Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Book ~ "Spare Change" (2013) Bette Lee Crosby

From Goodreads ~ Spare Change is the story of Olivia Westerly, a woman whose 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.

Believing that children weigh a woman down like a pocketful of stones, Olivia avoids such entanglements for over forty years ... but then she meets Charlie Doyle and everything changes. Even though Charlie has a son and a grandson he's supposedly never seen, Olivia is blinded by love and happily says "I do."

That happiness is cut short when Charlie dies before the honeymoon is over and Olivia returns home to find eleven-year-old Ethan Allen Doyle sitting on her doorstep. His parents are dead and only two people know the truth of what happened - Ethan Allen isn't talking and the murderer wants to make sure he never does. Olivia is the only one who can stop it from happening.

In 1923 when she was 25-years-old, Olivia got a job switchboard operator rather than finding herself a husband, which was the right thing to do.  Her father disowned her a year later when she accepted a promotion.  In the spring of 1929, she accepted the proposal of Herbert ... but kicked him to the curb when she realized his plans for her were to be be a wife and mother.  When she was 58, she met and married Charlie after whirlwind courtship of a few months.  Alas Charles, who was ten years older than Olivia, died on their honeymoon.  Olivia headed back to their apartment and mourned him.

Benjamin had a tumultuous marriage to Susanna.  Benjamin was happy being a farmer but Susanna dreamed of heading to New York and becoming a singer.  One night both end up dead and their son, 11-year-old Ethan, has nowhere else to go but to find his grandfather who he has never met.  Unfortunately his grandfather is Charlie who had just died. Olivia took Ethan in until she could figure out what to do with him.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it.  It was well-paced and kept my attention ... I wanted to keep reading more.  As a head's up, the language at times is for mature readers.

I liked the characters.  Olivia was tough and strong ... good for her for standing up for what she believed in!  She wasn't buying into being a wife and having kids just because others thought it was the thing to do.  When she and Charlie found each other, they fell head over heals in love but she still resisted because she thought he might want to have kids and she wanted no part of that.  Once he told her that that wasn't part of his plan, they got married.  I felt really bad for her ... she had finally found the one after all those years and then he died.  Though Ethan was a kid, he wasn't annoying.  He recognized the faults in his parents but accepted that that was just the way they were.  Olivia neighbours were wacky but supportive.

I would recommend this book and I look forward to reading others by this author.

I participated in this virtual book tour and received a copy of this ebook at no charge in exchange for my honest review.  Here are the blog tour hosts:
7th May – Book Feature at Peace from Pieces
8th May – Twitter View with OB Book Tours
9th May – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours
10th May - Book Review & Author Interview at Mommy Adventures
11th May - Guest Post at The Bunny’s Review
12th May - Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours
13th May - Book Review & Author Interview at The Reading Cat
14th May - Guest Post at Blog-A-Licious Authors 
15th May - Book Review & Author Interview at Author’s Friend
16th May – Guest Post at Kindle Nook Books
17th May – Author Interview & Book Review at Next Big Book Thing
18th May – Book Review & Guest Post at Top ‘o Morning To Ya
19th May – Author Interview at Voicu Mihnea Simandan‘s blog
20th May – Book Review at Pages 2 Pages
21st May – Author Interview at Laurie’s Thoughts
22nd May – Guest Post & Book Review at City of Reviews
23rd May – Book Review at Life Altering Reads
24th May – Author Interview at Gentleman Reads
25th May – Guest Post at Pastime with Books
26th May – Book Review at Just My Opinion
27th May – Guest Post & Book Feature at Read, Watch & Listen
28th May – Author Interview, Book Feature & Guest Post at Talisman Book Publishing
29th May – Book Feature & Guest Post at Pavarti K. Tyler‘s blog
30th May – Book Review at Aspiring Book Reviews
31st May – Author Interview & Book Review at Books & More
1st June – Guest Post & Book Review at My Reading Problem
2nd June – Book Review at Book Sane
3rd June – Author Interview & Book Review at UK Book Club
4th June – Guest Post at Reading My Addiction
5th June – Book Review at Brainy Reads
6th June – Author Interview & Book Review at Non-Stop Reads
7th June - Orangeberry Book of the Day
8th June – Book Review at Reading the Dream Life
9th June – Author Interview & Book Review at Imagination in Books
10th June – Book Review at Up In Smoke
11th June – Guest Post & Book Review at Love Books
12th June – Guest Post at Books are Magic
19th June – Author Interview & Book Review at Everything for Books
26th June – Excerpt at Lonely Hearts
3rd July – Book Review at Teena in Toronto
4th July - Tweet Me A Storm with OB Book Tours
10th July – Book Review at Nobody Important
17th July – Guest Post & Book Feature at eInk Reviews
24th July – Book Review at Book Lover’s Dream
31st July – Author Interview at Reading Away Life
7th August – Excerpt at Quality Reads UK
14th August – Guest Post & Book Feature at Guiltless Reading
21st August -
28th August -
4th September -
11th September – Author Interview at Tangled in Pages
18th September -
25th September -
5th October -
12th October -
19th October -
26th October -
2nd November -
9th November – Guest Post at There Will Be Another Sunrise
- See more at: http://blog.orangeberrypromo.com/2013/05/bette-lee-crosby/#sthash.PDSZjzkz.dpuf
7th May – Book Feature at Peace from Pieces
8th May – Twitter View with OB Book Tours
9th May – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours
10th May - Book Review & Author Interview at Mommy Adventures
11th May - Guest Post at The Bunny’s Review
12th May - Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours
13th May - Book Review & Author Interview at The Reading Cat
14th May - Guest Post at Blog-A-Licious Authors 
15th May - Book Review & Author Interview at Author’s Friend
16th May – Guest Post at Kindle Nook Books
17th May – Author Interview & Book Review at Next Big Book Thing
18th May – Book Review & Guest Post at Top ‘o Morning To Ya
19th May – Author Interview at Voicu Mihnea Simandan‘s blog
20th May – Book Review at Pages 2 Pages
21st May – Author Interview at Laurie’s Thoughts
22nd May – Guest Post & Book Review at City of Reviews
23rd May – Book Review at Life Altering Reads
24th May – Author Interview at Gentleman Reads
25th May – Guest Post at Pastime with Books
26th May – Book Review at Just My Opinion
27th May – Guest Post & Book Feature at Read, Watch & Listen
28th May – Author Interview, Book Feature & Guest Post at Talisman Book Publishing
29th May – Book Feature & Guest Post at Pavarti K. Tyler‘s blog
30th May – Book Review at Aspiring Book Reviews
31st May – Author Interview & Book Review at Books & More
1st June – Guest Post & Book Review at My Reading Problem
2nd June – Book Review at Book Sane
3rd June – Author Interview & Book Review at UK Book Club
4th June – Guest Post at Reading My Addiction
5th June – Book Review at Brainy Reads
6th June – Author Interview & Book Review at Non-Stop Reads
7th June - Orangeberry Book of the Day
8th June – Book Review at Reading the Dream Life
9th June – Author Interview & Book Review at Imagination in Books
10th June – Book Review at Up In Smoke
11th June – Guest Post & Book Review at Love Books
12th June – Guest Post at Books are Magic
19th June – Author Interview & Book Review at Everything for Books
26th June – Excerpt at Lonely Hearts
3rd July – Book Review at Teena in Toronto
4th July - Tweet Me A Storm with OB Book Tours
10th July – Book Review at Nobody Important
17th July – Guest Post & Book Feature at eInk Reviews
24th July – Book Review at Book Lover’s Dream
31st July – Author Interview at Reading Away Life
7th August – Excerpt at Quality Reads UK
14th August – Guest Post & Book Feature at Guiltless Reading
21st August -
28th August -
4th September -
11th September – Author Interview at Tangled in Pages
18th September -
25th September -
5th October -
12th October -
19th October -
26th October -
2nd November -
9th November – Guest Post at There Will Be Another Sunrise
- See more at: http://blog.orangeberrypromo.com/2013/05/bette-lee-crosby/#sthash.PDSZjzkz.dpuf

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