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Meet Dorothy Jarrow: devotedly unsexy librarian 
Buttoned-up book lover DJ is all sensible shoes, drab skirts and studious glasses.  After an ill-advised spring-break-fueled fling left her mortified, she’s committed to her prim and proper look.  When she’s hired by a rural library in middle-of-nowhere Kansas, she finally has the lifestyle to match—and she can’t wait to get her admin on.

But it’s clear from day one that the small-town library is more interested in circulating rumors than books.  DJ has to organize her unloved library, win over oddball employees and avoid her flamboyant landlady’s attempts to set her up with the town pharmacist.  Especially that last part—because it turns out handsome Scott Sanderson is her old vacation fling! She is not sure whether to be relieved or offended when he doesn’t seem to recognize her.  But with every meeting, DJ finds herself secretly wondering what it would be like to take off her glasses, unpin her bun and reveal the inner vixen she’s been hiding from everyone—including herself.

I love the idea of Love Overdue – that a straight-laced, rule-following woman has a fling that she immediately regrets and years later comes face to face with her partner in crime … only he doesn’t recognize her.  I just wish we’d gotten more.  It didn’t feel like we’d gotten enough of the reasons behind her assumptions about the kind of person Scott is, although I can understand why she wouldn’t want people to know about what happened.  It is a very small town and the people in those kinds of places can have small minds to match, but she seems to exaggerate the situation.  And even worse, we’re not given the resolution!  We get to the end, Scott finds out who she is but we don’t find out what she says to him, instead we cut to the epilogue eight years later.  I think we deserved to see them have that conversation since it was such a big part of the book.  And hopefully it might have explained a few things that were a little unclear.

I did like the characters though – both big and little.  Scott is kind, caring, and gives of himself to the community.  His mother is a wonderful busy-body (although her’s is another story-line that needed a little more explanation with its resolution) and she, along with many of the town’s citizens, add that nice bit of zing to the story.  I’m hoping that there will be more stories set in Verdant because not only are the townsfolk entertaining but there are some unresolved points that I’d like to see come to fruition.  And even though DJ is quick to jump to conclusions and somewhat defensive, it is understandable based on the guilt and fear she’s carrying over her affair with Scott.  When she loosens up and starts to enjoy herself I like her and, with a few more pages, I think that she could have had all of her issues out in the open and been even more likable.

Overall, I have to say that I enjoyed Love Overdue but I wish there’d been a little more going on between the covers.  It’s an intriguing plot, full of fun and interesting people, warmth and charm, and just that perfect touch of humor, but I can’t help feel like I was left wanting more, which is a bit disquieting.  I do recommend giving it a chance though – Morsi has a entertaining writing style and great ideas – and you might not find the holes that I did.

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