Spare Change

Spare Change

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by Bette Lee Crosby
     
 

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A gritty family saga reviewers' compare to Grisham's The Client

Eleven year-old Ethan Allen witnessed a brutal murder. Now he's running for his life. In the time-tested tradition of Southern Fiction, Crosby unveils the darkest side of human nature then rewards her readers with a beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts.

Olivia Westerly is a

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A gritty family saga reviewers' compare to Grisham's The Client

Eleven year-old Ethan Allen witnessed a brutal murder. Now he's running for his life. In the time-tested tradition of Southern Fiction, Crosby unveils the darkest side of human nature then rewards her readers with a beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts.

Olivia Westerly is a widow. She's got no love of children and a truckload of superstitions, but she's the only one Ethan Allen can trust, and he's not even sure he can trust her.

A boy you'll want to adopt, a woman you'll want for a friend, and a town you won't forget!


USA Today Bestseller and Winner of Five Literary Awards

• Royal Palm Literary Award
• Reviewer's Choice Award
• FPA President's Book Award
• IAN Outstanding Fiction Award
• Eadon Contemporary Fiction Award

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013653016
Publisher:
Bent Pine Publishing
Publication date:
09/02/2011
Series:
The Wyattsville Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
277
Sales rank:
14,964
File size:
2 MB

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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Spare Change 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
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.
sjkk More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, heart tugging story. Couldn't put it down, I just HAD to know what would happen next.
anniemichelle More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story that keeps your interest.
Jujubees More than 1 year ago
I started by reading "Memory House" and enjoyed the book and was curious as to the history of some of the stories associated with it. I really enjoyed this book and will most likely read other books connected to Memory House
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and writing style. 4.5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one good read. The story and it's twists kept me on edge and wondering when and if the bad guys would be punished and the good would finally triumph.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good story. the characters are so real you will remember them for a very long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good you will won't to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this and Jubilee's Journey both. Character's are well developed. Story weaves nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would recommend this book
LoriannJ More than 1 year ago
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.  :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read. Si knows exactly what he is talking about. You just need to Speak Si.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the story. Had you wondering until the very end. And falling in love with the characters.
Injoy-Life 3 months ago
Spare Change, The Wyattsville Series - Book One by Bette Lee Crosby is a compelling book. I gave it five stars. Discussing concern about Olivia Ann Westerly working night shift at the Southern Atlantic Telephone Company, Francine Burnham worried aloud. "'Have you never heard stories of women alone being accosted?' Married before her sixteenth birthday, Francine already had three children who clung to her like bananas on a stalk and a husband insistent about supper being served at six-thirty on the dot." She didn't want children and refused marriage to anyone who did. She finally married Charlie Doyle. After they started their honeymoon, one motel had a lopsided bed "'A woman doesn't need to love the place she sleeps,' she said as they climbed into bed, 'when she's so in love with the man sleeping alongside of her.'" Ethan Allen Doyle was at Cobb's diner after the police picked him up. "For what seemed like an eternity Scooter hugged and squeezed, at times pressing the boy's nose so deep into the greasy apron he could barely breathe. When Scooter finally let go Ethan swallowed a gap of air to clear away the smell of fried hamburgers and meanness." Ethan Allen was afraid and that night ran away, looking for his Grandpa over on the mainland. "That's like looking for a raindrop in a river," Mahoney sighed." This author has a gift of making characters come to life. Ethan Allen and Olivia Doyle will live on in my memory. I received a complimentary copy of Spare Change from Bent Pine Publishing & Bette Lee Crosby. That did not influence my opinion for this review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Spare Change is the first installment from Bette Lee Crosby's Wyattsville series. And yet again, the author masterfully crafts a wonderful story. This is one of those books that keeps a reader engaged from beginning to the end. It has a mixture of history, mystery, suspense, and a sweet little boy. I am looking forward to book two of the series. I would highly recommend this book. 5 plus stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is what it means to be "family"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review hooked my interest but didn't keep it. Did not finish the book. Wasted my money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful book! From page one it grabs your heart and your attention! Great, believable charactors and a page-turning storyline.
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DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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.
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