O is for Olivia

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O is for Olivia

Some people think superstitions are pure nonsense, but I say they give a person fair warning. If you choose to pay them no heed, then stand back because all hell is likely to break loose. I know in my heart if I’d taken that opal necklace and thrown it into the ocean the very second Charlie gave it to me, he’d still be alive today.

I suppose happiness can make you blind to reality. That’s what happened to me. I was so busy focusing on my blessings that I glossed right over the significance of our being in Miami for eleven days. Me—a woman who has lifelong knowledge of the tragedies hovering around the eleventh of anything. I still remember when I turned eleven. In that one year I had whooping cough, measles, mumps and the chicken pox. Then I was left back to spend another year in the sixth grade, which resulted in my being the tallest, gangliest girl in Miss Munroe’s class. Being called Wall-Tall-Westerly leaves its mark on you! It makes you have a keen eye for avoiding any sort of eleven. Why, I’d no more eat eleven jelly beans than take off flying, yet I wasn’t all that watchful of poor Charlie on the eleventh day of our Miami Beach honeymoon. 

Letting down my guard as I did, I suppose I could say I deserve what I got. But the thing is it happened to Charlie, not me. I’d have been better off if it had happened to me. Being dead all over is far better than walking around with just a dead heart inside of you.

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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