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Previously Loved Treasures – Book Discussion Questions

By Bette Lee Crosby / April 23, 2014

Previously Loved Treasures is Book TWO of The Serendipity Series. Book ONE is the Twelfth Child, although both books are stand-alone stories there is one thing that ties Book ONE to Book TWO but you don’t need to read them in order. Feel free to use these discussion questions with your book group or club. 1) Previously Loved Treasures is set in the late 1980’s. Do you think this time frame shows in the story? Would the story have worked in another time period? Why or why no.....

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What Matters Most Book Discussion Questions

By Bette Lee Crosby / February 11, 2014

Book Discussion Questions for What Matters Most Clay and Louise have very different ideas of what retirement means. What does retirement mean to you? What things/people would you miss if you had to relocate? How did you feel about Louise’s attempts to get back to New Jersey? How did Clay change moving from New Jersey to Florida? Do you think he was satisfied with the change? What was the turning point for Louise in Florida that made her more comforta.....

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Jubilee’s Journey Book Discussion Questions

By Bette Lee Crosby / February 11, 2014

The story starts in a coal mine community. When you think of coal mining what sorts of things do you picture? Do you think Bartholomew gave up too soon looking for work outside of the coal mine? Why or why not? If you were Ruth would you have stuck by Bartholomew or would you have asked family for more help? Paul makes some decisions in the beginning about what to take when they left. What three things would you take if you had to leave your home and could never go back?.....

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The Twelfth Child Excerpt

By Bette Lee Crosby / February 11, 2014

Enjoy this excerpt from The Twelfth Child In the spring of 1912, Livonia Lannigan’s body grew round and firm. Her breasts became heavy and her stomach swelled to a great size. She took to leaving the waistband buttons of her dresses unhooked but even so could barely fit into the clothes she had worn just one year ago. The cotton bodices pressed tight against her tender breasts and she worried that it might stifle the milk flow needed for the baby so she loosened them whenever she w.....

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What Matters Most Excerpt

By Bette Lee Crosby / February 11, 2014

Early on Louise Palmer came to the conclusion that life was somewhat like a jigsaw puzzle. First you envisioned the picture. Then you assembled the pieces. Louise began when she was eleven.  She started with a brown shoebox, then added snippets from magazines—a square of blue sky, smoke rising from a chimney, lace curtains, a red door, a wedding gown, a gold ring, photographs with obscured faces—images of what she saw as a picture-perfect life. Night after night she pulled the shoe.....

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Jubilee’s Journey Book Excerpt

By Bette Lee Crosby / February 11, 2014

Enjoy this book excerpt from Jubilee’s Journey On an icy cold November morning in 1956, Bartholomew Jones died in the Poynter Coal Mine. His death came as no surprise to anyone. He was only one of the countless men forever lost to the mine. They were men loved and mourned by their families, but to the world they were faceless, nameless people, not worthy of mention in the Charleston Times. Morning after morning those men descended into the belly of the mountain, into a w.....

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Previously Loved Treasures Excerpt

By Bette Lee Crosby / February 11, 2014

In the weeks following Big Jim’s funeral Ida began making plans for what would be her future. Even though Jim was gone, she could set things right by finding James. The last time she heard from him he was living in Plainview, a town ninety-seven miles north of Rose Hill; a place she’d never before been to. Plainview is where she would start her search. No major highway ran by the town, but there was a back road that wound across a seemingly endless stretch of flat land; land that w.....

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The Twelfth Child Book Discussion Questions

The Twelfth Child is the story of friendship, lost love, dysfunctional family relationships and greed as it evolved around the life of one woman, Abigail Anne Lannigan. She was a free-spirited, independent woman much like many we know today, but perhaps out of place in the rural mountain life of the early 1900’s. As you go through some of the discussion questions, try to imagine yourself back in that era, years before women were allowed to vote, a time when men con.....

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