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Morning Glory

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  7,568 ratings  ·  530 reviews
LOVE IN A STRANGER'S EYES...

ELLY
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
He drifted into Whitney, Georgia, o
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published 1991 by Grafton / HarperCollins (first published 1989)
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KatLynne
5++ stars

This is my first book by this author and I was completely enthralled! From the very first page this book sparked my attention and I don't know when I've been more immersed and involved in the lives of the characters. I know I will never forget Will Parker and his utterly lonely existence until he meets Elly Dinsmore.

A few of the things I loved.

(1) I liked this book so much I did not want to put it down. This is no light & fluffy read but one of intense emotion. I liked that I did n
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Ridley
Orphan. Bastard. Convict. Woman-killer. Boy.

Will Parker has been called every name in the book, none of them inaccurate and all of them unflattering. Drifting into Whitney, Georgia in the summer of 1941, he's just been fired from the local sawmill on account of his stint in prison for killing a woman in a Texas brothel. Bone-thin from hunger and wearing clothes stolen from a local's drying line, he decides to answer a woman's newspaper ad looking for a husband. The yard may be full of junk, the
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Oh.

OH. Holy shit. This book!

I can't.

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I attacked this book and read it like it was the last thing I was ever going to do in my life. I couldn't put it down. I had to keep going. I had to know that there would be good things for Will and Elly. And the trip to their HEA was so unbelievably...GAH!

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Will and Elly are so tragically lonely and starved for affection that I just wanted to pick them both up, put them in a warm, padded room for a month, and let them commence with the healing. I loved them
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Iliada
Will is an ex-convict, recently released from prison, hungry and all alone in the world, having nowhere to go and no place to call home. Elly is a widow with two children and one more on the way, who has lived most of her life as a recluse, shunned by others and considered mad. She needs a husband to help her with the work around the house. Despair and a newspaper ad will bring them together.



I find this book truly wonderful and I will explain why. Firstly, I felt an instant connection to the cha
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Mallory
5+++ stars



Simply a beautiful love story :)
Tammy Walton Grant
No one wrote a love story quite like LaVyrle Spencer did. I haven't read another author who got me to care that much about her characters -- butterflies in my stomach, ache in my heart, lump in my throat.

Spencer had a very specific talent. Her heroes weren't always impossibly handsome, nor were her heroines long-tressed beauties with perfect lips. There were no pirate ships or ballrooms or carriages. She took run-of-the-mill folks and made them beautiful. Just ordinary people, leading regular li
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Linda
Will Parker had hit rock bottom. He was finally free after spending five years in prison. Thin to the point of appearing emaciated, cautious and scared of the future, he agreed to marry the 'Crazy Widow Dinsmore' in exchange for assisting her with her home. A littered yard, squeaky door hinges, a musty barn and a broken ladder were just a few of the things that needed attending.

Five months pregnant and with two little ones, Elly Dinsmore needed a man around the house. She had put an ad in the lo
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Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 5+++++ "Green Eyes" stars!!!! Utterly fantastic - I cannot rate this book high enough!!!!

Triggers:
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
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Denise
Wonderful, beautiful book!!
My gosh, Will Parker... wow! To me, this book was really about him. You just want to see his life become something he deserves. Love, happiness, somewhere to belong. I loved Elly but she seemed somehow stronger than Will, she had the kids and yes she had a tough life too, but Will, he is the one you really pulled for. The one your heart broke for. This story was just So good! So, so good. I want to keep this story close to my heart to review when I am idle, just to r
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Jennifer
Mar 25, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: Dear Author
It's rare that an author can pull off having a hero who killed a whore in a brothel before the book and still have the reader like and forgive him, but Spencer did it. This was just wonderful. Both protagonists had so many insecurities and Spencer played them perfectly--they were real without overwhelming the plot and overcome realistically. This was lovely.
Racquel
This book is so good, it physically hurts. Definitely my favorite read of 2012.
Ya~
4.5-stars These characters make my heart swell.

I heard about Morning Glory a long while ago. Well, I am so glad I have finally read it! It is an incredible love story between two ordinary people Will and Elly. Will is an ex-convict and a drifter. Their journey begins with Will answering Elly’s ad. It is one of those romance books that go for simplicity and reality without ridiculous suspense and nonsense twist. I like Will’s sincerity and Elly’s generous spirit. Both LCs are damaged, but there a
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babyfishmouth
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TJ
Wow, I'm actually having trouble finding the words to describe what a deeply touching book this is. It is a surprisingly poignant, intensely moving and beautifully written love story. I found myself caring and loving the characters of Elly and Will as if I knew them personally. Their story brings a tear to the eyes, a sigh to the heart but most importantly a smile to the face when closing the final cover.
namericanwordcat
I reread this book recently and found it be simply as wonderful as I remembered. This book does such an amazing job building a American world just on the brink of World War II. The hero and heroine are so broken and yet come so alive with love that this is a love story to tell for all time.

The insights into neglect and abuse offered by this book are moving as is the journey to healing and bravery. I think this might be one of the best plain heroine romance there is. We also have the fun of a ma
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Jane Stewart
4 stars. I felt so good reading this. Toddlers and having a baby play a larger role than normal for a romance novel.

OPINION:
What a lovely story. It felt different from most romance novels. It was written 23 years ago and reflects some of that thinking. It was very sweet. A few times I was teary-eyed - the kind of tears that come from good things happening to people who really need it because of their circumstances. I kept waiting for arguments or fights to separate the couple and was surprised
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Rebekah WSM
I don't even know where to start. I was looking for a story with a pregnant leading lady, just a kick I was on and someone recommended this book to me. I was not expecting to be so completely floored by such a heartbreaking story.

Spencer touches on emotions and events so simple and honest that you can't help but connect with the characters. Between Elly's self-doubt and Will's yearning for a home and true family to call his own, I found myself weeping openly as I made my way toward the end.

I ha
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Kathleen
Dear audiobook publishers: All I want for Christmas is this beautiful book, narrated in all its unabridged glory. As of today, Audible only carries it in abridged format. Why mess with a winner??? This book took all honors, yes?

Another Spencer I'd like in unabridged audio is Hummingbird.

Spencer socks it to me, right in the heart. I love her books! Morning Glory is my favorite, followed by Hummingbird.
Lindsey
File Under: Things my grandmother probably read, but I enjoyed just the same.
Kristiej
There are classics in literature, Moby Dick, War and Peace, Oliver Twist and many, many more. I think the romances of yesteryear have their classics too, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and more. Modern day romance – not so sure if they have what would be considered classics yet or not, it may be too soon, but if they did, I’m sure they would have a book or two by Georgette Heyer, Kathleen Woodiwiss. And then we come to another author who has written some of what I consider mod ...more
Carrie
4.5* LaVryle Spencer's writing in Morning Glory is close to perfect. She seems to have just the right touch, with crisply written details that bring the reader into the story, but without ponderous description that could slow down the pace. She manages to portray deep, believable emotions without tripping over into melodrama. I was hesitant to read this book because it's outside my usual fare, but once started I could hardly put it down. Not only is the writing beautiful, but the book has heart.
Sharon
Confession: I'm a romanceaholic. It's stress-based, so it can lie dormant for years, but then it'll pop back up again. You can actually fairly accurately determine my literary diet with a simple glance at my schedule. So it's not surprising that with the recent flooding of my home and subsequent reconstruction, I fell back again on old habits and dove into Linda Howard, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and a new friend, LaVyrle Spencer.

Most romance books, when they're written decently enough, find them
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Lisa (Fic Talk)

This was all so unexpected.


I didn't think I could love a book like this so quickly.
I usually am very iffy about period pieces and books in this sort
of setting, but it so worked for me. It drew me in from the very beginning with its angst and heartbreak, and it turns out that I may be a glutton for punishment since it wasn't all smiles and laughter and rainbows.


Will Parker was recently released from the State Penn where he served 5 years for murdering a prostitute in a whorehouse. He finds him
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Dolors
Morning Glory is my first novel by Spencer and I can say it gave me what I was seeking.

I'm not an assiduous reader of contemporary romance, I prefer classic tittles or drama. But from time to time I enjoy taking an uncomplicated book, usually between some "heavy" readings, to have a break and to enjoy soapy stories. I've read several books by Deborah Smith, Nicholas Sparks, Judith McNaught and Nora Roberts.

Well, well, Mrs. Spencer is one of the best I've read so far!

It's not only the romance bu
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Gisele

Eu tenho uma queda por histórias do velho oeste americano, noivas e maridos por correspondência e tudo mais que acontecia na época. E já tendo lido vááários livrinhos nesse estilo, eu fiquei sem muita opção. Então fui buscar nos sites da gringa novas opções. E lá vem o nome dessa autora, LaVyrle Spencer.. Tem um livro dela, The Endearment, que é MUITO bem recomendado e eu fui caçar, mas para pegar ele, tinha que baixar outros trocentos dela e Morning Glory veio junto, mas eu nunca dei bola. Até
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D
Mar 10, 2013 D rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of harper lee + bubbies
Shelves: erotica, romance, favorite
oh, em gee. it's like harper lee hit janette oke upside the head with a deliciously juicy ham. <-- like, in the *best* way, i mean.

beautiful, beautiful story. among the best i've read in a long while.

the level of detail, the perfection of the patois, the naturalness of the dialogue, the care given not only to the main characters but to the secondary and tertiary characters, and the compelling plot make this a winner.

i do have a fairly major quibble, though: while the first act was amazingly
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Larilee
This book is hundred percent different from any other love story ever written. Eleanor is not a young virginal miss. Will is not a CEO of a fortune 500 company. Instead we have a woman with two little ones and carrying the third. Will is an ex-convict, guilty of murdering a prostitute. When they meet in the fall of 1941, it's more of two lonely, wounded souls finding each other. And in finding each other, they find the greatest love. Outside forces are determined to part them. It's more than jus ...more
Laura
Very, very good. Not my usual type of romance novel, but easily one that I would hand to someone who looks down on them. I know next to nothing about Georgia, particularly Georgia in 1941, so I am not the best judge of this, but I found the setting and diction to be spot on and well "illustrated". Writing realistic speech so easily comes off unrealistic, but I found myself mouthing Elly's words. The language FEELS spoken. That is very unusual. This also seems "meatier" than most romance novels. ...more
Evyt
* 5 STARS *

First of all thank you to my GR friends who recommended this gem. (Thanks Jill)

It was beautiful from beginning to end.

The characters, the history, the writing. Everything flows as it should, not overly done, not overly dramatic.

Morning Glory tells a story of an "unconventional broken" couple. Elly and Will. Elly is a windowed with two kids and pregnant looking for a husband. Will is just fresh out of jail. She is looking for a husband/worker. He is looking for a place to stay. Two cha
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Tracy
I've been reading some of the best books lately (thanks in no small part to my friends here on Goodreads), and the streak continues with Morning Glory. There was so much to this beautiful story. It was a romance, a war story, a courtroom drama, and all the while love grew between two lonely people. And Will, oh Will! What a hero! No false bravado. No worrying over what anyone thought. He was so happy to receive the things that most people take for granted. He was perfect. I would recommend this ...more
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LaVyrle Spencer is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has successfully published a number of books, with several of them made into movies. Twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, and Spencer was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1988.

Spencer is known for creating realistic characters and stories that focu
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“Lizzy, Will thought. Lizzy P. 'You n me gonna be buddies, darlin'. He stretched one hand to Elly's hair, and circled Donald Wade's rump with his free arm and touched Thomas's leg, on the far side of Elly. And he smiled at Lizzy P. and thought, Heaven's got nothin' on being the husband of Eleanor Dinsmore.” 23 likes
“Touch me, he thought, my arm, my hand, a finger. Let me know it's all right for me to have these feelings for you.” 13 likes
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