Dancing with the Sun by Kay Bratt on Bette’s Bookshelf

Dancing with the Sun by Kay Bratt on Bette’s Bookshelf

Dancing with the Sun by Kay Bratt on Bette’s Bookshelf

From the bestselling author of Wish Me Home comes a heart-racing tale of resilience and hope.

When Sadie Harlan visits her daughter, Lauren, at her summer internship in Yosemite National Park, it seems like the perfect way to forget about her empty nest and failing marriage back home. But when the two women get lost on what’s meant to be a short hike, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives.

As they search for food, water, and civilization, they battle injury, exhaustion, and natural predators. Sadie, however, is assaulted by more than just the unforgiving elements. She lost her first child years earlier in a tragic accident, and in her sorrow, she’s pushed everyone away—including her husband. Now, Sadie must face her past through a journey of love, loss, and learning to forgive herself if she and Lauren are to stand a chance at getting out of Yosemite alive. Will a mother’s courage be enough to save them both?

Dancing with the Sun by Kay Bratt on Bette’s Bookshelf

“In Dancing With The Sun, Kay Bratt captures a mother-daughter relationship with an authenticity rarely seen in novels. Highly emotional, heartfelt, and bristling with tension on every page, this is a story not easily forgotten.” – Bette Lee Crosby, USA Today bestselling author.

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 Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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 Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg on Bette’s Bookshelf

San Francisco, 1915. As America teeters on the brink of world war, Charmian and her husband, famed novelist Jack London, wrestle with genius and desire, politics and marital competitiveness. Charmian longs to be viewed as an equal partner who put her own career on hold to support her husband, but Jack doesn’t see it that way…until Charmian is pulled from the audience during a magic show by escape artist Harry Houdini, a man enmeshed in his own complicated marriage. Suddenly, charmed by the attention Houdini pays her and entranced by his sexual magnetism, Charmian’s eyes open to a world of possibilities that could be her escape.

As Charmian grapples with her urge to explore the forbidden, Jack’s increasingly reckless behavior threatens her dedication. Now torn between two of history’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, she must find the courage to forge her own path, even as she fears the loss of everything she holds dear.

The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg on Bette’s Bookshelf

This novel is a great read for history buffs, especially if you enjoy stories set in early 20th Century America. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated and indeed they are. Charmaine London is the wife of famous writer Jack London. This story is hers, it delves into the challenges of her relationship with Jack, who is unpredictable and an alcoholic, and her love affair with the Great Houdini. It is interesting to see her grow into an awareness of who she really is. The thing I enjoyed most was that the story dances on a fine wire between fact and fiction, but as you read, you believe every word.

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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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Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale on Bette’s Bookshelf

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale on Bette’s Bookshelf

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale on Bette’s Bookshelf

A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale on Bette’s Bookshelf

An amazing debut novel. Everything We Keep has everything I like about a book. First off it starts will an opening chapter that absolutely assures you that you have to continue reading. Then the pace holds up throughout the book, with unexpected twists and turns, a love story that is interesting without being sappy, well-developed characters – and this holds true even for the secondary characters. Anyone who has ever lost someone they love, will very easily relate to Aimee, the protagonist. One word of caution, there is swearing…sometimes a lot. So if you can look past that, this is a great read. I truly enjoyed it.

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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 Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas on Bette’s Bookshelf

I am reviewing books at the New York Journal of Books and finished The Drama Teacher. To read the full review – CLICK HERE.

At first I wasn’t sure if there was a book of mine that would be related and then I realized, Cracks in the Sidewalk! For those who have read it, you know who the ‘bad guy’ is. In this book there is a ‘bad girl’ but there is a still a good ending in both books.

I’m giving away the hardback copy of the book that I reviewed.

Just leave a comment about what makes a good ‘bad’ guy or gal in a book. I will pick a random winner on November 26th. ***US shipping only***

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman on Bette’s Bookshelf

On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly isn’t allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. She’s never even ventured beyond her narrow room. Momma insists it’s for Lilly’s own protection, that people would be afraid if they saw her. But on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time—and sold to the circus sideshow.

More than two decades later, nineteen-year-old Julia Blackwood has inherited her parents’ estate and horse farm. For Julia, home was an unhappy place full of strict rules and forbidden rooms, and she hopes that returning might erase those painful memories. Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl.

At first, The Barlow Brothers’ Circus is just another prison for Lilly. But in this rag-tag, sometimes brutal world, Lilly discovers strength, friendship, and a rare affinity for animals. Soon, thanks to elephants Pepper and JoJo and their handler, Cole, Lilly is no longer a sideshow spectacle but the circus’s biggest attraction. . .until tragedy and cruelty collide. It will fall to Julia to learn the truth about Lilly’s fate and her family’s shocking betrayal, and find a way to make Blackwood Manor into a place of healing at last.

Moving between Julia and Lilly’s stories, Ellen Marie Wiseman portrays two extraordinary, very different women in a novel that, while tender and heartbreaking, offers moments of joy and indomitable hope.

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman on Bette’s Bookshelf

A definite page turner. We were traveling when I read this and when the battery on my iPad gave out, I switched over and read the remainder on my phone. (As everyone probably already knows, I am far too blind to be reading on the tiny screen of a phone) There is however one problem that readers may have with this book and that is the graphic description of animal cruelty. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed in the ending, but did enjoy the read. It is well-written and extremely interesting.

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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 Boston Girl by Anita Diamant on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant on Bette’s Bookshelf

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant on Bette’s Bookshelf

Anita Diamant’s “vivid, affectionate portrait of American womanhood” (Los Angeles Times), follows the life of one woman, Addie Baum, through a period of dramatic change. Addie is The Boston Girl, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Jewish family, born in 1900 to parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, to finding the love of her life, eighty-five-year-old Addie recounts her adventures with humor and compassion for the naïve girl she once was.

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant on Bette’s Bookshelf

This novel had all the elements of a good story, but the droning on first person narrative made it a boring read. This book is almost all telling and not showing. It provides wonderful insight into the life of a Jewish family living in Brooklyn in the early twentieth century, but the execution did not do it justice. This is rather surprising to me because I love Diamant’s earlier work – The Red Tent

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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.

USA Today Bestselling Author - Bette Lee Crosby

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