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Blueberry Hill [Kindle Edition]

Bette Lee Crosby
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description


From a USA Today Author of Women’s Fiction Best Sellers comes this true story of mother-daughter relationship problems.

Based on the actual events that took place in her family, Crosby calls this a memoir of sorts. She looks back to a time when the sisters were young enough to feel invincible and foolish enough to believe it would last forever. But, when her runaway sister disappears the family is thrown into a turmoil that ultimately changes everything.

This is a family saga that is both up-front and personal. In it Crosby bares her soul in a heartrending tale of smoking addiction, regrettable decisions and inevitable outcomes.

Blueberry Hill is a sad-but-true story of family matters, love and tragedy. It is one that will touch your heart and stay with you long after you have closed the book.

Editorial Reviews


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.

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: 1713 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
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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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Siblings are rarely the same in the way they attack life. It's the story of how one child can create such havoc in a home. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the tear jerker I was expecting
I read the reviews and expected this to be a tear jerker but somehow I didn't connect emotionally with the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sapr
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
A beautiful memoir of the love between sisters. Couldn't put it down. I laughed, cried, and felt everything from start to finish.
Published 3 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
By far one of the best short memoirs I have ever read. I myself had a sibling who lived life to the fullest. I am definitely Bette and he is definitely Donna. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read all her books and would highly recommend them all. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of her latest coming out the middle of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barb Haisley
5.0 out of 5 stars So Close To Home Five. star..
I just finished another heart wrenching story by this Author. This one hit me so close to home because I too have a sister that has addiction issues. Read more
Published 5 months ago by kozettekaysmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Blueberry Hill
Blueberry Hill is the story of two sisters Donna and Bette. It tells the story of the special bond the two have from Childhood to Adulthood. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lady g
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story about real-life issues
Good story about real-life issues. The walk through the lives of these sisters was painful for me. One of the points which affected me was the mother's preference for the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Abigail Sands
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story of how three sisters growing up in the same family can be so different
Published 6 months ago by Patricia Ferry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Great Writer
First off, I just love the stories by Bette Lee Crosby. So right off, you can write me off as biased. But that being said, this is a great story, just like her other stories. Read more
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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: Memory House (2015), Passing through Perfect (2015), Wishing for Wonderful (2014), 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).

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