A picture of Lila – Fiction Friday

January 23, 2015 #fridayfiction 0

A picture of Lila came to mind, and Otis remembered how it was.
When she was alive there were hot biscuits and savory stews. On days
when the weight of work bent his back, she’d rub his shoulders and ease
the pain. And in the dark of night when they were side by side in the bed,
she’d press her body close to his and it brought a feeling of completeness.
Were it not for Lila, he wouldn’t have Benjamin; were it not for Benjamin,
Otis would surely have one foot in the grave.

“It’s the God’s honest truth,” he said, sighing. “A man ought to have a
woman.”

Denny’s eyes lit up. “Maybe if Ben was to meet up with Lucille…”

Otis laughed. “Benjamin ain’t one to have me meddling in his
business.”

“I ain’t saying we got to meddle, but they got a festival at Brotherhood
Hall this Saturday, and if you was to bring Ben and I was to bring
Lucille…”

Otis nodded. “Saturday, huh?”

That very evening Otis told his son they’d been working way too hard and
needed to do a bit of socializing.

“Now we got everything in the ground, there ain’t nothing to do but
wait for it to grow,” he said.

Although Benjamin had planned to spend Saturday replacing a worn
belt on the tractor, he agreed to go to the festival.

“I’m thinking you ought to wear your uniform,” Otis said. He claimed
it was a prideful thing he wanted to show his friends, but the truth was he
had Lucille in mind.

The Brotherhood Hall was a wooden building smack in the center of town;
across the street was a dirt lot for parking. By the time Benjamin and Otis
arrived, the music and laughter could be heard for ten blocks in any
direction. When they walked through the door Denny was waiting. He
grabbed hold of Lucille’s hand and pulled her closer.

“Ben,” he said, “you met my daughter, Lucille?”

“Afraid not. Pleased,” he said and gave a nod.

Lucille was plain as oatmeal and shy as a scared turtle. She gave him
one quick glance, then ducked back into her shell.

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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