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Passing through Perfect

(Wyattsville #3)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  701 ratings  ·  176 reviews
Benjamin Church came to the grange hall expecting to meet someone else, but then the girl in a red dress looked across the dance floor and smiled…

Passing through Perfect is a heart-wrenching, Southern family saga that starts on the night Benjamin fell madly and completely in love with Delia. Once he tasted the sweetness of her kiss, he envisioned them spending the rest of
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Published January 14th 2015 by Bent Pine Publishing (first published September 22nd 2014)
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Dale Harcombe
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I need a book to restore my wellbeing I turn to a Bette Lee Crosby book. The latest read is Passing through Perfect. The story starts in 1946 and the war is over. Benjamin Church returns home to Alabama, to find little has changed. Grinder’s Corner is much as it has always been. But when Benjamin attends a Harvest Festival in Twin Pines and meet Delia his life is changed forever. Her father, a pastor, wants more than just a poor sharecropper for his daughter. But nothing can keep Benjamin a ...more
Benjamin Church had spent four years away from home during the war years; now it was 1946 and he was heading for his family farm at Grinder’s Corner. He’d heard his Mama had passed away from a scrawled note by his father, but he didn’t expect the change in Otis when he finally arrived at the farm. He had walked from the bus in town and had expected things to look different after all that time – but nothing in his small area of Alabama looked any different.

The farm was run down so Benjamin set to
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Passing Through Perfect is a historical fiction novel that is very well written. I honestly don't read a lot from this genre but this one was worth my time to read and I ended up enjoying the story.

Set in Alabama in the 1940s and 50s Passing Through Perfect is book three in the author's Wyattsville Series but reads just fine as a stand alone.

I connected with the characters in this story and rooted for them as they went through their trials and struggles. The story focuses on Benjamin Church a p
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But in time such anger wearies a person. It weighs on them like a heavy coat, worn threadbare and without warmth. After a while the wearing of it becomes a burden, forgotten.

This is the third installment of the Wyattsville series and so far the one I have enjoyed the most. What made me love the book was its tone, style, and surprises. The tone was warm and inviting; the style was deceptively light - I thought at first I might not enjoy the book as much, because it seemed too light as in sup
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite authors. I so remember the time when she approached me on GOODREADS and thought I might enjoy her books. She offered me Cracks in the sidewalk to read and review, since then I have been hooked on each book she writes.

Passing through Perfect.

I wondered why Bette Lee Crosby would come up with this title, I found out half way through the book. I sighed, yes I literally sighed when I saw where it came from. I also feel how true that can be in life, Passing through perfect.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Passing Through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby is a trip back to a time when many believed the color of one’s skin was more important than the quality of one’s heart. Benjamin Church returned from his tour in World War II, a well-trained mechanic who had wanted to be a pilot, but one look at his skin and those in position held him back.

Now a poor farmer in Alabama, his world lit up again when he met Delia, a preacher’s daughter, with her love for life and sweet innocence. It was a coming together o
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy Benjamin and Isaac wound up in Wyattsville. It's exactly where they needed to be!! ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I read this book last week and then watched The Golden Globes Sunday night and though I have not seen the movie Selma yet, I thought all three of these things tied together nicely. With what has been happening around the country civil rights are still a huge issue even after all these years since that march from Selma to Montgomery. Rap singer Common said this in his speech as the Golden Globes when he won the award for Best Musical Score,

The first day I stepped on the set of
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author for my honest review.
This is the second book I've read by Bette Lee Crosby. I think I enjoyed it even a little bit more than the first one I read, Spare Change.
Set in a time period I love, the 1940s, it is the tale of Benjamin, a man of honor and integrity. He returns from the war, to find the love of his life, Delia. Their love story is sweet, and I admired the way he treasured her. It's the way we, as women, all want to be loved.
There are heartaches and l
Sherry Fundin

I would like to start with the cover. Bette Lee Crosby’s cover gives you a glimpse of the story inside. Her sweet, southern charm comes through the pages and wraps around me with loving arms. Passing Through Perfect brought forth so many emotions that I kept my tissues at my side. That is not unusual for a Bette Lee novel. With each novel in the Wyattsville series I say it is the best, but the best one is the next one.

The story includes chapters of the characters thoughts and feelings – Benjamin
Judy D Collins
Miss Bette, you have outdone yourself with PASSING THROUGH PERFECT! Southern fiction at its finest.

Top 50 Books of 2015 "Best Southern Fiction and Southern Storyteller."

Wyattsville Series, Book 3, an inspiring story and gripping series (the best yet), assured to win your heart, and one you will not soon forget. When a twist of fate intersects, and hearts of compassion unite among races, delivering a powerful and emotional story of love and loss.

For fans of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Help,
Carolyn Injoy
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in injustice in the South in the 1950's
Recommended to Carolyn by: goodreads
received a free kindle copy of Passing through Perfect: Memory House Collection (The Wyattsville Series Book 3) by Bette Lee Crosby in a goodreads promotion. I gave this beautifully written novel five stars.

It is a painful book to read for a former southern resident. I lived with people who acted out of ignorance the same as some of the people in Bakerstown. In the town where I lived there were two water fountains in the county courthouse with signs above them, 'white' or 'colored'. When I was s
Freda Mans-Labianca
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have a new favorite writer!
Just like reading John Steinbeck's, East of Eden, or Harper Lee's, To Kill A Mockingbird, this story is a tale of epic proportions!
It's about Benjamin. Benjamin has such a life, but it's full of perseverance, and an admirable one in the end. Or rather, his life wasn't admirable, Benjamin himself was.
I got choked up so many times throughout this book. There were even a couple times I had to put the Kindle down and come back later. It was a couple of tough moments to r
Jackie Lane
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I cannot say enough about this author. This is by far my favorite book she has written. The intense emotional journey that Benjamin Church goes on is gripping and compelling. You can feel Bette's southern flair for writing in each of her books, but rooted in Alabama during a time of racial inequality, this book will grab a hold of you and make you feel like you are a character in the book. An excellent addition to the Wyattsville s
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another perfect story by Bette Lee Crosby.

Passing through Perfect is a book that will touch you in so many ways. Laughter, tears, anger, love.. It has it all.

Benjamin Church arrived home from WWll, where he worked on planes and other things that needed to be repaired. His mother had passed away while he was gone and his dad, Otis, is all he has left. He's a hard working man who never takes time for himself. That is until his dad talks him into going to a dance. What Benjamin does not know is tha
Katie W
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
(4.5 Stars) I must admit that this is not a book that I would normally pick up. However, I have heard really good things about the author and when I was approached to review it, I agreed. I was absolutely blown away at how good it was. It's Book 3 in the series and I never once felt lost or confused--it definitely stands alone. The characters were very well developed and the plot portrayed life in the Deep South just after WWII in a very realistic way. My emotions were tugged all over the place. ...more
Maureen Timerman
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Passing Through Perfect is such a great read, have the tissues handy, there will be tears. This story takes place in the deep south, Alabama, beginning at the close of WWII, and at first I didn’t realize that the main character was black, and as the story progresses, we walk in his shoes, and meet prejudice head on.
Our journey is walking mainly in Benjamin’s shoes, yes we hear from Delia, his love and wife, and a few others along the way. We go with Benjamin as he struggles and then has a large
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

PASSING THROUGH PERFECT is another perfectly wonderful novel by Bette Lee Crosby. Ms. Crosby is a master storyteller.

Her books grab your attention, reel you in, and won't let you go. Her books are always ones that are difficult to put down. PASSING THROUGH PERFECT is no exception. Ms. Crosby's books always have a cozy feeling, always remind you of what is important in life, and always have something to ponder.

The main characters in PASSING THROUGH PERFECT, Benjamin and Delia, are hard-working fa
Caren ~ the misfit geek
I was provided an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book was an absolute pleasure to read. It is without a doubt one of the very best books I have read this year. It grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go. It was captivating and authentic to time and place.

Although the book is part of a series, it is easily enjoyed as a standalone book. All of the books in the series are quality reads but this is the best so far. I struggle to find words to adequat
PopcornReads - MkNoah
Book Review & Giveaway: We’re participating in the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop and I can’t think of a more heartwarming novel to feature as our giveaway than bestselling and award-winning Bette Lee Crosby’s new addition to the Wyattsville series, Passing through Perfect. As with the prior two novels in this series, you can read it as a stand-alone novel; however, I strongly suspect, once you’ve read it, you’re going to go back and read the first two as well. This series is southern historical ...more
Karen R
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Perfect ain’t a place,” he said. “It’s a time when everything’s good and we’re happy. Folks don’t live in perfect, they just get to pass through every so often.” – Benjamin.

I liked this novel by Bette Lee Crosby so much that I finished it in two days. I recommend to those who enjoy southern fiction.

The novel transports the reader to 1946, a time when life was not easy in the South for a black family. It serves as a reminder of the hardships and discrimination they endured during a dark time in
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had the pleasure of being the manuscript evaluator for Bette Lee Crosby for her last several books. Bette has always been a master storyteller, but I will never forget after my first pass on the book calling her to tell her that this book is her best work to date. In the three times that I read the book, this feeling of admiration, not only for the author, but the main character deepened too. There is a powerful beauty to this book that grasps the reader from page one and fails to let go ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Passing Through Perfect is a book that is now available on a preorder basis. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this magnificent book by Bette Lee Crosby. I devoured it literally in one day as I could not put it down once I began reading this heartfelt story about the Church family.
The tale begins when Benjamin Church returns from the service after WWII. His mother has died and he comes back to help his father, Otis, farm in a mixed race area of Alabama. The whites and the blacks l
Cathy Ryan
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Benjamin meets the beautiful Delia Finch in Twin Pines, the nearest town to Grinder’s Corner, it’s love at first sight. As their relationship deepens Delia and Benjamin spend as much time together as they can manage.

Delia’s father, the preacher in Twin Pines, is a harsh and cold man. He disowns his daughter when he learns she is pregnant and planning to marry Benjamin and forbids his wife to see or speak to their daughter. Delia knows forgiveness is not in her father’s nature and what he p
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Received form the Author in exchange for an honest review.

The book begins in 1946, when Benjamin Church is returning home to Alabama, after serving in the war. He had dreams of being a pilot but worked as a mechanic instead. While he was serving, his beloved Mother passes away and he returns home to his father and begins to help his father farm the land that they lease in Grinders Corners.

At his father's insistence he attends a dance where he is captivated by a beautiful young woman in
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Passing through Perfect, focuses on the life of Benjamin Church, a sharecropper’s son. He returns home from the war and begins farming alongside his father. It is the story of love, loss, heartache, joy and one man’s determination to provide for his family. The tale spans a good eleven years and I quickly became caught up in the characters.

Crosby clearly captures Alabama in the early 50’s and segregation. Passing through Perfect is told from a few perspectives each delivered in separate chapters
Crystal Otto
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto
It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t start by saying I am a huge Bette Lee Crosby fan, so I went into Passing through Perfect knowing I would absolutely love this book. However, Passing through Perfect is unlike any of the other books Crosby has written. In Passing through Perfect Crosby writes in the voice of a young black man. This was definitely a stretch for Crosby, but I only know that because she said so herself.
If I didn’t know better, I would think Passing t
Anna Tan
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, review-copy
When Benjamin Church returned to Grinder's Corner, Alabama after the war, he dreamed of becoming a mechanic. But days turned into months, and months turned into years, and Benjamin finds himself stuck working on his father's farm to support his young family. The tragic death of his wife changes his life forever and Benjamin must find a way to get his only son, Isaac, out of the South with its deep-rooted racial prejudices to a place where he can build a future in spite of the colour of his skin. ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Passing through Perfect is a wonderful Southern Historical Fiction novel that will stir your soul. Set in the small town of Grinder's Corner, Alabama, author Bette Lee Crosby draws the reader into the inspirational tale that follows Benjamin Church and his family as they struggle to live and work in the racially troubled South's time period of the 1940-1950s.

This is a heartwarming story that only Bette Lee could tell in a thoughtful style that transports the reader back to a time when Benjamin a
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Passing Through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby and I can't say enough wonderful things about this book. It only took me a little over 24 hours to read it, once I started I just could not tear myself away. The story is historical fiction and follows the life of a man named Benjamin Church after he leaves the service and returns to his father's farm to help run things as his father was alone and getting on in years. Not long after returning home Benjamin meets the woman who wi ...more
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