Book Of The Day – Spare Change

by Ron on February 18, 2014

Today’s Book of the Day is a Literary Fiction novel by award-winning, USA Today bestselling author, Bette Lee Crosby, and it’s 80% off for a limited time. Spare Change has a 4.5 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $4!

“Crosby has penned a story that touches your heart and engages with skill.” Gayle – Amazon Reviewer

Spare Change
by Bette Lee Crosby
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Literary Fiction
Price: $0.99 save $4


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USA Today Best Selling Novel, 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.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Found this book to be so realistic and not at all contrived as some of these stories tend to be. I felt I “knew” the characters and could identify with some of the situations. This book would make a great gift to almost anyone.


I have to say that this was one of the best, if not the best book I have read in the past year! It really struck a chord with me and I enjoyed it immensely. It is a special kind of story, and you need to love country-style, simple stories to appreciate the way Bette draws her characters.


I was pulled into this story from the very beginning. Ms. Crosby, expertly wove the threads of the story together in such a way that I couldn’t put the book down. She had me turning the pages quickly, ready to see what happened next. I LOVED this story. Highly recommend.


I am not giving this book 5 stars for the longevity of the book or its’ ability to become a classic, but for the author’s ability to write characters who will absolutely melt your heart and elicit sympathy from the reader. I find that to be a rare talent in the majority of the books I read and this author truly does have that capability.


Every once in a while you read a book with characters that touch you. It’s the kind of book you want to share with others. Spare Change is that type of book.

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About The Author

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to 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.

Born in Detroit and raised in a plethora of states scattered across the South and Northeast, Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back. “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.”

Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since that, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, Royal Palm Literary Awards, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and Reviewer’s Choice Award and Reader’s View Southeast Fiction Literary Award.

Her published works to date are: Jubilee’s Journey (2013), What Matters Most (2013), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid’s Christmas (2012), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2011), Spare Change (2011), and Life in the Land of IS (2012). Life in the Land of IS is a memoir written for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Bette Lee Crosby and ENT appreciate it.


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