Friday, March 29, 2013

Review of Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby

I really enjoyed this heartwarming novel by Bette Lee Crosby. It's the story of a woman named Olivia Westerly who's put off marrying most of her life because she's afraid of it meaning the end of her dreams and aspirations. Unable to shake the image of her friends who have kids in tow she reluctantly marries late in life to a man named Charlie who dies during their honeymoon. Olivia and her superstitious nature blame it on the opal he's given her as a gift. Ethan Allen is the tough talking, intelligent, eleven-year old that will captivate readers from the beginning. Self-reliant from the age of three, he's faced with finding his grandfather after the horrible death of his parents.

Although this novel is short, both Olivia and Ethan Allen come to life as only memorable characters can. The peripheral characters were so well utilized that their strengths and weaknesses shine through as well. This story of community, family, love, faith, hope, and fate will stay with me a long time. I'm so grateful for having been given the oppurtunity to read this book. I will always remember that the Good Lord slips spare change into my pocket to help me get by when time's aren't so good.****

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