Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby (Wyattsville, #1)

Spare Change
by Bette Lee Crosby

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Wyattsville - Book 1
Publication Date: November 11, 2013
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Genre: Adult Fiction
Print Length: 280 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


A Woman who is Superstitious to the Core…

A Boy who claims his Parents are Dead…

A Murderer who wants to Silence the Truth of What Happened.

Olivia Westerly knows what she knows — opals mean disaster, eleven is the unluckiest number on earth and children weigh a woman down like a pocketful of stones. That’s why she’s avoided marriage for almost forty years. But when Charlie Doyle happened along, he was simply too wonderful to resist. Now she’s a widow with an eleven-year-old boy claiming to be her grandson.

Spare Change is a quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about the important things in life, the madcap adventures of a young boy and a late change of heart that makes all the difference in an unusually independent woman.

With a foul mouth, dark secrets and heavily guarded emotions, Ethan Allen Doyle is not an easy child to like. He was counting on the grandpa he’d never met for a place to hide, but now that plan is shot to blazes because the grandpa’s dead too. He’s got seven dollars and twenty-six cents, his mama’s will for staying alive, and Dog. But none of those things are gonna help if Scooter Cobb finds him.

Spare ChangeMy Review
Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby

Some stories burrow into your heart, Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby hit mine like a jack hammer, digging deeper and deeper until there was no way, I was putting this down until THE. VERY. LAST. WORD. Words like powerful, deep, intense, gut-wrenching, heart-warming are not enough to describe the experience I had living in the world Ms. Crosby has created.

Two people, complete strangers, are brought together just when they both needed someone to save them from the worlds they had known.

Olivia was a woman before her time. The 1920s were a time when a young lady would aspire to being a perfect wife, mother and homemaker, but Olivia wanted to be her own woman, and she was for decades. Who could know that when her knight in shining armor finally came for her, he would be nearing 70, and she would fall so hard or their time together would be so short?

Young Ethan was the only child of a cold and brutal father. His mother never wanted him. Growing up as his own parent, he learned to be self-sufficient, with knowledge, pain and wisdom far beyond what ANY human should endure. When his mother wasn’t out living life in the fast lane, she would scheme and dream of leaving everything behind, taking Ethan and moving to New York with her lover. That dream was never to be and the nightmare of that night was witnessed by this little boy who was too terrified to talk. Ethan had only one relative, a grandfather he had never known, the dogged determination to find him and the will to survive.

The bonds that Olivia and Ethan form run deep as they both rescue each other from empty lives in the future.

Bette Lee Crosby has created a tale from her heart that has contemporary classic written all over it, from the first page to the last, as the reader is held captive through every brilliantly vivid scene. Her characters are more than make-believe, they breathe, I felt their plight and wanted to take their pain. There is magic in Bette Lee Crosby's words.

I received this copy from Bette Lee Crosby in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I loved the book too. She is an awesome writer! I just read her recent one, Memory House. Another hit. Great review. Have a weekend.

    sherry @ fundinmental