THE NEXT CHAPTER by Melanie Young

By Bette Lee Crosby / September 26, 2011

The Next Chapter is a book that’s small in size but big in heart. It is the story of a woman who loses her husband in a fatal auto accident and then loses herself to sorrow. Set in Northwest Oregon, the book captures the very essence of location with the accident taking place as Jim drives back across the mountain on a cold and rainy night.

After the accident, his wife Carol retreats into a life of work—but since her occupation is that of a wedding photographer, memories of what she has lost are forever in the foreground. Carol’s life circles around long days of work, evening visits from her neighbor, and telephone chats with Andrea, the daughter who now lives in Florida. When Andrea and her husband learn they are expecting a baby, they beg Carol to move to Florida where she can be near her daughter and grandchild; but Carol steadfastly refuses. She cannot see herself ever leaving the house that she and Jim shared since the day of their wedding—until she learns of the hurt she has passed along to her daughter. Although this is a situation that could easily have come across as
maudlin, the author delves into Carol’s and Andrea’s emotions with great
sensitivity and creates truly likeable characters.

On a visit to Florida, Carol discovers the truth of her daughter’s feelings and comes to realize that while one chapter of her life is over, another is about to begin. This book is a quick read but one that rewards the reader with an emotionally satisfying last page. Melanie Young has hinted that we have not seen the last of these characters, and I for one, hope that’s true.

The Next Chapter is available on Amazon and Kindle – here’s the link

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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