Sandy reviews Jubilee’s Journey – The Reader Salute
I always thought that bad luck came in threes but for Jubilee, it just never let up. When she was two her mama died of tuberculosis and her brother decides to quit school to take care of her. Being only eleven, Paul acts older than most men and with their father walking around like a “lost soul,” Paul has a lot of responsibilities. Making due on his promise he made to his mother, Paul takes great care of his sister. His father does not want Paul to become a coal miner like himself, so he makes Paul promise to study hard so he can move away from the dreaded mountain and find respectable work. A few years pass and the foreman is at the door letting the children know their father has had an accident and he is not longer among the living. Forced from the mountain, the children head to VA to find an aunt they hope will care for them. Hope, a big word when they have nothing. While applying for a job in town, a holdup gets Paul into the line of fire and leaves Jubilee alone and confused. Ethan Allen sees Jubilee and he takes her home to his grandma. Jubilee and Paul are the strangers in town, add that to the holdup that just occurred at the area shopping market and you have some great gossip for a small town. But with Jubilee’s sweet nature, Ethan Allen and grandma’s determination, the story is just getting started.
When reading one of Bette Lee’s stories, there is this natural flow and comfort. It’s like someone is telling you the story over a cup of coffee and you are sitting back and listening, There are those shocking moments where you want to say, “you don’t say” and continue on but otherwise you feel secure and content. In Jubilee’s Journey, I didn’t know how much more turmoil the two children could take. When they finally made it to VA, I had mixed feeling on what their aunt would do once she saw them but when Paul left Jubilee sitting on the bench, I was thinking, Paul what are you doing? The story kept getting deeper and their journey was widening branching off grabbing everyone they made contact with. She had me, they all had me, and I had taken the ride down the mountain with the children.
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FROM A USA TODAY AUTHOR OF WOMEN’S FICTION BEST SELLERS comes an Award-Winning Family Saga
When tragedy strikes a West Virginia coal mining family, two orphaned children start out on a trek that they hope will lead them to a new life. Before a day passes, the children are separated and the boy is caught up in a robbery not of his making. If his sister can find him, she may be able to save him. The problem is she’s only seven years old, and who’s going to believe a kid?
A 20th Century Historical Mystery, Jubilee’s Journey is a tale of discovering lost family and finding love. This award-winning cozy mystery reconnects readers with Ethan Allen and the heart-warming characters of SPARE CHANGE.
Jubilee’s Journey is the winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award and the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal.
Literary Awards for Jubilee’s Journey –
FPA President’s Book Award Winner
Finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Award 2014.
Finalist in the International Book Awards 2014.
Indie Book of the Day 2014.
Amazon Historical Mystery Bestseller
Praise for Jubilee’s Journey-
It is the kind of story that takes you back in time and makes you long for days gone by. It tells us bad things can happen to good people but if you keep faith and keep going, good things are possible. Good people are out there. It is this message that makes this book uplifting. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. – Alaskan Book Cafe
Upon reaching the end of Jubilee’s Journey, I blinked, held the book to my chest, and sighed. I slowly left their world. So moving, so powerful was this story, I tried to hang onto it, to keep everyone close. Thank you for gifting me Jubilee’s Journey, Bette. There is no better gift than words on a page. – fuonlyknew
Bette Lee Crosby writes stories as if they are biographies. They are full of the cruelties and unfairness of life, but also the beauty and wonder. The worlds and dialogue are so real, I feel as if I am there and I feel frustrated because I do not know what to do to help. She packs so much life and realism into her novels, sometimes a BOX of tissues is not enough. I laugh and cry with the characters. I go through their highs and lows, their ups and downs, all the while trying to figure out how Bette is going to make this end with a happy ever after. The ending left me begging for more. I was sitting on the edge of my seat as if my happiness was on the line. – fundinmental
Crosby also paints imagery like a true artist. The imagery she uses to describe the men, for instance, who work in the coal mines, is devastating as well as hauntingly beautiful; and so real. What the men in the coal mines had to experience was truly heartbreaking and she allows us as readers to catch a very real glimpse of that world. Crosby paints pictures using just the right words to bring you into a world you may have known nothing about before. – The Silver Petticoat Review
Jubilee’s Journey blends several genres together making it a captivating read. It is a tale of growth, hope and inspiration, with a mystery weaved into it as people in Wyattsville move to help this young child and her brother. – Caffeinated Book ReviewerRead the book discussion questions for Jubilee’s Journey Read an excerpt from Jubilee’s Journey
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