Literary/Southern Women’s Fiction
Title: THE TWELFTH CHILD
Author: Bette Lee Crosby
Date Published: May 2012
Be prepared to be swept away into the life of a girl who will tug at your emotions while never leaving your heart. Crosby has crafted a story that will enchant readers.
Steena Holmes, bestselling author of Finding Emma
Trust, love and friendship—Abigail Anne Lannigan searched for these things all her life. Now, when she is at the tail end of her years, she teams up with a free-spirited young woman. A nobody from nowhere, who suddenly moves in across the street. This unlikely friendship comes under suspicion when a million dollars goes missing and a distant relative, claims embezzlement. Abigail knows the truth of what happened, but she’ll never get the chance to tell..
Reminiscent of Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes, the unlikely friendship of these two women is sure to settle in the soft spot of your heart.
Strong Female Characters without the “I am woman hear me roar” mentality. Crosby writes in a way that puts readers within the story so that they can visualize themselves experiencing the hurts and joys of the protagonist. A Book and A Review
I rarely give 5 stars for a book, but this book definitely deserves 5 stars! Crosby deals with timely issues such as caring for the elderly, greed, forgiveness, isolation, love, selfishness, and selflessness. If you like novels about strong women and relationships, you would probably enjoy this book. I have already lined up my next Bette Lee Crosby novel. Amazon Review
Bette Lee Crosby is a storyteller extraordinaire. She has honed her craft, and shares it in this well told novel. McGuffy’s Reader - Blogspot
A deeply moving story that touches the core of your heart…Layered Pages
Characters with an emotional depth that compels the reader to care about their challenges, to root for their success and to appreciate their bravery. Goodreads Review.
Almost anyone who has ever read one of my novels will agree that there is a thread of lighthearted humor running throughout even the most dire situation. Why? Well, for one reason I had a Southern Mama who taught me to laugh at myself. She showed me how to step back from the agony of a lost love and see the man who broke my heart as simply someone with a wad of gum stuck to his shoe. She also taught me that it’s okay to cry, but only for so long. Once you’ve licked your wounds it’s time to get up and tackle life all over again. This is the life lesson my mother gave to me and I in turn try to pass it along to my characters.
In The Twelfth Child, don’t expect to read about the typical ‘I am woman hear me roar’ person. My characters are not like that. Abigail Ann Lannigan is rather like my mother. She’s funny and yet wise. She makes mistakes, bad choices, and wrong turns, but when all else fails, she reaches down inside of herself and finds a way to go on. The same is true of Destiny Fairchild. Although they are generations apart, these two women have held onto the capacity to love—each other and the men in their lives. On a New Year’s Eve that by all rights should be tragic, they head to Miami Beach where they’ll drink champagne, paint their toenails pink and talk of skinny-dipping in the Atlantic Ocean.
We can’t always control the pathway that our life takes, but we can decide whether or not we’ll whistle as we walk that path. At least that’s what Mama said, and Mama’s almost always right.
October 19 - Laurie'sInterviews - Guest Post/Giveaway/PROMO
October 21 - Andi's Book Reviews - Review/Guest Post/Giveaway
October 23 - My Reading Addiction - Review/Giveaway
October 27 - Jenn Renee Reads - Giveaway/Guest Post/PROMO
1) Win a $25 Giftcard
2) Win a copy of Spare Change by Bette Lee Cosby