Thursday, January 21, 2016

Grandmother, Mother, & Daughter Review: Jubilee's Journey by Bette Lee Crosby

Title: Jubilee's Journey (Wyattsville #2)
Author: Bette Lee Crosby 
Publisher: Bent Pine 
Published: October 15, 2013 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Goodreads Summary: 

When tragedy strikes a West Virginia coal mining family, two children start out on a trek that they hope will lead them to a new life. Before a day passes, the children are separated and the boy is caught up in a robbery not of his making. If his sister can find him, she may be able to save him. The problem is she’s only seven years old, and who’s going to believe a kid?

Jubilee’s Journey is Book Two in the Wyattsville Series. This story of discovering lost family and finding love reconnects readers with Ethan Allen and the other heart-warming characters of the bestselling novel SPARE CHANGE. 


Mama Belle: I’ve never reviewed a book before, but I think this is an easy book to talk about because I enjoyed it so much.  The book to me was very inspiring.  It was sad in places, but it showed that people still have compassion for one another. I loved the relationship between Paul and Jubilee; he was such a good big brother, and everything he did for his little sister was precious. You don’t see a lot of that these days. I also loved how Ethan Allen showed kindness to the little girl on the bench and how he and his grandmother went above and beyond for the strangers that fell into their lives. I especially loved the heart-warming ending.  We don’t get enough of these kinds of stories.  Bette Crosby does an excellent job telling this story, and I really like her writing style – down to earth and not hard to follow at all.  Her imagination is wonderful.  I can’t wait to read more of her stories.

Favorite quote:
“A person shouldn’t rationalize their blessings; you just accept them for what they are and be glad you’ve got them.”

Michele: It speaks volumes about an author and her work when it can be loved by three generations of women.  Women who, I might add, have very different tastes in their reading material.  I relished reading Jubilee’s story with my mom and daughter as well as the discussion that followed among us all.  There were moments in the book that made me cry and many, many moments that made me laugh out loud.  It was so good to revisit characters from Spare Change, the first Crosby novel in this series that I adored.  I can never get enough of the antics of Ethan Allen!  This is a heartfelt story with elements of suspense woven in and lots of good, down-home southern feels! 

Favorite quote:
“‘Where’s hope when I need it?’
‘It’s probably right where you left it,’ Clara replied.
‘Right where I left it?’
‘Unh-huh.’ Clara nodded.
‘Hope don’t leave. People just forget it’s there.’”

Mckenzie: Jubilee’s Journey is a book I could easily see being turned into a movie; it has all the right ingredients for a perfect film: humor, love, intrigue, and a journey on which two siblings’ lives change in a way they never expected. This book broke my heart and put it back together again. Paul and Jubilee were such lovable characters, and their relationship was beautiful. I also loved seeing some old friends as well; Ethan Allen is a welcome and hilarious addition to any story. Mrs. Crosby has such an amazing talent, and I can’t wait to get to the rest of her books as soon as possible.

Favorite quote: 
“‘Dear God,’ Olivia said. ‘You don’t suppose her brother was involved in that.’ 
‘I ain’t supposing nothin’ – I figured you was gonna take charge of that.’” 

Thank you to the author for sending a copy of her book in exchange for our honest review. 

Spare Change  Jubilee's Journey  A Home In Hopeful (Wyattsville #2.5)  Passing Through Perfect

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  1. I like the three generation review. That is pretty awesome. I have never read any of this author's books. Maybe I should try some.

  2. Oh my gosh! Having three reviews from three generations is very wonderful. And I agree, it's amazing when one book can speak to so many. I've never heard of this one but it does sound inspiring and just a good read!

    Lovely review, ladies!

    *Tackle hugs*

  3. This is the best thing ever! I love this and I love that this book resonated with all three of you. Wonderful post ladies!

  4. Thank you for such a wonderful review and I love how it's a 3 generation review! I hope you don't mind if I share this review a lot! :)

  5. I just love the three generation review!

  6. I have seen this book around, but haven't read it. I LOVED hearing from the three of you! It does say a lot about a book that it can be enjoyed by three people with such varied reading tastes. Sounds like a must read. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Well, the Belles have certainly created blogging history with this three-generational reviews!! And I'm sure this will now become a tradition here at "A Belle's Tales". LOVE it!! I want to see more of these!!

    This is not the type of story I usually read (I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy), but this particular one sounds so compelling, so full of great characters, with a great plot to boot, that I know I need to add it to my Goodreads shelves!

    Thanks to the three Belles for the AWESOME reviews!! SUPER SMOOOOOSHY SQUIIIIISHHY TACKLE HUGS TO ALL THREE OF YOU!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)


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