Runabout is a nice change of pace from the usual meet-cute or meet-him/hate-him/fall-in-love-with-him romance. Pamela Morsi can almost always be counted on to write good characters as well as a good story, and she doesn't disappoint here. Tulsa May Bruder is the town wallflower, and has just been jilted by her fiance at the altar. Sympathetically, her longtime friend Luther Briggs offers to pretend to be courting her so the town will stop feeling sorry for her. She agrees--and they both find out quite soon how quickly _pretending_ to be in love can turn into the real thing. Tulsa May (Tulsy) is an utterly charming heroine, not gorgeous, but not nearly as ugly as she thinks she is, and Luther is every girl's dream male friend. Their blossoming love is true-to-life, and completely believable. The other subplots--Luther's younger brother's puppy love for the most spoiled brat in town, and the town doctor's unexpected match--are also interesting, while not distracting from Tulsy and Luther. And the villains, such as they are, aren't totally bad or evil, just not understanding Luther and Tulsy's relationship. "Runabout" is a sequel of sorts to "Wild Oats", but you don't really need to read "Wild Oats" to understand the characters. Tulsy is every girl who discovers that her best friend has potential to be more, and Luther is any man who realizes that the girl for him is right under his nose.
This is Americana at its best; this story takes up 10 years after WILD OATS. This story is in the same town (now Plattsville, Oklahoma) and most of the characters were in WILD OATS. This story is about the town wallflower and the most handsome man in town.
Tulsa May Bruder, with orange hair and a preacher-father, is not fighting off suitors. In fact, her fiancée, Dr. Foote, dumped her before the end of their engagement party. Now, Tulsa is the object of the towns pity and shes embarrassed.
Her best friend is the town hunk, Luther Briggs. Theyve been friends since Luther and his brother arrived in town as orphans (during WILD OATS). Luther decides to help her by pretending to court Tulsa. By having something positive going on with Tulsa, the gossips might let go of Tulsas embarrassing engagement. Of course, things never turn out as simply as the couple plan.
It would be a great idea to buy both books; as soon as I finished the first one I couldnt wait to continue the story.
Dead Dog, Oklahoma
1. Wild Oats (1993)
2. Runabout (1994)
OK book I like her contempory stories better