S is for Spare Change

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S is for Spare Change

Some folks say once a person’s departed this earth they’ve got no connection to the poor souls left behind, but I don’t believe such a thing is true. I know without a whisker of doubt Charlie Doyle was responsible for my landing in Hopeful. He more than likely caught sight of me looking like a person turned inside out and figured I could use a bit of uplifting.

I truly do miss Charlie. You might wonder how a woman married just twenty-one days could come to be so dependent on her husband—I wonder it too—but the truth is it happened. That night at the Fontainebleau, I felt my own heart dying right along with Charlie’s. When he stopped breathing, my lungs suffered from the lack of air. And when they told me Charlie was gone, I could almost feel my soul slipping out of my body and marching up to heaven right alongside of him.

I know Charlie wouldn’t want me to go on being miserable forever, so I’m trying to see the brighter side of things. The seeds Canasta gave me help a lot. But to be on the safe side, I’ve thrown nickels and dimes into the pockets of every outfit I own. That way I’ll remember about God providing the spare change to get me through. I’m hoping this pain inside of me will someday ease a bit. But right now, Lord oh Lord, how my heart does ache.

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 Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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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