Spare Change [NOOK Book]

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USA Today Bestseller, Five Time Literary Award Winner

Featured Author Book Expo America May 29-31-- Booth 2368

In a story that's been compared to John Grisham's The Client, eleven year-old Ethan Allen Doyle has witnessed a brutal murder and now the boy is running for his life. In the time-tested ...
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Overview

USA Today Bestseller, Five Time Literary Award Winner

Featured Author Book Expo America May 29-31-- Booth 2368

In a story that's been compared to John Grisham's The Client, eleven year-old Ethan Allen Doyle has witnessed a brutal murder and now the boy is running for his life. In the time-tested tradition of Southern Fiction, Crosby unveils the darkest side of human nature and then rewards her readers with a beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts.

Olivia Westerly is the only person Ethan Allen can trust, and he's not too sure he can trust her. She's got no love of children and a truckload of superstitions--one of them is the belief that eleven is the unluckiest number on earth. Olivia 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.

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.
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Editorial Reviews

The MidWest Book Review - Julie Summers
Skillfully written, Spare Change clearly demonstrates Crosby's ability to engage her readers from beginning to end. A Thoroughly entertaining work of immense literary merit. Strongly recommended for fans of well crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances. Recommended for Community Library Literary and Mystery Collections.
http://abookandareview.blogspot.com/ - Naomi Blackburn
Crosby writes characters that melt the heart and elicit sympathy from the reader.I find that to be a rare ability in the majority of the books I read but this author truly has that capability. I fell in love with the little boy in this book, Ethan Allen, and, as a mother, wanted to wrap my arms around him. As I sat down to read, I found myself pushing away other books to continue on with this one and that is always the sign of a winner to me.
Seattle Post Intelligence - Olivia Baumgartner
Spare Change is a quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about the important things in life, the adventures of a young boy and a late change of heart that makes all the difference in an unusually independent woman. More than anything, it is a heartwarming book which is simultaneously intriguing and just plain fun.
Goodreads.com - Christine Nolfi
If you're looking for a story about the best in human nature, Spare Change won't disappoint. Crosby provides a masterful characterization of Olivia Westerly's journey to motherhood long past an age when most woman would consider taking in a child, and the depiction of eleven-year-old Ethan Allen is sure to steal the reader's heart. These are characters you won't soon forget. Highly recommended for readers of contemporary fiction.
The Caffeinated Book Review - Kimberly Kimba
Every once in a while you read a book with characters that touch you. It’s the kind of book you want to share with others. Spare Change is that type of book.It is a beautiful, heartwarming tale about love, loss and unexpected gifts. It deals with a violent murder, a witness and those who wish to keep it a secret. Above all, this novel offers characters you won't soon forget. I highly recommend Spare Change to everyone. I read this novel in a few hours, but it will stay with me a lifetime.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013653016
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/2/2011
  • Series: The Wyattsville Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 6,726
  • File size: 622 KB

Meet the Author

Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to 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.

Crosby's work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since that time, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, three Royal Palm Literary Awards, both the 2011 and 2012FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal and most recently the 2010 Reader's View General Fiction Literary Award, Southeast Regional Fiction Award and the Jack Eadon Best Contemporary Drama Book Award.

Born in Detroit and raised in a plethora of states scattered across the South and Northeast, Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back. "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."

Her published novele are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009),Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid's Christmas (2012) and What Matters Most (2013). Crosby also authored Life in the Land of IS, a memoir of Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world's longest living quadriplegic.
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  • Posted January 12, 2012

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    A memorable heart-warming tale.

    Every once in a while you read a book with characters that touch you. It’s the kind of book you want to share with others. Spare Change is that type of book. It’s the story of a woman who fears marriage and children at a time when all women long to walk down the aisle. It is a beautiful, heartwarming tale about love, loss and unexpected gifts. It deals with a violent murder, a witness and those who wish to keep it a secret. Above all, this novel offers characters you won't soon forget. Told from multiple points of view, this tale seeped from the pages and wrapped itself around my heart. I loved Crosby’s writing style. She took me into the mind of each character and with the character of Ethan Allen; she touched my heart. I am the mother of three and I had this overwhelming desire to scoop him up and hold him. Olivia cracked me up with her fears and superstitions and touched me with her bravery. Ethan Allen's mother is a memorable character who will shock you with her antics. The folks within the apartment community were delightful and I loved the way they protected Ethan Allen. While Spare Change, could have been delivered in a dark tragic tone; Crosby focuses’ on the strength of humankind and the power of faith and love. I highly recommend Spare Change to everyone. I read this novel in a few hours, but it will stay with me a lifetime. In my opinion this novel could find itself on the classics bookshelf. This would make an excellent book of the month, as it is sure to create discussion and evoke emotions. I am adding Betty Lee Crosby to my list of must read authors. I want to thank the author for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

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    This book is full of southern charm and wit. This heartwarming s

    This book is full of southern charm and wit. This heartwarming story pulled me in from the beginning and didn’t let me go. The characters are dynamic, endearing, and unforgettable. I would highly recommend this finely crafted, wonderful book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

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    Spare Change is a wonderful, uplifting and heart tugging gem of

    Spare Change is a wonderful, uplifting and heart tugging gem of a little book.
    I love the southern “lingo” it makes me smile and reminds me of the time I spent in the south.
    Olivia is a woman who is sure children will never be in her future, she sees no need of them at all.
    Ethan Allen (I had a good laugh at this name!) is a little boy badly in need of some love and attention especially when he witnesses the death of his mother.
    Afraid for his life, Ethan Allen runs off to find his grandpa but he finds Olivia instead and together with a zany cast of fun characters they find and fend off the man who murdered his mother.
    Olivia & Ethan Realize love can conquer all and that they were meant to find and love each other.
    I very much enjoyed this sweet book Bette offered me for review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2014

    Ethan Allen Doyle had a tough life. His mother was so wrapped up

    Ethan Allen Doyle had a tough life. His mother was so wrapped up in herself, and his father had a mean streak.  He had more on his plate than any eleven-year-old should ever have, and then, he witnessed a brutal murder. Fearing for his life, he takes off in search of his grandfather, known only to him by the Christmas cards he received.
    Olivia Westerly is settled into her single life when she meets Charlie Doyle, who sweeps her off her feet.  Her married life quickly takes a turn to the unexpected, and Olivia was forced into a situation that causes her to re-evaluate her life.  Through various events, the most important of which is having the care of Ethan Allen forced upon her, she finds all of her preconceived notions of the kind of person she is, are no longer applicable.  
    SPARE CHANGE is a murder mystery.  The storyline drew me in quickly with its superstitions, mystery, romance, friendship, humor, and its flawed characters that are so realistic that every reader can find them believable.  The story moves quickly and is told from several different points of view. It’s about how we deal with life’s challenges and the power of love in changing who we are.
    When I first started reading SPARE CHANGE, I thought I wouldn’t like it very much, but once into a few pages, I was captivated by the story, the writing style, the author’s voice, and the characters.  I am amazed that so much emotion, mystery, and story is found in just 280 pages.  It is a book I heartily recommend to all readers in every genre.  I look forward to reading more of Bette Lee Crosby’s work.

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Posted August 3, 2014

    This is a great book, a work of literature!  It is sometimes blo

    This is a great book, a work of literature!  It is sometimes bloody and tragic, sometimes crude, sometimes surprising but always riveting, interesting, exciting, loving and well worth the read.  Author, Bette Lee Crosby gave me her book in return for an honest review.  My honest review is that I loved it!  Thanks Bette.  :)

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Wonderful, heart tugging story. Couldn't put it down, I just HAD

    Wonderful, heart tugging story. Couldn't put it down, I just HAD to know what would happen next.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

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    Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby Ethan Allen Doyle, an eleven y

    Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby

    Ethan Allen Doyle, an eleven year old boy witnesses a brutal murder. He is on the run fearing for his life.
     He has a pocket with a some "spare change" and is set on looking for his Grandfather, a Grandfather
    he never met. What he finds is Olivia Westerly, his grandfathers widow. It took her forty years to marry,
    she is very superstitious and she is not particularly fond of children. But when Ethan shows up at her
    door both their lives are about to change forever.

    I could not help but liking Ethan, he had all odds against him, but he had determination. Determined to
    live a "normal" life. As quirky as Olivia is, I really liked her.She goes through some life altering changes,
    which (to me) built her character. Spare Change is a story of loss , love, family, devotion and redemption.


    Bette Lee Crosby knows how to make words flow off each page, and bring (her) characters to life. A well
    written story told from each persons perspective, the blend of alternating from each (person) worked very
    well. I got the feel of what they were thinking and feeling. I was so engrossed I could not put it down. I
    highly recommend to all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Gret Read

    Great Read. Si knows exactly what he is talking about. You just need to Speak Si.

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    When Olivia and Ethan Allen meet, it's a shock. She's a widow wh

    When Olivia and Ethan Allen meet, it's a shock. She's a widow who doesn't like children. He is the eleven year old grandson of her late husband. They are both lost souls. Olivia's Charlie died during their honeymoon, She was only a bride for twenty-two days. Ethan Allen's parents were murdered and he was a witness. He's afraid to tell what he saw. Now he is running for his life to a grandfather he never met only to find he's dead. Will Grandma Olivia give him a safe haven and the love and security he needs? Can these two learn to love and trust each other? Bette Lee Crosby has outdone herself. Olivia and Ethan Allen are memorable characters that tug at your heart. It was touching the way the other residents at the Wyattsville Arms help and protect these two. The story is well plotted and filled with both heartbreak and hope. Spare Change brought me to tears. This emotionally intense story centers on love, forgiveness and trust. I love the writing of Bette Lee Crosby. They way she handles the interwoven storylines of Olivia and Ethan Allen is wonderful. This book goes on the keeper shelf.

    I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    GREAT BOOK

    GREAT BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Great book

    Really enjoyed the story. Had you wondering until the very end. And falling in love with the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Wonderful story

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I could totally relate to the "Grandmother" who didn't want children when she was young, yet changed her mind once exposed to one of age 11. I hope there are more stories like this around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Great book! Really enjoyed this author! Immediately read the n

    Great book! Really enjoyed this author! Immediately read the next: Jubilee's Journey!

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    Spare Change such a wonderful book.  I loved the characters and

    Spare Change such a wonderful book.  I loved the characters and the dialogue.  I would recommend this book and any by Bette Lee
    Crosby.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

    I enjoyed this book very much. Pleasurable reading.

    I enjoyed this book very much. Pleasurable reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Characters you want to know

    I read it with a smile and wished it didnt have to end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Heartwarming

    Get story.. each turn leads you on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Good story, but a little too sweet

    Read the book in one sitting on a sleepless night. Good story but a bit too good/bad. A tad bit of Jesus but not so much to annoy.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

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    Olivia never wanted to get married or have babies. She thought h

    Olivia never wanted to get married or have babies. She thought having babies would get in her way. When she was 40 she did met and married the love of her life Charlie. Olivia was very superstitious and stayed away from anything to do with the number 11. On their honeymoon Charlie gave her an Opal pendant and she wanted nothing more than to get rid of it but because he gave it to her she wore it. 

    Ethan Allen is a young boy who has a lot of things going on in his young life. Someone murdered his family and he takes off to find his grandfather who he has not met. But on the way someone is after him because he knows who murdered his family. 

    This book will make you laugh and cry. It is a wonderful story by a wonderful author and is well worth more than a 5 star rating. If I could I would give it a big 10 star rating. It is such a great read. Be sure and have some kleenex handy while reading it though. You will need them. But you will laugh a lot also. :)

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    Olivia left home because her father said he would disown her if

    Olivia left home because her father said he would disown her if she went to work instead of getting
     married and have children. So she stayed single until she met Charlie. In the meantime Ethan Allen,
    a child, sees his parents murdered and runs for his life to his grandfather who he never met but only
    received Christmas cards from. If you like Fannie Flagg and Ann B. Ross books, you will just love this
    book. I sure did. It is funny, sad, scary and refreshing.

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