This book hit close to home, I had to take breaks because of the amount of sadness it filled me with. This book is a story about Bette's own history, about her own sister. It is a heartbreaking tale about a family who is normal, because before you read this and say: 'oh they are so broken' or 'oh my god, what kind of family is this' look at your own family. How perfect are you? I had the out of control older sister and the spoiled rotten little sister. I had a depressed Mother, who I was always afraid I was going to find dead one day after school. I had a Father who smoked at least one pack a day, if not more. I had an older step-brother who was my role model most of my life, because me and my older sister didn't get along. However, instead of my sister getting sick it was my father. He is still alive but has a really bad case of COPD and is on Oxygen... and yes, he still smokes. I don't ask about how much anymore, but I kind of understand the reasoning he has behind it. I want my father to live forever, but I understand that it can't be so and he should be able to do things that bring him comfort, not matter what they are. :'( Anyways, back to the book.
This novel, was heartbreaking. A memoir of a sister who is gone from the world, way before she should have been. Donna was the wild one, the one who wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted. Bette, the older sister, was cautious and careful. Despite being opposites, the two of them loved each other deeply. There was a third sister, a younger sister, but was isn't mentioned a lot in the story. During the start of the story, their mother is pregnant with her third and final baby (which is the third sister). This novel goes through their life and what is was like growing up inside their family. It deals with Donna running away and then coming home a changed, more mature person. How she picked up smoking during her time away, a habit that ultimately cost her a lot more than she probably realised at the time. Anyone looking for the motivation to quit smoking, read this novel. See how it will affect your family.
This was written from the heart, from the heart of a wonderful and talented writer who has done so much with her life. At the end of it, I was left with some of the stupidest questions... like what happened to Donna's little dog Jason. I know it is a silly question, but it lingers none the less. This is defiantly a five star book. It is full of so much emotion, so much love was poured into this book and I know it had to be painful to write. This book does not disappoint and I think everyone should check it out. Bette Lee Crosby has a habit of weaving stories that drag you in and take you on an emotional roller coaster. She leaves you wanting more and more of her work. Keep up the good work Bette! I can't wait for the next novel! (less)
This book… I am not really sure where to start. I guess I should stay I messed up, because I borrowed it from a friend and I gave it back to her prior to writing this review. I gave it back so soon because I know how it is to lend out books and having to wait and worry about whether or not you will ever actually get them back. I baby my books, they are all spoiled and well taken care of, so when not in my care I worry about their well-being and if they are being treated properly or if I will get them back with cup rings on them or worse. Anyways, before I digress further, I should give you more information about the book.
I forget where exactly it takes place, but I want to say New Hampshire, or somewhere like that. It’s a northern state in the USA and it is one that gets a lot of snow. Please forgive me for not taking note. Cara Warren is a 17 year old girl, daughter of Luke Warren and Georgie. Her parents are divorced. Her father practically lives at a park that is pretty much an amusement park. During the winter, the park is deserted of everyone but the caretakers. Her father stays there to take care of his multiple wolf packs. Cara lives there with him, she idolizes her father. Edward, Luke and Georgie’s son, lives in Thailand where he moved after a huge argument with his father.
There is an auto mobile accident, that isn’t exactly explained in the beginning. They unravel the story behind the accident as the story progresses and just when you think you have the reason for the accident down, something else happens. As a result of the accident both Luke and Cara end up in the hospital. Luke is in ICU, clinging to his life with a serious head injury that messes up his brain. Cara has to have surgery to fix her shoulder. Georgie is seriously worried about her daughter and she knows that her son needs to know, even though they haven’t talked in about six years she calls him and lets him know. Family is family, no matter how mad you are at someone, and he flies home to the states in order to see his family.
When he arrives at the hospital, Cara is still upset with him for leaving all those years ago. His mother is delighted to see him and his estranged father is unable to even react to him being there. From his arrival, him and his sister are completely opposite on what they want. Cara wants to keep her father alive no matter the cost and Edward wants to discontinue life support and let him pass away. The novel is an emotional roller coaster, you get to see the point of views of both of the children of Luke and even his view on his life and his wolf. It’s an awesome novel, very touching. It had me going back and forth as to what I wanted to happen.
In the end, I ended up crying my eyes out. My fiancee walked into the room, looked at me like I was nuts. Maybe I am, but he understands how attached I get to my characters. He makes me feel like the luckiest girl ever. <3 5/5 stars. Next on my to read list by Jodi Picoult is The Storyteller, however is in the lower numbers of my next five to read. Currently 50% done with Blueberry Hill by Bette Lee Crosby. Also just finished up Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.(less)
It got 4 of 5 stars from me. The novella itself was very enjoyable. It was a murder mystery about a woman who is found murdered beneath a statue of a greek goddess named Leto. Beside the deceased woman is her four year old son, Mason. I did not fall in love with the short story, though I thought I would. Despite the fact that it is well written (despite being written in first person point of view), I thought it was a little too short. I thought the ending was a little cliche and that the crime was solved in a way that was a little unbelievable. Due to the fact that this was a short, short story (I finished it in less that an hour) I don’t really have much else to say other than: I really, really want Little Mercies.(less)
So let me start this off by saying, Mr. Stephen King is one of my top five favorite authors. While this novel was not one hundred percent what I was expecting from him, I did enjoy it. It is a fast paced thriller that takes place in a midwestern city. The novel is narrated by two people, the killer (Mr. Mercedes) and the retired detective who was once on the case (Mr. Kermit Bill Hodges). It gives insight on the world of an killer, but I really hope the detectives semi-depressing life is a little less realistic.
The novel starts out at a job fair, something that was suppose to help people find jobs so they can earn money. You get introduced to numerous characters during the first chapter, none of which you will see again in this book (this is part one of a trilogy). The killer then rides in driving a Mercedes that he stole and he commits the murders and injures numerous people in the process. The rest of the novel goes into the killer and him trying to mess with the retired detective and the retired detective not wanting to take the bait, but not really wanting to back down either. It ends up being a game of cat and mouse where both the main characters believe that they are indeed the cat of the game.
Did I like this book, yes. Would I have liked it if it wasn’t a book by Stephen King? Yes. The plot is good, the setting is good. There are a few things I found unrealistic (like an ex-detective baiting a suspect without alerting even his ex-partner without any good reason), but I over all enjoyed this book. It was very different for a King novel and while I feel it wasn’t his best, I completely think it is worth checking out. Do you like mystery, thrillers or detective novels? Then check out Mr. Mercedes.
Previously Loved TreasuresBook: Previously Loved Treasures Author: Bette Lee Crosby Point of View: 3rd person, with a touch of 1st person. Rating: 5/5 St...morePreviously Loved TreasuresBook: Previously Loved Treasures Author: Bette Lee Crosby Point of View: 3rd person, with a touch of 1st person. Rating: 5/5 Stars This novel is book two in the Serendipity series. I reviewed the first book here.
"In Previously Loved Treasures recently widowed Ida Sweetwater and her granddaughter come together in a heartwarming mystery rich with imagination and magic.
Struggling to make ends meet, Ida turns her home into a boarding house and goes in search of used furniture. This quest leads to the Previously Loved Treasures shop and Peter Pennington, a delightfully strange proprietor who anticipates people’s needs. In addition to bargains, Peter hands out sage advice. When a pocket watch belonging to one of the residents goes missing for a second time he warns of danger—but will Ida’s granddaughter listen and will she heed his advice?
This is a story that resonates with Crosby’s heartwarming albeit quirky characters and the joy of a pay-it-forward philosophy."
This book is full of so many lessons and truths that are such a big part of my life at the moment, I related to the characters and I just adore Bette Lee Crosby's writing style. She has a certain way of developing characters that makes them seem absolutely full of life and so realistic. The main characters of this novel are Ida and Carol Sweetwater. It is a heart warming tell about a woman who laid her husband to rest and lost contact with her son. In order to get in touch with him she hire a detective and opens her home up to strangers in order to raised funds for her search. It is also about a woman who's father walked out on her long ago. She is a write who finds family in the most unexpected places. Although this was book two of the Serendipity series, both novels are stand alone novels and can be read in any order. Both in the series have wonderful lessons involved though this one related to me on a more personal level. There are three quotes in this book that stood out to me, and will stay with me for years to come.
"Breaking free is never easy. There are no baby steps in walking away. There is only one gigantic leap. You take it or your remain forever rooted to a life of unhappiness."
In my own life, I have just learned this and implemented it in my life. I have broken free of the negative people who were bringing me down and preventing me to be the happiest, best version of me. This may not be the type of breaking free the character was experiencing, but if there are negative people who only bring you down I think you should consider getting away from them. Life is too short to be surrounded by negativity. Smile more, worry less [<-- I am working on this myself. I worry about everything].
"No matter where you go or how worthless you are to other people, the dog still loves you."
I am a huge animal lover and I tend to get down and depressed really easily. I don't really hang out with a lot of people unless forced to (family functions, work, school, the store and that about sums it up). I'm a introvert of sorts, a master at avoiding social situations (I am working on being more social though). My dog is the one thing in my life right now that is 100% happy with who I am and where I am. I love her to death for that. She seems me and no matter what she is happy to see me and she loves me even when I have to kennel her up for an 8 hour work day. If someone locked me up for that long more than once a week, I would more than likely have a strong dislike for them. My fiancee tries to accept me, he really does, he does support me through everything. It's not the same as accepting me 100%, but I understand that he doesn't like it when I am sad /depressed or having an anxiety / panic attack over something that I should not even be worrying about.
"...the bad things hang on forever and the good things are gone in the blink of an eye."
It's true, no matter how old you are, you know it. Lately I've been wondering if there is a way to change it. To retrain your brain to forget the bad and cling to the good. When I was a kid, maybe six or seven years old, I burnt my hand on my dad's cigarette while we were in the six flags parking lot. I can recall that with great clarity, but don't ask me what I rode that day or what my favorite ride may have been.
Anyways, before I get too off topic... lets get back to talking about this amazing story. This is a heart warming, tear jerking story about life, love, loss, moving on and breaking free. If you go to the goodreads site, it has links to places you can buy it. It is worth every penny! I am extremely happy to have it in my collection and in my favorites! (less)
Oh my goodness, those are the three words that popped into my mind as I finished this novel. Miss Bette Lee Crosby does it again!!!!
There is somethin...moreOh my goodness, those are the three words that popped into my mind as I finished this novel. Miss Bette Lee Crosby does it again!!!!
There is something very magical about a novel that not only catches your attention, but also takes you back in time in such a believable manner. The characters of this novel are very well rounded, easy to fall in love with and just amazing. It goes back and forth between the past, the present and the … hmm… I suppose I wouldn't want to ruin too much of anything for anyone, but it adds a whole new perspective to me Something I have never seen or heard of until this novel. Abigail Lannigan is a strong willed girl who is the daughter of a man who doesn't like girls and a mother who dies way to young. She leaves when her father tries to marry her off to a neighboring farmer’s son and never does she think about going back home. Flash forward to the present and Abigail meets Destiny, an amazing neighbor who always has her best interest at heart. They have each others back, until they no longer can and then Destiny is put the hell to prove that their friendship was not something she used to take stuff from Abigail.
The novel is heartbreaking and heart warming at the same time. More than once, I caught myself wiping tears away from my eyes and other times I had a big grin across my face where the characters just made me happier than any other characters have in a while [I believe the last novels that got this kind of reaction from me were the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter].