Emily, Gone

Emily, Gone

by Bette Lee Crosby

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Overview

A missing child sets the lives of three women on a collision course in this powerful and compelling novel by USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby.

1971.

When a music festival rolls through the sleepy town of Hesterville, Georgia, the Dixon family’s lives are forever changed. On the final night, a storm muffles the sound of the blaring music, and Rachel tucks her baby into bed before falling into a deep sleep. So deep, she doesn’t hear the kitchen door opening. When she and her husband wake up in the morning, the crib is empty. Emily is gone.

Vicki Robart is one of the thousands at the festival, but she’s not feeling the music. She’s feeling the emptiness over the loss of her own baby several months before. When she leaves the festival and is faced with an opportunity to fill that void, she is driven to an act of desperation that will forever bind the lives of three women.

When the truth of what actually happened that fateful night is finally exposed, shattering the lives they’ve built, will they be able to pick up the pieces to put their families back together again?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542044929
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 398
Sales rank: 941,013
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Bette Lee Crosby is the USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Twelfth Child and the Wyattsville series. She has been the recipient of the Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal, Reviewer’s Choice Award, FPA President’s Book Award, and International Book Award, among many others. Her 2016 novel, Baby Girl, was named Best Chick Lit of the Year by the Huffington Post. She laughingly admits to being a night owl and a workaholic, claiming that her guilty pleasure is late-night chats with fans and friends on Facebook and Goodreads. Her 2018 novel, The Summer of New Beginnings, published by Lake Union, took First Place in the Royal Palm Literary Award for Women’s Fiction and was a runner-up for book of the year. The sequel, A Year of Extraordinary Moments, is now available.

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Emily, Gone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
GayleT00000 7 hours ago
Wow! Seldom is a book woven so well and tightly as this book is constructed! If that sounds boring, rest assured this book is anything but boring. The book blurb gives us the sketch of the plot of this story, but it does not give us a hint at the superb writing style, the plot twists or the tear-jerking conclusion. Every word that was written belonged in this story. Every sentence was necessary and added to the plot. I have read every, or nearly every, book Bette Lee Crosby has written and I have enjoyed each one, but this stands alone as the most engrossing and most well-told book she has written. Needless to say, I stayed up way later last night than I should have, telling myself "One more chapter", before I had to put the book down and finish it today. What a wonderful story!
Boundlessbookreviews 4 days ago
Let me tell you that this book had me hook, line, and sinker on page one. A music festival, no one wanted, and a tragedy that changed so many lives. That is the basis of this story. I gave it 5 stars, but it's worth so much more. This is not the first book by Bette I have read, and it will not be my last. This story was one of tragedy. and heartbreak. Also one of hope and forgiveness. This book is written with one thing in the center of the story, a mothers love. It's seen through the entire story. This story had a great set of characters. I loved them all even when at times it was hard too. This story was just great from start to finish. I started it at night which probably wasn't the best idea because I stayed up way too late trying to finish it. Of course, I finally had to sleep, but I did finish it the next day. This is a story, that is unforgettable. It is not one that is always bright, and chances are you will bawl more than once, but I can promise you will love it. By the end, I was laughing and crying all at once. It is a compelling story with an even more powerful message.
Darnj 8 days ago
Emily's Gone is an engrossing, heart wrenching novel masterfully penned by the brilliant Bette Lee Crosby. This page turner starts out in the small town of Hesterville, Georgia which was forever changed when Emily Dixon was taken from her crib by Vicki, a grieving Mom who was convinced this was her baby Lara. So begins the story of Vicki, a distressed young woman who just wants to love- of Murph, Vicki's boyfriend who struggles with doing whats right- of Rachel and George Dixon who overcome the unthinkable loss of a child still holding onto hope and their marriage- of Mama Dixon who's relationship with her son and daughter-in-law slowly transforms-of Sheriff Wilson who painstakingly follows ever lead to find Emily, of Angela and Kenny who raise Emily (Lara). I couldn't put down this novel waiting to see how the story would unfold. I highly recommend reading this story of pain, love and forgiveness with a box of tissues nearby. Thanks to Net galley for a copy of the book.
JM Free Kicks Fiction 12 days ago
It is very fitting that I read this book in one day on Mother’s Day because it is ultimately a study of the love a mother has for a child. I thought that the author did a fantastic job of laying out the plot and there were enough gentle twists for it all to be plausible. I only wish that there had been more of a resolution with Murphy; it seemed as if he was just forgotten, and I would have liked to have seen him have some closure. Other than that point, I thought the dual message of hope and faith was powerful, and I loved how everything played out. I highly recommend this book. For some more in-depth thoughts on this novel, visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks Fiction Reviews. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for a complimentary digital ARC.
Mommagabs 12 days ago
A mother's worst nightmare...to lose her child. Desolate and empty after suffering the loss of her child, Vicki makes a fateful choice: She steals away little Emily Dixon. In her eyes, God and fate have answered her prayers, and her daughter has been restored to her. But where she has gained, another mother is faced with the unthinkable: Her baby is missing, with few clues as to what happened. Rachel awakens to silence after days of non-stop music that threatened her sanity. She assumes that her 6 month old daughter Emily must be enjoying the silence also, and sleeping in. But when she goes to wake her baby, she only finds an empty crib. This begins a nightmare that threatens to destroy the Dixon family. But in the midst of pain, love can sometimes forge new and stronger bonds. Meanwhile, Vicki, desperate to find a safe haven in which to hide away with her baby, calls upon her estranged sister Angela for help. Angela takes the pair in, not knowing that Vicki's baby isn't Vicki's at all. Captivated by "Lara", Angela doesn't ask questions, until fate intervenes, and the web of lies is torn down. I was blown away by this book. The plot line, the character development, the dialogue (you KNOW I am picky about dialogue!). It was all masterfully crafted and edited. The story captured both my heart and mind. I wept with Vicki over the loss of her infant daughter. I felt Rachel's heartbreak, guilt, and anger at Emily's disappearance. And I felt Angela's fear when she realized everything she thought she knew was a lie.
LGHudson 14 days ago
RIVETING!! When you choose to read EMILY GONE by Bette Lee Crosby, set aside a few hours because you’ll want to finish it in one setting! It’s that compelling! It’s the story of a missing child and the impact that child has on the lives of three women. One woman will face the most devastating challenge a mother could imagine. One woman will make a decision that will forever change the destinies of everyone else in the novel. One woman will be caught in the middle and make decisions that will forever bind the families together. This novel has it all - love, jealousy, angst, growth, family drama, deceit and what it means to pray earnestly, believing your prayers will make a difference and one day witnessing a miracle before your eyes. I was provided an ARC of this book by Lake Union Publishers. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
Vhardman318 17 days ago
Emily, Gone is a beautifully written story of loss, love, betrayal, heartbreak and forgiveness. This is a book that you can’t help but read through until the end. With so many twists and turns, both heartbreaking and loving the reader doesn’t know what will happen until near the very end. Will the truth tear two families apart or bring them together? Bette Lee Crosby is one of the most extraordinary writers of Women’s Fiction this reader has ever read. I found myself running the gamut of emotions with this story. There were times when I wanted to put the book down but couldn’t because I had to know what would happen next. I definitely recommend this book as a must read. It may be difficult to get through at first because it pulls a your emotions but is worth it! Thank you #netgalley, #lakeunionpublishing and #betteleecrosby for allowing me to read this extraordinary book. I was given this book by those mentioned for a fair and honest review. Above you will find that review.
MatteaLC 18 days ago
A baby is missing from her crib, when her parents wake in the morning. Three families lives are impacted by the loss. A story of heartbreak, unresolved grief, and impossible attempts to rebuild their lives. We see the kindness of family and friends that struggle to support the parents in their loss, and the endless search for this loss child. This is a heart wrenching story, beautifully written by Bette Lee Crosby. Her characters are well developed and human, as we get to know them and their own stories. A page turner that had me thinking about the outcome, long after I finished that last chapter. My thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC for my honest review. I hope I did justice to this wonderful book.
connieb27 19 days ago
I received a net-galley of Emily, Gone by Bette Lee Crosby, in exchange for an honest review. I always anxiously await the newest novel by Bette Lee Crosby and once again I was not disappointed. One rainy night after a music festival comes to town, baby Emily Dixon was taken from her crib. Her parents are distraught when they can not locate their child. Emily was taken by a distraught mother who had lost her child, Lara. The story follows the Dixon's and how they learn to cope with the loss, come together as a family and eventually move on. The story is paralleled by Emily's new life and her new family dynamic. Years later paths will collide and the fallout must be dealt with. I found myself enthralled with the characters. I especially loved the relationship that blossomed between Rachel and Mamma Dixon. I highly recommend this read and I am looking forward to her next book.
kaitlynspet 19 days ago
Bette Lee Crosby's Emily, Gone is an awesome read. This emotionally charged book is set in 1971 through the present. When a baby Emily goes missing her parent's grief is palpable, especially for her mother. Seventeen years later by some strange twist of fate Emily and her adoptive mother cross paths with Emily's birth family. Would definitely recommend this book.
Cherryladi02 20 days ago
This is the first book I've read of this author and I absolutely loved it!! I loved the way the story progressed and the ending was absolutely fabulous. It is a definite must read. I think you will be surprised at the emotions you will feel while reading this book. I urge you to read this. Thank you Bette Lee Crosby for this phenomenal book. Looking forward to reading more.
Annette5151 22 days ago
This was such a good book! It kept my attention and kept me turning the pages quickly. It was sad, it was happy, so many emotions in one book. Loved the characters and loved the story!
EdnaG 25 days ago
a story of grief, resilience, and healing is compelling and well written. It was a tissue book, it was beautiful and full of pain, full of anger and forgiveness. BEAUTIFULLY written.
DKolins 25 days ago
This books tells about a parents worst nightmare. There is a music festival going on in Hsterville, Georgia. Rachel and George can hear it in their house. On the final night, a storm muffling the sound of the blaring music. Rachel puts her baby Emily to bed and goes to bed falling into such a deep sleep that she doesn't hear the kitchen door open. A young girl/lady Vicki whose baby was stillborn and she never got over it and she kidnap's Emily and calls her Lara [the name that was given to her stillborn daughter]. Vicki's boyfriend Russel try's to tell Vicki that the baby she took was not her baby and she had to give her back but, Vicki had her mind set on the baby being Lara. One day Vicki locates her sister Angela [who she hasn't seen or talked to in 3 years] and asks her to please come and get her and the baby, telling Angela that Russel was abusive and Angela picked her and the baby up. Well Vicki has a heart attack and passes away leaving Angela and Kenny [Angela's husband] to raise Lara. Lara gets accepted to a college in Florida. On the way to Daytona to meet up with Kenny, Angela's car breaks down and they end up renting a couple of rooms at a place which is owned by the Dixon's. The Dixon's have 2 teenage kids [twins a boy and a girl]. Then the girl noticed something on Lara and talks to her mom about it. What does Hope see? Do the Dixon's ever find Emily? What happens with Lara, Angela and Kenny. To find the answers you truly need to read this book. Bette lee Crosby did an amazing job with this book!! I truly enjoyed this book very much!!
KerryACroucier 26 days ago
This is such an emotional read. Losing a child is a mother’s worst nightmare, but what if you put the child to bed and woke up the next morning and found your child gone? The Hesterville Music Festival rolled into town with thousands of strangers and loud music at all hours. By the time it wound down, the Dixons were exhausted and finally able to sleep. Rachel put Emily to bed and gave In to sleep, never imagining that by the next morning her life would be torn apart. Vicki had spent the festival doing what she could to forget the ache of losing her baby. As the festival ends, she convinces her boyfriend to stop at a house on the way out of town so she could forage for food. Her actions after entering the house would change more than just her life. Full of emotion and definitely a tear-jerker in many ways, Bette Lee Crosby delivers a novel that will burrow its way into your heart. Rachel is mired in guilt and heart-break, not sure how she will live without Emily, but with help from an unlikely source, she starts to live again. Vicky is determined to be the best Mom she can, walking away from the man she loves to ensure she can. One baby, two families, and the repercussions, both good and bad, of one rash move are handled with a deft hand and compassion. I adored these characters and the way Crosby wove their lives into the story. I loved this story and could not put it down. Settle into a cozy spot, and enjoy. Don’t be surprised if there are tears, as novel will take you on an emotional journey. #EmilyGone #LakeUnionPublishers @betteleecrosbyauthor
RobynKFLNJ 26 days ago
Emily, Gone is a very moving story of hope. The twists and turns in this book hooked me from beginning to end, and I experienced every emotion while reading this book. I love the way the book flowed, and the stories of each character had me wanting to know more. Bette Lee Crosby is an amazing author, and I highly recommend this book!
TheBookBag 26 days ago
I have loved all of Bette's books but this has now become my favorite. Her books are always full of wonderful and interesting characters, so much love, and so much wisdom. Emily, Gone will pull at your heart strings and make you feel all the feels. A mother's love is so, so strong. And in Emily, Gone one mother's love never forgets and another mother's love causes heartache and tears. I loved how Bette transported me back in time to the 1970s—a time of peace and love. But that peace is shattered for Rachel when she finds her little baby missing from her crib. And will Vicki's actions give her the peace she is looking for after the loss of her own baby? This was such a sad, but heartwarming story, a story that brought tears a few times. But at the same time, it was an uplifting story—such an amazingly beautiful story. And one that will stay with me for a long time. I always recommend Bette's books—she is such a wonderful storyteller. Emily, Gone is definitely one you need to read!
gmcootie 27 days ago
Emily, Gone is an amazing story. When I finished reading, after staying up half the night because I couldn’t put it down and gathered up all the tissues I had used to dab at my eyes, all I could say was, “Wow.” This is a book I will not soon forget. I couldn’t read fast enough, but at the same time I didn’t want it to end, didn’t want to leave these people I felt so at home with. It starts with a music festival in 1971. For those of us old enough to remember, it feels like Woodstock. Such promise and joy but then it got crowded and dirty and ugly. It feels like that. A sadness hangs in the air even in the very beginning of the book. It moves from person to person and forward in time, with trying times and pain and love and hope. I wanted to reach into the story to “fix” things for so many of the characters. There are a handful of books you read that stick with you, not because they are the latest psychological thriller with the unreliable narrator that knocks you off your feet with shock and surprise, but because they are just darn good stories, with real people we can relate to. Made memorable with good writing, good characters, and heart. So much heart. Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain, How to Walk Away by Katherine Center, Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky come to mind, and now Emily, Gone by Bette Lee Crosby. And this isn’t to say that these “darn good stories” aren’t suspenseful, because they are. You have to know what is going to happen to the main character. You are so involved, so engrossed, so engaged. And Emily, Gone fits right into this category. Thanks to author Bette Lee Crosby and NetGalley for providing an ARC of Emily, Gone. It was marvelous and I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it. And happily I have another author for the top of my TBR stack.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Emily, Gone is the perfect remedy for a book hangover. This seemingly heart-breaking tale turns into a heart-warming tale. At times, it is predictable, other times, quite surprising. Gone, Emily is a story of heartbreak, incredible grief, and a strong faith that leaves you with a smile. There are some details that are simply unbelievable but this is a work of fiction and the story asks you to look at the best in people as opposed to finding the negative in our world. Go ahead, read this book - I think you'll be glad you did.
lsmoore_43 27 days ago
Bette Lee Crosby has outdone herself with this awesome, heartfelt, loving, heartbreaking, beautiful book. It’s the story of a loss so great you won’t be able to read without many tears. I mean big ugly faced tears. How to you deal with waking up to an empty crib. A baby gone. You don’t have a clue what happened or where that baby is. If it’s being loved or hurt. That is exactly what happened to Rachel and George Dixon. They put their baby girl down for the night and went to bed like always. They had been awake for a couple of nights because of a concert so close that it was impossible to sleep. But this night they slept. What they found the next morning changed their lives forever. This book will bring you so many tears. From the start to the very end you will keep turning pages to find out what happened to Emily. Will they ever find her and is she being cared for. Rachel prays that whoever kidnapped Emily is kind and loving. Is the kind of mother she is. This book is so well written you feel all the heartache all the sadness and longing. You feel the loud music in your chest as if you was there. You will shed many many tears while unable to put this book down. It’s a bit different from most of Bette’s books. I think it just may be the very best so far. The characters are all so likable believe it or not. I could not find fault with any. Pity, sadness, heartbreak yes, but no dislike at all. My heart broke for all the mothers in this story of such great loss. There were a few tiny stories within this one about other women who had lost babies and were grieving. It’s one that will stay with you for a long long time. I honestly loved this book with all the tears and joy. It’s full of love and happiness and so many tears. A book that all mothers should read. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union publishers for the ARC of this book. I also bought it too. I highly recommend it. A HUGE 5 STARS..... From the very first word to the last period!!
LlamaJen 27 days ago
Loved this book!!! It was beautifully written. So sad and heartbreaking. Felt horrible for George and Rachel. I loved the relationship Rachel ended up having with Mama Dixon. The horrible tragedy of losing Emily, brought the two woman together. Mama Dixon helped Rachel heal and be able to live one day at a time. The best thing to happen to "Lara" was Angela. Rachel and George couldn't have wished for better parents for their daughter. There was just so much wrong with Vicki, besides the fact that she kidnapped a baby. She was grieving, mentally unstable and relying on drugs and alcohol to relieve the pain. I also felt horrible for Angela and Kenny. The book was very emotional and I definitely shed a few tears. Definitely recommend the book. I loved everything about it- the story, characters and writing style. I look forward to reading more books by the author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Nana--- 27 days ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley and I wasn't sure if I would be able to read this book because a baby was kidnapped but I was drawn to it so I read the book. This book was such a heartfelt story, even from the start where Emily Dixon was kidnapped, I felt like Bette Lee Crosby could tell the story calmly. Rachel Dixon put Emily to bed and then went to bed. When she woke Emily was gone. Vicki Robart was leaving the music festival and decided she needed food so she stopped at the Dixon house to see if they would give her some food. The door was unlocked so she walked inside and saw baby bottles and then went and found the baby and took her. She named the baby Lara. Vicki hadn't seen her sister, Angela for 3 years but she went to her sisters and her sister let her move in with the baby. Vicky got a job and she went to work one day and wasn't feeling well so she left work and had a heart attack and died. Angela and her husband raised Lara. The story continues on and Angela and Lara were traveling and their car broke down. They ended up having to spend the night at a bed and breakfast which happened to Rachel's. Bette Lee tells us how Angela found out what her sister had done, Rachel discovers Lara is her daughter and Lara has to figure out what she wants to do. Bette Lee does it as she always does and gives you a chance to walk in other people's shoes to know what others go through. I am glad I read this book, I came away with a lot more understanding.
lauriesophee 27 days ago
The mantra of this beautiful heart-filled novel is "If you believe, prayers can come true." Bette Lee Crosby has an amazing ability to pull my heart right into the pages of her stories. This book did just that! An awful thunder storm, in the middle of the night. Her Mom and Dad sleeping in the next room, and Emily is abducted and just gone! How do you go on as parents who lose their only child? Do you ever forget or stop caring and thinking about that precious baby? Do your prayers change? How do you learn to trust, love and go forward each day? A remarkable journey of two families whose lives will intersect because of one sweet girl. Excellent! *Tissues were needed.*
AndraB 27 days ago
Emily Gone is the story of a kidnapped baby and the impact it has on the lives of the three women who love baby Emily. Bette Lee Crosby has written an amazing and beautiful story of resilience, love, hope, and family. As you read this story you can’t help but have your heart break for each of the women who consider Emily her respective baby. They are very sympathetic characters. The story takes place in a small town and Ms. Crosby’s characters belong there, as it was was a tightly knit community. It was quite an emotional ride. I did not know whom to root for. At times, I felt I was being disloyal to Emily’s birth family, when I felt badly for the other women. I kept turning the pages because I needed to know if Emily was ever returned to her family. This possibility kept me on the edge much like a thriller. Bette Lee Crosby has written an incredible ending to this story. It was not what I expected, but Ms. Crosby knew what was best for her characters and stayed true both to them and to her story. Ms. Crosby has worked out what it means to be family. I loved this book. It was an emotional rollercoaster from the start and kept me wondering what conclusion the story would come to, but made sure I was prepared to be devastated. The story had a very different ending than I expected, but it was definitely the right one. Thank you #Netgalley, #LakeUnionPublishing for approving my request for an advanced readers copy. All opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.
teachlz 27 days ago
WOW!! Kudos to Bette Lee Crosby, Author of “Emily, Gone” for writing such an amazing, intense, intriguing, captivating, entertaining, dramatic and enthralling novel. This is a novel that tugged at my heartstrings. There are layers and coincidences, twists and turns, and unpredictable events in this novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Mystery and Suspense. The author describes her colorful and dramatic cast of characters as complex and complicated. The time-line of the story starts in 1971 and goes to the past and future when it pertains to the characters and events in the story. The story originally takes place in Hesterville Georgia. In 1971 in Hesterville, Georgia , which is a very small town, a music festival arrives with thousands of people. Bette Lee Crosby describes vividly, the sounds, sights, smells, and atmosphere. This takes me back to the seventies, and I can hear the loud music. Something happens one night during the music festival that changes the Dixon family life and the other residents in Hesterville Georgia. It is every parent’s nightmare. When Rachel Dixon wakes up in the morning, her baby girl Emily is gone. This is such a compelling and intense book that I couldn’t put it down. I read this in one sitting. I can easily see this being made into a screenplay and movie. I love the way the author describes the importance of family, friends, community, love and hope. I loved and cried at the ending. I do hope that I read more about the characters. I would highly recommend this novel for readers who enjoy a thought-provoking and suspenseful story.