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The Twelfth Child (The Serendipity Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Bette Lee Crosby
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Book Description

From the #1 Bestselling Author of SPARE CHANGE comes a heartwarming tale of 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. Their unusual friendship comes under suspicion when a million dollars goes missing and a distant relative, claims embezzlement. Abigail knows the truth of what happened but, unfortunately, she'll never get the chance to tell.

The Twelfth Child is Book One in the Serendipity Series. Book Two, Previously Loved Treasures will be released on April 28, 2014.

Reminiscent of Fannie Flagg's "Fried Green Tomatoes" the May-December friendship of these two unforgettable women is sure to settle in the soft spot of your heart.

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.

Be prepared to be swept away into the life of a girl who will tug at your emotions while never leaving your heart. Crosby has crafted a story that will enchant readers. Steena Holmes, author of Finding Emma

Strong Female Characters without the “I am woman hear me roar” mentality. Crosby writes in a way that puts readers within the story so that they can visualize themselves experiencing the hurts and joys of the protagonist. Naomi, Goodreads Top 1% Reviewer.

Editorial Reviews


The Twelfth Child... Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award, FPA President's Book Award, and National Association of American Pen Women Fiction Award
  • Be prepared to be swept away into the life of a girl who will tug at your emotions while never leaving your heart. Crosby has crafted a story that will enchant readers Steena Holmes, bestselling author of Finding Emma 
  • A deeply moving story that touches the core of your heart. - Layered Page
  • I love the fact that Crosby portrays strong female characters. - A Book and A Review
  • Crosby's talent lies in not only telling a good, compelling story, but telling it from a unique perspective. The Twelfth Child is an extraordinarily heartwarming story.Reader Views
  • This book was a throwback to great Southern literature. - Andi's Book Reviews
  • There are some books that leave you with the simple impression of wow! - A Chick Who Reads
  • Touching story about the beauty and power of a strong bond of friendship that transcends age and time. - Jersey Girl Book Reviews

From the Author

The Twelfth Child is book One in the Serendipity Series, if you enjoy reading it, I think you'll want to get Book Two...  Previously Loved Treasures and follow along as the missing bonds find a new life in this heartwarming pay-it-forward style story.

And, if you'd like to share a private part of my life, you can do so with my newest release Blueberry Hill, A Sister's Story.  This novel, a memoir of sorts is now available to buy or borrow on Amazon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2101 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983887977
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing (November 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083IYC5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a hidden treasure!! October 14, 2012
By Ronna
Wow!! I just found a new favorite author!! THE TWELTH CHILD by Bette Lee Crosby covers all the things that makes for a spectacular read----wonderful, heartwarming story; characters who warm your heart, get you laughing, and whom you love to despise; and writing that makes you want to go back and re-read paragraphs.

This story of an 'unwanted girl child' from the Appalachians is basically a search for love, friendship, and finding your place in the world. Abigail has come to the end of her years, when she meets the bubbling young Destiny, who moves in across the street from her. They soon become fast friends as they find what they need in each other. This story goes back and forth in time, developing intrigue as a greedy distant relative comes into the picture causing all the trouble that one could possible imagine!

This book would also be a great book group read, with lots to discuss. Really glad this author found me!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delightful January 8, 2013
By Susan
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Sometimes it's nice to to read a simple story that warms the heart and rests the brain, rather like a Hallmark movie. I will read this again and again whenever I feel the need to find justice for the Elliott's in my life.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my style December 18, 2012
Abigail has a rough life. A mother who dies early and a father who hates her are just the beginning. The story begins right before Abigail is born, but soon jumps to 70 years later when Abigail befriends her neighbor.

There were several pros and cons.
Very well written story.
Ending left you wanting more.
Engaging characters.
Author had a great way of making you feel what you were supposed to feel for each character.
Book clubs will love this book.

Did NOT like the cover. Detracted from the book, I think.
Story had a slow start for me.
I disliked/hated a couple of things and people so badly that it put me off the story a bit.
Probably not my style.

All in all it's very well written and engaging story that probably just wasn't my thing. If I rated it on writing style I would give it a 4. But since the rating is for how I like the book I'm giving it a 3.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be a new Southern Classic! June 13, 2012
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Abigail Lannigan was born a twin and the twelfth child in an era when a girl child was considered a curse. The premature death of her mother left her with an angry father, a secret piece of magic, and the memory of her mother's dreams for Abigail's future. As a young girl, Abigail's love for learning defied her father's plans and allowed her to pursue the dreams her mother had introduced.

Abigail leaves the family farm and moves to Richmond just before the dawn of the Great Depression. Circumstances take her from living the life of a fine lady to near starvation. Abigail's likeable nature enables her to make friends easily, and eventually, she finds permanent employment and discovers love.

At the end of her life, a lonely Abigail meets a young woman who makes her laugh, helps her when she's down, and fills a long awaited void in Abigail's life. She vows to leave everything to the struggling young waitress until a villainous distant relative shows up to claim his share of Abigail's money. A perfectly played-out civil court action ensues to see who will end up with Abigail's estate. Dearly-departed Abigail watches over the proceedings with a keen and worried eye on her dear friend, Destiny.

Abigail's voice rings true throughout the story of her life. I felt light as air tripping along with her in the good times, and devastated along with her in the bad times. "The Twelfth Child" has all the ingredients for a new Southern Classic by a master storyteller who will touch your heart.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twelfth Child - Another Winner!!! May 21, 2012
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This is my second Bette Lee Crosby book and I have to say I enjoy each one more than the last. The characters in the book are always endearing and there is always someone we love to hate. I loved that there was another strong woman at the core of the story.

This book bring friendship, love, trust and faith all wrapped up nicely with a bow. I also saw greed, lying and selfishness throughout this book.

The devotion shown by Abigail Anne was amazing. Her sheer will against a father who thought that a female baby was worthless, a twin brother that she loved and respected and a mother she adored.

You can't help but fall in love with the characters. In Spare Change, I loved Ethan Allen and in The Twelfth Child I loved Destiny and found myself cheering for her throughout this book. I loved that Bette Lee Crosby explored the exploitation of caregivers and the angst and greed of people. Her books are inspiration and yet, not preachy.

I thought I had the ending figured out, but there was still a surprise. The book leaves me wondering if there will be a sequel to this one.

If you haven't read a book by Bette Lee Crosby and you enjoy books about strong women with a "Southern Flair", go and pick up a copy of one of Bette Lee's books and I am sure you will love it and want to read another one.

5/5 stars for me!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! January 30, 2013
By Monkee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this title as a freebie from Amazon and thought it looked interesting. So glad I took the chance!
I am not usually a fan of books that go back and forth in time, but this was easy to follow and just generally enjoyable.
I would recommend this book if you are looking for an easy and enjoyable read.
Will definitely be looking for more titles by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust, Faith, Friendship
Abigail Anne was never wanted by, never loved by anyone except by her mother, the fourth wife of William Lannigan. He wanted son's, not daughters. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Joyce Metzger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book very much.
Published 13 days ago by Cherri Anderson
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This was a story that kept me hooked and wanting to find more time to read so that I could see what happens next. Read more
Published 19 days ago by WV Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book!
this book spanned many years..I loved every page from beginning to end. One I f those books you don't want to end.
Published 25 days ago by tko
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
A very charming tale. Loved the story and the characters. Would recommend it to family and friends. Would also read more by this author.
Published 1 month ago by Tami Wass
4.0 out of 5 stars A light read that doesn't disappoint.
This is a book I recommend for its genuine simplicity. A warm and wonderful read. Remember to cherish a true friend.
Published 1 month ago by elena
5.0 out of 5 stars I just loved the people in this book
I just loved the people in this book! Bette's writing is so descriptive, you can actually visualize the scenes in each chapter! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
I love the way the book bounces back and forth between the past and current time spans. The reader gets invested in the well being of the characters with a twist at the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chevelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Want more about the 12th child - set in history
Betty writes great novels
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth A. Cook
3.0 out of 5 stars who share their stories and join forces to be good friends. You will...
Two lonely ladies, who share their stories and join forces to be good friends. You will love their friendship and cheer for their happiness.
Published 1 month ago by Vicky Nicholson
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More 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: Blueberry Hill (2014), 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.

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