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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Twelfth Child by Bette Lee Crosby

The Twelfth Child by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the book #1 of a series

Bette Lee Crosby has done it again for me. She has transported me into the time of the Great Depression era, where we meet Abigail Anne Lannigan struggling to survive. Her twin brother sees her off one day, she leaves, she has to. And I can't tell you why, you need to read this as its very poignant and heart rendingly powerful.
This sets Abigail on a journey all of her own, very resilient young lady.

There is Destiny Fairchild who in her senior years befriends Abigail, an unlikely friendship has now formed.

Abigail can see a lot of herself in Destiny, I think that is why she takes her under her wing. Destiny who now lives in the street she gives her bits of furniture. As the friendship gets deeper and Abigail is growing older she relies on Destiny for helping her to sign cheques and pay household bills. So she has her name added to the bank account. She also expects Destiny to buy things for herself, there ensues the problem once Abigail departs this life.

Along comes the 'family relative' who has always been the bane of Abigail's life, always asking for handouts but not caring for her at all! He now has Destiny up for Embezzlement.

I found the court case really exceptionally good, I felt like I was sitting in the jury seat! Well done to the author for pulling me in like that.

The book switches from time zones from young to older, but its very easy to keep up as Bette Lee Crosby has a unique way of playing her characters out, holding you in the palm of her hand.

I can honestly say that the book plays out like a film in my head scene after scene.

I loved how the author added the overwhelmingly touching edition of Abigail, although she is now dead, buried but never forgotten, looking down over the proceedings. She cannot do anything about what she see's or change or interfere with any difficulties she could have altered when alive, but, just her thoughts when things are going on in this book after her death was a great added bonus.

I always look forward to reading the 'next' book that this author writes, and this one kept my attention throughout.

Remember when reading this, you need to transport your mind by in the time zone, when life was like this, people where more friendly and life back then had that 'easy' feel.

I was given this book as a complimentary edition from the author. Thank you.

Trust, love and friendship — Abigail Anne Lannigan searched for these things all her life; now, when she is at the tail end of her years she teams up with a free-spirited young woman, a nobody from nowhere, who suddenly moves in across the street. It’s an unlikely friendship which comes under suspicion when a distant relative, claims embezzlement. One million dollars is missing and only Abigail knows the truth of what happened – but, she’ll never get the chance to tell. 
The Twelfth Child, a novel rich with emotion, humor and tenderness, explores the splintered relationships of a Shenandoah Valley family and their willful daughter’s struggle to survive America’s Great Depression and overcome the past

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