#Review: Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby @betteleecrosby
I read this book over a year ago. I started this book early one morning before noon I was finished and wondering why I have not heard of Bette Lee Crosby before. This book quickly pulled me in.
Olivia is not your average female in the 1920’s. She is not concerned with getting married. She is happy having a career while living life on her terms and not caving in to pressure from friends and family. Everyone keeps telling her that everyone wants a baby. What no one seems to understand is Olivia does not want a child. When Herbert her intended husband teller her that is what every woman wants Olivia comes close to losing her temper.
Olivia’s eyes popped open, and she snapped her head back. “What if I don’t want babies?” she asked rebelliously. “What about my job? There’s a good chance I’ll be promoted to the central office.”
“Babies are something every woman wants,” Herbert said. “It’s the natural way of life. Men work and women have babies.”
When Olivia meets Charlie she is ready to give up her way of life. She has found the one man who understands everything about her. Someone not interested in having kids, willing to eat out every night and not concerned with dust on furniture or making the perfectly pressed shirt every day.
“I only want you. I want us to sleep in the same bed and make love. If you don’t want to cook, we’ll eat in restaurants. If you don’t want to clean, we’ll sweep the dirt under the rug and get on with our life.”
Olivia was very easy to connect with. Someone most career females would understand. When Olivia became engaged to Charlie again no one understood. She even had shopkeepers laughing at her. Friends telling her to have the guy investigated, to rethink her retirement, to stating Charlie was a wastrel. Olivia never noticed any of this. She was so happy and in love nothing mattered.
I would enjoy knowing how old Olivia was when she got married. It is stated that Charlie is 68 but nothing about Olivia’s age. The author leaves this up to reader’s imagination.
When I finished this book I honestly wanted to start reading all over again, I felt like I was saying goodbye to someone I would never see again. The mystery involved with Ethan and the protective instinct from Olivia was so believable.
I highly recommend this book. It was such an enjoyable read.
In a story that’s been compared to John Grisham’s The Client, eleven year-old Ethan Allen Doyle has witnessed a brutal murder and now the boy is running for his life. In the time-tested tradition of Southern Fiction, Crosby unveils the darkest side of human nature and then rewards her readers with this beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts.
Olivia Westerly is the only person Ethan Allen can trust, and he’s not too sure he can trust her. She’s got no love of children and a truckload of superstitions—one of them is the belief that eleven is the unluckiest number on earth.
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: 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.