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Friday, August 8, 2014

Blueberry Hill: A Sister's Story by Bette Lee Crosby (Book Review)

Blueberry Hill: A Sister's Story by Bette Lee Crosby
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Publication Date: June 27, 2014
Format: Kindle - 3307 KB - 111 pages
Genre: Fictional Memoir 

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour for the release of the novel. 

Book Description:


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.

My Book Review:

Blueberry Hill: A Sister's Story is a poignant story about sisters and the strong bond that they shared. Author Bette Lee Crosby shares a portion of her life story with her readers in this heartfelt fictional memoir about the strong sisterly relationship that she had with her sister Donna.

It is a beautifully written story about family relationships and the strong bond of love that flows through their veins even as life's experiences has its way of doling out happiness and heartbreak. Bette shares her emotional story of the last few years of her sister Donna's life mixed in with memories from their childhood, it is a heart wrenching but loving story that will tug at your hearts strings and touch your soul.

The sisters were complete opposites: Bette the oldest daughter was a cautious and practical girl, while middle daughter Donna was the free-spirited, independent, wild child who experienced and lived her life to the fullest. But living such a carefree lifestyle had its consequences for Donna, bad choices and decisions would ultimately lead to her self-destruction and would take her life away too soon. But through it all, Bette honors her sister's memory with a wonderful tribute that depicts her as a strong, vibrant, and independent woman who lived life on her own terms.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the meaning behind the title of this novella, for Donna, Blueberry Hill was more than just her favorite song, it was a place where a person could imagine dreams coming true.

Blueberry Hill: A Sister's Story is a thoughtful story that any person who has loved and lost a loved one can relate to. It is a poignant story that will have the reader experiencing the full gamut of emotions, while encouraging them to gather their loved ones closer to their heart, for you never know what tomorrow will bring.


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: Blueberry Hill: A Sister's Story (2014), 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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