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When the heart of a man gets pulled loose, he starts dying. I started dying a year ago, and I'm still working on it. GRITTY SOUTHERN FICTION AT ITS FINEST - Midwest book review... 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.

2015 Reader's Favorite for Southern Fiction Gold Medal

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    Bette Lee Crosby Does it Again!

    I read this book from November 13 to 22, 2014. I have been reading a lot lately, thanks to baby not making me nearly as sick as she/he was doing. I have been thinking a lot about this book and the characters in it, analyzing them even after the book is done. The first thing I noticed about this novel was that it was written to tell a story and it was written in such a way that it took me a good while to realized that the main characters in the novel were black. I am no bigot myself, so some of the things that the main characters went through made me sick to my stomach. While I have no doubt that this is how it was back in the 1940-50’s, there were many times where I wanted to climb into the book and beat someone up. It made me sad to realized that this issue is still alive in some areas today, even if it is not nearly as bad as it was back then. I came to love Benjamin as a friend and he goes through so much that at times I may have pitied him, but I never lost my respect for him. It wasn’t until I finished the book that I felt a moment of remorse, it was over… and that was all that I got. Bette Lee Crosby is so amazing at writing stories that you really do get attached to the characters and it makes a world of a difference. I will also wonder what happened to the characters in this novel, but I also know that in my mind they are living happily ever after and sometimes… sometimes that is good enough. If you are looking for a book that will take you on a whirlwind of adventure, something that deals with everything from love to loss, then this novel is for you. It just so happens to be my favorite read of 2014. I think you should check it out in 2015! Passing Through Perfect is set to be released on Jan. 14th, 2015.

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    Passing Through Perfect.

    What a beautiful story!it had me hanging onto every word it deserves more than 5 stars thank you for writing such beautiful stories it is easy to read and warms my heart.

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    Bette Lee Crosby Is The Best

    I read all her books this one no exception ireally enjoyed it coul'd put it down.Looking forward to the next one.

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    Very moving read

    In 1946 the war has ended and Benjamin Church is headed home to Grinder’s Corner, Alabama and his father. He arrived home to find his father unable to run the farm properly by himself, and being a dutiful son, he stayed to run the farm. Then he met Delia, a preacher’s daughter, and fell in love at first sight. Her father disapproved of the relationship, disowned her, and forbade her mother to visit their only child. Benjamin and Delia got married by a justice of the peace and settled down in Grinder’s Corner. When their son Isaac was born, Delia was determined they should leave Grinder’s Corner and move north where a black child had better opportunities and could go to college. Benjamin refused. He was happy with his life, until a horribly tragic event occurred on one rainy night - an event that changed life as he knew it, forever. When Benjamin finally decided to leave and head north he passed through Wyattsville, Virginia, where he met Sidney and Carmella Klaussner and their boy Paul Jones, and his sister Jubilee, all people we met in JUBILEE’S JOURNEY. The Klaussner’s showed their gratitude to Benjamin for rescuing Paul from a burning auto by helping him get on his feet and making the right connections for him. This is an intensely moving story of a Southern black man and his quest for a happy life for himself and his family from his Southern roots to a promising future away from the racism he encountered in the South. The third book in the Wyattsville Series, PASSING THROUGH PERFECT did not disappoint me. Bette Lee Crosby’s storytelling ability has never shown brighter. A Southern gal herself, Crosby had an insight into the trials and tribulations of Southern living, and therefore her depiction of the towns and life situations were believable. PASSING THROUGH PERFECT, with characters that jump right off the pages and into your heart, is a book you don’t want to miss. The author provided this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    Driving Through Perfect

    This story tugs at your heart. It felt real and true. I would recommend this book highly. When you felt that all goodness was gone ,then came hope. Read and enjoy.

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