The typical Florida early summer – #fridayfiction

What Matters Most

What Matters Most

Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
ISBN: 0989128903
From a USA Today Bestselling Author of Women’s Fiction Best Sellers, comes an Award-Winning Story of Friendship.
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From a USA Today Bestselling Author of Women’s Fiction Best Sellers, comes an Award-Winning Story of Friendship.

Louise Palmer is a settled-down person. A woman who wants nothing more than to remain in the same house until the day she dies. So, when her husband, Clay, announces his retirement and a plan to move to Florida, their marriage is thrown into a turmoil of mixed emotions and strained loyalties. Torn between his desire for “the good life” and the lifelong friendships of her quilting club, Louise struggles with what to do…until her best friend suggests a scheme to thwart the move.

In a humorous look at life, Louise will discover the truth of what matters most, but before it happens her marriage will be tested, family relationships will fall apart and the friendships she tried to hold on to will change dramatically

Winner of The Royal Palm Literary Award and the FPA President’s Book Award Silver Medal.

Literary Awards for What Matters Most –

Royal Palm Literary Award
FPA President’s Book Award

Praise for What Matters Most –

“Life is funny. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, everything changes.”

-Bette Lee Crosby

Louise Palmer is a settled woman. She’s impeccably dressed. Her home of thirty-five years is perfectly furnished. Her friends are carefully chosen. Her husband, Clay, is predictable. Having had a rough childhood, Louise relies on the predictability of her comfortable suburban life in New Jersey. Little does she know that a letter from Florida will change her life, upend her perfect world, and dredge up hidden feelings of insecurity.

Clay Palmer is tired. He’s bored. He’s ready for a change. In fact, he’s afraid he’ll end up dead, if his life doesn’t change. Clay wants a little excitement in his life, something that his job at the bank and the long, cold New Jersey winters can’t provide. Little does he know that a letter from Florida will change his life and lead him to the dream life that he’s longed for all these years.

This book will remain in my heart as one of the best books I’ve ever read. The characters and the messages they convey jump from the pages and touch a soft spot in my soul. It’s a love story. It’s a story of friendship. It’s a woman’s journey to the fullness of life. She gives up what means the most to her and finds what matters most in the most unlikely places. Bette Lee Crosby’s wonderful way with words, her wit, and her wisdom shine brighter than ever in “What Matters Most”. – Alle Wells

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The typical Florida early summer – #fridayfiction

Louise settled back into the seat, wishing she had stopped for something to eat. Ready to jump on even the slightest bit of forward movement, she sat with the engine idling for nearly twenty minutes, then lowered the windows and clicked off the motor. The typical Florida early summer evening felt warm and muggy, the air thick with the threat of more rain and charged with smells of gasoline and cow manure.  Hungry and damp with perspiration, Louise felt weary of the trip. It was a foolish idea to begin with, and now she wanted nothing more than to return home. The thought of kicking off her shoes and settling down in front of Uncle Charlie’s old television suddenly seemed appealing. Maybe she’d make a meatloaf for supper—if she got there in time to make supper. 

The dashboard clock ticked off another fifteen minutes, and still the traffic didn’t budge. Yoo whined, snuffed at the air, then climbed over the armrest and repositioned himself in the back seat. Louise took a grocery list from her purse and fanned her face. She could already feel rivulets of perspiration running down her back. What little breeze there once was had died away, and the air settled around them like a too-heavy comforter. Nothing moved except tiny gnat-like things that swarmed in and out of the open windows, nipping at her ears and neck. Nearly invisible, they darted in front of her eyes, then disappeared so quickly she wondered if she’d simply imagined them. 

The longer Louise sat the more thoughts of food took possession of her mind. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, buttered corn. As time passed it became steak, a whole loaf of French bread, a big slice of apple pie with cheddar cheese melted on top of it. She felt hungrier than she could ever remember, and her stomach rumbled like a volcano about to erupt. She rummaged through the glove compartment looking for a breath mint or stick of gum to ward off what felt like starvation. Nothing. Thinking there might still be some of that Stuckey’s fudge she’d hidden in the trunk of the car, she got out—but before she had time to check, the line of traffic began to move.

It was almost eleven o’clock by the time Louise got back to Tall Pines. 

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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