The Twelfth Child

The Twelfth Child

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by Bette Lee Crosby

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A MILLION DOLLARS IS MISSING. THE NEPHEW IS GREEDY. THE FRIEND IS A SUSPECT. ABIGAIL KNOWS THE TRUTH, BUT SHE'LL NEVER GET THE CHANCE TO TELL... In a story of trust, love and friendship, two unforgettable women find what they've been searching for all their life.
This heartwarming May-December friendship is reminiscent of Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes.


A MILLION DOLLARS IS MISSING. THE NEPHEW IS GREEDY. THE FRIEND IS A SUSPECT. ABIGAIL KNOWS THE TRUTH, BUT SHE'LL NEVER GET THE CHANCE TO TELL... In a story of trust, love and friendship, two unforgettable women find what they've been searching for all their life.
This heartwarming May-December friendship is reminiscent of Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes.
Abigail Anne Lannigan is at the tail end of her years when she teams up with a free-spirited young woman who moves in across the street. Their unusual friendship comes under suspicion when a million dollars goes missing and a distant relative, claims embezzlement. Abigail knows the truth about the handwritten note but, unfortunately, she'll never get the chance to tell.
Told in the timeless tradition of Southern Fiction, The Twelfth Child is rich with emotion, humor and tenderness.
This Award Winning book is the recipient of the FPA President's Book Award Silver Medal and the Royal Palm Literary Award for Women's Fiction.

Editorial Reviews

Silver's Reviews - Elizabeth Solara
I can't praise this book and the author enough...Ms. Crosby is amazing. Her writing is smooth, detailed, interesting, and it pulls you right into the story with believable characters and a wonderful flowing storyline. I couldn't put this book down and was sad when it ended.
McGuffy's Readers - Ann McGuffy
Bette Lee Crosby is a storyteller extraordinaire. She has honed her craft, and shares it in this well told novel.
Blogspot - J Heather Leigh
I really enjoyed this book. The author writes in a comfortable manner that endears you to the main character immediately. The story is intense and as you are drawn in, it's easy to feel the emotions of the situation. I was mildly disappointed at the ending, but at the same time, I agree with the author's decision to resolve things the way she did. She was true to her characters to the very end
. - N Black
Crosby has the ability to write in a way that puts the reader right within the story and one can visualize themselves observing the hurts and joys of the protagonist and his/her surrounding cast of characters. I also love her portrayals of strong female characters without having ones who beat you across the head with an "I am woman hear me roar" mentality. Would I recommed it? Absolutely. 5 Stars.
Readers Views - Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson
Bette Lee Crosby's "The Twelfth Child" is an extraordinarily heartwarming story, written by a talented author and narrated in a rather unusual way by an extremely charming and complex old lady, Abigail Lannigan.

Crosby's talent lies not only in telling a good compelling story, but telling it from a unique perspective. It would be impossible not to feel emotionally attached to the characters in this book. abigail is one of the most engaging ones I've met in a long time.

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Meet the Author

Bette Lee Crosby
USA Bestselling Author

USA Today Bestselling Author and 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.

“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.”

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 then, she has gone on to win another twenty literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, The Reviewer’s Choice Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and the Reader’s Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal.

Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid’s Christmas (2012), What Matters Most (2013), Jubilee’s Journey (2013), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Blueberry Hill, A Sister’s Story (2014) Passing through Perfect (2015) and Memory House (2015). She 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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The Twelfth Child 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
cindyhreads More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! In it we follow the life of Abigail, the 12th child born to a father who didn't even think girl babies were worth bothering to name. Fortunately her mother loved and cared for her. The story had humorous moments along with some sadness and the author really has a way of describing her characters that makes you feel as if you know them personally. The friendship between Abigail and Destiny was a very touching one which shows that sometimes the most caring people are not related to you! If you are looking for an excellent book that spans years and is hard to put down, this is the one for you!
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
If I would have just judged the first half of the book, I probably would have given it a five-star rating. Now, I don't mean to sound negative, so read on before you think I am bashing the book because nothing could be farther from the truth. This is a fabulous book full of romance, hardship, mystery, and even some history. It is well-written and full of the tragedy and resilience of the human spirit. And it celebrates the strength of women in spite of a sexist society. So why did I mark the book down? Thankfully, it was not for sex scenes because there were not any. The profanity did not become an issue for me until halfway through the book, and I will admit that I found it unnecessary. Even so, that did not affect my perception of the book. My issue was mine and mine alone. When something shifted with the narrator of the story--the main character--I struggled to find the account believable. I don't want to give away the author's technique here, and many people will enjoy the technique. This goes back to personal preference. And once I got past that portion, I was able to set that aside and enjoy the remainder of the book. This book is full of stories that will tug at your heart, and I think the ending may be a bit of a surprise to you. This is a book that I can recommend to anyone who likes a good human interest story. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Twelfth Child by Bette Lee Crosby This book is mainly about Abigail Anne Lannigan and how she grew up with a twin brother who was looked up to, where others looked down at her if they even acknowledged her at all. Over the years we find out just how she would dream of the girl in the snow globe to help get her through the years. The book is about when Abigail is in her 70's and Destiny Fairchild moves into the cabin next door and she gets to know her and gives her a lot of furniture and things for her bare cabin. She used to work at a bookstore, then as a waitress at night to make more money. Her mother had just taken off when she was younger and others saw to taking her in for a few months at a time til she was old enough to work herself. Problem starts when Elliott introduces himself to the Lannigans after they've sold the family farm and he claims he's related and wants a share of the profits. We learn how Abigail was able to leave-she had promised her father to marry Henry from a neighboring farm once she was done with school... Liked the detailed descriptions of things in the 20's and 30's but it was a bit hard to understand the years missing... Very sad story of events when Abigail had arrived in Richmond.. The last half of the book covers the story of Destiny and her troubles with the law. The court drama is really played out well-good enough to be a TV show in itself because of all the information that comes and goes. Surprise ending and also links to a free chapter of the author's other novels. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realky enjoyed the story & hated to see it end.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Twelfth Child is a fantastic read. This is the second book I read by Bette Lee Crosby and she is in the running as one of my favorites. This book is the first installment of the Serendipity series. I can't wait to read book 2! I loved how this book is set close to my hometown. The author did an excellent job capturing this area. I found myself in variety of emotions while reading this. One minute I would be cringing, tearing up, and then laughing. I was so captivated my page one that I could not stop reading. I loved Abigail and felt as though she was one of my family members. What a strong character! A FABulous read!! 5 plus stars.
Barb65BH More than 1 year ago
Abigail Anne had a wonderful mother and a mean father so she finally left his home and learned to live on her own. She loved once and lost and then met a girl who lived next door, Destiny, and she became like a daughter to her and a best friend. Destiny was accused of embezzling money from Abigail, but Abigail wasn't able to tell anyone the truth. Read it and find out the whole story.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Wow!! I just found a new favorite author!! THE TWELTH CHILD by Bette Lee Crosby covers all the things that makes for a spectacular read----wonderful, heartwarming story; characters who warm your heart, get you laughing, and whom you love to despise; and writing that makes you want to go back and re-read paragraphs.  This story of an 'unwanted girl child' from the Appalachians is basically a search for love, friendship, and finding your place in the world. Abigail has come to the end of her years, when she meets the bubbling young Destiny, who moves in across the street from her. They soon become fast friends as they find what they need in each other. This story goes back and forth in time, developing intrigue as a greedy distant relative comes into the picture causing all the trouble that one could possible imagine!  This book would also be a great book group read, with lots to discuss. Really glad this author found me! 
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
The Twelfth Child is the first book by Bette Crosby that I have read but it will not be the last. The story is about the enduring friendship between two strong women seperated by age. It is the story of Abaigail Anne, a woman who has lead a difficult life but still has the strenght to survive and live life to its fullest. It is also the story of Destiny, a young women living a difficult life, who befriends Abigail Anne in her senior years. Through the additional intresting characters, you see hatefulness and avarice but also loving respectful people. This book would make a great bookclub book or an excellent vacation read
jjelizalde More than 1 year ago
The Twelfth Child is a beautifully written, warm story of Abigail Anne Lannigan and then ultimately Destiny Fairchild. Filled with emotion. Ms. Crosby writes in such a way as to capture the reader and lead them through the story which is impossible to put down. I highly recommend!
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is a fantastic book, it will make you laugh and cry. The characters are brought to life in such a way that you'll feel like you know them.
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