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What Matters Most [Kindle Edition]

Bette Lee Crosby
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Book Description

What Matters Most - Royal Palm Literary Award Winner, FPA President's Book Award
from USA Today Bestselling author of Spare Change
A heartwarming story of acceptance and coming to grips with reality. Louise Palmer is a settled-down person. A woman who wants nothing more than to remain in the same house until the day she dies. So, when her husband, Clay, announces an intention to quit his job and move to Florida, her life is thrown into a turmoil of mixed emotions and strained loyalties. Torn between Clay's desire for "the good life" and the lifelong friendships of her quilting club, Louise struggles with what to do...until her best friend suggests a scheme to thwart the move. Before she discovers the truth of what matters most, a marriage will be tested, family relationships will fall apart and the friendships Louise tried to hold on to will change dramatically.
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Editorial Reviews


From the USA Today Bestselling author of Spare Change comes another award winner, What Matters Most:

What Matters Most is a love story. It's a story of friendship. It's a woman's journey to the fullness of life as she gives up what means the most to her and finds what matters most. Crosby's wonderful way with words, her wit, and her wisdom shine more than ever. Alle's Five Star Reads

I fell in love with these quirky, realistic characters and enjoyed the ride.The Caffeinated Reviewer
What Matters Most is classic to the wit and writing style of Ms. Crosby. Like all her reads, her character development is spectacular with a special type of Southern wit that makes me smile - A Book and A Review

fabulously told tale of family, friendship, and what matters most. Lemons to Lemonade

I enjoyed the author's exploration of both the wife's and the husband's thoughts and feelings. So true to life! This is a heartwarming and delightful story, told with gentle humor and insight.
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From the Author

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: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989128903
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing (November 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C512W0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Story of Change, Love, and Friendshp April 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"Life is funny. Just when you think you've got it figured out, everything changes."

-Bette Lee Crosby

Louise Palmer is a settled woman. She's impeccably dressed. Her home of thirty-five years is perfectly furnished. Her friends are carefully chosen. Her husband, Clay, is predictable. Having had a rough childhood, Louise relies on the predictability of her comfortable suburban life in New Jersey. Little does she know that a letter from Florida will change her life, upend her perfect world, and dredge up hidden feelings of insecurity.

Clay Palmer is tired. He's bored. He's ready for a change. In fact, he's afraid he'll end up dead, if his life doesn't change. Clay wants a little excitement in his life, something that his job at the bank and the long, cold New Jersey winters can't provide. Little does he know that a letter from Florida will change his life and lead him to the dream life that he's longed for all these years.

This book will remain in my heart as one of the best books I've ever read. The characters and the messages they convey jump from the pages and touch a soft spot in my soul. It's a love story. It's a story of friendship. It's a woman's journey to the fullness of life. She gives up what means the most to her and finds what matters most in the most unlikely places. Bette Lee Crosby's wonderful way with words, her wit, and her wisdom shine brighter than ever in "What Matters Most".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Humerous but annoying character April 17, 2013
By Becky
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Louise Palmer is a person who likes permanancy with no change. She grew up feeling unwanted and on the go constantly until her father died and her mother abandoned her. From then on she has coursed out her life to a "T". So when her husband Clay gets news that his uncle died and left him a home in Florida, he leaves the job he hates and drags Louise to Florida. Away from her home, family and friends and quilting club. She tries numerous, and funny schemes to get back to New Jersey. I enjoyed the story and humor of this book. I didn't care for the whiney, self pity of both main characters. I didn't like this book and characters as her others books I have read. I literally wanted to slap Louise many times and the end couldn't have come soon enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK!!! April 7, 2013
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Another heart warming novel by Bette Lee Crosby! I really loved this book and the characters in it. The story had such a great message that will stay with me at times when I get to feeling like Louise did. Changes are difficult yet part of life. And we must make the best of things.

I have enjoyed all of the novels that I have read by this author and I love this one best so far. It goes to show that an author doesn't have to be a best-selling author to write excellent books. I consider Bette Lee Crosby to be a top author because of the special messages you get from her writing. She definitely has a wonderful way with words!

I highly recommend that you read this book and be touched by it as I was.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars touching, realistic, inspirational. July 18, 2013
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Louise Palmer has mapped out her life since she was a child and if you asked her she could tell you exactly what she would be doing twenty years from now but all that changes when her husband Clay decides to take early retirement and sell their family home to move to Florida. Overwhelmed with the thought of leaving her friends and children she and her best friend devise a scheme to stop the move. The tale that unfolds was realistic, and inspirational with fleshed out characters I came to adore.

One of Crosby's gifts is creating realistic characters that are flawed and then she allows them to grow throughout the novel. Louise Palmer could be me, she could be my next door neighbor and we all know a person just like her best friend Billie. Louise seems well rounded and adjusted in the beginning of the tale but as Crosby peels back her layers we begin to understand her actions and see her weaknesses. I imagine each of us can identify with her, as we often label our success as woman, wives, and members of our community by some of the things Louise did. I loved the transformation she undergoes and found her to be both likeable and genuine. Clay is a solid guy and a wonderful provider. He isn't as sensitive as I would have liked or as physical but I imagine he is typical of a lot of spouses. *Clueless!* Secondary characters were an absolute hoot and added to Louise's tale and I giggled quite often. Louise's complaining, judgmental Aunt was hilarious and we all have one in our family. Lord, the things that came out of her mouth. The lovely old woman at K-mart was inspirational and one you just wanted to hug. Cherry is a woman I know you all have met, from the way she talks to how she dresses. She was delightful, over the top and had me laughing and cringing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book April 8, 2014
By Carolyn
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The book was a good read, The main character couldn't decide what she wanted to be called, thought that a bit odd. All in all it was a good book, it would be difficult to move to another state, but there are a lot of things in life that are difficult. I'm glad Louise finally adjusted and found happiness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical retirement story. June 20, 2013
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Having passed through this stage of my life, this story reminded me of how little trauma was involved in my experience. Very well written. Couldn't put it down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A very quick read
A simple enough story about a couple who seem to care only about themselves and not how their mate; selfish to a fault. Read more
Published 11 days ago by sharj
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Published 20 days ago by Michael Chandler
4.0 out of 5 stars What Matters Most
What Matters Most is about change and how we deal with it. Louise Palmer comes from a background of change, all unpleasant. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Funny
I loved the characters in this book and had no problem envisioning them in my mind. I have met them all at some time in my life. it was a good read that. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janice K Hurst
2.0 out of 5 stars I COULD put it down
You know how sometimes you just can't put a book down because you're so wrapped up in the characters and story? Yeah well, this isn't one of those books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story With Gentle Humor and Insight
What happens when a husband decides he wants to move from New Jersey to Florida to claim a house he inherited? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Nachlinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but slow
This was a good, heart warming book. It moved a bit slow for my preference, but I did like the ending and the story as a whole. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tonya Woodworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good booking...thought provoking.
book was steadily going...I didn't know what direction it was taking. This is what peaked my interest, I would recommend this book to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by Tracy Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars What Matters Most by Bette Lee Crosby
Bette Lee gets better and better as a writer. For me, her capacity to present stories that are touching, heartwarming, so human, and thought provoking shows great mastery as a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hope - California
5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazin
This author did it yet again! What an amazing book! It reminds you that change isn't so bad and when you let go of how you think you want your life to go or think it should go then... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sara Freitag
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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: 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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