Literary Fiction / Family Life

Coming to Grips With The Reality of Change

May 30, 2013
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Indie author Bette Lee Crosby

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Louise Palmer is a settled-down woman, who wants nothing more than to remain in the same house until the day she dies.

So when her husband, Clay, announces his intention to quit his job and move to Florida, Louise’s life is thrown into a turmoil of mixed emotions and strained loyalties, in Bette Lee Crosby‘s novel “What Matters Most.”

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 onto will change dramatically,

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The Indie Author Life

At its best, fiction requires the reader to confront difficult questions. In Bette Lee Crosby’s novel, the question is:


This is perhaps an ambiguous question and, while it seems simple on the surface, it has as many different answers as there are stars in the sky. At first blush people will most often answer my family, my church, my friends. But what about your job, your home, the trust you place in others, your health, your eyesight…the list is endless and it differs for each individual. We often take for granted, the aforementioned blessings, but what if you were faced with a situation where you had to give up one? Which one would it be?


This is the situation that Louise Palmer faces in my latest novel “What Matters Most” and before she reaches a decision, her best friend will disappear and her marriage will be tested beyond expectation.

I loved writing this novel, because it looks at the simple blessings of life that we so often accept as a given. Unlike Louise Palmer, I’ve moved around extensively and over the years left bits and pieces of my family and friends in far-flung places throughout the country. One thing that I’ve learned is that neither time nor distance can truly separate you from those you love. A loved one doesn’t have to be within walking distance to stay in your heart.

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