Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What Matters Most by Bette Lee Crosby and a Giveaway!

What Matters Most

What Matters Most by Bette Lee Crosby
Series: Memory House Collection
Published April 10th 2013 by Bent Pine Publishing
Paperback, 287 pages

Louise Palmer is a settled-down person. A woman who wants nothing more than to remain in the same house until the day she dies. When her husband, Clay, announces an intention to quit his job and move to Florida, her life is thrown into a turmoil of mixed emotions and strained loyalties. Torn between Clay’s desire for “the good life” and the lifelong friendships of her quilting club, Louise struggles with what to do…until her best friend hatches a scheme to thwart the move.

Before she discovers the truth of what matters most, a marriage will be tested, family relationships will fall apart and the friendships Louise tried to hold onto will change dramatically.

My thoughts about What Matters Most ~~ 

I always know when I sit down to read one of Bette's novels that I am going to love the people and the places she takes me to. What Matters Most is another sweet, wonderful story filled with characters who become my friends. I think about them long after I close the book. 

Louise loves her life and the predictability of it. She has her routine and her friends and that's enough for her. But her husband, Clay is feeling burnt out and restless in his life. 
'I'm beginning to wonder if not-happy is the same as happy.'
When Clay's uncle dies and leaves his property in Florida to Clay, he figures this is the perfect time to make some changes. Louise goes along with Clay's plan, figuring he'll come to his senses eventually. But she is uprooted and off they go on the adventure of their lives. 
'Louise tried to remember exactly when she lost control of her life.'
Can Louise adjust to this new life? Or should she just go back to the place where everything is familiar and safe? And does she really want this life in Florida, does she really still want Clay? 
'The truth is I'm afraid of change. Afraid of what it will bring and what it will take.'
What Matters Most gives us a look at life changes and how some people react to those changes. Some reactions are positive and others, not so much.
'Everything that mattered in her life was gone.'
Bette's stories are always filled with such great words of wisdom and gentle thoughts. I just love reading them and I think each book of Bette's that I read is my new favorite one. 

About the author

Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby shares the storytelling charm of her Southern Mama in tales that are both heartrending and heartwarming. She is best known for her creation of characters that readers find unforgettable.

Passing through Perfect is Crosby’s tenth novel and the third book in the Wyattsville Series that began with the USA Today Bestseller Spare Change. Her 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 another twenty literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and the 2014 Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal.

Connect with Bette

I have an e-book of What Matters Most from Amazon that I will gift the winner of this giveaway. Good luck! 

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  1. I haven't yet had a chance to read Bette's books but this review makes me want to change this! Thanks for this giveaway.
    Blessing Susan!

  2. I haven't read any of her books, but would love to :)

  3. I've only read one book by Bette: Spare Change. It was really good!

  4. This sounds like a book that would appeal to me.

  5. I have not read any but I would love to!

  6. I haven't read any of Bette's books. I think I better change that asap!!

  7. I haven't but look forward to :)


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