Featured: Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby
Bette Lee Crosby
A heartwarming tale of love, loss, and unexpected gifts, featuring a woman you’d like to call a friend and a boy you will ache to hug.
A woman grieving her loss. A boy running for his life. A town defending them both.
THIS USA TODAY BESTSELLER is a gritty, small-town, family saga in the tradition of the finest Southern fiction.
Midwest Book Review dubs it “A skillfully written tale populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances.”
Small-town gossip never much bothered Olivia Westerly. As a single career woman, she’s weathered her share.
It’s easy to ignore the raised eyebrows over her late-in-life marriage to Charlie Doyle.
But after he drops dead on their honeymoon, the whispers are salt on her raw grief. Especially when an orphaned, eleven-year-old boy shows up on her doorstep, looking for the grandfather he never met.
Behind Ethan Allen Doyle’s wary blue eyes lie heavily guarded emotions that unexpectedly tug on Olivia’s heart, and she finds herself wanting to win his trust.
But when his murderous secret comes looking for him, the entire town embraces the lonely widow and desperate child to show its true heart when danger threatens one of its own.
A heartwarming tale of love, loss, and unexpected gifts, featuring a woman you’d like to call a friend, a boy you will ache to hug, and a town you wish you could call home.
Meet Bette Lee Crosby:
USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby’s books have been southern fiction, historical fiction, and women’s fiction bestsellers. Her newest novel Emily, Gone is the winner of The 2019 Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal for Southern Fiction.
The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby’s writing is, “A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures.”
Samantha from Reader’s Favorite raves, “Crosby writes the type of book you can’t stop thinking about long after you put it down.”
“Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.
It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery, and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.
Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win over twenty awards for her work including The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal, Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medal, In’DTale RONE Award Winner, and the Reviewer’s Choice Award.
Review by teachiz:
Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby is a captivating, intriguing, emotionally charged, and heartwarming novel. I appreciate that Bette Lee Crosby writes about searching for what is home, love, and family. I enjoyed finding some parts of this story that were familiar in “Memory House” that I just finished. The Genres for this story are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. There is adventure and twists and turns. Bette Lee Crosby is an author who can tell a story with vivid descriptions of the characters, events, and places.
The colorful cast of characters is described as complex, complicated, and confused. There are some mean-spirited characters, and there are some very kind loyal characters. Olivia Westerly, a professional woman has chosen to marry later in life. Olivia never wanted children and is superstitious about the number eleven. She goes out of her way to avoid anything with that number. Olivia marries Charlie Doyle and is the happiest she has ever been. On the eleventh day of their marriage, Charlie dies, leaving Olivia heartbroken.
Ethan Allen Doyle is an eleven-year-old boy who has witnessed his father’s final abuse when his mother is killed. Hiding in the bushes, Ethan sees the man who comes to the house in search of his mother and then sees the man kill his father. One of the police officers is the son of the man who has killed his mother, and Ethan is terrified. Ethan runs for his life with his dog to search for the grandfather he has never met in person, Charlie Doyle.
Olivia is still grieving for Charlie but is starting to make good friends in the building where she lives. She comes home one evening to find Ethan Allen Doyle and his dog at her door. Olivia never wanted kids, and when she realizes that Ethan is eleven years old, she is very upset. Meanwhile, the law officers are investigating Ethan’s disappearance and want to question him about his parent’s death.
Olivia and Ethan both fear the danger and trouble ahead. What is to become of Ethan? I enjoyed this amazing and alluring novel, and I highly recommend this to readers that enjoy Women’s Fiction. There are other books in this series that I look forward to reading.
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