Friday, November 15, 2013

Jubilee's Journey by Bette Lee Crosby

Jubilee's Journey by Bette Lee Crosby
Series: Book #2 The Wyattsville Series
Paperback, 300 pages
Published: October 15th 2013
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing

When tragedy strikes a West Virginia coal mining family, two children start out on a trek that they hope will lead them to a new life. Before a day passes, the children are separated and the boy is caught up in a robbery not of his making. If his sister can find him, she may be able to save him. The problem is she’s only seven years old, and who’s going to believe a kid?

Jubilee’s Journey is Book Two in the Wyattsville Series. 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.

My thoughts about Jubilee's Journey ~~

Oh my, another book by Bette that I just loved. Jublilee's Journey is book 2 in the Wyattsville Series so I got to go back to that wonderful world of Wyattsville to spend time with the people I came to know and love from Spare Change. What an enjoyable visit.

Jubilee is born full of spunk and spunk is what helps her get through the trauma of her parents dying and being kicked out her home at the age of 7. She and her brother head to the city to find an aunt who they hope will take them in. Things don't go well and she is separated from her brother. Along comes Ethan Allen, who is the main character in Spare Change. He takes her under his wing and stands by her while they try to work things out. So once again, we become a part of the wonderful world of Ethan Allen and all those great characters who were there to help him, when he needed it.

I love Grandma Olivia, who is such a great character and has such a kind, caring network of friends who are always there to help her, even when their methods might be just a little questionable. I would love to meet Olivia and to be able to call her a friend. That's how real Bette's characters became to me, the reader.

Bette's writes so beautifully and creates a world that feels so warm and inviting. Her books are ones to savor and enjoy! And she writes great passages that are just so amazing. I want to share a few that I marked.

'He pulled his baby sister to his chest and held her there for such a long time their heartbeats mingled and bonded them one to the other for the rest of their lives - however long or short that time night be.'
' "Where's hope when I need it?'
"It's probably right where you left it," Clara replied.
"Right where I left it?"
"Unh-huh." Clara nodded. "Hope don't leave. People just forget it's there." '
' "Then he'll be back," she answered flatly. A thin shell of resolve crusted over the outside of who she was. Inside there were a million broken pieces, fragments of things taken from her life - a mother, a father, a brother, a place to call home, friends, familiar roads, a garden - the shell kept all those things from spilling out like handfulls of Cheerios.'
'Everything had a price. The price of not loving was an empty and cold existence. It meant a lifetime of wordless evenings and nights where the chill of loneliness rattled in your bones. The price of loving was beyond measure.'

I know this post is about Julilee's Journey, but I loved Spare Change and Ethan Allen so much, and since it is book #1 in the series, I figured I would feature it here too.

My thoughts are here

A Woman who is Superstitious to the Core…

A Boy who claims his Parents are Dead…

A Murderer who wants to Silence the Truth of What Happened.

Olivia Westerly knows what she knows — opals mean disaster, eleven is the unluckiest number on earth and children weigh a woman down like a pocketful of stones. That’s why she’s avoided marriage for almost forty years. But when Charlie Doyle happened along, he was simply too wonderful to resist. Now she’s a widow with an eleven-year-old boy claiming to be her grandson.

Spare Change is a quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about the important things in life, the madcap adventures of a young boy and a late change of heart that makes all the difference in an unusually independent woman.

With a foul mouth, dark secrets and heavily guarded emotions, Ethan Allen Doyle is not an easy child to like. He was counting on the grandpa he’d never met for a place to hide, but now that plan is shot to blazes because the grandpa’s dead too. He’s got seven dollars and twenty-six cents, his mama’s will for staying alive, and Dog. But none of those things are gonna help if Scooter Cobb finds him.

About the Author

Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.

Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, three Royal Palm Literary Awards, and the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal.

Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid’s Christmas (2012) and What Matters Most (2013). She has also authored “Life in the Land of IS” a memoir of Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic.

Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back. “Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”

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