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Friday Fiction – Look, Jeffrey’s set a pot of chrysanthemums

Friday Fiction – Look, Jeffrey’s set a pot of chrysanthemums

“Look,” Claire said as they approached the Caruthers house, “Jeffrey’s set a pot of chrysanthemums on the stoop, that’s a real good sign.”

“It is?”

“Yes, it indicates he’s feeling a bit more optimistic.”

“I fail to see how one thing has anything to do with the other,” Charlie mumbled as he followed her up the walkway. Claire touched her finger to the doorbell and rang it. Only once, not bing-bonging frantically as she had in the past but just a polite one-push ring, the sort you’d use for a social call. They waited several minutes but no one answered. “We’ll just sit on the stoop and wait,” she said.

“I’d rather not,” Charlie answered. “Let’s go for a bite of lunch and come back later.”

They compromised, waiting for fifteen minutes then heading off to the diner.

After lunch they returned to the house and rang the doorbell a second time, still no answer. Again they waited, this time for nearly an hour. Claire lowered herself onto the stoop and sat but Charlie paced up and down the walkway like an expectant father. Finally, complaining enough was enough, he convinced Claire they ought to go home and come back in the evening when Jeffrey was more likely to be at home.

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 Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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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