your time! If I could have given in 0 stars I would have.
Katie Dodson, divorced with a five-year old son, buys Bitsy's B&B over the internet in rural Warbler Lake, MO. When she and her older sister Emma arrive, they are horrified to discover that she is now the owner of a bait shop and barbecue restaurant instead of the bed and breakfast she thought she'd bought! Despite Emma's advice to immediately sell, Katie decides to learn how to make barbecue and run a bait shop. At the same time, Katie's ex- mother-in-law persuades her son to sue for custod ...more
☕Ava Brightly (aka Bee)
First off, this story made me hungry. I even took out my BBQ cookbooks to make some favorite recipes soon. Foodie books are always win.

And so are books about second chances, the importance of family, and making something beautiful out of a negative circumstance.

This was a light, easy read. Ive always heard good things about Pamela Morsi's writing and I wasnt disappointed.

Aside from the book description, what stood out to me was the author taking a different road than protagonist vs antagonist.
I picked this up after seeing it on the Reader's Choice shelf at the library. It came in second, so I figured it'd be pretty good.

It turned out to be a pretty decent book. Certainly not the deepest, most philosophical book I've ever read, but it was engaging.

Sisters Katy and Emma leave St. Louis and relocate to Lake Warbler to run what they think is a Bed and Breakfast that Katy bought off the internet sight unseen with her divorce settlement. When they arrive, they realize that B & B didn'
Rachel Rogers
Don't know what it was about this book but I couldn't get into it. Kept trying and pretty much all the characters and situations were mildly irritating. Couldn't finish it. Might try again at a later date but not inspired at present.
This was a delight that I just happened to find at a book sale. Easy, rompy read with lots of fun and interesting folks. Am I too much Gwen and not enough Nadine? Possibly. Not a lot of "deep" here, except in the lake, but fun!
I kept trying to read a romance about one sister but the other sister was the romance plot. I was unsatisfied but the book itself was good and I enjoyed the St.Louis area references.
An easy-to-read, easy-to-like women's fiction story about two sisters, making a fresh start of an old business in a little off-the-beaten-path town.

Emma's always found herself in the "responsible older sister" role, and a bit of an observer of life. She's at it again as she and Katy, her divorced younger sister, move to Warbler Lake, Missouri, to take over a B&B that Katy's impulsively bought on the Internet, hoping to give herself and her young son a fresh start.

Ms. Morsi brings on an enjoy
Jan Aldergate
Pleasantly surprised. I picked this up for a little light reading, expecting the usual romantic froth. not that there is anything wrong with a little romantic froth once in a while. but while this was romantic, it was also funny and heartwarming without being sickening sweet and sloppy. nice characterization, nice resolution to the story, and for once women characters were able to walk away with a happye ending that didn't involve being rescued by a man! in fact there was very little male rescue ...more
2/19 So far, I'm unimpressed. The plot is slow to begin.

2/22 plot improved. Story moving along nicely.

2/22 The story is okay. I chose this novel because the author is a local and I have a soft spot for my city. This story is better than some of her others because the dialogue is better and the characters are not completely annoying. The ending is mostly predictable, with a few minor details that were unexpected. Unfortunately, some of those minor details may have been thown in simply to surpri
Very light read with a fun, if predictable, plot. Emma Collins cannot believe her sister Katy has used her divorce settlement money to buy a Bed-and-Breakfast on a lake in rural Missouri, and she's even more horrified to find, on their arrival, that B&B stands for Bait & BBQ. She puts off dreams of graduate school to stay and help her sister get the aging business back on its feet, then spends her savings to pay an attorney to help her sister fight her ex for custody of her nephew. A dom ...more
Good easy read. If you are looking for a happy book with a happy ending...this is it. The characters are fun and the community that they live in is one I could definitely appreciate.
Lizz Randall
A Fun read; and I learned about the art of southern BBQ and the many varieties of bait used for fishing.
This is by far the best Pamela Morsi book I have read. I don't have one negative thing to say about it. Her books are good in that they are not your typical aimed at 20 year old Chick Lit books but definitely not a novel a man will sit down and read. I like that kind of a book lately. I'm becoming more wary of the cutsie covers and back covers that write about a thirty something who still doesn't have it all together that have become Chick Lit so Morsi's books are a nice breath of fresh air. Pic ...more
Elizabeth Ferg
I loved it. Very heartwarming. Reminds me of something I'd see on Hallmark, if I'm being completely honest. :P
Entertaining, easy-to-read. A great book for the beach or vacation.
I choose this book for it's title and what I thought would be some light reading. The more I read, the more I enjoyed it. A great story of relationships gone wrong and then righted. I empathized with Emma as she sacrificed for her sister. I understood Katy as she saw the best in people and dared to dream dreams. I would love to own a bait & bbq place. It would be ideal. The monstoer-in-law reminded of the mother on Three in Half Men. A character you don't like, but makes you laugh. Great end ...more
Lori Robinett
I was immediately drawn to this story because it was set in Missouri - always love reading about places I can recognize. The set-up is 2 sisters buy a B&B over the internet, but when they arrive at the charming little fishing village in the Ozarks, they discover B&B means "Bait & BBQ" in the Ozarks. The characters are compelling and layered, and the secondary characters are colorful enough to make the story come alive. I enjoyed this and, though it was a bit predictable, totally enjo ...more
Not a challenging read, but satisfying.
A feel good, simple book.
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