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Spare Change
     

Spare Change

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by Bette Lee Crosby
 

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A WOMAN GRIEVING HER LOSS. A BOY RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE. A TOWN DEFENDING THEM BOTH.
From award-winning USA TODAY Bestselling Author BETTE LEE CROSBY, the first book of a gritty, small-town, family saga in the tradition of the finest Southern fiction.

Small-town gossip never much bothered Olivia Westerly. As a single career woman, she's weathered her share

Overview

A WOMAN GRIEVING HER LOSS. A BOY RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE. A TOWN DEFENDING THEM BOTH.
From award-winning USA TODAY Bestselling Author BETTE LEE CROSBY, the first book of a gritty, small-town, family saga in the tradition of the finest Southern fiction.

Small-town gossip never much bothered Olivia Westerly. As a single career woman, she's weathered her share. It's easy to ignore the raised eyebrows over her late-in-life marriage to Charlie Doyle. But after he drops dead on their honeymoon, the whispers are salt on her raw grief. Especially when an orphaned, eleven-year-old-boy shows up on her doorstep, looking for the grandfather he never met.

Behind Ethan Allen Doyle's wary blue eyes lie heavily guarded emotions that unexpectedly tug on Olivia's heart, and she finds herself wanting to win his trust. But when his murderous secret comes looking for him, the entire town embraces the lonely widow and desperate child to show its true heart when danger threatens one of its own.

A heartwarming tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts, featuring a woman you'd like to call friend, a boy you will ache to hug, and a town you wish you could call home.

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

BN ID:
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:
1,284
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. 123 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
A nice story a little sad but we'll written
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.
Anonymous 14 days ago
What a heart felt story with more joy than tragedy.
Anonymous 22 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The character development and use of multiple first person narrative kept me ready to turn the next page right to the end.
Anonymous 26 days ago
It is a heart warming tale of family ties
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved this easy to read book. Funny and heart warming. Good story and great author.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Best book I've read in a long while. This one will stay in my head so I can think it through real good. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous 6 months ago
pinkCricket 8 months ago
Loves this book! Could not put it down. Just purchases Jubilee's Journey.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Absolutely loved this book from beginning to end
Anonymous 8 months ago
Love how the chapters include some first person insights, and flows well with the story