Linda’s Book Obsession review of Silver Threads

Linda’s Book Obsession review of Silver Threads

Linda's Book Obsession review of Silver Threads

A huge shout out to Linda's Book Obsession for this wonderful review of Silver Threads… “Silver Threads by Bette Lee Crosby is such an enchanting and delightful heartwarming read. I read this in one sitting, and was so engrossed. “Silver Threads” is the fifth in the Memory House Series, and it is the only book that I have read and I look forward to reading all of the others. This was able to be read as a stand alone. The genres for this book are Fiction and Women’s Fiction with a touch of “Magical Essence.” A description of this book says “High Above the clouds in a place not mortal has ever seen, there is a Scale of Life that is held in Balance with Stones of Happiness and Sorrow.” In another description it says, “The Keeper of the Stones Smiled” “Since the beginning of time, He and he alone has been challenged with the task each person’s scale in balance”. “There are silver threads that crisscross the landscape of scales”…”and even the Keeper of the Scale can control the events traveling through those threads” The author describes the characters as complex and complicated as the circumstances dictate. There are good and evil people. Drew his young daughter Brooke are mourning Jennifer, his wife, and her mother who was killed in a shoot-out in a pharmacy. It is very difficult for Drew to balance his work and be both parents to his young daughter, who is extremely distraught and is afraid to be alone without her father. It becomes necessary after troubling events, for Drew and his daughter to sell and move away from their home. They stop at the “Memory House” and seem to find some peace there, while looking for a home closer to Drew’s job. It seems that they get to meet some wonderful friends, and possibly things are looking up?! What does the Balance Keeper of the Stones see or have to say? The author weaves her tale around good and evil. I love that the author discusses the importance of family, friends. loyalty, trust, love, hope , trust and faith. One of my favorite characters is Brooke, who as a child has been through so much, and yet seems to have the voice of an adult. I would highly recommend this novel to those readers that appreciate an emotional and heartwarming story. I look forward to reading more of Bette Lee Crosby’s books.

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Silver Threads

On the day Jennifer Green was born a pile of stones was placed alongside her scale of life… A few were the dark gray of sorrow, but most were a pale blush color. The largest stone was the rose hue of a sunrise. That one would be placed on the scale the day she married Drew Bishop. Even more brilliant but a wee bit smaller was the pink stone glistening with specs of silver. That one would bring Jennifer a baby girl named Brooke. The Keeper of the Scale smiled. Seeing such happiness laid out before him was pleasing to his eye. Since the beginning of time, he and he alone has been challenged with the task of keeping each person's scale in balance. A bit of happiness and then a small stone of sorrow, until the lives he has in his charge are measured evenly. You might think such power is universal, but it is not. There are silver threads that crisscross the landscape of scales and connect strangers to one another. Not even the Keeper of the Scale can control the events traveling through those threads; the only thing he can do is try to equalize the balance once it has been thrown off. There is nothing more he can do for Jennifer; now he must find the thread that leads to Drew if he is to have the love he deserves.

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Family Book Club review of Jubilee’s Journey

Family Book Club review of Jubilee’s Journey

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Family Book Club review of Jubilee's Journey

Every now and then I come across a review or a reading concept that is so wonderful I absolutely have to share it with my readers… This is just such a review.

There are any number of things family members can do to enjoy the fun of togetherness, but most activities such as cooking, sports, board games and the like, all require you to be in the same place at the same time. With today’s hectic schedules that’s not always possible. Our daughter is a busy mom who is on the run all day long. Her reading time is generally in between carpool drop-offs and pick-ups. Our granddaughter is in high school and runs track, so her best reading time is in bed at night. As a grandma I should have lots of reading time, but my days are spent writing books. I am not a big TV watcher, so I enjoy reading in the evening while Grandpa watches TV.

That’s the beauty of a family book club! Everyone can read in the time and place that’s convenient for them. The key to making it a fun event is to pick a book that is both age appropriate for the youngest member and interesting enough for the adults.

When it comes to a generation gap, teenagers can sometimes be difficult to carry on a conversation with. It’s not that they don’t want to talk…it’s simply that you’re not speaking their language and they’re not speaking yours. A family book club closes that gap and allows everyone to open up with their unique thoughts and opinions. My favorite part of the trilogy review on Belle’s Book Review Blog was that each member of the threesome choose their favorite quote…and guess what… none of the quotes were the same and they were from three different characters. Sharing different thoughts and opinions is what makes something like this fun; and trust me; the teen in your group will love expressing their own bold and different viewpoint.

Whether the youngest member of your family book club is fourteen or forty doesn’t matter – there are so many book options to choose from. Two of my novels that are perfect for inter-generational reading are The Twelfth Child and Passing through Perfect, both of which offer a handful of historical insight along with a heartfelt story.

Why not start your own family book club? Take a picture of three generations reading any one of my books and send it to me and you could win a gift card to the book store of your choice and be the next featured trio right here on my blog. And, here’s the good news …you don’t have to all three be together in the picture.

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Spare Change Book Review by the Seattle Post Intelligence

Spare Change Book Review by the Seattle Post Intelligence

Spare Change eBook
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Spare Change Book Review by the Seattle Post Intelligence

Spare Change is a quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life, madcap adventures of a young boy and a late change of heart that made all the difference in the life of an unusually independent woman. More than anything, it is a heartwarming book, which is simultaneously intriguing and just plain fun.

Olivia Ann Westerly has always refused to conform. Instead of marrying and raising a family, as her father expected her to, she left home and found a job, rented a flat and had tons of fun. Oh, did I mention that she did that in 1923, when she was only 25-years-old? While today that would not have been anything extraordinary, she certainly was an exception back then. And then she decided not to marry and to continue her career, living in this manner quite happily all the way until 1956. It was then that she met Charlie Doyle and fell madly in love, agreeing to marry him without any hesitation when he asked her to.

But then Charlie had to go and die while they were on their honeymoon, and Olivia seemed to have lost all her will to do anything. Until Ethan Allen Doyle, Charlie's grandson, showed up on her doorstep. Olivia never wanted children, so why would she change her mind now? And to make matters worse, Ethan Allen was 11-years-old and number 11 has always been a bad omen for Olivia. To top everything else, it was clear that Ethan Allen was hiding something. Was there any chance of a happy ending here?

I truly enjoyed this imaginative and very entertaining story. Told from many different perspectives, it kept my interest from beginning to end. The voices of the characters were very distinct and the good ones were easy to like, just like the bad guys were easy to hate and fear. It does not happen very often that I truly like the more minor characters in any book, since most of them never get the chance to develop enough to be really interesting, but Clara was one of my favorites here – heart of gold and brassy manners, what more could one want in a friend? She was just one in the substantial line-up of supporting characters who kept Ethan Allen's presence in Olivia's building a secret, or at least they thought so. Every one of those characters was well-defined and completely believable.

Furthermore, I enjoyed the storyline and the lively dialogue, as well as the rapidly unraveling mystery of the secret Ethan Allen was trying to keep to himself. And I am going to do my best to keep the beginning of the story, as told by Olivia, in mind for the future. Here's what she had to say..

“I don't suppose there's a person walking the earth who doesn't now and again think if I had the chance to live my life over, I'd sure as hell do it differently. When you get to a certain age and realize how much time you've wasted on pure foolishness, you're bound to smack yourself in the head and ask, what in the world was I thinking? Everybody's got regrets; myself included.

Some people go to their grave without ever getting a chance to climb out of that ditch they've dug for themselves, others get lucky. Of course, the thing about luck is that you've got to recognize it, when it walks up' and says hello, the way Charlie Doyle did.”

Those two paragraphs alone would be enough for me to like this book and recommend it, yet they were truly just the beginning. If you want to know more, you will simply have to read Spare Change yourself, and I am certain you will not regret that.

(Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views)

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I would give Passing through Perfect a 10

I would give Passing through Perfect a 10

Passing through Perfect eBook

I would give Passing through Perfect a 10

Cindy on Goodreads says:
I don't read literary fiction or women's fiction. Consequently, I had never heard of this woman until a friend suggested I read one of her books. I trust this friend's judgment so, I picked this book out and read it.

This book should be considered a literary classic. It should be required reading by everyone. This is a book about intolerance, racism, fear and ignorance. It is a book about the pain of love and loss and how to live through it.
It's about people who don't see color or race. They just see what's in a person's heart and soul. It's a book that, sadly, I never would have read had it not been suggested to me.

Thank God for friends with good taste and spectacularly gifted authors!

If I could give this book a 10, I would.

Linda’s Book Obsession review of Silver Threads

I want to shout from the rooftops about Silver Threads

I want to shout from the rooftops about Silver Threads

Ann on Goodreads says:
I can't believe this is book 5 of the Memory House series. I'm surprised I've never seen it before because it is wonderful. Obviously you don't need to read the previous books to enjoy this fantastic story. While fate studies the scales of Jennifer's life he doesn't notice the silver thread that connects her with a killer. To make it up to her daughter 7 year old Brooke, fate adds extra happiness to her Daddy's scale. This is such an extraordinary story dealing with life's second chances that I want to shout this title from the roof tops. I've already ordered books 1-4 so I'll be reviewing them soon.

Bette’s novel Memory House hit the spot

Bette’s novel Memory House hit the spot

Bette's novel Memory House hit the spot

Elyse on Goodreads says:
Bette Lee Crosby has many fans. She writes for women. From time to time, it's a heart warming story written especially with my gender in mind. Bette's short novel hit the spot and the mood I was looking for. This story tapped into my own appreciation for my women friends whom are an invaluable part of my life.

The two main characters are Ophelia Browne, almost 90 years old, who runs the “Memory House Bed and Breakfast” house, and Annie Cross, who after a fight with her boyfriend, Michael, rents a room from Ophelia. Originally, Annie planned to stay just a couple of days but felt a warmth of immediate connection with Ophelia, so she extends her stay for a week.

There is a little mystery going on. We sense this very early into the storytelling, almost minutes after Annie and Ophelia meet. “There is a certain magic here; we both felt it the minute we stepped across the threshold.” That quote was about Ophelia thinking back to when she first met her husband, Edward. I felt it was a ‘duel' purpose sentence in this story. Ophelia thinks “Annie is the one”, soon after they meet as the person who has the qualities to appreciate and understand the value of memories. Ophelia wants to pass on before she dies.

When Annie first arrives, she has an acute awareness of smells (Rosemary, lavender, ginger, etc.). The women share dandelion tea together, biscuits, stew, and share conversations. Annie learns about Ophelia's beloved husband. Things are comforting and peaceful. Then something frightens Annie from her past. Ophelia is afraid too for Annie's future. Ophelia begins to feel protective of her. Worries for her.

This story made me think about how many times in any relationship – in friendships – we may all want the same thing (inner peace, courage, strength, Independence, love in our hearts a feeling of connection with community), even though we may take different paths in finding our own way, our memories together are precious and tie us together.

Thank you Bette for being my friend, for writing a book that brings a little magic to our memories, for celebrating storytelling and women and for cherishing this world we live in.

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