- Author: Bette Lee Crosby
- Due to be released on 14th September
- Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Saga
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 The Keeper of the Scale has kept happiness balanced against sorrow for the lives under his protection. But even the Keeper has no control over the outcome of events from the intertwining silver threads linking strangers and events to one another, so there was nothing he could do to alter the consequences of a random thread.
Waking with a migraine, Jennifer Bishop wished her husband was there to take their daughter, Brooke, to school. But Drew was away working, so Jennifer called at the drugstore on the way home from school to pick up her prescription. Tom Coggan was desperate for money to pay off a drug debt and with nothing to lose he set out to rob a liquor store. Although he had a gun, Tom kept telling himself there would be no violence. He wasn’t about to get caught out like his twin, Eddie, who was in jail for that very thing. The liquor store was closed when Tom reached it but on the way back he saw the drugstore. Those random threads spelled tragedy and between them, the Coggan brothers made sure the Bishop family would never be the same again.
As she stood and watched the patrol car pull away, Marta could feel her heart thundering. She had a sixth sense about trouble and knew this was bad. Very bad. Although the officer gave no details, it was obvious something terrible had happened to Jennifer. The probability was she’s been injured or, God forbid, was now dead, and there was no telling how long it would be before Drew returned home. Marta’s thoughts went to Brooke. She pictured the child’s big blue eyes and trusting smile.
This is another great addition to the Memory House series. A heartfelt, poignant and captivating story of coming to terms with a devastating blow, and the resulting grief and family problems in the aftermath of the trauma. Of moving on, facing the challenges and difficult journey of working through the loss and sorrow, until new friendships and love begin to heal the heart.
The main protagonists are delightful, each with their own distinctive voice, sympathetic with substance and realism. The secondary characters are also very well drawn. I always enjoy reconnecting with characters from previous books in the series and this was no exception. Written in the author’s easy, flowing style this book was a pleasure to read.
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About Bette Lee Crosby
It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky characters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win twenty awards for her work; these include: The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal, Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer’s Choice Award.