Monday, October 29, 2012

Spare Change by: Bette Lee Crosby Review

Title: Spare Change
Author: Bette Lee Crosby
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Pages: 277
Source: Author Request Review
Format: Paperback


 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. 

 My Thoughts:

This book was great read it is the story of Ethan Allen and Olivia Doyle.  Olivia is the a strong woman in a time when most women get married and have babies, Olivia decides this isn't the life she wants.  Ultimately she ends up marrying the charming Charlie Doyle, who like Olivia doesn't want kids.  He has one kid he's estranged from and a grandson Ethan Allen that he hasn't seen at all.  Olivia has a short marriage while honeymooning with Charlie he winds up dead and Olivia is devastated wondering how she will go on without him, when a surprise lands in her lap Ethan Allen orphaned when his parents are dead and Ethan won't tell what happened.

Ethan has had a hard childhood having a mother who is hell bent on going to NYC and a father who wants his wife to be a wife and be home.  They have many battles which result in broken furniture, dishes and misc. other things.  Ethan knows what happened that fateful night when his parents died but he's not talking trying to protect his grandmother and himself from the person responsible finding him.

With the help of Detective Jack Mahoney Olivia and Ethan share the story with him and allow the detective to investigate what happened.  This story was moving and made you appreciate family, even when they aren't blood related. I really enjoyed this story and am thankful to Better Lee Crosby for sending it to me!
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