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Crossing the Street

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  41 reviews
This wasn't the way Beck Throckmorton had planned it. She wasn't expecting to find herself in her thirties writing erotica and making flat whites for a living while she stewed over that fact that her ex had wound up with her sister. She never saw herself living in a small suburban Ohio town with an octogenarian neighbor best friend. And she definitely wouldn't have imagine ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Story Plant
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book! On one level it is just downright funny. On a deeper level, the relationships between the odd array of characters is so poignant that you go from laughing out loud to teary. Only Molly Campbell could deftly have two millennials (one of who writes erotica as it pays well) be best friends with an octogenarian who is raising her 8 year old great granddaughter (the greatest kid ever) while her grandson is deployed overseas.

Campbell's writing has come so far.

A lovely read!

I re
Lisa Montanaro
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
What a delightful book! It includes a cast of characters that feel so real that you want to curl up with them and chat, stroke the cat's fur, and eat a popsicle on the front porch. Beck is interesting because she is lovable but flawed and stubborn. It is lovely to watch her open her heart to friends that become family. And by doing so, she heals old wounds. I loved the chatty first person point of view. And I particularly loved the character of Bob, the little girl that she takes under her wing. ...more
Christine Moore
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this delightful funny book! Beck didn't see her life going the way it is. Writing erotica to pay the bills, Ella who is in her 80's as her best friend and Ella's sweet great grand daughter Bob. It is a great story of friends and the the twists and turns life throws at you. I laughed and I cried as I read this wonderful book. Thank you to NetGalley and Story Plant for an ARC edition for an honest review. ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to bring you my review of the upcoming must-read novel Crossing the Street, by Molly D. Campbell. This is such a wonderful story about a young woman, Beck, and her friends and family. Beck is best friends with Gail (who she grew up with) and Ella (her neighbor that is in her 80’s). Beck doesn’t get along with her sister Diana because of Diana marrying Beck’s ex-boyfriend Bryan. Things get even worse once Beck finds out that Diana is pregnant and their mother is pushing Beck to fo ...more
Pamela Allegretto
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Molly D. Campbell has been a favorite blogger and author, and she didn’t disappoint with Crossing the Street. Her flawless writing, imaginative storytelling, and interesting, multi-faceted characters add up to an enjoyable read. An easy 5-stars. Highly recommended.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great read! Thank you Andrea at Great Thoughts and Netgalley! Campbell utterly charms you with Crossing the Street, a sort of coming of age for the 30s and 40s crowd. Beck, utterly damaged by her parents' divorce as a kid, is on track to being a cat lady with her beloved Simpy. Her sister married her ex boyfriend and one of her two best friends is her neighbor, a woman in her 80s- Ella. Well, then Ella's great-granddaughter Roberta, aka "Bob", comes and charms everyone. Including Beck. Yo ...more
Linda Zagon
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank NetGalley, Story Plant, and Molly D. Campbell for the ARC of "Crossing the Street" by Molly D. Campbell for my honest review.
The genre for this book is Women's Fiction.
I found that Molly D. Campbell describes flawed, complex, and complicated characters. These characters are likeable at times, and not likeable at times. These characters remind me of my friends, neighbors, and family.
Rebecca is friends with Ella, an eighty year old neighbor. Rebecca comes from a dysfunctio
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crossing The Street is a compelling women's fiction story that easily draws the reader into the drama and emotions that come with the complexity of life, the dynamics of relationships, learning to confront one's past, and the ability to make new life choices.

Set in the small town of Framington, Ohio, the reader can't help but get drawn into Rebecca's story as she faces the complexities in her life, and finds herself at a crossroad that will lead her on a personal journey of self-discovery.

May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Molly Campbell, writes such delightful characters. I love a book where I want to leap into the pages to befriend the characters. I definitely wanted to cross the street with Beck Throckmorton and hang out with her octogenarian neighbor Ella and her great-granddaughter Roberta, known affectionately as Bob. Beck is living alone in a quiet neighborhood, working as a Starbucks barista and writing bodice rippers in the evening, but she feels she may slowly be turning into a weird cat lady. Her life s ...more
Patricia (Pat)
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love!, love!!, love!!! CROSSING THE STREET!!!! You will too.

Our heroine, Rebecca Throckmorton's life sucks! Damaged by her parents divorce, Beck doesn't do relationships, does not like children, , and she does not see the picket fence/children scenario in her future. Heading to becoming "an old maid" with her beloved cat "Simpy", her sleeping companion. She hates her sister, Diana, because she married her ex- boyfriend (who Beck broke up with), and they are now expecting a child. Her two BFF's
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a heartwarming, super enjoyable read with great, well written characters who practically leap off the page. Beck's "boring" existence is challenged when her octogenarian best friend across the street becomes a guardian for her great-great grandchild. ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book loved it
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this entire, delightful story!
Each and every character has wonderful in- depth personalities that providing a continuous heart warming story.
Everyone should know a little girl like Bob. She has a huge heart although has had so much sadness in her short life, this child only sees the best in anyone she meets.
Bob loves her Great-Gran. She cares for her. Gran is devoted to her darling great- granddaughter. Bob's best friend in this whole world is now Beck.
Beck, is a person that is in all o
Carol Boyer
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found Crossing the Street to be a delightful, charming story that uplifted my heart in many ways. Rebecca is still dealing with tons of resentment, from her sister Diane's astonishing betrayal by marrying Rebecca's ex-fiance. To top it off Diane is having a baby but complains constantly about her marriage which adds pain to the fact that Beck is still sad about her parents divorce, and thinks her sister is just selfish and controlling. Beck lives alone with her devoted cat Simpy and becomes re ...more
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a breath of fresh air, or like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. The characters are absolutely amazing, and their relationships are so realistic. I could really see this happening in Small Town, USA. I definitely recommend this to anyone that is looking for a refreshing read!
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book that deals with three generations of women. Beck is a writer who lives in a small apartment across the street from Ella and her great granddaughter Bob. Beck has problems with her sister Diana ever since Diana married Becks boyfriend. When Ella falls and breaks her hip Beck must step into the void and help everyone cope. The women are all so strong and coping with divorce, loneliness and illness. The interaction is beautiful and so real life. Beck never thought her best ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Crossing the Street is my favorite Molly D. Campbell book so far. It has complicated characters who will amaze you, disappoint you, affect you, and engulf you. The story starts off by introducing Rebecca Throckmorton, who never wants kids or much responsibility and writes erotica books even though she doesn't have much of a social life. Her best friends are Ella, an eighty-three year old neighbor, and Gail, who is always looking for someone to marry and have children. She hates her sister becaus ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG. I wasn't expecting to be blown away by this book. But I sure was surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed this book about an erotic writer - Beck- whose life seems to be going nowhere until her elderly neighbor's granddaughter comes to live with her and needs help caring for her. Enter Bob, a fantastically dynamic and mature eight year old girl who captures everyone's heart. The story is so compelling with all kinds of plots woven into the novel with many other characters that make this novel so spe ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Crossing the Street is such a charming, funny, heartwarming book with such delightful characters, especially Beck and the precocious eight-year-old Roberta (Bob), that made me wish they were living across the street from me. I totally related to the taking care of an 80+ year old who's had hip surgery, gone through physical therapy, and getting around with a walker. Been there and still doing that! I adored this book so much. I could have read this book in one sitting but I didn't because, you k ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The good news is that Molly D. Campbell makes her characters truly come to life. You feel like you are sitting with Beck Throckmorton as she examines exactly how her life is not what she wanted it to be. You feel like you are with her as she visits her octogenarian neighbor Ella, argues with her despised sister Diana, suffers through her mother's tacit disappointment, gossips and communes with her best friend Gail, and tending to Ella's great granddaughter Bob (yes, Bob; it's short for
Shannon L. Gonzalez
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: In the midst of tumultuous emotional chaos, you can't help but laugh out loud.

Crossing The Street
Molly D. Campbell

Meet Beck (Rebecca) Throckmorton, in her 30's and single; an Erotica Romance novelist who moonlights as a Starbucks Barista. One of her two best friends, Ella, lives across the street from her. What makes this even more dynamic is Ella is 80 years old. As familial chaos comes knocking on Beck's door, she finds herself in a position to mentor Ella's 8 year old grea
3.5-star read
I was provided a free digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rebecca "Beck" Throckmorton decided at a very early age that she didn't want children. Her one serious relationship ended because he wanted children and she didn't. Unfortunately for Beck, he then decided to marry and have children with Beck's sister. Now Beck is a thirty-something-year-old author of women's erotic fiction, part-time barista, cat owner, and her life has stalled. One of her best
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (

Beck might make a living writing erotica, but art does not imitate life, not in the least. The only time she could ever claim that she may have experienced anywhere close to it, would be when she were still with her ex-boyfriend, Bryan. Only, they’re no longer together, hadn't been for a long while. He settled down and started a family with the one person in her life that Beck feels is her arch nemesis, the one person that could
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Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do believe this is the first book I've read by Molly D. Campbell, but it such as heck won't be the last!

There is so much to love about Crossing the Street that I'm going to just focus on what I consider the main points.

Characters: Oh my gosh, they just like real people and I'd bet all of us know some people like the folks in this novel. Diana, Beck and their sibling rivalry, the drama queen mother - "I have skin cancer so please make up with your sister!" Okay, I paraphrased, but seriously, do
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May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was impressive. This was so much more that I thought it was going to be. After the first couple of chapters I was not too sure - but seriously the more I read the more I loved it!

This book is funny and quirky. I just loved the characters.
Beck - Single and childless (by choice). A tough woman! Cool, funny and very snarky! She was sarcastic to the point of almost being rude - OK she was rude sometimes, but they had it coming! I loved Beck!
Ella - Beck's neighbor across the street and her
Sarah Joint
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet, heartwarming, and absolutely filled with drama. There were many parts that made laugh, too. I'm giving it a 3.5 bumped up to a 4. Often I felt there was just a little too much going on and at times I got pretty frustrated with the main character and her family especially her dear sister, but it's well-written and absorbing.

Beck is a single woman in her thirties. She survives mostly off writing erotica, but doesn't really enjoy it. She'd rather be working on a literary fiction novel, but
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is a delightful story with engaging characters. I really like Beck (Rebecca). She is a captivating character, a heart of gold yet writing erotic novels on the side (it pays the bills). And I like Bob (Roberta) even more. An eight year old with a world of hurt in her past, she has a personality that grabbed and made me want to give her a hug.

The story is a good exploration of relationships, family, marriage, friends, and dating. And one other relationship, that
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fabulous book. I read it in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. And yet I savored every word, every moment with Beck and this quirky, delightful cast of characters.

Normally I skip books with children and ageing family members. I think it just hits too close to home and I want to read something that takes me out of my own life. Being in the Sandwich part of life right now, well it's angsty enough, I don't really want to read about it too. But oh this book, it got me! It helped me un
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gtgr-arc
CROSSING THE STREET by Molly Duncan will make you laugh and get teary eyed in the same chapters. It follows Beck, a Starbucks barista that writes erotica on the side. She has a demanding mother, a queen bee sister, a strange relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and a cat named Simpson. She also has two best friends, one of which lives across the street and recently had her great-granddaughter move in. The story covers complex relationships, the beauty of friendship, and the power of forgiveness a ...more
Suzy Soro
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was an early reader for Crossing the Street and now want to leave the chaotic circus of Los Angeles and move to a little town in Ohio and actually know my neighbors! I found Beck very relatable as I have a sister with whom I have "issues" as well, although she didn't end up marrying an ex of mine. And like Beck, having children was never a priority for me and I too became a writer, albeit not of erotica. (I might look into it now, though)

Funny, warm, engaging, this is the hallmark of a Molly C
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