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Emily, Gone

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  233 reviews
A missing child sets the lives of three women on a collision course in this powerful and compelling novel by USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby.


When a music festival rolls through the sleepy town of Hesterville, Georgia, the Dixon family’s lives are forever changed. On the final night, a storm muffles the sound of the blaring music, and Rachel tucks her bab
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Published April 30th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
1971, Georgia

Rachel Dixon is tired. So very tired. The last couple of days a music festival has been playing at a nearby farm. The music has kept her small family awake for days. Weary and ready to drop she puts her six-month-old daughter, Emily, down to sleep in her crib and finally sleeps herself. Only to wake up to a nightmare - Emily is gone! No longer in her crib, where could she be?

Vicki Robart is at the music festival numbing herself from the grief of losing her infant daughter months ear
Hesterville was a small town in Georgia and when a music festival was slated to happen one long weekend on a property out of town, the locals objected. But the sheriff said there was nothing he could do about it as it was out of the town’s (and his) jurisdiction. Rachel and George Dixon lived in a house abutting the property, and the constant loud, thumping music kept them, and their six-month-old baby Emily awake each night. On the final night, a violent storm hit the area which muffled the mus ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

A music festival shook the quiet town of Hesterville, Georgia, with its loud music and with the kidnapping of Rachel and George Dixon's baby.

The Dixons had been exhausted from lack of sleep because of the music festival, didn't hear anyone enter the house through the unlocked door, and awoke to find their baby's crib empty.

We find out that, Vicki, one of the festival goers had just lost her baby, chose a random house to enter to find food, but instead found her lost baby waiting in the crib and
Camille Maio
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you're going to embarrass yourself by crying on a train, at least make it over a good book. This was the case when I finished Emily, Gone. Or, more to the point, I started AND finished this book on my train ride. The premise was gripping from the start and as it played out, I thought of many different ways it could end.

Crosby has written an exceptional book that raises questions about love, family, faith, and forgiveness. This one will stay with me for quite some time.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A crime of opportunity: a grieving, unhinged young woman breaks into a home looking for food — and comes out with a 6-month-old baby she's convinced is her own stillborn child. While her boyfriend agonizes over how to get the baby girl back to her parents, Vicki settles right in as a mom. Meanwhile Rachel finds it impossible to get over the loss of her baby. There are plenty of wonderful small-town characters, and this story of grief, resilience, and healing is compelling and well written. This ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emily, Gone had me captivated from its first pages until the last ones because of the superb storytelling of Bette Lee Crosby. The book starts in the small town of Hesterville, Georgia in 1971. The Dixon family lives close to Baker field where a music festival takes place. Vicki and her boyfriend Murph are attendees at the festival. A very stoned and hungry Vicki asks Murph to stop at the Dixons house, so she can steal food. What she ends up doing instead is kidnapping Emily, the Dixons' baby. W ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love it! It's a beautiful story that will bring you to tears! The writing is flawless! The story captures you and you can't stop reading i was in that moment where i wanted to finish it to find out what happens because the not knowing was killing me but also not wanting to finish it i wanted to take my time and savor it. soak it in. you could really feel everything the characters were going through and it just fills your heart with so many emotions! This is definitely one of the most beautiful ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bette Lee Crosby has outdone herself with this awesome, heartfelt, loving, heartbreaking, beautiful book.

It’s the story of a loss so great you won’t be able to read without many tears. I mean big ugly faced tears. How to you deal with waking up to an empty crib. A baby gone. You don’t have a clue what happened or where that baby is. If it’s being loved or hurt. That is exactly what happened to Rachel and George Dixon. They put their baby girl down for the night and went to bed like always. They
Marilyn Rothstein
No wonder every reviewer I follow on social media is crazy about this book! A page-turner of a great Southern story by Bette Lee Crosby. The tale of three women and one child--compelling from beginning to end.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emily, Gone is a compelling story of loss, love, and forgiveness. Can a wronged mother overcome grief? Will justice be demanded for terrible deeds? Emily, Gone, as told by masterful storyteller Bette Lee Crosby, will make you rethink what it means to forgive—and to rejoice in the power of healing hearts.
Linda Zagon
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Emily, Gone” by Bette Lee Crosby, Lake Union Publishing, April 30,2019

WOW!! Kudos to Bette Lee Crosby, Author of “Emily, Gone” for writing such an amazing, intense, intriguing, captivating, entertaining, dramatic and enthralling novel. This is a novel that tugged at my heartstrings. There are layers and coincidences, twists and turns, and unpredictable events in this novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Mystery and Suspense. The author de
Travel with me to 1971 and the sleepy town of Hesterville, Georgia.

Losing a child is both unthinkable and unbearable. Crosby introduces us to three women. The one who birthed Emily, the one who took her, and the woman who raised her. This was a beautifully poignant story that shared the many facets of grief, love and motherhood. The story spans eighteen years and allows us into the lives of these women and their families.

Crosby relays her story from POVs of all three women and one of Rachel’s mo
Barbara Sissel
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s a nightmare no parent would want to endure, that of waking to find your child is gone, her crib empty. EMILY GONE is a heartrending portrait of one such couple whose love and trust in one another and in their married life is tested beyond imaginable limits. But who could do such a thing, take someone’s child? It’s a compelling mystery, one that will keep you turning the pages. A poignant, compassionate and engrossing book, this is a story that explores the bonds of love and family, the frag ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One doesn’t just read a Bette Lee Crosby book , you live it. You feel the happy, the sad, the heartbreak and the joy deep in your soul !
This book is so beautifully written, with amazing characters and a story that will have you turning pages non-stop .
Every time I close the book after reading the last page , I want to pack my bags and move to this town !
Thank you Bette Lee for another fantastic read !
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The mantra of this beautiful heart-filled novel is "If you believe, prayers can come true."
Bette Lee Crosby has an amazing ability to pull my heart right into the pages of her stories. This book did just that!
An awful thunder storm, in the middle of the night. Her Mom and Dad sleeping in the next room, and Emily is abducted and just gone!
How do you go on as parents who lose their only child? Do you ever forget or stop caring and thinking about that precious baby? Do your prayers change?
How d
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Bette Lee's books. And this one was no exception. Her subject matter was a bit darker in this one, the abduction of a baby from her home, her crib. My heart broke for the parents of little Emmy. I burned with indignation at the abductor, wanting justice. Well written (as always) and very compelling. Plenty of heartbreak moments and outright blubbing. I'm just not sure about the ending. Would it really be that easy? Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the free ARC.
A Wondrous Bookshelf
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, fiction
The book starts forty-seven years ago in the small, fictional town of Hesterville, GA, where a music festival akin to Woodstock is about to take place at Harold Baker’s farm. The townspeople, apprehensive about the festival and the type of audience it will attract, try to prevent the festival from happening to no avail.

The Dixons live close to the farm where the festival is taking place. Rachel, George and poor baby Emily have endured several nights of loud music and very little sleep. On the la
Donna Hines
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
How to fill a void this is the root of the situation at hand when in 1971 Vicki makes a life altering decision?
Rachel was tired, so tired, that she simply wanted to rest so she placed her newborn daughter Emily in her crib to sleep.
Meanwhile Vicki is still grieving from the loss of her daughter months earlier when she enters a home for food and finds much more.
Rachel has since extended her family but has never quite overcome the loss of losing a child.
She spends her days and nights thinking, lo
Susan Peterson
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book by Bette Lee Crosby! Emily, Gone is a heartbreaking bit also heartwarming story. Three women—three mothers and one little girl whose lives are forever changed in an instant of grief and impulse. This poignant story is written with warmth and compassion, a story that will tug at your heartstrings.
Bette Crosby writes beautiful, thoughtful and imaginative books. There is no doubt about that. I'm proud to be committed to reading each and every book she writes. "Emily, Gone" is no exception.

Yes, there's a however coming....I miss the books this author has written previously. "Emily, Gone" is excellent. Bette provides a beautiful story, full of feeling and amazing details. She is, at heart, a true storyteller. But, personally, I have grown tired of reading about child kidnappings and the pain
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Eureka!  Ms. Bette Lee Crosby knows how to write a decent “feel good” novel.  You can invest yourself in the story without sacrificing all standards or, for that matter, a single brain cell, no, not one.  Yes, it is women’s lit, but not a romance, and, hell, somebody’s gonna write ‘em.  Might as well be Ms. Crosby.  Six month old Emily, asleep in her crib, is taken from her home at the height of a Woodstock type music festival in Hesterville, Georgia and remains missing from her family for years ...more
Patricia Sands
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Emily Gone, Bette Lee Crosby weaves a tale that combines gut-wrenching loss, the bonds of family love on many levels, and compassionate forgiveness, to deliver a compelling narrative that lodges deeply in the hearts of readers. Crosby has a way of developing characters and settings that quickly become real and engaging to readers. The range of emotions she hits in the plot of this story is remarkable. We are introduced to some individuals we may not want to like but somehow Crosby is adept at ...more
Margie Shaw
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, Bette Lee Crosby has really outdone herself! After having read several of Bette’s books, I have to say Emily, Gone is my favorite so far. I think it’s a little different than anything she’s written before, maybe a little more intense and perhaps that’s why it grabbed my attention like it did. It’s a story surrounding the abduction of an infant and goes on to tell what it’s like for all the characters involved and how they carry on with their lives. You really grieve right along with ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, kindle, netgalley
Emily, Gone
by Bette Lee Crosby

Emily, Gone
by Bette Lee Crosby -----


1971 A music festival that the town did not want, an exhausted family and 2 concertgoers make for an interesting opening.

When Rachel Dixon puts her infant daughter Emily to bed, she never realizes it would be the lst time she saw her. Precious little Emily is snatched in the night.

I knew about the kidnapping going into the story, but I didnt know it would NOT be a typical "look for the kidnapper" story.

This boo
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreaking story that will tug at your heart until the very end. The love between a mother and a child is profound. A love that is everlasting. Bette wrote a book with real life circumstances that no one ever should to be in. Rachel's baby Emily, is kidnapped from her crib at night. I just couldn't possibly imagine losing a child and not knowing where they are or if they are safe. What Rachel and George went through was felt through ever page of this book. The details of heartbreak, sadness ...more
Joan Bannan
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captivating from the start. Compelling, well written story with well-developed characters.

The author handled love scenes adroitly, used very little profanity, and tugged at my heart without melodrama. And for a kidnapped baby story, one little spoiler from me that may encourage you to read this: It's not as heartbreaking as you may expect.

Thank you to my Goodreads friend, Kim, for her rave review! I'm so happy to have found this novel and this author.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Losing a child is devastating for a parent. When Rachel Dixon’s baby girl was kidnapped from her crib, heartbreaking does not even begin to describe the feelings.
A roller coaster of emotions as a marriage is tested, life goes on and a baby is never forgotten. A story of grief and healing. Tugging at my heartstrings as I kept reading.
This was an intense book that captivated me from start to finish.
Keep tissues close by for those tears.

Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the oppor
Louetta Waters
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC for my honest review.

Bette Lee Crosby is another one of those authors who's books I will grab up in a second! She knows how to weave a well written heart grabbing story every time!
Emily, Gone is no exception. It's a no put-down marathon read.
Six month old Emily, asleep in her crib, is taken from her home....and just when you think you know where the story is going a surprised is weaved in, making for a jaw dropping, rip out your he
Leanna Mattea
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A baby is missing from her crib, when her parents wake in the morning. Three families lives are impacted by the loss. A story of heartbreak, unresolved grief, and impossible attempts to rebuild their lives. We see the kindness of family and friends that struggle to support the parents in their loss, and the endless search for this loss child.
This is a heart wrenching story, beautifully written by Bette Lee Crosby. Her characters are well developed and human, as we get to know them and their own
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-this-book
I really enjoy this author's books. This story was a pull at the heart strings. There are so many moving parts to this story that each have different emotions. Crosby really breaks down each character and helps you to visualize their role in this compelling story of loss, family and forgiveness.
Thank you to NetGalley and the Author for an ARC of this story. This review is in my own words.
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USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review

The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures."

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