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Trust, love and friendship — Abigail Anne Lannigan searched for these things all her life; now, when she is at the tail end of her years she teams up with a free-spirited young woman, a nobody from nowhere, who suddenly moves in across the street. It’s an unlikely friendship which comes under suspicion when a distant relative, claims embezzlement. One million dollars is mi ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published May 21st 2012 by Bent Pine Publishing (first published June 18th 2007)
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Bette Crosby
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-wrote
For over three weeks The Twelfth Child has been Amazon's #1 Bestselling Cozy, it is also ranked #23 on the Literary Fiction List and #24 on the Women's Fiction List and...#7 On Amazon's Historical Mystery list. I am loving this!

If you enjoyed "Spare Change" you will love "The Twelfth Child" - it is the story of a willful young woman, the teacher who changed her life, and the choices she ultimately had to live with. It is a story about love, regrets, and unlikely friendships.
Naomi Blackburn
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I must say that I am really thankful to the GR friend who introduced me to the writings of Bette Lee Crosby. It is one of the things that I love most about Goodreads is the ability to find new writers who I never outside this "little world" would have heard of.

Bette has the ability to write in a capability that puts the reader right within the story and one can visualize themselves observing the hurts and joys of the protaganist and his/her surrounding cast of characters. I also love the fact t
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Brenda
Abigail Anne Lannigan and her twin brother Will were exceptionally close – but their father only had eyes for his son. William Lannigan only wanted a boy child – girl children were useless, only good for housework and women’s chores; he expected Abigail Anne would be married off to a well-to-do farmer by the time she turned sixteen. And so it was Abigail Anne’s lot in her young life; her mother, Livonia was a strong woman and told Abigail Anne she could do anything she wanted in her life; strong ...more
Dale Harcombe
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Shenandoah Valley in 1912 twins, Will, and Abigail Anne are born to William and Livonia Lannigan. Sadly, William Lannigan thought only one of the children was valuable - his son. His daughter, despite trying to show she could do everything Will did and at times better, was relegated to the kitchen and what her father considered ‘women’s work.” After her mother died when the twins were thirteen, Abigail had to fight to stay in school. But hadn’t her mother and her teacher Miss Troy telling ...more
Deborah
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This one surprised me. I picked it up as a free book on Kindle because I liked the name of the book. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I have to say this book was totally different than anything I expected.

From the first words until the ending chapter I literally could not put the book down. I stayed up until midnight to finish the book. From the first words.."I was barely thirteen" to the ending I was caught up in the world created by Bette Lee Crosby.

I found her main character to be a ve
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Connie (Ava Catherine)
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Bette Lee Crosby book, and I loved it! I have to thank my friends at Goodreads who recommended a book that I would have missed if not for them. I love that Abigail Anne is such a strong female character even in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Her father believes that girl babies/children are worthless, and when the Great Depression hits, Abigail Anne is affected. She has to make do and stand strong.
There are characters we love to hate; we just want to reach through the b
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Ronna
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-give-away
Wow!! I just found a new favorite author!! THE TWELTH CHILD by Bette Lee Crosby covers all the things that makes for a spectacular read----wonderful, heartwarming story; characters who warm your heart, get you laughing, and whom you love to despise; and writing that makes you want to go back and re-read paragraphs.

This story of an 'unwanted girl child' from the Appalachians is basically a search for love, friendship, and finding your place in the world. Abigail has come to the end of her years,
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Barrie1953
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a book, OK I have left out some before from the series but I really could focus on this.

I am not much of a 'story' reader, more of a autobiography reader but this author is just like my wife says, easy to read and emotional too
Andrea Corley
Let me start out by saying that this story was spectacular. I really enjoyed the story and thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing of the story. The story flowed quite smoothly, but jumped throughout times in ones life as to not stick to the redundancy of a normal day-to-day story. I enjoyed skipping around in time hearing about the different part's of Abigail. I wouldn't call it suspenseful, however, the story moved along enough to leave you wondering exactly what was going to happen in the end ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Abigail Lannigan was the twin daughter of Will and Livonia Lannigan. Will ignored his daughter to the point of abuse, but he adored and lavished attention on her brother. Even though Abigail loved her twin brother Will and they got along marvelously, her father ruined her life emotionally and Will's in a certain way.

The book's content and storyline is intriguing and one that follows Abigail through her childhood which was made up of hard work and no appreciation and also follows her through deci
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Mary
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is another great, well written book by Bette Lee Crosby. The story hit home to me in a variety of ways, having gone through similar experiences in my own life. While other readers were disturbed by Miss Abigail's sudden supernatural persona, I was delighted. Magical realism is my favorite genre, and I laughed out loud at her ghostly narration. Of course, I can't wait to find out just what happened to those bonds...
Nenette
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The storytelling is brilliant! Two eras alternating: one from the time when the twelfth child was born to the time when she retired as the town librarian, as told by the voice of a third person; the other talks about the present day, a decade or so after her retirement up until after she died, and her soul has lingered on earth, as told in the twelfth child, Abigail's own voice. It was an easy switch reading about the past, then the present. Abigail's thoughts and words were fitting and they cha ...more
McGuffy Morris
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Twelfth Child

By Bette Lee Crosby

Bette Lee Crosby is a storyteller extraordinaire. She has honed her craft, and shares it in this well told novel.

This is the story of Abigail, a twelfth child, and a girl twin, in a very strict, traditional family. When her mother dies at an early age, Abigail is left to deal with her father’s anger and bitterness. Abigail’s only comfort is the memory of her mother’s dreams for a better life for Abigail.

Leaving the family home, Abigail struggles through “The G
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Deyanne
Surprise...surprise. I have another copy of the same book (Twelfth Child) recommended by a friend I met on GR. Now I have a hard copy that I have read first and that I can loan.

My surprise did not come from the duality alone, but rather from the fact of how highly engaging this book is right from the first page. Seldom does a book keep me up reading late into the morning and this did. I laughed out loud; I was tense; and there were tender moments. It was almost as if I had gone "back in time" to
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Lisa
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There's not many stories that I find, can compartmentalize my feelings in such a way. Losing time, completely enthralled, enraptured by each page. Abigail larger than life, how I love her! I'm certainly not wanting to share the magical way with how Bette Lee Crosby manages to tell such a tale, as it's far to special to spoil. There are some masterpieces out there, and this one deserves to sit proudly beside them. Magnificent!
Sherry Fundin
Abigail Anne was more than capable of helping her papa but he only had eyes for William, his son. She was the twelfth born child in a family where girls were expected to do "girl things" and get married by the time they were sixteen. But Abigail's dreams far surpassed what her father expected from her.

After her mother, died she would remember her saying, "Someday Abigail Anne, someday, every girl with an adventurous heart will be able to follow her dreams".

Seventy years later

Destiny entered her
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Kathleen
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Twelfth Child is the poignant story of two strong women, who form an unlikely bond of friendship and love that transcends the generation gap between them. It is the story of Abigail Anne Lannigan, a woman who has led a hard life, but who had the determination and strength to survive. It is also the story of Destiny Fairchild, a young woman in her early twenties, who also has a difficult life and befriends Abigail Anne in her senior years. Though separated by their age difference, Abigail Ann ...more
Julie Barrett
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Twelfth Child by Bette Lee Crosby
This book is mainly about Abigail Anne Lannigan and how she grew up with a twin brother who was looked up to, where others looked down at her if they even acknowledged her at all.

Over the years we find out just how she would dream of the girl in the snow globe to help get her through the years.

The book is about when Abigail is in her 70's and Destiny Fairchild moves into the cabin next door and she gets to know her and gives her a lot of furniture and things
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Ruth Hill
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
If I would have just judged the first half of the book, I probably would have given it a five-star rating. Now, I don't mean to sound negative, so read on before you think I am bashing the book because nothing could be farther from the truth. This is a fabulous book full of romance, hardship, mystery, and even some history. It is well-written and full of the tragedy and resilience of the human spirit. And it celebrates the strength of women in spite of a sexist society.

So why did I mark the book
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Betsy
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first paragraph of Twelfth Child, I knew that Betty Lee Crosby is my kind of writer. Her words in the last sentence of the first paragraph can only be described as perfection: "...he surely knew how to how to destroy people from inside, a sliver of spirit, a piece of pride, a chunk of heart, until there was nothing left...". The "he" in this sentence is the the main character's, Abigail's, father. Knowing this is the beginning that Abigail has, I knew she was going to have an u ...more
Katie
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a quick, Southern-style read
My mom recommended this book (and author) to me because of Bette Lee Crosby's 'Spare Change.' We decided to read it together, although she ended up loving it so much that she finished it before I was half way through! Sheesh! She does not make a good book club companion! ;) kidding mom!

The story is great - I love the writing style of past and present and finding out what happens as the storyline develops. She will offer teasers from the future Abigail and when the past Abigail goes into what re
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Jackie Lane
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my second Bette Lee Crosby book and I have to say I enjoy each one more than the last. The characters in the book are always endearing and there is always someone we love to hate. I loved that there was another strong woman at the core of the story.

This book bring friendship, love, trust and faith all wrapped up nicely with a bow. I also saw greed, lying and selfishness throughout this book.

The devotion shown by Abigail Anne was amazing. Her sheer will against a father who thought that a
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Laura Reading
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bette Lee Crosby is quite the storyteller. Or perhaps it is Abigail Anne Lannigan who is the storyteller. Whichever one it is, we are drawn into the book and the stories covering decades and different ways of life.
Whenever you think Abigail is going to get a break, life hits her full force.
How does her heart remain intact? (We know it is damaged.)

From the beginning you know there will be tough times. Born into an era and household where female children are not valued (to the point of not being m
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Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
What did I think? I think while at the time I was reading two books....I just had to finish this one first. Bette Lee Crosby did it again. I would have given it 5 stars but I did not like the ending. In a way I understand why Ms Crosby did it....now I truly want to find out what happened - ???? cant say any more because I dont want to give the ending away....but will say the story kept me wanting to hit a few people, kiss a few people and loving Abigail. Never has there been a sweeter book to re ...more
Melodie
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern-lit
Abigail Lannigan is no stranger to heartache. In fact, her life has been filled with it from the very beginning.Born into a farming family, her father only had time for her twin brother Will.After all, she was just a girl. What good was she except to keep the house and get the meals on the table?
But Abigail is made of much sterner stuff. Again and again, she tries to break through to his heart.And time after time she is rebuffed. Finally after losing her beloved mother and her father tries to
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Gayle Swift
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bette Lee Crosby has hit another one out of the park!

When I received this book, I intended to complete my current read-in-progress before starting "The Twelfth Child." Then I read the excerpt from the back cover--one sentence--and I w hooked. I had to read it immediately.

Bette draws her characters with an emotional depth that compels the reader to care about their challenges, to root for their success and to appreciate their bravery. Abigail Anne and Destiny are women you will not forget. Though
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Sharon
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a delight, I picked up The Twelfth Child yesterday afternoon intending to read a couple of pages, but not really expecting much, instead I found myself turning page after page wondering what was going to happen next with Abigail Anne and Destiny! The story begins with Abigail Anne fretting about Destiny being possibly sent to jail and as she explains in a roundabout way it is all because of her father's attitude. It IS a roundabout story, a bit of a yarn, but so entertaining. We discover ho ...more
Marci
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book required a little work to get started - I was a bit confused at the beginning, but stick with it - you will have to go a long way to find a more likable character than Abigail Anne Lannigan. Ms. Crosby has once again transported us to a time that we think of with nostalgia and try to tell ourselves was a simpler time. In reality, there were villains then, there were good people then, there were injustices, heartache, joy, love, and all the things that make life such a treasure - and Be ...more
Teresa
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The enchanting story of two lonely ladies, one older and one younger, who build a relationship borne out of their unique circumstances and the need they each have for a special someone in their lives. They both give to the other freely and unselfishly. Unfortunately both are a bit naive as to the ways of the world and before the story concludes one will die and the other will find herself under attack from a greedy relative and the legal system.

Ms. Crosby has a very special gift of creating char
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Faye Heath
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book after reading a review from a fellow Goodreads member whose judgement I trust. Am I ever glad I did!

This is one of those stories that touches the heart. I knew within the first fifteen minutes of reading that I had found something special.

This is a gentle story, a story that touches upon greed and hypocrisy and the true meaning of friendship. A really wonderful, satisfying read.
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