Sally reviews Wishing for Wonderful – The Reader Salute

Sally reviews Wishing for Wonderful – The Reader Salute

This is the first book I have read by Bette Lee Crosby and I can assure you it won’t be the last. I was expecting the usual sweet and fluffy Christmas story, the no brainer with a happy ever after ending that I read and enjoy at this busy time of the year. What I got was a wonderful story that sucked me in from page one and did not let me go until the last page.

There are three stories all intertwined here, not just John and Eleanor’s. John’s daughter is a main focus as well, and Eleanor’s son also has a major role to play, but is not front and centre. Oh, and then there is the hunky veterinarian, pwaar! The pacing of the story is just right; and the plot is more complex as would first appear. The human characters are so well-defined that I felt as though if I went and knocked on the door they would all be there inviting me in to share a cuppa with them and let me cuddle the dog.

And then there’s Cupid – how to describe him? Not a traditional cupid by any means – this one is wonderful! He is not described but rather than the traditional fat cherub with wings and a bow and arrow, I imagine a more mature man, a sort of a Dumbledore type, but shorter! His interactions with God and Life Management are very well done with humour, pathos and plain old tenacity in his pleadings. A heart warming tale and one of the best Christmas themed books I have read in a long while. I sort of wish I hadn’t read yet because it would have been a perfect Christmas Eve read – with a glass of red wine, Christmas music and twinkling lights. Oh wait a minute – that’s how I did read it!!!
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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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