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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Passing through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby (Book Release Day Event / Book Review)

In association with Author Bette Lee Crosby, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book release day event for Passing through Perfect!

Book Review

Passing through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby
Book 3: The Wyattsville Series
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Publication Date: January 14, 2015
Format: Paperback - 256 pages
             Kindle - 1867 KB
             Nook - 2 MB
ISBN: 978-0996080347
BNID: 2940150236615
Genre: Historical Fiction / Southern Fiction / Women's Fiction

BUY THE BOOK: Passing through Perfect

BUY THE SERIES: The Wyattville Series
Book 1: Spare Change
Book 2: Jubilee's Journey
Book 3: Passing through Perfect

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

Book Description:

It's 1946. The war is over. Millions of American soldiers are coming home and Benjamin Church is one of them. After four years of being away he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven't. Grinder's Corner is as it's always been--a hardscrabble burp in the road. It's not much, but it's home.

When Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines, he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she's the one. They fall madly in love: happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn't matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one.

It's true Benjamin has little to offer; he's a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that's how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn't leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything.

My Book Review: 

Passing through Perfect is a wonderful Southern Historical Fiction novel that will stir your soul. Set in the small town of Grinder's Corner, Alabama, author Bette Lee Crosby draws the reader into the inspirational tale that follows Benjamin Church and his family as they struggle to live and work in the racially troubled South's time period of the 1940-1950s.

This is a heartwarming story that only Bette Lee could tell in a thoughtful style that transports the reader back to a time when Benjamin and his family endured horrible racial discrimination in the South, and how they survived with powerful faith and grace.

This is a beautifully written and seamless story that is part of a wonderful series, but can be a stand alone read. Bette weaves a tale that brings back beloved characters from the previous books in The Wyattsville Series, while introducing the reader to a cast of new characters who are just as memorable. With a rich description of the time period and setting, and a inspirational story that makes the reader ponder about one of the most difficult time periods in our nation, author Bette Lee Crosby weaves a compelling and emotional story with a thoughtful message that will resonate with the reader for quite some time.

Passing through Perfect is an amazing story of love, loss, family, faith, and trust.


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.

“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 then, she has gone on to win another seventeen literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, The Reviewer’s Choice Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and the Reader’s Favorite International 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), What Matters Most (2013), Jubilee’s Journey (2013), Previously Loved Treasures (2014) and Blueberry Hill, A Sister’s Story (2014). She 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.

Passing through Perfect, The Wyattsville Series Book 3 is scheduled for release on January 14, 2015.


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