Review by Crystal J Casavant-Otto:
Bette Lee Crosby is such a talented author. She has written inspiring and touching stories in so many different voices. Each of her books is unique and yet her ability to draw readers in and keep them engaged is incredibly powerful time and time again. Memory House is no different. This is a fabulous story with characters you feel immediately kindred with. What I especially love is Crosby’s ability to draw out emotions from the reader. I laugh, I cry, and I get angry…right along with her characters. Once the story has ended, I feel as if someone has left my life but months later I still find myself recalling the story.
You cannot help but be changed after reading one of Crosby’s books; Memory House is no exception. The feeling reminds me of a song from Wicked in which the lyrics talk about being changed for good. Looking at the world through the eyes of Ophelia Brown will leave you changed. You can’t necessarily say if you’ve been changed for the better, but you’ll find yourself changed forever. It’s a beautiful feeling and will keep you coming back for more (good thing Crosby is such a busy and talented writer, you never have to wait long).
Official Book Summary for Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby:
Is it possible for a memory to outlive its owner?
Ophelia Browne knows the answer is yes. She knows because she’s been granted the unique gift of finding and caring for forgotten memories. But now she’s nearing ninety, and Browne women seldom live beyond such an age.
Before time runs out Ophelia must find her successor…someone who can carry forth the gift and keep the memories from fading. When broken-hearted Annie Cross shows up on the doorstep of The Memory House Bed and Breakfast, Ophelia knows she is the one.
As the two women sip dandelion tea and share stories, Annie begins to uncover new memories. Ugly ones. Ones buried deep enough to hide the scars. Excitement turns to fear when a thread of violence begins to unravel and Ophelia knows they have gone too far.
About Bette Lee Crosby:
USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review
The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures."
Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down."
"Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write."
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 charters 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 nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.
Crosby's published works to date are: Memory House (2015), Passing through Perfect (2015), Wishing for Wonderful (2014), Blueberry Hill (2014), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Jubilee's Journey (2013), What Matters Most (2013), The Twelfth Child (2012), Life in the Land of IS (2012), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2011), Spare Change (2011).
About the reviewer:
Crystal is a church musician, business owner, active journaler, writer and blogger as well as a dairy farmer. She lives in Reedsville, Wisconsin with her husband, four young children (Carmen 7, Andre 6, Breccan 16 months, and Delphine 2 weeks), two dogs, two rabbits, four little piggies, and over 200 Holsteins. You can find Crystal blogging and reviewing books and all sorts of other stuff at:http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/