A family legacy in danger. A stranger in their midst. Do they have the strength to survive the gathering storm of secrets?For the Temple women, the winds of change are blowing. And if they're not careful, it could sweep them all away…After rising from Temple servant to tea shop owner, Violet finally feels in charge of her destiny. While learning Gullah folk magic from her aging grandmother, she worries much of her cultural heritage will be lost to the grave. Is there enough time for Old Sally to pass down all her special wisdom?Bride-to-be Queenie has never felt younger at heart. Engaged to the man of her dreams, the feisty sixty-year-old won't let anything ruin her big day—not even ancestral ghosts or a mysterious wedding crasher.Rose's southern roots run deep. Even after three decades away, she can still feel the shadow of her deceased high-society mother watching her every move. Can she shake her ghost and find a...
50 YEARS OF MEMORIES ARE HIDDEN IN THE WALLS OF THE LOFT... Annie only needs to find one... the one that will save Oliver's life. On the day of their wedding, Annie saw nothing but happiness ahead, but when an accident calls her back to Memory House, her world is changed forever. Ophelia Browne, the woman who taught Annie to find the memories in a forgotten object, is leaving the house and all those powerful memories behind. After only three nights in the loft, Annie must now find the single most meaningful memory in Oliver's mind. If she finds it in time, she can save his life, if she doesn't...well that's something she can't afford to think about. Readers will welcome back the much-loved characters from Memory House and enjoy a few new friends!
The Serendipity Series, Book TwoFROM A USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR comes a heartwarming mystery that is rich with imagination and magic. In Previously Loved Treasures, Book Two of The Serendipity Series, recently widowed Ida Sweetwater finds the granddaughter she never knew she had and turns a group of haphazard strangers into family. Struggling to make ends meet, Ida turns her cozy home into a boarding house and goes in search of used furniture. This quest leads to the Previously Loved Treasures shop and Peter Pennington, a delightfully strange proprietor who anticipates people’s needs. In addition to bargains, Peter hands out sage advice. When a pocket watch belonging to one of the residents goes missing for a second time he warns of danger—but will Ida’s granddaughter listen and will she heed his advice? This is a story that resonates with Crosby’s heartwarming albeit quirky characters and the joy of a pay-it-forward philosophy. Review***Crosby uses her skill with colloquial phrases and mannerisms to describe a world reminiscent of depression era times... plenty of feel-good moments, small moral triumphs and personal victories, all leading to a happy conclusion. *Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite *Thought-provoking, heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable! Corley's Chronicles*The twists and turns in Previously Loved Treasures ensure you won't want to put it down. There's a little something for everyone in this particular story - drama, longing, romance, mystery, deceit, and a little bit of magic! WOW, Women on WritingAn emotional, heartfelt book that will make you want to keep reading even after the story is finished. *Jax's Book Magic * The magic in Crosby's words glued this story together and made this un-put-downable book a very endearing read. It doesn't just touch the heart; it gives a piece of it to the reader. The Page Walker From the AuthorIf you enjoy knowing more about the author, you can share a private part of my life in Blueberry Hill, A Sister's Story - this memoir of sorts is now available to buy or borrow on Amazon.
Reviewer's Choice 2012 Award Winner! In a story that's been compared to John Grisham's The Client, eleven year-old Ethan Allen Doyle has witnessed a brutal murder and now the boy is running for his life. In the time-tested tradition of Southern Fiction, Crosby unveils the darkest side of human nature and then rewards her readers with a beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts.Olivia Westerly is the only person Ethan Allen can trust, and he's not too sure he can trust her. She's got no love of children and a truckload of superstitions--one of them is the belief that eleven is the unluckiest number on earth. Olivia 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.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.*Winner of Five Literary Awards,*BookBundlz Finalist, Voted Goodreads Best Unknown Fiction, FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal FinalistReviewA Good Read Full of Emotion...The Kindle Book ReviewA heartwarming book, Seattle Post IntelligenceCharacters that touch you, a book to share with others. The Caffeinated Book Review Fantastic characters and story flow... Hollis Bookshelf Reminiscent of Harper Lee's *To Kill A Mocking Bird ...Book Luvin' Babes Spare Change is a quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about the important things in life, the adventures of a young boy and a late change of heart that makes all the difference in an unusually independent woman. More than anything, it is a heartwarming book which is simultaneously intriguing and just plain fun. Seattle Post IntelligenceLove, loss and unexpected gifts...Told from multiple points of view, this tale seeped from the pages and wrapped itself around my heart. The Caffeinated Book ReviewHeartwarming story about a strong woman who learns life's greatest joys often come in the form of the very thing we reject. Book PleasuresRapidly Unraveling Mystery, enjoyable storyline, lively dialogue. Every Character is well-defined and believable. Reader Views **From the Back CoverOlivia Westerly's father disowned her when she tossed her nose in the air and left home in pursuit of a job he considered scandalous. He expected that she'd marry and settle into having babies as her friends had done; but Olivia simply couldn't tolerate the thought. Why just the mere mention of children sent chills up her spine! *
On the day Jennifer Green was born a pile of stones was placed alongside her scale of life. A few were the dark gray of sorrow, but most were a pale blush color. The largest stone was the rose hue of a sunrise. That one would be placed on the scale the day she married Drew Bishop. Even more brilliant but a wee bit smaller was the pink stone glistening with specs of silver. That one would bring Jennifer a baby girl named Brooke. The Keeper of the Scale smiled. Seeing such happiness laid out before him was pleasing to his eye. Since the beginning of time, he and he alone has been challenged with the task of keeping each person's scale in balance. A bit of happiness and then a small stone of sorrow, until the lives he has in his charge are measured evenly. You might think such power is universal, but it is not. There are silver threads that crisscross the landscape of scales and connect strangers to one another. Not even the Keeper of the Scale can control the...
Reminiscent of Fear Street and 1990s Point Horror classics, The Reading Buddy is a modern, Southern-set throwback thriller that is sure to deliver plenty of chills and surprises! "The good old days of teen suspense are here again!" ~ A. Bates, author of Party Line and Final Exam ~ aulinebates.com"A delightfully twisted tale of suspense..." ~ John Peel, author of the Shockers series, and, as Nicholas Adams, IOU and Santa Claws"...an astounding conclusion." ~ Ted M. Dunagan, author of A Yellow WatermelonAFTER THE DEATHS of his best friend and stepdad, seventeen-year-old Blake Thomas can't escape the memories of that night...the screams...the blood...the axe.Now, Blake suffers from social anxiety and making friends at his new home seems impossible. With his therapist's suggestion, Blake joins a social media site called The Reading Buddy. It is supposed to be a way for him to slowly step back into social...
Named a Best Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews! Set in 1940s Appalachia, The Secret Sense of Wildflower tells the story of Louisa May "Wildflower" McAllister whose life has been shaped around the recent death of her beloved father in a sawmill accident. While her mother hardens in her grief, Wildflower and her three sisters must cope with their loss themselves, as well as with the demands of daily survival. Despite these hardships, Wildflower has a resilience that is forged with humor, a love of the land, and an endless supply of questions to God. When Johnny Monroe, the town's teenage ne'er-do-well, sets his sights on Wildflower, she must draw on the strength of her relations, both living and dead, to deal with his threat. With prose as lush and colorful as the American South, The Secret Sense of Wildflower is powerful and poignant, brimming with energy and angst, humor and hope. In its ability to create a truly original Southern voice, The Secret Sense of Wildflower establishes...
[i]'A twisty, thorny, darkly atmospheric page turner about loneliness and belonging.'-- Gabriel Tallent, author of My Absolute Darling. 'Incredibly atmospheric, vivid and intriguing. I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't reading a forgotten classic.'-- Emma Healey.[/i] From the author of the prize-winning Our Endless Numbered Days comes a suspenseful story about deception, sexual obsession and atonement From the attic of a dilapidated English country house, she sees them - Cara first: dark and beautiful, clinging to a marble fountain of Cupid, and Peter, an Apollo. It is 1969 and they are spending the summer in the rooms below hers while Frances writes a report on the follies in the garden for the absent American owner. But she is distracted. Beneath a floorboard in her bathroom, she discovers a peephole which gives her access to her neighbours' private lives. To Frances' surprise, Cara and Peter are keen to spend time with her. It is the first occasion that she has had anybody to call a friend, and before long they are spending every day together: eating lavish dinners, drinking bottle after bottle of wine, and smoking cigarettes till the ash piles up on the crumbling furniture. Frances is dazzled. But as the hot summer rolls lazily on, it becomes clear that not everything is right between Cara and Peter. The stories that Cara tells don't quite add up - and as Frances becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of the glamorous, hedonistic couple, the boundaries between truth and lies, right and wrong, begin to blur. Amid the decadence of that summer, a small crime brings on a bigger one: a crime so terrible that it will brand all their lives forever.