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Wild Oats

(Territory Trysts #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  801 ratings  ·  62 reviews
The last thing Cora Briggs expected was to see a fine young man like Jedwin Sparrow at her doorstep. After all, she'd been shunned by the citizens of Dead Dog, Oklahoma for so long that she'd given up hope of having any respectable gentleman callers.

But the last thing Jed expected was romance. He was looking for a sophisticated woman to help him sow his wild oats. Instead,
Paperback, 326 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Jove (first published January 1st 1993)
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Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lorraine Heath, LaVyle Spencer, Beta Hero fans
This is in my Top 25 Romances all-time.

I may read another thousand romances and never again come across a romance novel where the hero is a MORTICIAN! Yes, a mortician and he hates his job. His life is in a rut and he's a lousy virgin to boot. He needs to do what most young men do: sow some wild oats but how to in a small town where everyone knows your business? Well, there is that scandalous *gasp* divorcee (in early 1900 Americana) living on the edge of town. . .

Pamela Morsi wrote a string of
I love Morsi's old historical romances. They're so homespun, yet so very real, filled with quirky characters you immediately fall in love with.

Wild Oats is no exception. The story starts out with the local mortician desirous to sew some wild oats with the notorious Mrs. Cora Briggs who lives on the outskirts of town, ostracized from society for being a divorcee.

Jedwin gets more than he bargained for when Cora actually takes him up on his odious offer- just to get back at Jedwin's harridan of a
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
Pamela Morsi has to be read to be believed and loved.

Her historical/19th century ‘Americana’ sagas with unassuming hs and beta Hs are so heartwarming and fulfilling to the soul. While the hs are usually plain-janes, and at times older than the Hs; the Hs are handsome, wholesome and honorable men. And the small towns and its small-minded people make an interesting background tapestry where no one is unimportant. No one, not even the ‘bad guys’ are really unredeemable. So it is infused with warmth
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I read this after reading Simple Jess, and was fairly disappointed. The characters were all just a bit annoying, their motives not making much sense, their behaviors inconsistent. More than once, I wanted to hit people, and I spent a rather inordinate amount of time rolling my eyes and sighing. I pretty much disliked everyone in it, and by the end I was just glad it was over.
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Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should have been bored by a romance that didn't have a hint of adventure. I should have been turned off by a virgin hero with thinning hair and mama issues. I should have been disinterested in a story set in a small town in Oklahoma Territory in 1906. I was none of those things. Pamela Morsi has a talent for turning a humdrum location and extraordinarily ordinary people into a wonderful and enjoyable romance. Every time I read one of her books, I walk away learning something, too (embalming pr ...more
Perfection!!!! I have yet to read a book by this author that was disappointing.

What I love most about her stories is that you actually feel as if it may have truly happened. ALL of the characters are so beautifully crafted they seem real. So three dimensional, lovable.. I just can't say enough.

The storyline is believable, and this is hard to accomplish having a virgin hero. I have read so many books with such heros, and most just don't seem to cut it. The ones that do usually make the guy to be
In the beginning, I did not much care for Jedwin. He was such a hypocrite. He "loved" Cora and defended their affair but would not even consider her as potentially good enough to be his wife. I liked Cora. She was a moral woman with a kind and forgiving heart. Even though she had experienced more than her share of tragedy first as an orphan and then as a betrayed wife, she stayed positive and balanced.

However, near the end, my opinions on them completely flipped. Once Jedwin's eyes were open, he
Amarilli Settantatre
4,5 - Questa storia non è solo originale, avulsa dai soliti stereotipi e stessi sviluppi a cui siamo abituati, ma anche scritta (e tradotta) con uno stile fresco, frizzante, che è un piacere godersi in beata solitudine.

Bollenti Spiriti non è un romanzo banale, intendiamoci: io ho trovato notevole l'abilità con cui l'autrice riesce a farci calare in un paesino sperduto nella campagna dell'Oklahoma, agli inizi del '900, dove le persone crescono e vivono in base a ruoli predefiniti, dove c'è ancora
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A nice story. The hero pursues the woman just because he wants to sow his wild oats before he gets respectably married. Who better than the divorcee deemed scandalous woman of the town. He ends up falling in love with her.

This story might be more grittier and realistic than other historical romances but it wasn't very flattering.
Oct 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Very sweet: I think Pamela Morsi has cornered the market on beta heroes that are realistic and competent and hawt ... and it's hard to imagine a book about undertakers would be appealing but it is. Liked the whole small town setting too. If you like Morsi, this is another keeper.
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wild Oats is not your usual sort of historical romance. Set in the Oklahoma Territory at the beginning of the 20th century, the book has a virgin hero who's an undertaker and a heroine who's the town's infamous divorcee. Given the mores of the time where women were supposed to stay with their husbands even if "he beat her twice a week", our heroine is despised by the community and can barely stay afloat. Jedwin, the good boy hero, decides that he needs to sow some 'wild oats' and who better than ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The hero wants to have some adventure and decides to go to the most scandalous lady in town, the heroine, who is scandalous because of her divorce. The heroine is outraged at his indecent proposal and then thinks that the pretense will help her get back at the hero's mother who keeps maligning her reputation. I loved the slow and gradual romance, the heroine has had a tough life, becoming orphaned and then married to a man who was a liar and a cheat and she divorc ...more
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
My favorite Morsi book. This one was the first Morsi book I read and I loved it. I have read some of her others but this one remains my favorite.

I love the H and h in this book. Author does a good job with H as part Alpha and part Beta.
Allure Van Sanz
May 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was the first book I read with an older woman/younger man story line. It appealed to me because there was nothing "perfect" about the hero and heroine. Morsi is really good at the imperfect couple.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a thoughtful look at small town morals in nineteenth century Oklahoma territory. So much gossip has been taken for gospel and surprises are in store for everyone when the truth comes to light. What begins as a dalliance turns to tenderness as a young man comes to realize his worth and exert his autonomy despite his mother's plans and society's expectations. More than one lonely heart will find a surprising new love.
I enjoyed the Audible narration. At first, I was taken aback by the seemi
I have read several of Pamela Morsi's historical romances recently and she usually has an underlying theme; the hero is usually much older than the heroine and the townspeople play a big part of the story. What makes WILD OATS a little different is Jedwin Sparrow is younger than Cora Briggs and he is a mortician. The community still intrudes but a secondary blossoming romance comes into play.

Jedwin is a 24 year-old man looking at ending his virginity and he approaches Cora Briggs because, not on
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ritualul dragostei este o fermecătoare poveste de dragoste, amuzantă și înduioșătoare, în care personajele principale – un cuplu atipic în care eroul este mai tânăr decât eroina, descoperă că pentru a-și găsi adevărata fericire trebuie să aibă curajul să lupte pentru ea, ascultându-și vocea inimii și ignorând părerile și prejudecățile celorlalți.

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Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, borrowed
This is another one of those books I read in High School and loved. I wanted to take a walk down memory lane. At first I was appalled by my former bad taste but as I read I found myself pulled into the story and not picking so many of the details that would normally nag at me. Maybe it's sentimentality but I still have to give it three stars.
Head in the clouds
The parts of the story involving the main couple is 10/10. But I swear 50% of it was dedicated to a bucketload of secondary characters (some of whom will be in the next novel - but still!). Pamela Morsi doesn't disappoint in the warm fuzzies arena, but more focus on the main couple would be nice.
I've read this before and it's not really worth a re-read for me.

Not bad, but not a favorite either.

Will look for other books by this author.
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
3.6ish stars. Virgin hero and fallen woman heroine...or is she? Let's just say that appearances may be deceiving.
Karen Darling
Aug 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Karen by: no one
This book was boring and corny. I stopped reading it after the heroine propositioned another man.
Diana in SC
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars overall, 5 stars story, 5 stars narrator

A unique romantic comedy & a true classic

The audiobook quickly drew me in with its funny first scene and kept me entranced. There was not a dull moment! The story is full of humor, humanity, affection, coziness, moral questions, and vivacious people.

I would classify it as a small town romance, a romantic comedy, a Western romance, and a classic romance. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes any of those subgenres. I loved it even better t
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I have read several of Pamela Morsi's books and I was really looking forward to this book, unfortunately I had a really hard time with it. It just wasn’t holding my attention. I started and stopped it several times. It just never drew me in completely. I set it aside for a while then came back to it a few days later and started over. The second time around I was more drawn into the story but it still wasn't a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting. I think I would have enjoyed this story more ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, audible, boom
Romance and humour.
This is a prime example of the effect of a cover on readers - I requested the audio version of this book through Audiobook Boom, having seen the cover showing a bicycle leaned up against a rustic wooden fence. After listening to the book I registered it on BookLikes, only to discover a pink cover with a couple encircled by flowers. I realised that if I'd been originally presented with the pink cover I wouldn't even have read the book content before passing it by. As it was, it
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I read this book years ago. I didn't remember all the details, but I certainly remembered the parts I really, really liked. This is one of those where you get two romances in the same story. Love those! The primary romance is between a young man, Jedwin, who is a mortician in his mid-twenties. He goes looking for some sexual experience, which leads him to Cora, the local divorced woman. Cora is tired of the locals all assuming that she's dying to be bedded by them because she's divorced. ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wild Oats is a very heartwarming and comical historical romance. Set in early 1900's small town Oklahoma, our hero is a momma's boy who inherited the family funeral business when his father died. Basically, Jedwin Sparrow is a mortician who hates his job. Because his mother controls every second of his life, he's never sowed any "wild oats" or known a woman's touch. When someone suggests he visit the divorcee who lives on the edge of town, Cora Briggs takes him on a merry dance before she'll let ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audio review

"Wonderful story "
Where does Wild Oats rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It ranks quite high

What did you like best about this story?
How different the story was from a lot of the authors I've listened to lately

Have you listened to any of Stevie Puckett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I had not listened to Stevie Puckett narrator an audio book before. It took me a bit to get used to her voice but once I did she fit the story line to a tee

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