Beyond the Carousel, The Wyattsville Series Book Five

Beyond the Carousel, The Wyattsville Series Book Five

by Bette Lee Crosby

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BN ID: 2940156817825
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Series: The Wyattsville Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 130,646
File size: 925 KB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books have been southern fiction, historical fiction, and women's fiction bestsellers.

Midwest book review describes her books as "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances."

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 Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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 over 40 literary awards for her work including: The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, In'DTale RONE Award Winner, The Next Generation Indie Book Award, The International Book Award, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

Crosby's published works to date are: Beyond the Carousel (2017), Silver Threads (2016), The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd (2016), Baby Girl (2016), 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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Beyond the Carousel, The Wyattsville Series Book Five 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A griping heartfelt story about love thru generations. I needed a lot of tissues throughout the storey and felt like the characters were as real as life itself. I would highly recommend this book as well as anything written by Bette L Crosby
Bookaholic_Cindy More than 1 year ago
After reading the very first sentence in this book, I just knew that Bette Lee Crosby had me hooked already. She has a way with words that will paint a picture in your mind. It's as if you are watching a movie instead of reading a book. This is the 5th book in the Wyattsville series and once again, it's a beautiful story spanning three generations of a family. It will break your heart at times but oh, what a perfect combination of love, family, sorrow, and even a mystery to be solved. I enjoyed how a character from a previous book shows up in this one. We meet him at a different time in his life and that was interesting to read. The characters are well developed and you will hate to see the end of the book coming. You'll have grown so attached to them and their lives, it's as if they are part of you. The author has story telling down to a fine art. I highly recommend this touching novel to everyone! * I was provided an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley.
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
Bette Lee Crosby returns the reader to the town of Wyattsville in her new multigenerational family saga In Beyond the Carousel. Suffering through The Depression, Emory Hawthorne and his mother are deserted by his father Lester when Emory is just a child. Lester went on to have a second family and lead a successful life apparently with little regard for his first family, but in later years regrets his decision. Emory is surprised when he later is approached by a lawyer bring news that his delinquent father has left him a small fortune. Emory and his wife Rose can now move from their cold-water flat to a new home where they can raise their daughter Laura. Although they have money, they lead a very simple life but are very happy making a life full of memories. However, just as the carousel at the park goes up and down as it spins around, so do the lives of Emory, Rose, Laura and her husband Franklin and their daughter Christine. The story is about true love that survives death, suffering that seems endless, memories that endure, and final resolution and peace. It reminds the reader that life is like a carousel, with all its ups and downs, the ups of happiness and the downs of pain and regret but still well worth the ride. The writing and storytelling in this book add to the tension, especially with the murder of Franklin and the later investigation. Laura’s discovery of the pictures of Franklin and Christine on the carousel was a wonderful way for her to keep the memory of her father and mother’s love alive. The characters all had well thought out personalities, a few the reader may have met in other books by Ms.Crosby, but they seem to come alive under her skillful hand. I enjoyed reading this book first on Social Book then as an ARC from NetGalley. This book is the 5th in the Wyattsville Series and although reading the other books may add to a deeper understanding of some of the characters, it is a stand-alone book. I was given an ARC of this book by NetGalley and Bent Pine Publishing with no obligation to review it. This is my honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Beyond the Carousel by Bette Lee Crosby, fifth in her Wyattsville series, is a heartwarming tale that follows the family of Emory Hawthorne, an older man who has a story to tell. It is a story of good and bad, of joy and grief, and of life and death. A story about the ones he has loved and cared for. The generations of characters are realistic and likable, their relationships are full of love and loyalty despite the hardships and tragedies encountered. The reader easily gets caught up in their lives, wanting things to turn out well. Crosby deals with the Depression in a down to earth manner showing the fears, the failure and the frustration that sweeping losses lead to. Can you find magic in the midst of grief? Is there no justice in life or is there truth in the belief that what goes around, comes around? The storyline is compelling and moves quickly with drama, suspense and emotional tension. All in all, a wonderful story of survival, love and family from a beloved author.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.) First line—'They say that every man has a story to tell, and I believe this to be true. My story is one of a terrible happening, something that will send you scurrying to give your children one last kiss before you sleep. It is a tale of murder and heartbreak. Only now, after it has come full circle, can I find the strength to give it voice.' And so starts another wonderful story by the wise and talented storyteller, Bette Lee Crosby. I love her books and I especially love the Wyattsville series. One of my favorites characters in the earlier books in this series is Jack Mahoney. Jack shows up in this book as a young man and we learn his backstory and how he got to where he is today. As always, Bette writes memorable characters that the reader just falls in love with. She weaves her characters and story-lines together with her wonderful words. Each sentence is so beautifully written and and her paragraphs contain so much wisdom. The words just flow off the page and into my heart every time. You really need to take a trip to Wyattsville to meet all of these wonderful characters. And... isn't this cover just amazing?
CContino More than 1 year ago
I was allowed to read this early through a platform called Social Book. Other people read it along with me and we were able to make comments while we read. This story starts before the Depression. Rose and Emory are so in love. They have a cold water flat. I have never heard of such a thing. This author must have done a lot of research for this book. A cold water flat is one that has no hot water! Imagine not having any hot water. And having to share a bathroom with other families! The story takes us through the 1920s and the research is wonderful. A full bedroom set for only $249.00! Wow. But back then people were careful with their spending. It brings my parents to mind. They washed out zip loc bags and hung them to dry to be re used and washed aluminum foil as well. And the description of hanging clothes outside to dry, oh the memories! The research also reveals names of songs that were popular back in those days. One song mentioned was Black Bottom which inspired me to look it up online. Seems it was released in 1926 and with the wonder of the internet and YouTube I got to watch and listen to people dressed in the costume of the period and dancing to the song. I looked up another song Shimmy Like My Sister Kate and that put me back in the time period where Rose, Emory and Laura were living. Rose and Emory have a daughter named Laura who eventually marries Franklin a stockbroker who dotes on her. Emory was not sure he liked the young man but he came to love him like a son. Franklin is shot and killed by one of his customers who is angry about losing money in the stock market crash. Laura raises their daughter alone but always keeps the memory of her daddy alive. This is such a great book!
Carla Maggiolo More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book, given by Netgalley. and it was a beautiful and heartbreaking story. http://thesecretworldofbooklovers.blo... The author takes us on a real life story journey, where we get to meet some amazing people. Their lives are not easy, some may say they are not privileged, but in my opinion they were, they had a strong family and true love which is not something easy to come by. They suffered big losses, this isn't a love story, there is love and happiness, but there's also, terrible loss and extreme sadness, the one that settles deep in the soul and changes you forever. I have to say my favourite character was Laura, she was probably the one that suffered the most, but even in her darkest times she was there for her daughter and her family and most importantly she kept going, even when there was an emptiness where her heart used to be, she pushed through the pain. She did her best during the day and at night she retreated and suffered her loss till forever. This book teaches us about true love, the one that transcend life and death, the one that has no expiration date. Once you have that, your life is changed forever and even though you don't always get the happily ever after, you are blessed to have felt it. Some people spend forever looking for this type of love. I suffered alongside these characters and I would like to believe that having met them made me a better person, learning from their stories, and realising that sometimes we worry about little things and feel like our world is ending, but when compared to this stories we can find the strength within ourselves to push forward. Be happy about the life we have, the people we love that are still with us, and thank our stars for the time we get to spend with them. A truly amazing read!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Beyond The Carousel is an emotional journey of love, loss and closure. Laura finds her one true love with Franklin Wilkes. He's a good and honorable man. He loves his wife and his little girl. He's a successful stock broker until the crash. A bitter client kills Franklin and disappears. The Wyattsville Police know the killer's identity but can't find him. The story comes full circle when Christine Wilkes, Laura and Franklin's daughter, falls in love with Jack Mahoney. He's a policeman. He wants justice for the senseless killing that happened twenty-five years ago. He needs to give his wife and her father closure. Will he be successful? This story is an emotional journey that had me in tears. I couldn't put this book down. I cared for these people. They are so well written that I connected with them from the first page. I admired their strength and courage. They faced adversity and they didn't let it stop them. I know from experience that a trip to Wyattsville would touch my heart. Bette Lee Crosby did an amazing job with Beyond The Carousel. The circle of life begins and ends in this small town. I always enjoy coming here to experience a more meaningful way of life. I wish it were real.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Beyond the Carousel by Bette Lee Crosby is the fifth book in The Wyattsville Series. It is 1918 in Wyattsville, Virginia. Emory Hawthorne has been married to Rose for twelve years when he receives an unexpected inheritance from his father, Lester. Lester Hawthorne left a portfolio of stocks worth $9,000. Emory and his wife use the money to purchase of home on Chester Street. Their daughter, Laura is eleven years old when they move into the home. When Laura is eighteen she gets a secretarial position at Ridge Valley Savings Bank. It is at the bank that Laura meets Franklin Wilkes. Franklin is a stockbroker with Sampson Investment Company. The two quickly fall in love and marry. They have a little girl they name Christine. Franklin does well with the stock market and purchases them a cute bungalow. In 1928, Franklin invests his bonus check into stocks and convinces Emory to do the same. But then the market starts to fall. Franklin warns his clients to remove their money, but many do not listen. George Feldman had mortgaged his mother’s home and invested the money into the stock market. Franklin tried to convince him to withdraw his funds, but George is a stubborn man. Once George has lost everything, he blames Franklin. One night in 1930 Franklin is working late when George enters the building. George goes to Franklin’s office and shoots him six times. George quickly flees town and the police are unable to find him. Laura raises Christine with the help of her family. Christine grows up to marry Patrolman Jack Mahoney in Richmond. When Jack becomes a detective with the Wyattsville Police Department, he starts looking into Franklin’s murder. Twenty-five years have passed since Franklin’s senseless death. Jack is hoping to find some clue that will lead him to George Feldman. Will Christine and Emory finally get closer? Beyond the Carousel is a well-written story with a good pace. The story contains lovely characters and a moving story. I found Beyond the Carousel to be heartwarming and heartbreaking. Beyond the Carousel will take you through the full range of emotions (joy, grief, love). I like how Bette Lee Crosby takes the reader through three generations of a family. We get to experience their ups and downs with them. This novel captured my interest from the very beginning and held it until I read the very last word. I love how the author wrapped up the story. I give Beyond the Carousel 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). While Beyond the Carousel is the fifth book in the series, it is a stand-alone. I have read several of this author’s books, but Beyond the Carousel is, by far, my favorite. She really brought the characters and story to life for me.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Every story I read by Bette Lee Crosby touches my heart and soul. In Beyond the Carousel, the author tells how a family is affected by a falling stock market and money lost. When times are good and money is plentiful, there seems to be no need for worry. But, when stocks fall and money is gone, worries mount and others are affected, too. A murder changes the lives of everyone in the story, from generation to generation. Just like a carousel goes round and round, so does the justice for the murder. The details and descriptions of each scene and each character transport the reader to the neighborhood and homes of these families. Great story. I needed the tissue box for this one, too. I received a copy of this story from the author and this is my personal opinion.