Thank you to everyone who spread the word about The Twelfth Child. It was a top 15 Amazon Bestseller on February 17! Enjoy this excerpt from the book:
Top 15 Amazon Bestseller – Friday Fiction
By August, the stack of dollar bills in Abigail’s shoebox had grown noticeably smaller, despite the fact that Gloria was paying more than her share of the expenses. Abigail started to worry and took to considering employment listings she had previously passed by – she’d let her finger linger on the advertisement for draftsman, wondering precisely what such a job might entail, then she’d considered the opening for an elephant trainer, thinking, how hard could something like that be? Shortly before Labor Day, she got to feeling truly desperate and asked Gloria if there were any other openings at Chicken Castle. As it turned out, Mildred, the cashier, had developed a spur on her tailbone and could no longer sit for such long hours, so she’d given her two weeks notice.
Early the next morning, Abigail walked into Chicken Castle and asked if she might have the job. That afternoon she went back to the library.
“I missed you this morning,” Miss Spencer said. “We’ve a number of books to be replaced in the stacks, and some overdues you can check on.”
“I got a job,” Abigail said despondently. “I won’t be able to help anymore.”
“With a book publisher?” Miss Spencer asked anxiously.
“What do they publish?”
“Nothing. They sell fried chicken. I’m going to be the cashier.”
“Cashier?” Miss Spencer echoed, looking as if she was about to fall over in a dead faint. “A girl of your ability? A girl with aspirations of becoming a writer?”
Abigail shrugged. “At least it’s a job.”
“Lord-in-Heaven! A person who’s worked with Ida Jean Meredith, dishing out fried chicken!”
“I won’t be serving the chicken,” Abigail answered. “I’ll be the cashier.”
“Absolutely not!” Miss Spencer snapped.
“I’ve already got the job”
“Well, you’ll simply have to tell them you can’t accept it.”
“Why would I do that?”
“Because I need you here at the library.” Miss Spencer started clacking the overdue stamp down on a bunch of books like a machine run amuck.
“But, this job doesn’t pay any salary.”
“It does now! You start today. Assistant Librarian in training.”
“In training for what?” Abigail asked, looking as if it were virtually impossible for her to have heard what she heard.
“No,” Miss Spencer exclaimed, reversing herself. “Not in training. You’ll be hired as a full-fledged Assistant Librarian! And in November, when I retire, you’ll become Head Librarian!”
Abigail’s mouth fell open – if a person wasn’t going to be a writer, the next best thing was to spend every day in a building filled with wonderful stories. She was starting to imagine herself reading every single book, not once, but twice. Maybe when she became head librarian, she’d stay here all night, reading until her eyes could no longer hold themselves open and then she’d fall to sleep in the back room.
“No need to argue,” Miss Spencer said. “My mind’s made up!”
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From a USA TODAY AUTHOR OF WOMEN’S FICTION BEST SELLERS comes an uplifting tale of trust, love and friendship.
Abigail Anne Lannigan searched for these things all her life, now, when she is at the tail end of her years, she teams up with a free-spirited young woman. A nobody from nowhere, who suddenly moves in across the street. Their unusual friendship comes under suspicion when a million dollars goes missing and a distant relative, claims embezzlement. Abigail knows the truth of what happened but, unfortunately, she’ll never get the chance to tell.
Reminiscent of Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes” the May-December friendship of these two unforgettable women is sure to settle in the soft spot of your heart.
The Twelfth Child, told in the timeless tradition of Southern Fiction, is a novel rich with emotion, humor and tenderness. A Historical Mystery set in the 20th Century, this is a story of love, friendship and one woman’s struggle to survive America’s Great Depression.
Literary awards for The Twelfth Child –
Amazon Historical/Mystery Fiction Bestseller
Royal Palm Literary Award
FPA President’s Book Award
National Association of American Pen Women Fiction Award
Praise for The Twelfth Child –
Her unique style of writing is timeless and her character building is inspiring. I admired the protagonist Abigail and her resilience to life and situation. She is a character of strength and courage, we can all learn a lesson from. Bette has such a way with words that you feel the happiness, love, hate, sadness, greed, and outrage of the characters. You know you’re reading a good story when you feel such emotions for the characters and their plight. They’re like real people you know and love. This is a deeply moving story that touches the core of your heart. Bette truly is a talented writer and a wonderful story teller. – Layered Pages
I really enjoyed this delightful, emotional novel by Bette Lee Crosby. I had a few laugh out loud moments; times when I wanted to slap a certain person – I loved Abigail Anne – her character was wonderful. The dreadful times of the Great Depression were heart wrenching, the delight of love and friendship made me smile. I have read a few by Bette and very much enjoy her writing; I have no hesitation in recommending this novel, which is book #1 in the Serendipity Series, highly. – Brenda on Goodreads
I can’t praise this book and the author enough…Ms. Crosby is amazing. Her writing is smooth, detailed, interesting, and it pulls you right into the story with believable characters and a wonderful flowing storyline. I couldn’t put this book down and was sad when it ended.
And…….the ending has a splendid lesson in itself. I truly enjoyed this incredible book. – Elizabeth of Silver’s ReviewsRead an excerpt from The Twelfth Child Book Discussion Questions for The Twelfth Child
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