#Review: Jubilee’s Journey by Bette Lee Crosby @BetteLeeCrosby #Historical #Fiction
***Disclosure: I purchased this book at Amazon.com.***
I have read some historical fiction based in the mid-19th century but have never been a big fan. I have always thought the authors that wrote it just did not seem to capture what I have been told by grandparents, great-grandparents, great aunts, great uncles and everyone who have lived the decades they are trying to write about. When I was introduced to Bette and had a chance to read her book Spare Change I quickly changed my mind.
When I was offered the chance to read additional books by Bette I quickly jumped at the chance. I wanted to know if the author could keep me interested in a mid-19th century story again. I honestly thought if not then nothing was really lost because I would be finding out what happened to some of the characters from Spare Change.
Starting out the story creates a dark cloud with the death of someone that is only as a memory of the characters. Okay right here I wondered if this was going to be a sad look on the life of someone who had died while working in a coal mine. I knew that I did not want to read this type of book but I also knew that I was already interested after the first page. My attention was captured, my heart strings were pulled. Even though I do not enjoy reading about death the story went beyond that. The death did not set the tone for the rest of the story.
To state I enjoyed this story is an understatement. I was so engrossed in reading this book I forgot about everything else around me. I could not take the time to even fill up my glass of tea. My husband walked by me when reading and I handed him my glass without words he knew to leave me alone and just fill my glass up. Forget about supper also I am sure there is something he can fix for himself. I could not be bothered to do anything but finish the story.
Bette does not just capture the reader’s attention, she makes the reader stand up then fall back down begging for more. Wondering if the author will ever learn to write faster or maybe it is the editor that is so slow in getting the books to readers. I do not know all I know for sure is that I am an avid fan of anything Bette writes. She could take a phone book and pick out names for characters making them more interesting than anything they ever did in life. Bette you did not just make a home run with this book, you made a touchdown and left the opponent on the opposite end of the field wondering how they allowed the opposite team to score so many points.
I have personally passed this book on to my mother. While waiting somewhere for my husband the local county prosecutors (yes I know him outside of the courtroom) walked over to tell me him. He asked what I was reading and I recommend Bette’s book to him. He told me he would check it out. If I am recommend books to any person I meet then that book is something that has pulled me into the story and refuses to let go.
The bunnies and I give this book 5 carrots.
FROM A USA TODAY AUTHOR OF WOMEN’S FICTION BEST SELLERS…Comes an Award-Winning Family Saga
When tragedy strikes a West Virginia coal mining family, two orphaned children start out on a trek that they hope will lead them to a new life. Before a day passes, the children are separated and the boy is caught up in a robbery not of his making. If his sister can find him, she may be able to save him. The problem is she’s only seven years old, and who’s going to believe a kid?
A 20th Century Historical Mystery, Jubilee’s Journey is a tale of discovering lost family and finding love. This award-winning cozy mystery reconnects readers with Ethan Allen and the heart-warming characters of SPARE CHANGE.
Jubilee’s Journey, A Memory House Collection Novel, is the winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award and the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal.