Bette Lee Crosby shares the path to Jubilee’s Journey

January 8th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Giveaway, Guest Post 14 Comments

8th Jan

Since I began blogging I have had the pleasure of reviewing Bette Lee Crosby’s work. Her novels are rich with well developed characters who we can all identify with. Her stories are realistic, touching and oh so heartwarming. Today she talks about her journey in writing Jubilee’s Journey. You can read my review here.

Jubilee's Journey

Guest Post by Bette Lee Crosby

Writing Jubilee’s Journey was somewhat of a trip down memory lane, not because of my own memories, but the memories of my mother, who so generously passed them down to me.

My mom was born in Coal Fork, West Virginia; as was her sister Ruth. They were two in a family of eleven siblings. Times were hard and the family didn’t always have the luxury of living under the same roof. Once the girls were old enough, they were sent to live with relatives who needed house help; the boys went to work in the mines or became farm hands for neighbors.

When my mom was not yet twenty, she married a city boy from Charleston and moved away. Her sister Ruth married one of the men who worked in the mines. The part of Jubilee’s Journey that tells of life in the mining community is based on the truth of how it was.

After Ruth was married, she and her new husband moved into a tiny four room house wedged into the side of the coal-mining mountain. Did they own the house? No. Did they rent the house? No. In the little community of Coal Fork, there was no owning or renting; if a house stood empty and you had need of it…you simply moved in. Of course the house was little more than walls and a floor, there was no plumbing, no electricity, just a cast iron coal stove used for both cooking and heat. But it was a house and it was free. It had a stretch of land suitable for some farming and a well that had a plentiful supply of cold clear water – water far better than anything you’ve ever tasted.

In Jubilee’s Journey, Ruth’s husband is named Bartholomew but in real life his name was Clifford. He was a miner who lived a life very similar to Bartholomew’s. He and Ruth had four children, the eldest of which was my cousin Paul. And the Paul I knew was my model for the one I created. He was wise, strong, loyal beyond belief, and filled with love and Faith.

I spent many summer vacations visiting my cousins and the memories I have are truly treasured ones. Despite the fact that Ruth’s family had very few material possessions, they were wealthy beyond compare. They were rich in the things that no amount of money can buy—love, faith, trust and hope. Like Bartholomew, Clifford hoped his boys would never see the inside of a mine…and they didn’t. All four of my cousins earned scholarships and went on to become professionals in the fields of education and ministry.

I have always been inspired by the goodness in the life they led, and that inspiration is what led me to write Jubilee’s Journey. I hope the book inspires others as the truth behind this story has inspired me.

Bette Lee Crosby

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14 Responses to “Bette Lee Crosby shares the path to Jubilee’s Journey”

  1. kindlemom1

    I love that this is not only based on real people but family members, that is awesome!

    And I love the cover, the little girl is just gorgeous with those big blue eyes of hers!

    kindlemom1 recently posted: Waiting On Wednesday
  2. Carl

    I’ve never heard of the concept of just taking up residence in a house that stood empty. Well I guess I have but not where it was the established local practice. Kind of cool really as long as not too many disputes broke out between families. Thanks for the interesting story and the giveaway.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Isn’t that fascinating Carl, I grew up on the East coast and remember reading about some of these practices as a teen.

  3. Anita Yancey

    This sounds like a wonderful book, and I love that it is set in West Virginia. I would enjoy reading this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is wonderful and I hope you get a chance to try it Anita 🙂

  4. Jess

    I loved this guest post! It was wonderful to learn where Bette Lee got her ideas and inspiration. The fact that she used stories from her mom and her experiences with her relatives makes me want to read this book even more. It sounds fascinating! I like the lessons learned from visiting her cousins- there are many riches to be had that don’t come in the form of things money can buy!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Ginny

    I loved this post. I found this post it very inspiring and can only imagine how inspirational the book is. Some of my favorite parts of this post..the “the Paul I knew was my model for the one I created. He was wise, strong, loyal beyond belief, and filled with love and Faith.” and “I have always been inspired by the goodness in the life they led, and that inspiration is what led me to write Jubilee’s Journey.” What a great way to honor her obvious love for her family. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing the great post.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was wonderful Ginny and I hope you get to read it 🙂