Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Release Day! Emily, Gone by Bette Lee Crosby ~ My Thoughts #EmilyGone


Congrats Bette
on the release today of
Emily Gone!

Emily, Gone
by Bette Lee Crosby

Paperback and e-book, 398 pages
Expected publication April 30th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

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 baby into bed before falling into a deep sleep. So deep, she doesn’t hear the kitchen door opening. When she and her husband wake up in the morning, the crib is empty. Emily is gone.

Vicki Robart is one of the thousands at the festival, but she’s not feeling the music. She’s feeling the emptiness over the loss of her own baby several months before. When she leaves the festival and is faced with an opportunity to fill that void, she is driven to an act of desperation that will forever bind the lives of three women.

When the truth of what actually happened that fateful night is finally exposed, shattering the lives they’ve built, will they be able to pick up the pieces to put their families back together again?

My thoughts about Emily, Gone ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"It's been forty-seven years since the music festival took place at Harold Baker's farm, but everyone in Hesterville remembers that weekend."

I have loved all of Bette's books but this has now become my favorite. Her books are always full of wonderful and interesting characters, so much love, and so much wisdom. Emily, Gone will pull at your heart strings and make you feel all the feels. A mother's love is so, so strong. And in Emily, Gone one mother's love never forgets and another mother's love causes heartache and tears.

I loved how Bette transported me back in time to the 1970s—a time of peace and love. But that peace is shattered for Rachel when she finds her little baby missing from her crib. And will Vicki's actions give her the peace she is looking for after the loss of her own baby?

This was such a sad, but heartwarming story, a story that brought tears a few times. But at the same time, it was an uplifting story—such an amazingly beautiful story. And one that will stay with me for a long time.

I always recommend Bette's books—she is such a wonderful storyteller. Emily, Gone is definitely one you need to read!

I received and ARC of Emily, Gone from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

"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."

USA Today Bestselling Author 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. ~ Author's website

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