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Blueberry Hill [Kindle Edition]

Bette Lee Crosby
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

CAN LOVE SAVE A SISTER FROM SELF-DESTRUCTION?

From the USA Today Bestselling Author of Spare Change comes the heartwarming story Blueberry Hill, a Sister’s Story.

Based on the realities of her own family, Crosby calls this a memoir of sorts. Traveling back to a time when the sisters were young enough to feel invincible and foolish enough to believe it would last forever, Crosby has bared her soul in a story of regrettable decisions and inevitable outcomes.

Blueberry Hill is a tale of family relationships, love and tragedy. It is a story that will touch your heart and stay with you long after you have closed the book.


Editorial Reviews

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There is something about Blueberry Hill that will touch your soul and make you an instant Crosby fan and follower. Crystal Otto for WOW Women on Writing

Once again write-from-the heart author, BetteLee Crosby has delivered a story that tugs at your heart strings and nudges you to consider the choices and people in your own life. Author Gayle Swift

Definitely have tissues ready for the end, while you know what is coming it will still have an affect on you, at least it did for me. Storeybook Reviews

Crosby has a way of weaving stories that drag you in and take you on an emotional roller coaster. She leaves you wanting more and more of her work.
CrandomBlog.com

I highly recommend this book! It is a quick read that will touch your heart.
Deborah Blanchard for Long Distance Book Club

From the Author

Blueberry Hill, A Sister's Story is a work of fiction, and it's not. It is a memoir of sorts. It is the story of the last few years I shared with my sister, Donna. Most of it is true to the best of my recollection, but time clouds memories--especially memories of the things we choose to forget.
More than an accurate timeline, this is a collection of stories culled from memory. I chose not to include graphic descriptions of the horrors that come, but suffice it to say once seen it is something you never forget.

For me this book was a reminder that each day is a gift. Treasure it and remember it for what it is. There may come a time when that memory is all you have.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1643 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing (June 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LD76K5I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The covers Bette Lee Crosby chooses for her novels always make me wonder what will be between the pages. I feel there will be some laughs and some tears as we travel down the road of life with her realistic characters.

I never even looked at the synopsis, just picked up Blueberry Hill and started reading. After all, it’s Bette Lee, so I know it will be good. Oh man……this hits very close to home.

Donna killed herself. She didn’t do it by popping pills or slitting her wrists, but by her lifestyle choices.

Donna was carefree. She lived for the moment. She was popular, cool, and believed anything is possible. She would then proceed to make it happen. She was very generous; spent the money she earned, while Bette would save. Donna has attitude with a capital A. I am loving her.

The female version of Fonzi from Happy Days.

Mama said Bette was the oldest, so it was her responsibility to keep her two sisters out of trouble. I can see where that could lead to guilt for not doing more to save Donna from herself. I, too, have dealt with the issue of enabling. When is the time to step in? Do we have the right to tell someone how to live, even if they have chosen a destructive lifestyle?

Bette felt they were a normal family, until Donna ran away. Even after she came back, they were never the same. Donna fell in love with a loser, who divorced her and left her after she had a baby. She married him again and had another child, but the marriage didn’t stick. We don’t choose who we fall in love with. She never quit loving him, even until her death. She was a great mother, full of love. The real loss was when the nest was EMPTY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Blueberry Hill. If you've ever loved and lost a person, read this book. If you've ever loved someone who struggles with addiction, read this book. If you've ever wrestled with accepting a loved one's path, read this book.

Once again write-from-the heart author, BetteLee Crosby has delivered a story that tugs at your heart strings and nudges you to consider the choices and people in your own life. This fictionalized memoir entertains, challenges and soothes. BetteLee shines the lens on her own family and relationships and allows readers to share a private and painful part of her own life. Poignant and engaging,raw and honest, there is real truth revealed. It is simultaneously, both her story and a universal story with which readers can identify. Like all books of quality, the story stays with you, inviting you to explore its full power over time.

Loyal followers of BetteLee Crosby will not be surprised by the emotional richness of the book. New readers will quickly become members of the BetteLee Fan Club. I rate Blueberry Hill 5***** I started it last night and coudn't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and worth reading June 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
In this story Bette's sister lived large. She was unafraid and she took risks and either reaped the rewards or faced the consequences, it was her life and she was going to live it her way.

This story hit home with me. It's hard to watch someone you love make a choice that will cost them their life. In my case it was my mother. I knew that if she had a reversal of her colostomy that the surgery would kill her. But it was her life and I wasn't the one walking around attached to a bag so I had to let her make her own decision. I was right but she had one great week enjoying all the foods that had previously been forbidden.

Bette captured the feelings this situation can cause fairly accurately, at least for me. We all face death differently. We all grieve differently but there is a thread we all share. The what if I had ...?

The book brings the comfort of knowing you're not alone. Others struggled through some of the same feelings and made it through to the other side.

It's an important book. Personally I think hospitals should make this book available to families experiencing a similar situation. Churches should have it available too. I know that I will purchase copies for friends facing this challenge. I think it will bring more comfort knowing that they really aren't alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The give and take of two sisters August 9, 2014
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Whenever I get ready to read one of Bette’s books, I always have a new box of kleenex handy. Her stories are so rich in emotions I invariably cry with and for her characters, even if I’m smiling through those tears.

Blueberry Hill had that effect on my. But for a new reason.

I connected with Bette and her younger sister, Donna, because I went through the same experience with my older sister.

As far back as I can remember, my sister was a wild one with an endless stubborn streak. She would do what she wanted and to hell with the consequences. The difference in this story is the young sister, Donna, rebels and follows the wrong path, while my story has the older sister choosing it.

As Bette struggled to understand her sister, began to accept there was no changing her, I too felt the frustration and anger, the hopelessness. She realized, as did I, that all you can do is love them, be there for them, go through it with them.

So many times I felt like I was almost reading my own story. Loving an addict, whether with drugs or alcohol, takes from you, wounds your heart. Even though you understand the addiction is behind their actions, it still hurts when they brush aside your offers for help, ignore your advice. All that’s left is the memories of long ago, before the drugs or booze took that sister from you. Happier times to fall back on when the despair tries to settle in.

I may have read this book too soon after the loss of my sister. My heart is still bruised, my grief still lingering. But I found a new strength in knowing everything I felt, good or bad, was okay, and I still loved her.

I didn’t cry while reading Blueberry Hill. I cried afterwards, and the tears flowed freely as I wrote this review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Story by Bette Lee Crosby.................
Great story....... We never know what the other person is going thru. This story gives you a better idea of what people with "differing abilities" life is like. Read more
Published 1 day ago by kentuck
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad family story
Blueberry Hill is the story of two sisters. Bette plays by the rules and Donna lives life in the fast lane. Unfortunately Donna lives a hard life because of choices she makes. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Wefarm2
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, emotional story of her sister
Bette Lee Crosby writes about her sister Donna. Growing up,Donna was the rambunctious, adventurous one, where Bette was more cautious and quiet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Becky
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt story of family, sisters, love and heartache. A must read!
Blueberry Hill: A Sister's Story

This is the story of two sisters Donna & Bette. It tells of the special bond the two have from childhood up until adulthood. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheri A. Wilkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay--Not Her Best
Blueberry Hill is a memorial to a gone sister. Bette and Donna, though sisters, were about as opposite as they could be. Bette was the strong, good, steady sister. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KMT
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Touching Memoir of Sisterly Love
This was one incredible book. It drew me in right from the beginning and never let go until the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Veronica
5.0 out of 5 stars Blueberry Hill
Blueberry Hill: A Sister's Story is a poignant story about sisters and the strong bond that they shared. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jersey Girl Book Reviews / Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into the Author's personal life
My mother was an only daughter, although she had 2 brothers. I was an only daughter with four brothers, my daughter was an only daughter and had one brother and my granddaughter... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beth Cutwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Blueberry Hill
I just completed reading Blueberry Hill. Like all of Bette Crosby books they touch your heart. It's hard seeing a loved one die. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frances Novak
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving story
4.5 stars
A straight from the heart story of two sisters, Bette and Donna, as different as they could be but especially close nonetheless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cathy
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More About the Author

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review

The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures."

Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down."

"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."

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her 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. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

Crosby's published works to date are: Blueberry Hill (2014), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Jubilee's Journey (2013), What Matters Most (2013), The Twelfth Child (2012), Life in the Land of IS (2012), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2011), Spare Change (2011). A Cupid inspired romance, Wishing for Wonderful, is scheduled for release in November 2014 and Book Three of The Wyattsville Series, Passing through Perfect, will be be available in January 2015.

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