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Bitsy's Bait & BBQ
by Pamela Morsi
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Mira, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Joan Burton

Katy Dodson has just bought a bed and breakfast in the Ozarks. She thinks it will be the perfect place to raise her six-year-old son Josh. Her husband walked away from her and their son when Josh was a baby and the divorce settlement has bought them their new beginning. Katy's sister Emma is willing to help them get started in the new business before she goes off to college in the Fall.

Upon arrival in Warbler Lake, Missouri, they are shocked to learn the business Katy bought is not a bed and breakfast, but a bait and BBQ. Emma wants her sister to walk away from it - after all, what do they know about a fishing, bait and BBQ establishment? The place is run down and needs a lot of work before it can be opened to the public. Katy stands her ground, for she is not one to back away from a challenge. After some hard work the place is open for business. Emma runs the bait shop while Katy opens the restaurant and begins to learn the fine art of southern BBQ.

Warbler Lake is a small town full of quirky characters. The postman is also the preacher. The local bait supplier is also the town lawyer. A young mother of three (all with different fathers) is a great baker of pies and is soon supplying the restaurant with desserts. They all join forces and come together to help Emma and Katy in times of need - both with personal issues and in the business.

With the business up and running, Katy's ex, Sean, arrives in town with his domineering mother Gwen, to battle for custody of Josh. Sean knows Katy is a good mother to his son, but Gwen wants the child to learn the family fast food business and live with all the things their money can buy. Sean soon starts helping Katy in the restaurant and old feelings between them begin to resurface. Sean has to take a stand with his mother and live his life as he sees fit. He would love to have his family back but his mother only wants her grandson.

Bitsy's Bait & BBQ is a heart warming story of family, starting over, and good friends. Pamela Morsi delivers another good read, showing us that money cannot buy happiness and that people can change for the better.

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