Tell No One by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Tell No One by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Tell No One by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Their desperate secret. Her desperate search. A shattering truth exposed.

Caroline Corbett wants nothing to do with her father, Hoff, a man who abandoned her as a young girl and then vanished from her life almost thirty years ago. But when her beloved aunt expresses a dying wish to see him once more, Caroline, despite her failing marriage and other personal troubles, drops everything to look for him.

Harris Fenton found the father figure he’d dreamed of when he turned eight and his mother married Hoff—but his disappearance four years later left Harris with scars he carries even now that he is a father himself. While he has a beautiful family and a great job, he’s hiding a shameful secret and a nightmare from his childhood.

Caroline’s search for Hoff soon uncovers a host of disturbing clues and draws a threat of violence. Her mind churns with memories of her troubled history, while Harris is losing the battle against his own demons. But for both of them, dredging up the past will be dangerous, and confronting the truth could prove life shattering.

Tell No One by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Wow. Tell No One is a mesmerizing tale of recruiting scandals, infidelity, broken relationships and family secrets. With well-crafted characters and clever plot twists, Barbara Taylor Sissel has created a fantastic must read that will keep you glued to your seat from the first page until the last.

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About Bette Lee Crosby

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 Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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: The Royal 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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The Red Coat by Dolley Carson on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Red Coat by Dolley Carson on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Red Coat by Dolley Carson on Bette's Bookshelf

Irish domestic worker Norah King's decision to ask her wealthy employer, Caroline Parker, for an elegant red coat that the Beacon Hill matriarch has marked for donation ignites a series of events that neither woman could have fathomed. The unlikely exchange will impact their respective daughters and families for generations to come, from the coat's original owner, marriage-minded collegian Cordelia Parker, to the determined and spirited King sisters of South Boston, Rosemary, Kay, and Rita. As all of these young women experience the realities of life – love and loss, conflict and joy, class prejudices and unexpected prospects – the red coat reveals the distinction between cultures, generations, and landscapes in Boston during the 1940s and 50s, a time of change, challenge, and opportunity.

Meet the proud, working-class Irish and staid, upper-class Brahmins through the contrasting lives of these two families and their friends and neighbors. See how the Parkers and the Kings each overcome sudden tragedy with resolve and triumph. And witness the profound impact of a mother’s heart on her children’s souls. Carlson brings us front and center with her knowing weave of Celtic passion – both tragic and joyful – words of wisdom, romance, humor, and historical events. Dive into Boston feet first! The Red Coat is a rich novel that chronicles the legacy of Boston from both sides of the city, Southie and the Hill.

The Red Coat by Dolley Carson on Bette's Bookshelf

This is probably not a book I would choose to read, but it was a book club pick and I must say we had a lot of fun with it. The hostess asked everyone to come dressed like one of the characters and wearing something red. It is an easy read and there is nothing to dislike about the book. It is set in South Boston during the 1940’s and 50’s, and portrays the everyday life of an Irish Catholic family. It is a study in the differing lives of the Beacon Hill and South Boston families. I am certain anyone from this area will relish the lovely memories shared in this book.

About Bette Lee Crosby

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: The Royal 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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Twist of Faith by Ellen J. Green on Bette’s Bookshelf

Twist of Faith by Ellen J. Green on Bette’s Bookshelf

Twist of Faith by Ellen J. Green on Bette's Bookshelf

When family secrets are unearthed, a woman’s past can become a dangerous place to hide…

After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us.

Ava is certain that it’s a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she’d been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church—and rescued—or so she’d been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story, so the questions of her abandonment were left unanswered. For Ava, now is the time to find the roots of her mother’s lies. It begins with the house itself—once the scene of a brutal double murder.

When Ava enlists the help of the two people closest to her, a police detective and her best friend, she fears that investigating her past could be a fatal mistake. Someone is following them there. And what’s been buried in Ava’s nightmares isn’t just a crime. It’s a holy conspiracy.

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This is not the type of story I most often read, but it definitely did keep me turning pages. It is a story about a young girl with memories hidden beneath the surface, until she sees a photograph and begins to remember bits and pieces that have been buried for good reason. Although the story is good, I had a difficult time relating to some of the secondary characters. The child is adopted and the adoptive mother makes you wonder why she bothered. There seems to be a very thin family connection, other than chasing around to either hide, or find the clue to the memories of the picture Ava has stumbled upon. The big turn off for me was the ending. Not all books have to have a happy ending, but they do need an ending. This one did not have one, and left you believing it was a set up for a sequel.

About Bette Lee Crosby

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: The Royal 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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Hidden by Catherine McKenzie on Bette’s Bookshelf

Hidden by Catherine McKenzie on Bette’s Bookshelf

Hidden by Catherine McKenzie on Bette's Bookshelf

While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company’s behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff’s life.

Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, the repercussions of our personal choices, and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.

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This is definitely a novel that will keep you turning pages. The story is told is first person, but three different people – Jeff, who was killed on the way home from work, Claire, his wife and Tish, a co-worker who may or may not be also his lover. I loved the writing style as the author opens each chapter without actually telling you who is speaking – you, the reader, have to figure that out. And, after a chapter or two you will have no trouble doing so. It is a fast-paced book with some surprising twists and turns that leaves the character, and perhaps you also, wondering just how much you really want to know about your spouse.

About Bette Lee Crosby

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: The Royal 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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Wildflower Heart by Grace Greene on Bette’s Bookshelf

Wildflower Heart by Grace Greene on Bette’s Bookshelf

Wildflower Heart by Grace Greene on Bette's Bookshelf

From the bestselling author of The Memory of Butterflies comes the first in a bittersweet series about love and loss.

Kara Hart was scarred by loss—first the loss of her mother and now her husband. She feels broken, with no will to move forward, until her father does the unexpected: he moves to the Virginia countryside to restore an old Victorian mansion. Kara decides to go with him, telling herself that it will only be temporary.

The huge house is neglected and derelict, but Kara discovers its breathtaking field of wildflowers and is stunned by their beauty. The house, the grounds, and the quirky neighbors—including a handsome one—are almost as fascinating as her father’s sudden willingness to discuss her mother and his own secret past.

Kara is finding her new normal when tragedy strikes again, forcing her to make difficult choices. Will she go back to her old life and risk losing all she has gained? Or will she face her fears and give herself the opportunity to grow?

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Wildflower Heart is a heartfelt story that is impossible to resist. In this poignant tale of overcoming loss, Greene magically captures the elusive essence of wildflowers and weaves it into both her characters and setting. Highly recommended.

About Bette Lee Crosby

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: The Royal 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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The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman on Bette's Bookshelf

A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these “guests,” and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became “The House Under a Crazy Star.” Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story—sharing Antonina's life as “the zookeeper's wife,” while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award.

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This a true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from the Nazi concentration camps. The author’s detailed descriptions are deep and often disturbing, but in spite of, or perhaps because of, the long and weighty details, I found this to be a very tedious read. Just keeping track of the myriad listing of Polish places, people, streets, foods, etc. took much of the joy out of reading this book. The underlying story is very meritorious, but sadly not worth the time and effort it took to read it. That of course, is just my opinion.

About Bette Lee Crosby

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: The Royal 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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