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Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
A southern tale of love in all its forms.
Olivia is an independent woman of the 1930s who avoids having children that would cling to ‘her like bananas on a stalk’. She also believes eleven to be a deadly unlucky number. Recently wedded and widowed, she lives alone in an apartment where children are not allowed.
Over 200 miles away lives Ethan Allen, an eleven year old boy who witnesses his mother and father’s murder. When the police unwittingly put him under the care of the murderer, Ethan Allen sets out to find Grandpa Charlie Doyle, his only living relative. Well, he was living last Christmas…
I was intrigued to see how Olivia and Ethan Allen’s lives would cross and what would become of the murderer. The story unfolds at a good pace, revealing enough to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next.
The characters are well developed and memorable, bringing every page to life, and there is enough humor to save the story from becoming too sad and tragic.
The story is told alternately from Olivia’s and Ethan Allen’s point of view, and I relished both the voices. Few writers can tell a story with an eleven-year-old’s voice and make it believable. Bette Lee Crosby nails it!
Reviewer: Jodie Brownlee
When Jodie’s not writing about adventures, she’s having her own. As a traveler she’s crossed the Rajasthan desert on a camel, plied jungles on an elephant, driven a tuk-tuk in Sri Lanka, visited a witch doctor in Africa, and parachuted from an old Cessna. She grew up in Australia, lived in London and now calls the Rocky Mountains home. You can visit Jodie at her blog and website.