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Bitsy's Bait and BBQ

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  1,309 Ratings  ·  209 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 25, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 25, 2013 Amelia-Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I don't think I would have read this except I needed to read a book that took place in Missouri as part of a 50 states book challenge. I usually prefer deeper stories but this was cutesy chic lit that was good. Everyone once in awhile a light read is good! All about small town life and the two sisters relationships as they moved to this new town to start a fresh start. Interesting enough. I liked the little bit of wisdom given in beginning of each chapter.
Apr 19, 2009 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Easy light read. I enjoyed it.
Sep 03, 2009 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Barrett
Jul 20, 2016 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bitsy's Bait and BBQ by Morsi_ Pamela
With the divorce settlement she buys off ebay a B+B.
Emma and Kate and her 5 yo son Josh were on their way...
Humorous and each chapter has tips to help the situation along LOL, It's not a B+B but a bait and BBQ shop...
Story also follows the life of Shawn, he helps him mother run the burger joint. He's gone missing and had married the girl, Kate they hired.
She's made sure the child has child education fund and trust fund for college.
Kate receives a letter sta
Feb 10, 2011 Kristal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 18, 2007 Car rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jan 21, 2009 Char rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beach-read
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.
Aug 12, 2014 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Cute but predictable story.
May 22, 2014 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable book. Not heavy.
Mar 18, 2017 Alisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.85 cute and quirky
Erienne Schneck
Easy read. Enjoyable. Predictable.
Ava Brightly ☕
Feb 13, 2011 Ava Brightly ☕ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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.
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
Jun 06, 2008 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
Bitsy's Bait & BBQ by Pamela Morsi: what a cute story! Imagine buying a B&B online, sight unseen, only to find out that B&B stands for Bait and BBQ!! This was a cute story, set in the Ozarks, about two sisters: one looking for stability for herself and her son and the other wanting to get her sister out of this "mess."

If you have ever lived in a small town, you can appreciate the supporting cast of characters. Latt, the bait man, but who is more than meets the eyes; Nadine, the strug
Claudia Cheyne
Aug 28, 2016 Claudia Cheyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma has been looking out for her younger sister Katy for some time now. First as little girls, then as a teenager when their mother moved away, and now as a divorced mother of a five-year-old son - each time giving up her college studies to be there for her sibling. Katy's latest endeavor is sinking her divorce settlement money into a B&B that she bought on e-bay. Upon arrival to a small town in the Ozarks they discover that it actually stands for Bait & BBQ. Emma is ready to pack up an ...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, Katy's ex-mother-in-law sees things differently. Gwendolyn Dobson had helped her late husband start a successful hamburger c
Apr 22, 2008 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Light summer reading at the cottage - women
This was a quick read about a woman committed to a new path in life. It explores the way she overcomes obstacles and develops new relationships. It is a "feel good" book constructed in much the same tone as Under The Tuscan Sun. I could identify with the feeling of starting over in a new place and the relationship building phase of being the new person in town. I also came away learning that BBQ (as described in this book and in Texas BBQ) is not the Canadian concept of turning on the propane an ...more
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
Nov 26, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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
Apr 05, 2013 Fedora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2015 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I was just a little underwhelmed by all of the characters. Except for Gwen's domineering ways. She absolutely infuriated me. And it seemed to end a little ... loosely? Nobody ever got mad at Pearly for his attack on Nadine (seriously? Disturbing the peace is all he got? How about assault and attempted assault?) and he never really apologizes or is held accountable. (I would have banned him from life from Bitsy's until he changed his attitude.) I, personally, think he's the father of little Natty ...more
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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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