Thank you to everyone who read and helped share the news about my new release Passing through Perfect. I’ll be announcing the winner soon of the Bag of Bestsellers and $25 Gift Card winner. Also the January Reader Appreciation event was a big success. I met lots of new readers. Finally, the Thunderclap event was a success too! It was a wonderful and I hope easy way as fans to share with your friends. Here’s a wonderful review from the Sandra at the Crandom blog.
I wanted to climb into the book – The Reader Salute
I read this book from November 13 to 22, 2014. I have been reading a lot lately, thanks to baby not making me nearly as sick as she/he was doing. I have been thinking a lot about this book and the characters in it, analyzing them even after the book is done. The first thing I noticed about this novel was that it was written to tell a story and it was written in such a way that it took me a good while to realized that the main characters in the novel were black. I am no bigot myself, so some of the things that the main characters went through made me sick to my stomach. While I have no doubt that this is how it was back in the 1940-50’s, there were many times where I wanted to climb into the book and beat someone up. It made me sad to realized that this issue is still alive in some areas today, even if it is not nearly as bad as it was back then.
I came to love Benjamin as a friend and he goes through so much that at times I may have pitied him, but I never lost my respect for him. It wasn’t until I finished the book that I felt a moment of remorse, it was over… and that was all that I got. Bette Lee Crosby is so amazing at writing stories that you really do get attached to the characters and it makes a world of a difference. I will also wonder what happened to the characters in this novel, but I also know that in my mind they are living happily ever after and sometimes… sometimes that is good enough.
If you are looking for a book that will take you on a whirlwind of adventure, something that deals with everything from love to loss, then this novel is for you. It just so happens to be my favorite read of 2014.
Passing through Perfect
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FROM A USA TODAY AUTHOR OF WOMEN’S FICTION BEST SELLERS COMES A FAMILY SAGA RIFE WITH THE INJUSTICES OF THE SOUTH AND RICH WITH THE COMPASSION OF STRANGERS… MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW SAYS SOUTHERN FICTION AT IT’S BEST.
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 WriterRead the Book Discussion Questions for Passing through Perfect Read an excerpt from Passing through Perfect
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