Passing through Perfect – Friday Fiction

December 26, 2014 Friday Fiction 1

In early October Isaac’s first-day-of-school picture was developed and
Delia wrote to her mama.

“I’m so proud of my little man,” she wrote. “I’d give anything in the
world if you could see him.” She told how Isaac already knew his letters
and numbers but said nothing about the makeshift school he attended.
“If you could slip away from Daddy and meet me in town,” she
suggested, “we could have lunch and you could get to know this fine little
grandson of yours.” She went on to say Benjamin would drive them to
Twin Pines and then do errands while they were having lunch. At the end
of the letter she wrote, “Please say yes, Mama.” Delia slid the school
picture into the envelope and sealed it.

Passing through Perfect – Friday Fiction

It wasn’t unusual for a week or two to go by before a letter was
answered, but when it became a whole month Delia started to worry.

“Maybe I shouldn’t have asked Mama to come for lunch,” she said.
“Maybe I should’ve left well enough alone.”

“Inviting your mama to lunch ain’t a bad thing,” Benjamin said.
“Could be she’s just been busy. Give it time.”

Another week passed and there was still no answer, so Delia sat down
and wrote a second letter.

“I’m sorry if my asking you to lunch put you in a bad spot,” she wrote.
“I’d be willing to just forget about that. Please write me back soon.”
The days dragged as Delia watched and waited for an answer. After
two weeks she began to believe none was coming. Trying to make amends
for whatever wrong she’d done, she started sending a new letter almost
every day. In one she begged for forgiveness, in another she promised to
never again suggest meeting, and in one she even apologized for her sloppy
handwriting. Still there was no response.

Delia’s garden became overgrown with weeds and tomatoes waiting to
be picked; still she did nothing but pace the floor cursing herself for
alienating her mama as well as her daddy. “Why’d I do it?” she’d sob.

“Why?”

On the day that marked the second month without a letter, Benjamin
came in from the field to find her red-eyed and weepy.

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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