Crosby weaves stories like an intricate fabric – #bookreviewer Salute

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Crosby weaves stories like an intricate fabric – #bookreviewer Salute


Bette Crosby has authored several of my now favorite books. She weaves stories like an intricate fabric with the kind of hand-sewn love in every stitch with heart moving words so deep they can be felt, not merely read.
Esther’s Gift follows the same pattern. She brings the characters to life among the pages. It is impossible to read her work without envisioning as mental movie experience. This story resonates the basics of love, how centric love is to all-how they live, act towards others, and ultimately how it is shared.

Esther is sage-like woman with a spiritual gift of foresight. She is loved by her husband, Keoki, who both accepts and understands her gift. She predicts a great storm despite weather forecasts. He dutifully assists and prepares with Esther so when the storm arrives and departs, they are safe and have saved much of the provisions and property to continue their life together. As they rebuild Esther has begun reaching out to her community, mentoring adults and teaching children music which teaches them of their rich Hawaiian culture, history, and legends. Keoki constructs a special room in their home for her to continue her outreach. The gift of “knowing” as Esther calls it, only reveals certain events so she has no indications for many events that affect her life and those around her. Such is the case, as Keoki passes away on a typical day of their life. The years pass, Esther becomes recognized as a respected and important member of the community. Then, widowed real estate contractor, John comes to The island by a chance of fate to rebuild a resort that was damaged years before by the great storm. He learns from locals of a legend about his property and is advised to contact Esther. Though their meeting began as a business arrangement, it soon developed into a deep friendship that began to replace some of the loneliness each of them had in their hearts and lives. As John reconstructs the resort, he and Esther are building a much bigger foundation and look forward to seeing one another often. The story focuses again on the importance of family and John gets his Grandson, Connor, to spend the summer with him in Hawaii where Connor falls madly in love with the island and Esther. There comes a time when Esther must tell John about her gift. The rest of the story unfolds with his reaction, the event and it’s after effects.

I loved reading this story and I found the message to “on time” with life as we can always take the reminder to love, and express our love to our family and friends alike.

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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