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Posted September 12, 2013
Posted August 13, 2013
Louise loved living in NJ where she was married, had children and living in the same house for 30 years. But her husband Clay had an uncle who died who left him a house in Florida. Clay decided to quit the bank and move them. Louise was heartbroken....had to leave her family and best friends. Find out What Matters Most in life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 13, 2013
What Matters Most is delightful! Crosby is a master at weaving together the interactions of endearing characters! At times laugh-out-loud funny and at others so poignant and thoughtful, I was as if a spectator in the same room. I am anxious to read more by Bette Lee Crosby!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2013
Posted June 13, 2013
There is just something about a Bette Lee Crosby book that allows the story to just slide off the pages. I think that I have read almost everything that Bette has written, and thoroughly enjoyed them all. What Matters Most is another enjoyable and charming read from this master of southern literature.
Louise and Carl have an established life in New Jersey. He has worked at the local bank for his whole working career, she has successfully raised two children and is active in the local scene. That is until Carl's Uncle Charlie leaves them a house in Florida. Suddenly their life is in upheaval.
Like all of Bette's books, this story was easy to get into and flowed quickly for me. She has a wonderful voice which makes me feel like she is sitting in front of me telling me the story, rather than being miles away while I am reading her book. In addition, Bette's characters are always full of personality and pizazz. There were several characters in this book that really fit that bill, and although I had a bit of a hard time identifying with the main characters of Louise and Carl, there were several supporting characters who I identified with right off the bat. It's not that Louise and Carl were not great characters, they were. It was just that, in the beginning, they were not very likable. In fact, I remember thinking several times that they had to be the most self centered, clueless people in the world....but that was the point. As usual, Bette painted this picture in a true to life way that everyone can enjoy.
As I said, overall this book was thoroughly enjoyable. The story itself was told with Bette's customary charm and wit and the characters were incredibly real. My only regret is that I only have one more of Bette's books left to read. I can only hope that she writes and publishes more soon, so I don't have to wait too long.
Posted May 29, 2013
Sometimes it takes some changes in your life to make you see what matters most ...
What Matters Most is a wonderful story about love, friendship, family and marriage. Author Bette Lee Crosby weaves an entertaining tale written in the third person narrative intertwined with first person narratives, that follows the journey of Louise Palmer as she learns to adapt to changes in her life.
Set in Westfield, NJ, fifty-three year old Louise Palmer has been married to husband Clay for over thirty years. Louise's life is picture-perfect: from the house that they live in, to her two grown children, to her circle of friends. But all of this is about to change when Clay receives a letter from an attorney naming him the sole heir to his Uncle Charlie's property in Florida. At fifty-five years of age, Clay has been a banker for the last thirty years, but lately he has become weary and ready for early retirement. The attorney's letter is just what Clay needed to push him to decide to retire while he is still young and healthy enough to enjoy life. But there is just one little problem: Louise! Determined to stay in her NJ home, Louise plots and schemes to get her way, only to have it backfire and suddenly her life is turned upside down and changing as they make their move to Florida.
This was such a fun book to read! As the story progressed, I saw myself in Louise in so many ways. As a born and bred Jersey girl, I could relate to Louise's reluctance to move, because I am also a creature of habit and do not like change, except like Clay, I can't stand the cold Jersey winters and would love to move South! I really appreciated the author's thoughtful style of weaving a tale that intertwines wisdom, humor, wit and poignancy throughout the storyline. From Louise's hilarious schemes, to her adjusting to the new lifestyle with a few bumps along the way, to learning the life lesson that home is wherever your heart is, it was heartwarming to watch the transformation that Louise made as she learned to accept change and discover what really does matter most in life.
With a quirky cast of characters who are realistic and fun to get to know; witty dialogue and humorous interactions; a setting that is near and dear to my heart since NJ is my home state; and a delightful storyline that easily captivated my attention, What Matters Most is an enjoyable story about life's changes and new beginnings that will simply leave a smile on your face!
Posted May 7, 2013
A delightfully funny tale about the adventures of a middle-aged woman and her friends. Touching story of discovering what is important and what is notWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2013
This was a delightfully charming story. The wisdom and wit that are woven into this story make it special. This is the second book by this author that I have read although I own all but one of her books. I love her knack for writing a genuine “feel good” story.
There were so many points in the book where Louise’s schemes and the situations she found herself in made me laugh out loud. I did not connect with her immediately, but eventually warmed to her. Her sense of community and loyalty are what won me over. I loved watching her transformation.
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a good book. I will definitely be moving Bette Lee Crosby’s other books up on my to read list.
Posted April 28, 2013
Another heart warming novel by Bette Lee Crosby! I really loved this book and the characters in it. The story had such a great message that will stay with me at times when I get to feeling like Louise did. Changes are difficult yet part of life. And we must make the best of things.
I have enjoyed all of the novels that I have read by this author and I love this one best so far. It goes to show that an author doesn't have to be a best-selling author to write excellent books. I consider Bette Lee Crosby to be a top author because of the special messages you get from her writing. She definitely has a wonderful way with words!
I highly recommend that you read this book and be touched by it as I was.
Posted April 16, 2013
WHAT MATTERS MOST is a story of remembrances, friendships, marriages, and learning to trust God and cherish those we love. Louise and Clay are enjoying the good life in New Jersey, but when Clay receives a letter telling him that his Uncle Charlie has died, leaving him his home in Florida, all this changes. Clay decides it's time to retire while he can still enjoy life---preferably, like his Uncle Charlie did in Florida. But, Louise is perfectly happy where she is, and plans to stay there, amongst her friends, in her lovely home, until she dies.
Much time is spent by Louise, as she schemes to thwart Clay's plans to sell their house, but Clay continues on with his plans to move, seemingly never listening to Louise. Louise remembers her less than desirable childhood, of continuously traveling from one bad place to another, with parents who never wanted her in the first place. Circumstances and many old and new friends influence this couple as they learn WHAT MATTERS MOST.