Spare Change

Goodreads Review

Alle Wells                    rated it        5 of 5 stars

Eleven-year-old Ethan Allen was the last thing Olivia wanted to find at her door. She had never wanted a bunch of children that clung to her like bananas on a stalk. To Olivia, eleven was an unlucky number to be avoided at all cost. Recently wedded and widowed, Olivia had finally begun to live happily in her apartment building where children weren’t allowed. The young boy who was running from the police and had no place to go changed Olivia’s life forever. Ethan Allen had experienced plenty of misfortune in his own life. His mother named her son after the furniture store where she worked and lacked the maternal instinct normally found in the human and animal species. Her focus in life was become a famous singer in New York City. Ethan Allen’s father spent most of his time watching his wife and making sure that she never left him to pursue her dream. The boy had always taken care of himself and had a mindo of his own his own before he knocked at Olivia’s door. This witty story reads like a situation comedy. The characters are hilarious and uplifting. The book moves along quickly from one brilliant scene to the next. In this story, the reader is likely to hear the nostalgic voices of Mayberry.
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 Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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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