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New Reviews for Passing through Perfect – The Reader Salute

Rita says about Passing through Perfect
Gosh, I loved this book!! This was my first book by this author but I guarantee it won’t be my last! The first part of the book was a bit depressing just in the fact that life in Alabama for black people was a depressing time in the 1950’s. The author was so good with details that you felt you were a part of the story from the beginning. I love reading historic fiction when it is done well, and this was done well. “Perfect ain’t a place, it’s a time when everything’s good and we’re happy. Folks don’t live in perfect, they just get to pass through every so often.”

I will think of the words of this book for sometime 🙂

Ralph says about Passing through Perfect
The author, Bette Lee Crosby, has written this book with a heartfelt standpoint for every character she writes. She is both descriptive and directive in writing. The characters are old friends seemingly, like someone you may have met in your lifetime–if you’re from a small rural town as I am. It is remarkable how like life and real every one was written. Fantastic job.

Sarah says about Passing through Perfect
Reading this book only a few days after watching Fifteen years a slave I was expecting a totally different outcome but I was so glad it was this story. The book highlights the differences between the whites and blacks in the USA during this time and shows the hatred created by the colour of a person’s skin rather than the person themselves. The lead character is a hard working man who shows a love for all people especially his family and you feel his loss when times get tough. The Author’s heart warming story is one of a series that I will now go and investigate further.

Duchess says about Passing through Perfect
This is my first time reading a work by Bette Lee Crosby, but it will not be the last. I truly believe she will become one of our most renowned writers of thought provoking historical fiction.

This is a tale of a man of color living in the deep south during a painful part of our history when non-whites were seen as a lower form of being. Passing Through Perfect brings the emotions and acceptance of “what is” to life. The one thing that hit me hard is the realization at just how recent these events were. I would strongly suggest this as reading material for junior or high school students. It would make a wonderfully enlightening addition to any teacher’s curriculum.

Note that while this is technically Book 3, it is not necessary to read the other books in the series prior to this one. In fact, I wasn’t aware it was a part of a series until the end! I found myself thinking I would love to know the story behind another character’s life only to find it had already been written. I can’t wait to go back and read these prior gems.

Passing through Perfect

Passing through Perfect

Series: Wyattsville Series, Book 3
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
ISBN: 9780996080347
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It’s 1946. WW2 war is over. Millions of American soldiers are coming home and Benjamin Church is one of them. After four years of being away he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven’t. Grinder’s Corner is as it’s always been—a hardscrabble burp in the road. It’s not much, but it’s home.

In this inspirational romance, Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines where he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she’s the one. They fall madly in love; happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn’t matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one.

It’s true Benjamin has little to offer; he’s a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that’s how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn’t leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything.

Literary Awards for Passing through Perfect
Royal Palm literary Award Finalist
INDIE Next Generation Award Competition Finalist
International Book Awards (IBA) Finalist
USA Book Awards Finalist
Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal in Southern Fiction
#1 Best Literary Fiction 2015 by Authors on the Air

Praise for Passing through Perfect

Well-written and engaging, readers will welcome back characters from previous Wyattsville books. – Kirkus Reviews

This is Southern fiction at its best: spiritually infused, warm, and family-oriented – an atmosphere which permeates every chapter with descriptions firmly routed in family tradition and the South. – Midwest Book Review, Donovan’s Shelf

I have a new favorite writer!

Just like reading John Steinbeck’s, East of Eden, or Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird, this story is a tale of epic proportions!

It’s about Benjamin. Benjamin has such a life, but it’s full of perseverance, and an admirable one in the end. Or rather, his life wasn’t admirable, Benjamin himself was.

I got choked up so many times throughout this book. There were even a couple times I had to put the Kindle down and come back later. It was a couple of tough moments to read. I couldn’t imagine if it was someones’ life, and having to live it. Oh no.

And see, that’s the thing. That magic thing. Bette Lee Crosby creates characters and stories that feel so real, so alive, that you can’t help but become emotionally invested.
I hadn’t read anything of hers before, and yes, this is book 3 in a series. It is very easily read as a standalone. I didn’t feel I missed a thing. I can’t wait to read more from her too. I’m hooked! – Freda’s Voice

This is definitely a book I would recommend to others; in fact I’ve already told a friend that she absolutely MUST read Passing through Perfect. Whether you’ve read the other books in the Wyattsville Series or not, you’ll find yourself drawn in and enjoying every turn of the page with this fabulous book. Thank you to Bette Lee Crosby for sharing her storytelling time and talents. – WOW! Women on Writing

I connected with the characters in this story and rooted for them as they went through their trials and struggles. The story focuses on Benjamin Church a poor farmer who falls in love with the beautiful Delia. It chronicles the struggles they encounter as they face bigotry and discrimination from some along with friendship and acceptance from others. It is a heartwarming tale that shows both the good and bad found in mankind.

I wouldn’t have picked this title up on my own. I have been interacting with the author for quite sometime and she finally convinced me I would enjoy this novel if I would just give it a chance. She was right. – I Am A Reader Not A Writer

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review 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 nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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