Keeping the blog up to date has not really been a priority lately, personal health and matters take priority over that. However, I hope to put a huge change to that soon. I have been reading like crazy though in my spare time, I sneak out of bed to take nice relaxing baths while getting lost in a book (that is, on the nights I am not playing catchup on housework).
First things first, I have officially begin to accept review copies of books again. This means I have sorted through the 3,000 emails and responded to the ones I want to get my hands on first. Second, I am trying to figure out the best way to get the post done. Would you like one per day? Maybe it would be better to have 2-3 days a week set for book reviews, 1-2 days a week set for personal post and then maybe toss in the craft related stuff that I was thinking about adding in. If you have feedback on this, let me know.
This review is an old review, being republished due to the blog issues that made us lose all of our progress.
A Woman who is Superstitious to the Core…
A Boy who claims his Parents are Dead…
A Murderer who wants to Silence the Truth of What Happened.
Olivia Westerly knows what she knows — opals mean disaster, eleven is the unluckiest number on earth and children weigh a woman down like a pocketful of stones. That’s why she’s avoided marriage for almost forty years. But when Charlie Doyle happened along, he was simply too wonderful to resist. Now she’s a widow with an eleven-year-old boy claiming to be her grandson.
Spare Change is a quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about the important things in life, the madcap adventures of a young boy and a late change of heart that makes all the difference in an unusually independent woman.
With a foul mouth, dark secrets and heavily guarded emotions, Ethan Allen Doyle is not an easy child to like. He was counting on the grandpa he’d never met for a place to hide, but now that plan is shot to blazes because the grandpa’s dead too. He’s got seven dollars and twenty-six cents, his mama’s will for staying alive, and Dog. But none of those things are gonna help if Scooter Cobb finds him.[Buy the book on Amazon!]
Spare Change is the first book in the Wyattsville Series. It was published back in 2011 and I am very sad that it took me this long to get a copy of it. I had not heard of Bette Lee Crosby prior to this novel, but she has an amazing writing style and now I am hungry for more! What I liked the most about the novel is that the story is told from a third person point of view, but between the telling of the story you get little chapters that are almost like diary entries. These little ‘entries’ are only around a page long, two pages at most and they are told in first person point of view. These short little chapters allow us to see into what the character is thinking and what they are feeling at a more personal level then the third person point of view would have allowed.
Spare Change is a story that has well developed characters that are easy to fall in love with. You find yourself wanting to cry along with the sad scenes, laugh with the happy ones and feeling more than afraid for the characters in moments of danger. You are just rooting for them every step of the way. The main characters are Olivia Westerly and Ethan Allen Doyle. When first meeting Olivia, at the beginning of the novel, I was not really sure what to make of her. She was a strong woman, independent and hard working. She wasn’t looking for a man or looking to settle down, despite the fact that other people around her seemed to judge her for not conforming to what was deemed normal in her society. She did not want kids and therefore she did not want to marry a man that may eventually want kids later on down the road. She claimed the number 11 brings nothing but bad luck (I can related to this, only with the number 14) and she seems to be very superstitious. Eventually, she falls in love and unexpected things happen that take her on a journey that she never expected she would go on. She gets married, goes on her honey moon and at first everything seems to be going well.
Ethan Allen Doyle is introduced a little bit later on in the book. His mama’s name is Susan and she has a love for life, music, singing, dancing and most of all New York! His father’s name is Benjamin and the only thing he loves is Susan and keeping her on a short leash. He’d do almost anything to keep her from going to New York because he is afraid that she would up and leave him. One thing leads to another and sooner than later both the boys parents wind up dead, and Ethan is on the run from the killer who wants nothing more than for the crime to go unsolved. Ethan goes of to search for his Grandfather that he has never met, only to run into unexpected complications along the way.
This novel is a page turner, I only put it down to go to work and to go to sleep. If I was awake, it was in my hands. I honestly give it a 5 out of 5 star rating because it was well written, well edited, with will rounded and easy to love characters. The setting was very relaxing to me and I just adored the southern flair the novel had. It was a page turner with a lot of suspense and a few good twist and turns. I was very pleased with this book and I am just dying to get my hands on book number two (which is called Jubilee’s Journey). This story deals with loss, superstition, love, moving on, opening up and how remaining silent after witnessing a violent crime is not always the best thing to do. I recommend this novel to anyone who is into the following genres: mystery, historical and drama.