Baby Girl, Memory House Series Book Four

Baby Girl, Memory House Series Book Four

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by Bette Lee Crosby
     
 
When young Cheryl Ann leaves home, she thinks her path is straight...until she's forced to make a choice she could never have imagined. The man in her life makes it clear: either pick your baby or pick me, he says. Suddenly, Cheryl finds herself at a crossroads. She makes a decision that will change her life forever, and that decision causes a chain of events that

Overview

When young Cheryl Ann leaves home, she thinks her path is straight...until she's forced to make a choice she could never have imagined. The man in her life makes it clear: either pick your baby or pick me, he says. Suddenly, Cheryl finds herself at a crossroads. She makes a decision that will change her life forever, and that decision causes a chain of events that will lead Cheryl to a completely unexpected place.

Baby Girl is a mother's story. It's about the greatest sacrifice a mother can make when she wants only the best for her child. It's about falling in and out of love, of losing and finding one's self. It's about the perilous journey from passionate young love to happy true love and understanding the differences between the two.

Baby Girl is a book that readers won't want to miss because it's a story they won't forget.


From the Author:

This book is based on a true story...a story that is heartbreaking at times but will leave readers with a better understanding of what a woman will do to protect her child. When I first heard this birth mother's story I was touched by it, so much so that I needed to know more. When I knew more, I knew I needed to write my novel. The result is Baby Girl.

Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Mommy Moose
Crosby has outdone herself with this one. I could not put it down and when I was finished I had tears streaming down my face from the sheer beauty of this book. I have always loved and enjoyed Bette's books but this is one that you won't want to put down. The story follows a young girl who falls in love with her childhood crush and the beautiful twists and turns of her life as she finds her way through love and heartbreak until she finds herself and her forever family.
Mommy Moose
Crosby has outdone herself with this one. I could not put it down and when I was finished I had tears streaming down my face from the sheer beauty of this book. I have always loved and enjoyed Bette's books but this is one that you won't want to put down. The story follows a young girl who falls in love with her childhood crush and the beautiful twists and turns of her life as she finds her way through love and heartbreak until she finds herself and her forever family.
Elizabeth Richards
Baby Girl appeals to me on so many levels. It encompasses all the emotional highs and lows I expect of Bette while telling a brilliant story of a woman lost, then found. I cried more than I laughed, but Bette's books are full of truths that are so perfect implicitly told in her stories. I highly recommend this book to everyone even if you haven't read the Memory House series.
Goodreads - Elizabeth Richards
Baby Girl appeals to me on so many levels. It encompasses all the emotional highs and lows I expect of Bette while telling a brilliant story of a woman lost, then found. I cried more than I laughed, but Bette's books are full of truths that are so perfect implicitly told in her stories. I highly recommend this book to everyone even if you haven't read the Memory House series.
The Book Bag - Susan Goodread
Crosby has written another beautiful, emotional story. I fall in love with every book and character she creates. The amazing Ophelia is once again handing out her love, wisdom, and dandelion tea to the people who need her support and advice. A trip back to Memory House is always a wonderful thing.
Susan Goodread
Crosby has written another beautiful, emotional story. I fall in love with every book and character she creates. The amazing Ophelia is once again handing out her love, wisdom, and dandelion tea to the people who need her support and advice. A trip back to Memory House is always a wonderful thing.
Barbara Grady
"Baby Girl" explores the difference between true love and infatuation as well as the powerful love a mother can have for her child. Crosby is at her best with characters who seem so real, they could be living in the house next door.
Goodreads - Barbara Grady
"Baby Girl" explores the difference between true love and infatuation as well as the powerful love a mother can have for her child. Crosby is at her best with characters who seem so real, they could be living in the house next door.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940157996345
Publisher:
Bent Pine Publishing
Publication date:
03/15/2016
Series:
Memory House Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
30,135
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

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: 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.

Get a free story, A Home in Hopeful, at betteleecrosby.com

Crosby's published works to date are: What the Heart Remembers (2015), The Loft (2015), Memory House (2015), Passing through Perfect (2015), Wishing for Wonderful (2014), Blueberry Hill (2014), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Jubilee's Journey (2013), What Matters Most (2013), The Twelfth Child (2012), Life in the Land of IS (2012), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2011), Spare Change (2011).

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Baby Girl, Memory House Series Book Four 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SherryF 5 days ago
I have been reading Bette Lee Crosby’s books for years, so I was very happy to read about some new characters and some familiar characters in her new novel, Baby Girl. Her characters come to life and I feel their pain and their joy. Her writing wrings emotions from me and require tissues, so be prepared. Baby Girl deals with a young woman’s decision to place her baby up for adoption. She wants the best for her child and there is a couple who wants to give her child the best they have to offer. Cheryl Ann struggles and I loved watching her grow from a naive girl to a grown woman. Her trials and tribulations ring true and when she met Nick even I swooned and I don’t believe I’ve ever used that word before. Then, I laughed at what came next. Yeah, I saw that coming, nope didn’t see that. Scumbag…when IT happens I am the kind of person that thinks, “Is he going to pay for that?” Baby Girl shines a dark light on men and their character…or lack thereof. Cheryl Ann’s journey will take her to Memory House and I know good things happen there. So many thoughts went through my mind as I read Baby Girl. Things like, people have baggage and sometimes act out instead of sharing and letting it go…A good lesson is don’t be too quick to judge…Funny how our perspective changes from the dreams of youth to grown up reality. I myself have learned that you never know what a smile or a simple gesture of kindness can do. The story and characters seem so real and I felt many emotions as I read along. That is not surprising with Bette Lee Crosby’s writing. She has a way with words that make me get so involved with the characters that I want only the best for them…or should I say most of them. I received a copy of Baby Girl from Bette Lee Crosby in return for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite 9 months ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Happily ever after is never as easy as the fairy tales make it out to be, and falling in love doesn't mean you have found your ending. Cheryl Ann wants her happily ever after, and she has a plan to get out of where she is, go to college and be somebody. Even the best laid plans don't go the way you want, and when Cheryl Ann's mother refuses to get on board with the dream, she must make some hard choices. When things are going well, an unexpected pregnancy forces her to make choices she never imagined, and those choices lead to twists in her path that she never saw coming. Baby Girl is the story of Cheryl Ann's life and triumphs. She has her pitfalls and bumps in the road, but she is determined to make something of herself, better than what she had growing up. Author Bette Lee Crosby weaves this story together in a manner that feels like a huge patchwork quilt. All the pieces and tears in Cheryl Ann's life come together to make something beautiful. Baby Girl: Memory House Series, Book Four will have you crying along with Cheryl Ann as she makes hard choices, cheering as things go right, and wanting her to find that true love, once in a lifetime kind of love. Author Bette Lee Crosby treats each part of Cheryl Ann's story with respect and dignity, never making any choice or decision feel shameful, and building it into a heartfelt tale. There are social issues in this book, yet the author deals with them in Cheryl's mindset and they come across as genuine. Even though this is a story about Cheryl Ann, from her teens on up through life, I feel this book is a great read for all ages, including teenagers.
macjam47 More than 1 year ago
Baby Girl is Cheryl Ann’s story about growing up with a mother who seemed incapable of loving anyone, even her daughter and husband. When her father died, Cheryl Ann became more lonely than ever. Then things changed when Ryan Carter moved into her neighborhood. Though still in her teens she and Ryan set out on their own, and complications in their relationship set in when Cheryl Ann became pregnant. Ryan did not want a baby, and Cheryl Ann was put in a situation of choosing Ryan or the baby she was expecting. At times, this was a difficult read because Cheryl Ann was emotionally abused causing her to make decisions she didn’t want to make. Eventually, she finds the strength to move out and on, but her troubles didn’t end. The author created a complex character in Cheryl Ann. She was weak and easily led, but adversity is an unyielding teacher, and Cheryl Ann found her strength and determination to make a good life for herself and her children. Reading this book, you will laugh, and you will cry. You will be angry, and yet be overjoyed. It is a heartwarming novel based on a real person’s story – her growth, her weakness, and her strengths and resolve. This is a book you don’t want to miss. Baby Girl is the fourth book in the Memory House series. It is not necessary to read them in order, but some of the characters are presented in the previous books, and, therefore, enhances your reading and enjoyment if read in order. I love all of Crosby's books and I have to give this one Five Stars. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
saraphen More than 1 year ago
Cheryl Ann falls in love when Ryan when she is a teenager, living with a mother who never has anything good to say about her. Cheryl's Daddy has died, and Cheryl sees so much of her Daddy in Ryan, that she falls in love. When her mother puts Cheryl out of the house, Cheryl is determined to make her own way in the world, with Ryan by her side. When she becomes pregnant, Ryan isn't ready to get married and have a baby, and Cheryl won't consider abortion. She does, however, decide to give the baby up for adoption to a loving couple she has met. Ryan stays around long enough to see the birth of "Baby Girl," while Cheryl becomes as bitter as her mother always was. After she and Ryan are divorced, Cheryl falls in love again. This time with Nick who loves her, but who decides he is too old to have a family. After Cheryl has his baby, whom she keeps this time, Nick leaves. Cheryl is determined to keep this baby named Violet, and manage by herself. But she does have people in her life to help and guide her through being a single mom. She has her best friend Nicole from work, Ophelia who helped her through the decision to give her Baby Girl away, and her landlady who was always at the ready to babysit. But Cheryl Ann was sure she was the strong one who could do it all by herself. And then there is another baby, Felix. How did that happen? No spoilers here. But it took a few more years for Cheryl to see she didn't have to always be the strong one, didn't have to do it all by herself.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I had to know where Cheryl Ann landed. As she wound her way through her life, I found myself captivated by her, for she never gave up, no matter the circumstances or the outcome; she stood back up and fought for another day. As a teen, she was left without a father and her mother was taking advantage of the situation leaving Cheryl Ann without anyone to rely on. Cheryl Ann let her dreams take over and her life got off track. Cheryl Ann found “herself” a perfect relationship, she was working for material goods and as she looked on the test from the store, a blue line confirmed she was pregnant. Pregnant, not the words her boyfriend wanted to hear for they were not “established,” and now Cheryl Ann had some major questions to consider. Anxiety, confusion and irritation are a few of the emotions that Cheryl Ann confronts during this time of her life. Doing what she feels is the best decision, she carries the baby to term and place her up for adoption. This is a moving and difficult time for both Cheryl Ann and I as I read about her circumstances and her ultimate decision. There is no turning back for her now, no do-over’s. I was a young teenage mother and this section of the book really hit home for me. There was always that thought in the back of my mind as I contemplated the options available to me, and then as I look back in life I considered the “what if?” Afterall, this was a human being that is being considered, someone that you created. I felt for Cheryl Ann and her decision for that took a great deal of strength and it was an emotional one for her. The story continues with Cheryl Ann going back to work and she finally gets married to her boyfriend, Ryan. Unable to conceive, when he feels they are finally “established,” the couple starts to drift apart. The true story behind this divorce leaves Cheryl Ann bitter and spiteful. I really enjoyed this part of the story as it takes her to uncharted territory as we see a side of her that is unique and unusual. I feel that sometimes individuals need this adventure into unfamiliar areas for that brings out changes within them. Ryan tainted her heart and now she must discover that she cannot let him ruin the rest of her life. As Cheryl Ann continues through life she meets other men and women who tread on her life and on her heart, all of them shaping her and influencing her one way or another. She is a strong woman who must open her heart to love others and to accept the kindness that others have to share. Time passes quickly within this novel and there were times within this story I felt proud, elated, and disappointed for it was an eventful novel chucked full of feelings. Bette Crosby’s novels never fail to impress me and this one even though it is part of a series is one that is definitely one that will warm your heart. I didn’t read the first books in this series before reading this novel; I felt it fine as a standalone. I received a copy of this novel from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
Bookaholic_Cindy More than 1 year ago
Bette Lee Crosby is one of my very favorite authors. I've loved all of her books but the Memory House Collection has to be my favorite! And Baby Girl is #4 in that series. And once again, she delivers a heart wrenching, beautifully written story. Her way with words bring the characters to life. You will feel their heart break, joy, sadness, happiness and you too will most likely shed a tear or two. I know I did. This book didn't have as many of the Memory House Collection characters in it but we still had dear sweet Ophelia. Everyone should have an Ophelia in their life, she is such a lovely person with wonderful advice to give. She helps Cheryl Ann through her many hardships in life. If you haven't read any of the books by this author, I definitely would highly recommend any of them. They will touch your heart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer:I received this book directly from the author at no charge, so that I may give an unbiased review of it. In no way, did Bette Lee Crosby influence this review. Baby Girl the #4 book in the Memory House series is a book you will not want to miss. I could not put the book down, I just wanted to know what happened to Cheryl Ann. Cheryl Ann the main character starts out life with a less than loving mother and a wonderful father who sadly passed away too soon. When Cheryl Ann is of age, she runs off with her then boyfriend and together they start a life. Prior to their marriage, Cheryl Ann becomes pregnant. She is young and not yet married, but feels that her boyfriend will love the baby and that they would be married soon enough. Sadly, he completely rejects the idea of becoming a father, instead he dreams of buying boats and real estate. Cheryl Ann basically on her own has to make the difficult decision, to keep the baby or to put it up for adoption. Throughout the novel, we follow Cheryl Ann in her life and see the ups and downs in it. Cheryl Ann is a very relatable character and one that you are routing for throughout the book. I cried with her and I laughed with her. Bette Lee Crosby, hit another home run with this book and it is one that I highly recommend to all.
anaamelia More than 1 year ago
Many thanks to the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is by far my favorite book by Bette Lee, and I've read almost all of hers. A beautiful story of the triumphs and heartache of a mother's love. The adversities and the blessings of single motherhood. The enormous value of friendship and family. So incredibly real and touching!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like all of her books and have learned something from each of them. Each one is a BLESSING!
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best, even though possibly the most emotional book of Bette Lee Crosby’s that I have read to date! Baby Girl is the fourth in the Memory House series, but it can also be read as a standalone. The author skillfully takes the reader through the height and depth of emotions. It is based on a true story; combine that with an author who understands much about women’s hearts and lives and you have a dynamic that few can achieve. Many readers will appreciate having a box of tissues handy, along with their tea or coffee. Cheryl Ann had loved her father, who passed away suddenly. After his passing, Cheryl had only her mother, who was a complainer – about everything – so when Ryan and his mother, another complainer, moved into the neighborhood, Cheryl had a new friend and so did her mother. Because of the difference in their ages and grades, Cheryl and Ryan’s friendship changed until that exciting day that she learned he broke up with his girlfriend. From that day forward, one often didn’t see one without the other. As I don’t want to give any spoilers, there is little that I can tell from this point on other than that Cheryl Ann and Ophelia Browne, when she still lived in Memory House, had become close friends. They talked and drank tea, including dandelion tea, and Ophelia’s wisdom helped Cheryl Ann make sense of how to go forward when crises occurred. Cheryl Ann is the best-defined character, followed by Ryan, William, then Ophelia. I really like Cheryl and have great empathy for some of the challenges she faced. She is extremely bright with a gift for the line of work she went into, and worked very hard. I also like Ophelia who did two of the best things she could as a friend – share her heart, and share the wisdom gained over many more years of living. I enjoyed Ophelia and Margaret; each had wisdom from their respective lives to share. William was … William was the kind of man that many women would feel blessed to have in their lives. In many ways I didn’t like Cheryl’s mama, as there were so few positive qualities that defined her. The author shares several profound truths, many seasoned with easy Southern charm. One that I liked, for example, is “Just like everything else misery has an expiration date, and when it comes around you get to choose whether to leave it behind or hang onto it. I had held onto mine for way too long.” Another is “God gives you what you need, not what you want”. I did appreciate that faith in God has a place in this novel, and that it could be considered a “clean read”. The story is a compelling read. There were times I had to keep reading in spite of not wanting to see where the plot twist occurred. Other times I kept reading because I truly wanted to see where the plot turned. The novel flowed well, didn’t have any slow places, and if I could have, I would have stayed up all night to read it. It is a story of love, change, growth, loss, gratitude and great joy. Through it all, Bette Lee Crosby grows Cheryl Ann from a young teen to a woman of substance and character. I highly recommend ‘Baby Girl’ to those who appreciate well-written, life-affirming women’s fiction with a completely satisfying conclusion. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
CContino More than 1 year ago
Cheryl begins her life with a loving father and an indifferent mother. As with many of us she makes mistakes along the way. Her choices in men cause a lot of heartache for her. There is a story of adoption here and healing. Ophelia from Memory House makes an appearance here and dandelion tea. I became curious about that tea so looked it up online. Apparently all parts of the dandelion are edible. Even the root! This book kept me involved wanting to know what would happen next. Great job Mrs. Crosby!
SaraKFreitag More than 1 year ago
Seriously I LOVED this book! Bette Lee Crosby is such a fantastic author, she can suck you in to any story. In Baby Girl, so many emotions, happy, angry, sad, and relieved! Even tho it is part of a series, it is a stand alone book. Once I started the book I didn't put it down until I was done! And then once I was done I was sad because it was done! I always feel that with any books! And then it is based on a true story so that makes the emotions even more real! Pick it up and read it! You will not regret it!!!!