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Jubilee's Journey

(Wyattsville #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  826 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Can the faith of a child inspire forgiveness in the heart of a woman seeking revenge?

From award-winning USA TODAY Bestselling Author BETTE LEE CROSBY comes a heartwarming Southern family saga that redefines the meaning of family.

Crime is a rarity in the small town of Wyattsville, so when one occurs it is front page news. Grocery store owner, Sidney Klaussner, shot in the c
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Bent Pine Publishing (first published October 11th 2013)
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Dale Harcombe
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bartholomew Jones dies in a coal mine. Long before, he urged his son Paul never to work in the mines. When death and tragedy occurs, sixteen year old Paul remembers that promise to his father. But how will these two orphans survive? Taking his seven year old sister Jubilee, Paul heads off away from the coal mines to find his mother’s sister Anita and a new life. Sadly, tragedy has not finished with this little family, as Paul when applying for a job is caught up in a robbery. Jubilee who had bee ...more
Sixteen year old Paul Jones and his little sister Jubilee had grown up in a loving home – their mother Ruth and father Bartholomew doted on them both. But when Ruth died of tuberculosis Bartholomew’s life crumbled; he struggled on but the unwanted life of a miner in West Virginia weighed him down. Making Paul promise he would never follow in his or his grandfather’s footsteps made Bartholomew feel a little easier as he knew Paul would honour his promise – but the notification one afternoon of th ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The is was a poignant story told in the modern historical era of the American South. The times, the setting, and the characters were all brought to life so well that I was immediately feeling nostalgic for a time before I was even born. There was a fleeting, golden afternoon quality to the words that left me with an appreciation for how life is never all sweet and some times things happen that are out of our control, but we must find a way to live through to the other side.

I wasn't
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Jubilee wasn't supposed to be Jubilee, and Paul was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Jubilee and Paul had to leave their childhood home since both their mother and their father had died and no one was allowed to live in the house unless they worked in the mines. Since Paul promised his father he would NEVER work in the mines, he and Jubilee left the town in search of their Aunt Anita who didn't even know they existed.

Jubilee was the sweetest child, and Paul was a wonderful teenager any paren
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given a wonderful opportunity to read this prior to the release and find it hard to explain how very much I LOVED this book. It's a story that you are drawn into with the first few pages and keeps you entwined in Jubilee's life. Starting out in a coal mining town gives you insight as to how hard these men worked, how little they had and how they wanted better futures for their children. But, that, at times, is very hard to achieve.
Your heart is torn at the loss of a Mother, at the wisdom o
Wendy T
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this books and characters in this book, except one which anyone who read this book would know. It was wonderful reading another story with Ethan Allen and now his best friend Jubilee. These two are two wonderful characters and look forward to reading more about them in the future.

Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Four Stars: An uplifting story of hope, love and the kindness of strangers.

Paul and Jubilee pack everything of value in a small knapsack and leave the only home they have ever known behind them. Paul, at sixteen, has seen far too much grief and hardship in his short life. His mother fell ill when he was eight, forcing Paul to take over the care of his sister and the house. When she died a couple of years later, Paul continued to care for Jubilee. Then at sixteen, another devastating blow. Their
Judy D Collins
It was exciting catching up with beloved and memorable Southern characters from Spare Change (Wyattsville #1) in Bette Lee Crosby's second book in this compelling and riveting series, JUBILEE'S JOURNEY (Wyattsville #2)!

I have just finished an advanced reading copy of PASSING THROUGH PERFECT (Wyattsville #3), coming Jan 14, 2015. If you enjoyed this one, you will love reconnecting with Paul and Jubilee, once again and the two new adoptive parents. Their lives intersect with another family in n
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Told from multiple POV’s we begin our tale with the Jones’, a Virginia mining family. We learn about the parent’s courtship, and the births of Paul and Jubilee. It is a hard life, but we quickly become attached. When tragedy strikes and the children are forced to leave the mining town, young Paul takes his sister to Wyattsville in search of their estranged aunt. Paul spies a “For Hire” sign in the local market, and asks seven year old Jubilee to wait on a bench directly across the street. He pul ...more
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was so privileged to read an advanced review copy of Jubilee’s Journey.
Mrs. Crosby swept me away again into the town of Wyattsville, where Olivia and Ethan Allen reside from her wonderful book Spare Change.
The journey does not start there however. Jubilee and her brother Paul start their journey in a small coal mining town called Coal Fork, West Va. (there really is such a town, I looked it up). Their beautiful mama Ruthie died of a fever one year and their dad died a few years later in the
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
When I read Bette Lee Crosby's book "Spare Change" I loved it so much I didn't want it to end. I had no idea there was another one coming called "Jubilee's Journey".
I immediately bought the kindle copy and the author didn't let me down. Jubilee and her big brother Paul's story was great all by itself, but then our friends from Spare Change, Ethan Allen, Olivia, Clara and others are in Wyattsville.
It's a beautiful story, sad and tragic at times; with a murder, misunderstanding, mystery. I fell in
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4.5 Stars

Another great read from Bette Lee Crosby. I am new to this writer and the Wyattsville series. Ms. Crosby is fast becoming a favourite author. Although vastly different from what I normally read this story still involves what I love about books, mystery and southern charm, which appears to be BLC's specialty. A story of tragedy and death and different ways people cope with it. Anger at injustice of what life can throw you and forgiveness and faith are covered in the story written through
Laura Thomas
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read many of Bette’s books, and some things I know I’ll find in each new one are her strong southern prose, compelling situations very true to life, and characters so vividly depicted they become living beings, and I step into their story.

Another thing I’ve come to expect is her endearing cover art. You feel when you look at them.

I fell in love with Ethan Allen in Spare Change and was thrilled to return to Wyattsville and have his story continue in Jubilee’s Journey.

He is doing fine. Tha
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
The is the second book in the lovely and heartwarming Wyattsville Series. Though not completely necessary, this story will be much more enjoyable if you read SPARE CHANGE first, as there is a lot built on the first story in this series. Young Ethan Allen and his "Grandma" will befriend Jubilee in this book and the empathy they feel is because of their back story.

That being said, this is once again a beautiful story of God's working in the lives of children without families, and the people of Wya
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Jubilee's Journey. I came across it on GR and was intrigued by the synopsis. I had not heard of the author before coming across the book. After listing the book "to read" I received a message from the author stating I may want to read Book 1 first, Spare Change. I took her advice and read it. I was not certain if the characters I knew from Spare Change would be a part of Jubilee's Journey, so I was delighted to find them included in a big way. It is for this reason I would recommend read ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bette Lee Crosby is not only a wonderful person, she is a wonderful author. Her books will leave a place in your heart long long after you finish reading them.

This was the sequel to Spare Change and continues with Ethan Allen and Olivia but is about a little girl called Jubilee(Jubie for short) and her big brother, Paul. After their parents have both passed they leave their home to go in search of an Aunt they never met. Paul is the best big brother in the world to little Jubie and after a bus r
Crystal Otto
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Jubliee’s Journey by Bette Lee Crosby

By Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

Jubilee’s Journey is Book Two in the Wyattsville Series by award winning author Bette Lee Crosby. This story of discovering lost family and finding love reconnects readers with Ethan Allen and the other heart-warming characters of the bestselling novel SPARE CHANGE.

I absolutely loved Spare Change and Crosby did not disappoint with the second book in the series. Jubilee’s Journey was well written and the characters were
Georgiann Hennelly
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A truly fantastic read. Tradegy strikes a West Virginia Coal mining family. First the Mother die's and Paul the son is left to take care of Jubilee and their father. When the father is killed in a mining accident. The owners of the mine say they can't stay on in the house unless Paul goes to work in the mine . Since he promised his Father he would never work in the mine. He akes what little money they have left and a few belongings and Paul and jubilee set out on a quest to find the their Mother ...more
Maria Ulery
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads

Well if you liked Spare Change by Ms. Crosby you will just love Jubilee's Journey! In this book you meet Jubilee and Paul the children of Ruthie and Bartholomew (they are poor on $$ but rich on love) and you wouldn't want to meet a nicer family living in the hills of West Virginia! However, one day Ruthie takes ill and the next Bartholomew is killed in a mining accident leaving the children orphans! They set off to find the only living relative known to them (aunt an
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you liked Spare Change, reach for this novel next! If you haven't read Spare Change, it's a good idea (but not necessary) to read it first; the story will still make sense, but you don't want to miss your opportunity to meet and get hooked by Ethan Allen and "Grandma" Olivia. In this novel, the two unexpectedly get tangled in the lives of siblings who have lost just about everything--except for their strong family bond. Crosby's characters are irresistible, and the love between them is nearly ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
Bette Lee Crosby has once again written I book that I couldn't put down! It has everything I wanted to read - lots of character driven plot, lots of dialog, adorable children - and a dog! What is there not to love? It, like "Spare Change," makes you want to curl up and get your heart completely into it. I have to admit that my heart still belongs to Ethan Allen, but Jubilee's such a sweetheart that she just might be a close second! Olivia's personality is so caring that you wish you actually kne ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even though this can be read alone I really believe you should read Spare Change first.

This is a really lovely heartfelt story. Bette is a fantastic story teller. Her books are so gripping you just want to keep reading until the end.
In this book we meet the lovely Jubilee & her brother Paul. We also get the joy of reading more from the characters in Spare Change including Ethan and Olivia.

I'm not going to say much about what happens in this story as the twists came as a great surprise to me.
Heather Paige-webb
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading "Jubilees Journey" and already miss Olivia, Ethan Allen, Paul and Jubilee!! This story held my attention through all the ups and downs. This is my new favorite book, and author! I can only hope there will be a third book to accompany this series. This story took place before my time, but the author has such a way with details that I felt I was there myself.
Sara Freitag
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Little Jubilee steals your heart right away. Heartwarming story that grabs you right away! Incredible story!
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Real both in circumstances and dialogue this is a book that will have you up late to finish. It will make you believe that you can triumph over tragedy. 4 stars
Debbie Kolins
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: betty-lee-crosby
Just finished this awesome book!! Their mom had passed away, then dad passed away in a mining accident and Paul ended up having to take care of Jubilee. They were told if Paul wasn't working in the mine then they had to move out . Paul decided they were going to try their Aunt [their mother's sister]. They end up in Wyattsville and Paul sees a help wanted sign and goes to apply but, there was a robbery and the store owner Sidney Klaussner was shot and he accidentally shoots Paul and everybody be ...more
Silver Petticoat
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and others at The Silver Petticoat Review: Jubilee's Journey

Already a #1 seller, Jubilee’s Journey, the sequel to the award winning Spare Change, is a heartwarming read worth checking out. Like Spare Change, Jubilee’s Journey has wit, southern charm and an optimistic tone despite the hardships presented. This is one of those books that capture your heart from the first page. Each time I had to put the book down, I was disappointed because I wanted and even needed to know what wo
Rebecca Rosenberg
Bette Lee Crosby has been sharing lots of wonderful insights to her Wyattsville Series. Join us at AMERICAN HISTORICAL NOVELS! ...more
Sherry Fundin
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“We’ll name her Jubilee, because this child is a celebration of our love.”

Thus, Jubilee’s story began and you will not want to miss it.


Jubilee’s Journey is the sequel to Spare Change. Spare Change was the first book of Bette Lee’s that I read and it is still my favorite. I have been an avid fan of hers ever since.

The southern charm and giving nature of the characters captivate me. It makes me think of Hillary Clinton’s book, It Takes A Village. This book drives home the point that a commun

Originally posted at Bunny's Review

***Disclosure: I purchased this book at***

I have read some historical fiction based in the mid-19th century but have never been a big fan. I have always thought the authors that wrote it just did not seem to capture what I have been told by grandparents, great-grandparents, great aunts, great uncles and everyone who have lived the decades they are trying to write about. When I was introduced to Bette and had a chance to read her book Spare Change I
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