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The Reader Salute – Spare Change review by Vanessa at LibraryThing

Media Kit Spare ChangeI’ve been getting more involved at LibraryThing and found fourteen really nice reviews of Spare Change there. I picked this review from Vanessa to share with you. Also to let you know I’m giving away three autographed paperbacks of Spare Change on LibraryThing starting the 15th.

Vanessa says:
An enjoyable tale set in the American South told through first and third person points of view via various voices. When Olivia Boyle’s husband Charlie dies during their honeymoon, she is devastated but little does she know what life has in store for her! Charlie’s grandson, Ethan Allen, witnesses the deaths of both his parents and makes his ways from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Wyattsville, where Olivia lives, in search of his grandfather. He is very reluctant to divulge exactly what happened back home and he is a very frightened but courageous boy. However, with the help of Detective Jack Mahoney, the truth is slowly revealed.

I found the story fast paced and interesting – it certainly kept me turning the pages. It is quite humorous, but at the same time there is a serious thread running through it. The way it is told reminds me a little of Fannie Flagg’s books, an author of whom I am a fan. I liked the characters, some of them are quite quirky and I thought them well drawn. I cared very much what happened to Ethan Allen, he was such a resourceful and fearless young man!

An easy, entertaining and heartwarming tale which I would recommend to those who enjoy slice-of-life stories containing a hint of mystery and a smattering of romance.

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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