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Blueberry Hill by [Crosby, Bette Lee]
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Length: 111 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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: 1713 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing (June 27, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 27, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LD76K5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Bette Lee Crosby has done it again with another exceptional read. Bette's stories are easy to read and are about regular people with regular lives and doing the best they can.

This story, Blueberry Hill, is particularly touching. You are introduced to sisters growing up in a simpler time. Bette is the oldest and the quiet one. Donna is the daring one and has an "I want to have it all attitude". Donna is fearless and emotionally strong. Bette is not very daring and is timid. She admires Donna's fearlessness and wishes she could be more like her.

Within the covers of this delightful story is the growing up of these 2 girls and how their lives turn out. When Donna falls ill and has to have a procedure that leaves her without a voice, you discover how truly determined and strong this woman is. Bette calls and visits her sister frequently. Donna continues to live independently not wanting too much help. One day, Bette decides that she just has to find a Bichon for her sister. She wants to give her sister a companion to replace the cat that had run away from home. While Bette and Dick were driving to Donna's, Bette worried that her sister would not accept the gift. It all turned out so well. The gift of the little Bichon just made Donna's day and she instantly fell in love with the little guy.

Donna does not seem to improve over the next 2 years. The day Bette catches her smoking upsets her so much. Bette has convinced herself that her sister will get better with time. This brought back so many memories for me. My father was a heavy smoker and also had emphysema, he passed away at 58 just before my sixteenth birthday. It was said to see such a lively and vibrant person deteriorate into the shell of the man he was by the time he passed.
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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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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 was my daughter's only daughter, although she too had a brother. So there have been no sisters in our line for some time. I love it when my friends talk about their relationships with their sisters. I always wonder what fun I missed out on, how I would have been different?

With this fascination for sisters and their relationships, I longed to read Crosby's account of she and her
sisters. I also knew to expect it to be a tear jerker. Let me say, Crosby's memoir of sorts, was a very real and honest look at sisters. It is not always sunshine and roses. Bette Lee did, more or less, bare her soul and her memories of her sister Donna, for all to see. The story was raw, painful, poignant and telling. The tone of the story was filled with remorse with a chord of awkward truth and family dysfunction. As my son would say, "It is what it is."

I have loved Bette's works of fiction and I adore her storytelling. After finishing her short 'memoir', I loved this peek into her private and personal life as well. Thank God for those we have in our lives who help us through the hard times, be they sisters, brothers, parents, wives and husbands or friends.
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