A Tag Team Event – Show a little southern hospitality to Louise in What Matters Most by Bette Lee Crosby

After the review, scroll to the end of the post for the Giveaway. This is a tag team event, so you will have a second chance to enter. Good luck.

What Matters Most

Clay received a letter telling of his Uncle Charlie’s death and his inheritance. Charlie had left him a home in Florida.

When Louise found out about his fear of dying over a pile of papers at the bank, like his father, she considered him retiring.

Clay:  “I’m like wallpaper that’s grown colorless and ragged around the edge, but still stuck to the wall.”

There’s got to be more to life than that.”

Louise:  There has to be more to life than have-tos. She thought hard about Clay. As pictures of him ran through her mind, she knew her decision. OKAY.

Clay thought of the house in Florida and started to plan their move. He became invigorated, coming alive.

Florida beach scene by Sherry J. Fundin. All rights reserved.

Florida beach scene by Sherry J. Fundin. All rights reserved.

All Louise could think about was what would she do without her family and friends?

All Clay had to say was, she  “…will start over again.” A new life, a new outlook, new friends and new adventures. “Isn’t that what life is about?”

Louise was very superstitious. She had a long list of should haves. She believed life was full of luck for people with matching initials, like her friend Billlie Butterman.

Louise loved her life. She liked knowing exactly what would happen. No surprises.

When her friend suggested a way to thwart the move, she jumped on it. He wouldn’t know she was trying to stall. She figured he would change his mind.

Clay felt Louise would change her mind and embrace the move once they got to Florida.

So, let’s go on an adventure with Clay and Louise as they find their way through the pitfalls, perils and enjoyment of creating a new life after retiring.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 STARS – Would Highly Recommend To Others

Bette Lee Crosby’s covers always hold a lot of emotion, as do her stories. This is a story of love, change and learning the true values of life. A story full of humor and sorrow. I didn’t feel the need to cry but I sure did laugh. ^_^

Her books are very well written and capture you from beginning to end. They are full of Southern hospitality. A warm welcome with an open door. Come on in.

The characters in her books could be your friends, family or neighbors.

Myself, I have moved many, many times since 1987. The first move was the hardest. Then, they became an adventure and I would look forward to another place and the opportunity to make it my own.

How do you feel about change?  Do you look at change as an adventure, or do you like knowing what is around the corner?

Some people grab it with both hands, Louise was terrified. Her past made her insecure, she needed the sameness. Louise wanted stability. As a child, they had moved place to place. She felt she never belonged. She had nobody, nothing.

In her unhappiness after the move, she had isolated herself. Her perception was not fact. She was full of sorrow  and anger. “Odd man out.” If she wasn’t so busy feeling sorry for herself, she would have seen how willing the people were to include her in their life.

Aunt Rose. What can I say about Aunt Rose? I think she sums up the whole book, title and all. I loved her from the beginning. She made me laugh. But, you will have to read the book to find out why.

Communication – sometimes we don’t do it very well.

Old drivers were mentioned, “……set their directional signals to blinking blocks before anyone actually made a turn.”

I have read and reviewed several books by Bette Lee Crosby. She has given me signed paperbacks that look great on my  bookshelf. I love her books and have told her I will always review every book of hers I get my hands on. No request necessary. Thank you, Bette Lee, for the many hours of reading that have allowed me to leave reality behind and walk in someone else’s shoes.


Bette Lee CrosbyBette Lee Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006, when she won the National League of American Pen Women Award for unpublished fiction with What Matters Most. Her novel, Cracks in the Sidewalk, received the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award and then went on to win the 2011 FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal. In 2011 Spare Change received the Reviewer’s Choice Awards and it garnered a second Royal Palm Literary Award. Her books have earned numerous five-star ratings with readers acclaiming them as heartwarming and captivating.

Most recently, Bette completed a memoir written for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as The World’s Longest Living Quadriplegic.

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taiwan flag smiley animated gif Pictures, Images and Photos Bette Lee Crosy is offering  for the Giveaway:

US/Canada only – a signed paperback of What Matters Most

International – an ebook of What Matters Most.

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Easy entry as always, just leave your email address and answer the question:

 How do you feel about change?  Do you look at change as an adventure, or do you like knowing what is around the corner?

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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner of the Paperback is Sandy S. Winner of the ebook is Michelle H.

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16 thoughts on “A Tag Team Event – Show a little southern hospitality to Louise in What Matters Most by Bette Lee Crosby

  1. Awesome review Sherry. So much different from mine. I like yours better! lol
    You really sum up Bette’s writing and her stories. Her stories just wrap their arms around you:)

    • Thanks Laura. I love seeing the different ways we approach stories that we both like. It’s funny the different things that jump out for both of us. She makes the story read like real life and the characters appear as if they could be your friend or neighbor. So realistic.

    • Thanks Janna. I know what you mean. The only thing I would change at this moment is some more moolah. lol

        • It turned out great, even though it was taken from the car. A lot of my photos of this area are taken from the car because there is nowhere to stop or park.

  2. Change is a time for growth and change does take some time to get used to. I like some change but I have to admit I am a creature of habit. ( I live in the U.S)

    • I think we are all creatures of habit, but change comes whether we want it or not. We are great at adjusting and adapting though. ^_^

  3. I know of a few instances concerning people that I know personallyl, that consistency equals security and a sense of control over their lives. But I know from personal experience that it can also be like Mac & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes & hot biscuits, or a tall glass of sweet iced tea….COMFORT. Like a snuggly blanket. That is why, after a personal tragedy that I tend to crave the familiar in my home environment. BUT….
    I have always had an adventurous side and I think that can cause one to lean toward being comfortable with change. After all, change is an adventure. So for me…..bring it on.

    • I envy you adventurous ones. I have become very complacent and comfortable since I have found my piece of paradise. I can relate to all you say and I love how you described you feelings. A little bit of that southern touch. ^_^

  4. I don’t mind some change. Right now in my life, I think I am ready for it. I want an adventure, but I also want to know that I have my safety nets with me. The people I love, my favorite books, those types of things.

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