The Loft

The Loft

by Bette Lee Crosby


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ISBN-13: 9780997796094
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2016
Series: Memory House Series , #2
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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The Loft 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I adored the fist book, Memory House, and had high hopes for this second book. And my hopes were met. I enjoyed being back with these characters and learning more about the memories in the loft. This picks up right where the first book left off. But big changes are happening. Ophelia is moving on, making new friends and finally letting the memories go. Annie is the new keeper of those memories, but before she gets a chance to settle in, Oliver is injured in a car crash and his life hangs in the balance. Annie must find his most precious memories in order to save him. It’s not often that you have a story pick up right where the last book left off. It sure was nice to find that happening in this one. I knew change was coming. Ophelia always planned for Annie to take her place as keeper of memories, and I wondered how that would work. Annie and Oliver just got married and it didn’t seem feasible that all three would live at Memory House. How could the author make this work. She did so in shocking yet gentle ways. Guiding you through some traumatic events, giving you hope that things would work out for everyone. With some other characters stepping in and out of the story, I knew this part of the journey might be coming to an end but saw fun possibilities for more adventures. One character in particular, I’d like to see more of. She has a sad past and I wonder if the author will give us her story now. Another gem from Bette Lee Crosby and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Her stellar writing and engaging characters keeps me coming back for more.
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annelr More than 1 year ago
The Loft by Bette Lee Crosby is a second book in the Memory House series and continues the story of Annie and Ophelia. Annie, heartbroken and alone, found herself at 90-year-old Ophelia's B & B. In a house full of magical memories they found a connection and formed a bond. A bond that would carry them through the events that unfold in The Loft. Events that will tip the Scale of Life from happiness to sorrow. Ophelia and her husband had made many happy memories in the Loft, in Memory House. Can she leave that enchanting place to live in another place without memories? Annie and her new husband are just beginning to make their together memories when tragedy invades their lives. Can she find the connection in memories that will bring healing? Can she learn to focus on what is left and not what has been lost? The Loft is a beautiful story of a constant love and of friendship and a faith that will bring balance to life. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. A favorable review was not required and the opinions are mine alone.
LettyB More than 1 year ago
Another magical story by Bette Lee Crosby who is indeed a masterful storyteller. Ophelia and Annie are back in this book entering new phases in their lives, Annie just having married Oliver and Ophelia realizing she will be alone once again in Memory House. Not wanting to give anything away about the story, but there are some things that occur for both Ophelia and Annie that affects their futures and causes them to make some important decisions. There are new friendships that develop for both with new lovable characters. I loved this book and felt very connected to the characters and to the story itself. It felt very real to me. Ms. Crosby truly knows how to bring characters to life in her stories. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
There are several subplots in this story,I would say that the one that intrigued me the most was when the Keeper of the Scale has to balance Annie's life scale. From the book- "Not even the Keeper of the Scale could foretell a happiness so great it would topple the scale itself. Annie's happiness remained unshakable, until it was dropped into the side of sorrow." There is one special memory that Annie can pull from her husband's memory to save his life, which one is it and will she be able to to that? The story gets intense, and I feel Annie's pain as she sees her husband lying helpless in the hospital bed. Well, you'll have to read the rest of the story to find out what happens.
macjam47 More than 1 year ago
The Loft picks up where Memory House ended, and we are once again in the company of Annie Cross, Ophelia Browne, and Oliver Doyle. As Annie and Oliver are starting their honeymoon, Ophelia, who is 90 years of age, has a heart attack while driving and goes off the road. Annie and Oliver return to take care of Ophelia. Realizing she will not be able to climb to her loft bedroom that her deceased husband Edward built, Oliver decides to hire architect Max Martinelli to recreate the loft in a wing on the first floor. He and Annie plan to surprise her with the plans when she comes home. However, while at the rehab center, Ophelia makes new friends who all live in Baylor Towers, and begins to see that returning to the Memory House to live with Oliver and Annie would stifle their relationship. She remembers what it was like when she and Edward were newlyweds. Ophelia wants Oliver and Annie to experience love the way she and Edward did so many years before. Max (Maxine) is so much like Annie they become close friends immediately; they both can detect the memories left behind. Max is trying to get over her love affair with Julien Marceau. They met in Paris when Max was in college, and when Max returned to the U.S., Julien was supposed to follow, but Max never heard from him again. Annie understands and tries to help her move on. Annie’s life is perfect, but then the unthinkable happens. Is she strong enough to face this new challenge on her own? Will she be able to find the right memory for Oliver? There is much more to the story than the hints I’ve given here, but I wouldn’t want to give away any spoilers. The Loft without having read Memory House, but you will better understand the relationships if you do read it first.
gmfuhlman More than 1 year ago
I absolutely enjoyed The Loft by Bette Lee Crosby. It is the second book in the Memory House series. When Annie came into Ophelia’s life it was a year ago, and everything seem to have fallen into place. It was as if Annie was meant to be at Memory House; and to be part of Ophelia’s life. It is such a beautiful, story of love; and the mystery and of fate, or curse, or judgment, and as a vector by which the universe distributes happiness and unhappiness, unfairly and apparently at random. Believing that somewhere there is someone who was keeping the scales of life in balance from good or bad. Bette, books are a breath of fresh air. You need to add her books to your collection.
dtpsmg More than 1 year ago
Although this is a sequel to “Memory House”, it can also be a standalone book. Annie and Oliver have married and left for their honeymoon. On the way, Annie has a premonition about Ophelia Browne. Ophelia is the woman that taught Annie about memories being attached to objects. Ophelia has been in a serious accident. She is sent to a rehabilitation center where she meets new friends her own age. Annie and Oliver are staying in Memory House while Ophelia is away. Ophelia decides to move in the senior housing with her friends and signs Memory House over to Annie. Oliver is in a horrible car accident. He is in a coma. The doctor isn’t sure if he will make it. Annie knows that he will if she can find the right memory to bring him back to her. Can she find the right memory before it is too late? Wonderful book! I love the idea of objects holding memories. The characters are well-defined, strong and diverse. The love between the characters shines through the book. Love books by this author!!
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this story! I love everything Bette writes and The Loft is another one of her stories that I just fell in love with. She writes such beautiful prose with amazing and very likable characters. I want to enter the worlds she creates and never leave. The following is the first line from the book and I just absolutely love the thought of this idea. 'They say that somewhere far beyond what mortals see there is a scale of life, and for each moment of happiness a stone of sorrow is dropped onto the scale.' The Loft takes us back to Ophelia and Annie, who we first met in The Memory House. Annie is getting married and moving on with her life. These two women have formed such a strong and loving relationship. And they share the love of Memory House. Ophelia comes to a point where she feels she should leave the house and let those younger than herself experience the love she has found there and to make their own memories. But can she leave the memory of her true love, Edward? 'I don’t live here in this house. I’m alive inside your heart. I’ll go wherever you go.' Bette's books are always filled with such sweet stories, all laced with a little magic. And so much wisdom. I love marking so many of the great passages she writes, they are words to treasure. And reading her books is always such a treat because she intertwines her characters from other books and it is always so wonderful to visit them again. 'Memories are a big comfort, but there are times when you just need a live friend to talk and laugh with.' One last bit of Bette's wisdom. Read the rest of the book to experience this wonderful journey to the Memory House. 'Nothing is all good or all bad; that’s how you’ve got to look at life. If you see it from one side or the other, you’re just going to make yourself crazy.'
MareFlare More than 1 year ago
“Happy is when you can laugh out loud, dance as if there is no tomorrow. Happy is when you have your lover lying next to you and the only sound you hear is that of his heartbeat.” (From The Loft) Bette Lee Crosby carries Memory House to the next level, where Annie and Oliver are newly married. I’d like to say that Betty Lee’s character development is where her strength lies, but that would be doing a disservice to her talent in plot development, setting, dialogue and tension in the story. At times, the story moves nicely, and the reader can curl up with a cuppa pseudo dandelion tea and feel like you’re right there. But with all books that are well-written, you know something is coming. And something does. This is a story about family and friendship and the need for both. It’s about the heartbreak that comes with letting go and the joy that follows when those individuals find freedom in where they should be. That is love. This quote from Max, Annie’s new friend says it so well: “It’s like having an ice cream cone with two scoops. If the top ball falls off, you feel so bad about it you forget you’ve still got the cone with another scoop of ice cream inside...nothing is all good or all bad; that’s how you’ve got to look at life.” Bette Lee Crosby’s got looking at life down pretty well. Her stories reflect that and offer nuggets of wisdom in every chapter. Her works of fiction transcend just telling a story. She crafts the story, and tells life. My only suggestion is that you read Memory House first. While The Loft can be read on its own, you’ll miss a lot of the backstory, which is so rich.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life can change in an Annie and Oliver discover one fateful night. This is a story of what hope and love can do when everything is hopeless. Once I started reading this book, I had to stay up until it was finished. I love Ms Crosby's storytelling, she always finds some way to tug at my heartstrings. I recommend this book highly.
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC of this book by Bette Lee Crosby in exchange for my honest review. Thank you so much for the honor of this wonderful book. This is the next book in the Memory House series and just as good if not a tiny bit better than the first. Annie is living with her new husband Oliver. When they leave for their honeymoon Annie has a feeling something is wrong. She has no idea what changes are in store for her,Oliver and Ophelia. Ophelia is the only family Annie has and she loves her like a mother or grandmother. When something happens to Ophelia, Annie puts everything on hold to be there for her as Ophelia would for her. But Ophelia knows that being a newly married couple, Annie and Oliver need their privacy. So she makes a big life changing decision. At first Annie is upset and does not understand how Ophelia could not want to be there with her. Of course Ophelia's wisdom conveniences Annie that her decision is the right one and Ophelia moves on, leaving Memory House to Annie and Oliver. This just might be my new favorite series by Bette Lee Crosby. This book is such a good story. It will make you stop and think about how the things in our lives happen for reasons that we don't always understand. From the very first paragraph of this story I was in awe of Ms Crosby's writing, again. The way she started this story hooked me in and made me want to keep reading more. I loved the way she explained how things happened for Annie. Like how her happiness is decided by a force much stronger than she knows. I love this part of the book and have to share it. The opening paragraph to a wonderful story: "They say that somewhere far beyond what mortals see there is a scale of life, and for each moment of happiness a stone of sorrow is dropped onto the scale. When the Keeper of the Scale saw that Annie Cross's life had been weighted with sorry for far too long, he selected a stone the color of an early morning sunrise. It was round, worn smooth and without jagged edges. He gave a smile of satisfaction, then dropped the stone onto the happiness side of Annie's scale. That was the day she knocked on Judge Oliver Doyle's door. As she looked into the blue of his eyes, she knew he was the one." That was so beautiful to me and was so perfect for this story. Who can read something like that and not want to know what happens in Annie's life and find out if she is going to be truly happy always. Of course there are some bumps in the road for Annie and Oliver. One that will change them forever. Will they truly be happy together for many years or will fate step in and change things for them? I could go on and on but won't give anything away. Trust me, you will not be sorry you read this book, but read Memory House first and it's even better if you read Spare Change before Memory House. This is truly a 5 star book and if I could it would get a hundred stars. Ms Crosby has a way with writing that will leave you thinking about the story long after you finish and wanting even more. All of her books are wonderful and told with such feeling that you have a hard time putting them down. Thank you with all my heart for the ARC copy of this wonderful story. I can't wait for the next one now....
Lynn4604 More than 1 year ago
Annie's wedding day is finally here. She is marring the love of her life Oliver Doyle. Before they can leave on their honeymoon Ophelia has a heart attack. AS she recovers Annie plans on Ophelia coming home to the bed and breakfast and she will take care of her every need. Ophelia recovering in the Rehabilitation center she makes new friends and realizes she hasn't been living her life. She knows Annie and Oliver need time to themselves as a newly married couple. Having to take car of her isn't right. So she makes plans to allow all of them to be able to live life to the fullest. Wonderful book. The second in the Memory House series. Annie has to learn that it is alright to let go of those you love. They might be living their own life, but they are still a part of you. Everything in life changes at a moments notice. It is picking up the pieces and moving on that make us who we are. The keeper of the stones has to keep the scales balanced. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Susan5847 More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in Bette Lee Crosby's Memory House Collection and if you like great books with believable characters, this is the book for you! The book begins with the wedding of Annie and Oliver but it is as much about the growth and changes in Ophelia's life as it is Annie and Oliver's. Max, a new character who is an architect, is introduced and it looks like she will be the main focus of book 3, which I am anxious to read. The characters are well done and the reader wants to find out what happens to everyone because they feel like they know them. There is a some drama and nail biting in this book but that makes it even more real-life. The other thing that I really liked about the series is that it made me remember some of the memories in my life. I highly recommend this series
Koalabear3 More than 1 year ago
I thought Memory House was amazing but The Loft is even better. This is the second book in the Memory House series. Very well written and the characters all work so well together. The book will make you laugh and cry. The characters all seem to come alive and I felt like I was right there with them. A very heartwarming and memorable story. Looking forward to the third book in the series.
anaamelia More than 1 year ago
I was privileged to get an advance review copy of this book. It is the second in the Memory House series and I loved it more than I did the first. The characters return and they now seem like old friends. Bette Lee takes us into each of the main characters' minds and thoughts and it is absolutely amazing. I particularly liked a new character, the good surgeon Dr. Sharma. Also the wonderful characters that become Ophelia's new friends. I am left wanting for more of all of them, as well as more exploration into the power of memories for love, friendship, and healing. Loved!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The Loft takes place in the Memory House and we are about to continue our journey with Ophelia and Annie, and now Oliver. As the story opens we are at the wedding of these two sweet people that we met previously with the old bicycle. We continue here at the House and deal with new problems that lead to new lives. Some very harsh sadness here, and you heart will be in your throat, but the house serves it purpose. Can you imagine a room with a huge skylight as the focus, so that while you lie in bed you are covered in stars? Now decisions have to be made about this beautiful room and who will use it? Get ready from some delightful new characters that you know will become lifelong friends with our family, and are really there for them in their darkest hours. Get your tissues handy, but be ready from some real life chuckles, and your pages will be flying as you turn for your answers. Enjoy! I received this book through the author and was not required to give a positive review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
‘The Loft’ and its new and returning friends come to life through masterful storytelling by Bette Lee Crosby. Second in the Memory House collection, it begins where ‘Memory House’ leaves off. For those who have not yet read ‘Memory House’, the author adeptly shares enough of its events to help bring the new reader up to date and to invite the reader to read the first in series. At age 90, Ophelia knew that she would have to leave the magic of Memory House Bed and Breakfast and the attached herbal apothecary soon, giving the joys and burdens to the next person who understood about finding memories. Whether it be a rusty old bicycle or a special book, the memories we hold in our heart about an item may carry to the next person to hold or treasure it. The keeper of Memory House and its treasures must be in tune, as Annie is, to caring for the objects and memories. The keeper also learns Ophelia’s memories of the uses and possible dangers of herbs, tend the garden, collect and prepare the parts of the plants for teas and other varied mixes. A terrible accident brings Annie back to Memory House. Annie loves Ophelia and Oliver with all of her heart; they are her world. Annie and Oliver celebrate their love every day the communication and joys they share, some of the same activities had blessed Ophelia and her husband. Their love is as strong and sweetly enduring as that which Ophelia and Edward celebrated. Annie’s world changes, and as Oliver helps make the way smoother for her, Annie becomes friends with Max, an architect she met at the library when working there. Max is also in tune with some of the memories and the treasures within the Bed and Breakfast, and she works on a special surprise for Annie and Ophelia. The unthinkable occurs, and Annie knows only a memory can save Oliver’s life; how can she find the one memory that will bring him back to her? She spends hours with his parents and family, plumbing the depths of their memories because to lose him would be too hard to bear. The primary characters are endearing, intelligent, and absolutely defined well enough to stroll amiably from the pages of the novel and offer to share a cup of tea. I like both Annie and Max very well, the kind of friends I would appreciate. Ophelia is everyone’s dream of a loving grandma or great aunt. Ophelia’s new friends are a real kick! They embrace Ophelia and Annie with their gift of friendship. Ophelia’s new friends, and Oliver’s parents, are as well-defined as required for their roles. It is easy to picture them as they interact through the fun, good, and not-so-good days and moments. Many blessings come to mind while reading Bette Lee Crosby’s newest novel. The ones brought to my heart include loving others well, and to not overlook people who come into our life because of their age. Ophelia and Annie would have lost a priceless friendship had either done so, and Annie and Oliver might have lost a timeless love. The one thing that I didn’t enjoy was how suddenly the book ended. The coming attraction definitely whet my appetite for more! Yet I hope to remember the bulk of this beautiful story before my next visit to Memory House. Because I will be back again, just as I absolutely recommend this novel to fans of Ms. Crosby’s, women of all ages, fans of women’s literature, romance, and friendship. With a grateful heart, I rec'd this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are mine; no monetary compensation occurred.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
Annie is a strong character. Her faith in being able to find the memory that will put her world back to a happy balance is unshakable. I loved being brought back into Annie's life, along with the lives of Ophelia and Oliver.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
The Loft: Memory House Collection (Memory House Series Book 2) By Bette Lee Crosby Ophelia is leaving memory house, but she taught Annie how to find memories. Annie moves into the loft and finds that she must help Oliver find that one special memory to save his life. A heart warming story, beautifully written. all of the characters are likable, and play a special role in this story. I really liked Ophelia and Annie. The plot is original, and the air of magic just adds to an already captivating, heart-felt read. I highly recommendThe Loft: Memory House Collection to readers of all genres.
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SFOmom More than 1 year ago
This book is populated with some of my very favorites among Bette Lee Crosby's characters, who seem so real you feel like you could just knock on their door and sit down to a cup of tea with them. Ophelia is a captivating and spunky 90-year-old, bent on sharing her wisdom with her protege Annie as Annie begins her married life. Two accidents change everything for Ophelia, Annie and Annie's husband Oliver--but the more things change, the more they stay the same. This novel explores the power of friendship, love, and memory. I was sad to see it end and look forward to the next chapter in the Memory House story.
SaraKFreitag More than 1 year ago
Oh how I love this Author!! Time slipped away while reading this book! Before I knew it I was on the last page and sad that I was done. Amazingly written. If you have not read The Memory House, go pick it up and read so you can get this and read it! You will not be sorry! It is one that I will read again!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Loft is the second installment to the Memory House Collection series. I have not read the first book of the series but after reading this one, I'm definitely going to be picking up a copy of Memory House. Bette Lee Crosby is definitely becoming one of my favorite authors. Great book! 5 plus stars.