That night after Isaac was in bed – Friday Fiction

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That night after Isaac was in bed – Friday Fiction

That night after Isaac was in bed Delia poured two cups of coffee and sat
with Benjamin at the table. For several minutes nothing was said, but a
thought had been running through her mind ever since she’d left Luella’s.
“Benjamin,” she finally said, “we got to start planning for Isaac’s
college.”

He looked across with a puzzled expression. “At eleven years old?
Don’t nobody go to college at eleven.”

“But if we don’t start saving right now, we won’t have the money he
needs.”

Benjamin rubbed his big hand back and forth across his forehead
several times before he looked over at Delia sorrowfully. “How? How we
gonna save when we ain’t got an extra dime?”

What he said was true, and Delia knew it. There had been good years
when the farm made a profit, but the last three years they’d barely scraped
by. They’d already gone through what little bit they’d saved, and now they
had to pay Sylvester Crane ten dollars just to stay on land that was too poor
for farming.

“Maybe you could have a side business,” Delia suggested, trying to
sound optimistic. “Will Jackson’s got one. Luella said they saved up six
hundred and twenty-two dollars from him buying and selling used stuff.”
“It ain’t all used,” Benjamin replied. “A lot of that stuff Will sells is
stolen. He buys stuff what supposedly fell off a truck, pays a dime on the
dollar, then overcharges folks for things they gotta have. That what you’re
wanting me to do?”

Delia sighed. “I guess not.” Her words were weary and thin as a piece
of parchment.

Benjamin stretched his arm across the table and covered Delia’s hand
with his. “Just ’cause we ain’t got money don’t mean Isaac can’t go to
college. He’s just got to work a whole lot harder.”

“Work harder?”

Benjamin nodded. “If Isaac got the best grades in his class when he
finishes up high school, it might be a college will leave him go for free.”

“Free?”

Passing through Perfect

Passing through Perfect

Series: Wyattsville Series, Book 3
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
ISBN: 9780996080347
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.

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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 Writer

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