When did it happen? – Friday Fiction
“When did it happen?” she’d ask. “How can you say for sure it’s true?”
Benjamin answered the questions with little more than a shrug. “All I
know is what the woman next door said, and I done told you that word for
Delia would give an understanding nod, but less than an hour later
she’d think of another question and start in again.
“Why don’t you go with me to Twin Pines,” Benjamin finally
suggested. “By now your daddy might be willing to let bygones be
bygones. After all that’s happened…”
He left the rest of his words unsaid. It hardly seemed necessary to
remind Delia that her daddy’s loss was as great as hers.
Delia shook her head. “No,” she said sadly, “it’s too late for mending
fences with Daddy.”
At the time it seemed she turned away from the idea, but the suggestion
took root in her mind. Before the week was out she told Benjamin going to
Twin Pines was a fine idea.
On the following Saturday Delia rose early and dressed in the flowered
dress she usually saved for church. She applied a thin coat of rose-colored
lipstick and looked back at the mirror. It was good. There was nothing
trashy about her appearance, nothing her daddy could find to pick at or
criticize. Before anyone else was up, Delia cooked a pot of grits and set a
stew to bubbling. If things went as she hoped, they might be late in
It was almost nine when they finally left. Delia toyed with the thought
of bringing Isaac to meet his granddaddy, but the fear of what could
possibly happen stopped her. She wanted to believe enough time had
passed, enough time for forgiveness to set in and soften her daddy’s heart,
but George Finch was a hard and unrelenting man. Still, even a stone could
be worn away by time so there was always a chance. After all, she was his
daughter. His only daughter. Surely that counted for something.
When Benjamin turned onto Cross Corner Road Delia said, “I’m not
taking no for an answer.” The thought was powerful, but her words were
small and wobbly at the edges. “It’s not gonna be easy,” she added, “but
I’ll tell Daddy it’s what Mama would have wanted.”
As Benjamin drove, Delia spoke of her childhood. She searched her
memory and pulled out stories that pictured the good side of her daddy: the
Christmas Eve he carried her home from church on his shoulders; the
morning he made her pancakes; the shiny locket he’d given her on her tenth
birthday. She said nothing about the all-too-familiar scowl he wore, the
demands he made, or the reason why she’d had to sneak out to meet
Benjamin. The truth was if you could open up Delia’s box of memories,
you’d see she was picking at a skimpy handful of good ones and closing a
blind eye to all the others.
When they passed through a narrow section of the road where dense
thickets of pines changed daylight to dark, Delia gave a wistful sigh.
“If Daddy can keep an open mind I think he’d come to love Isaac.” She
sat silent for a moment then added, “I brought a picture to show what a fine
boy he is.”
“That’s a real good idea,” Benjamin said, but when he looked across to
smile at Delia he saw her turned away. A tear slid from her cheek and
dropped into her lap.
As they moved past the thicket Benjamin stretched his arm across the
seat and covered her hand with his. “You gotta stop crying, or your daddy
ain’t gonna see nothing but red swelled-up eyes.”
They drove the rest of the way in silence.
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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.
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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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