What Matters Most
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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 WellsRead the book discussion questions for What Matters Most Read an excerpt from What Matters Most Meet Louise Palmer Meet Clay Palmer
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R is for Ran
Louise spent the days that followed packing the contents of the house in her paid-for boxes. She carefully wrapped every piece of china in newspaper—not single sheets, but layer after layer. For a single teapot she used the entire Sunday Review section, and a chipped candlestick took nine pages of stock market news. She crumpled the Parade section page by page and used it as extra padding along the sides, top, and bottom of each layer.
Nothing was left behind: not the cups with broken handles, not the single saltshaker that years earlier lost its pepper mill, not even a half-empty box of laundry detergent. When she ran out of newspaper, she gathered the bath towels and wound them around platters and soup tureens. Once the towels were gone, she turned to sheets and pillowcases. After that she used the remainder of Clay’s tee shirts to wrap a photo album filled with long-forgotten faces. Before she was finished the stack of cartons had begun to smell of dampness, because of the tears dropped in alongside her belongings.