Thursday, August 7, 2014

Blueberry Hill: a Sister's Story by Bette Lee Crosby

Blueberry Hill: a Sister's Story 

Blueberry Hill by Bette Lee Crosby
Kindle Edition, 111 pages
Published June 28th 2014


From the USA Today Bestselling Author of Spare Change comes the heartwarming story Blueberry Hill, a Sister’s Story.

Based on the realities of her own family, Crosby calls this a memoir of sorts. Traveling back to a time when the sisters were young enough to feel invincible and foolish enough to believe it would last forever, Crosby has bared her soul in a story of regrettable decisions and inevitable outcomes.

Blueberry Hill is a tale of family relationships, love and tragedy. It is a story that will touch your heart and stay with you long after you have closed the book.

Blueberry Hill
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My thoughts about Blueberry Hill ~~  
'My sister killed herself, and I will forever carry the weight of it being partly my fault. I didn't hand her a weapon, but I looked the other way.'
How does that opening line grab your attention? It sure caught mine. Bette is one of my favorite authors so I had to keep reading to find out why she feels so guilty about her sister's death. What a heartwarming, touching, sad but beautiful story.
'In that last year, I asked her, "If you could do it all over again, would you do anything differently?" She shrugged. "Maybe." That was the closest I ever saw Donna come to having regrets.'
Bette and her sister Donna were as different as night and day but you get from the story that they loved each other deeply. They had their rough spots but what sisters and families don't go through that?
'Part of being a sister is sticking together in good times and bad.'
Blueberry Hill, just like Bette's other books, is so beautifully written that I just get lost in her words. It's almost like listening to beautiful music, I just forget everthing that's happening around me and enjoy the wonderful world I am in.

There were some tough times in the book, the tough times of Donna's story. It was sad at times, and heartbreaking. But you could sense the love that was there as well. It's always sad when some one dies young but we can learn a lot about death and living from the experiences that Bette's writes about. I think I would have liked to have known Donna. She has a great sister in Bette, so she had to have been a wonderful woman as well.
'... she didn't get the best of everything, she just made the best of everything she got.'
About the author

USA Today Bestselling and 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.

Born in Detroit and raised in a plethora of states scattered across the South and Northeast, 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."

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 that, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, Royal Palm Literary Awards, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal and Reviewer's Choice Award and Reader's View Southeast Fiction Literary Award.

Her published works to date are: Jubilee's Journey (2013), What Matters Most (2013), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid's Christmas (2012), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2011), Spare Change (2011), and Life in the Land of IS (2012). Life in the Land of IS is a memoir written for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world's longest living quadriplegic.

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