Passing through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby

January 14th, 2015 Kimberly Review 61 Comments

14th Jan
Passing through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby
Passing through Perfect
by Bette Lee Crosby
Series: Wyattsville #3
Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: Author
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It's 1946. The war is over. Millions of American soldiers are coming home and Benjamin Church is one of them. After four years of being away he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven't. Grinder's Corner is as it's always been--a hardscrabble burp in the road. It's not much, but it's home. When Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines, he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she's the one. They fall madly in love: happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn't matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one. It's true Benjamin has little to offer; he's a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that's how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn't leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything.

Passing through Perfect by Betty Lee Crosby is the third book in the Wyattsville series but will work as a standalone. Crosby brilliantly captivates life in the late 1940’s in a small rural Alabama farming town called Grinder’s Corner. Once again, Crosby weaved her magic and held me spellbound. She has this subtle gift for bringing characters and the period to life.

Passing through Perfect, focuses on the life of Benjamin Church, a sharecropper’s son. He returns home from the war and begins farming alongside his father. It is the story of love, loss, heartache, joy and one man’s determination to provide for his family. The tale spans a good eleven years and I quickly became caught up in the characters.

Crosby clearly captures Alabama in the early 50’s and segregation. Passing through Perfect is told from a few perspectives each delivered in separate chapters. Benjamin’s is the predominant voice and I quickly connected with him. Delia and folks from Wyattsville are the others. I wondered how Crosby was going to bring Wyattsville into the story and she did so brilliantly. I laughed with these characters, felt pain for them and shed a few tears right alongside them. Benjamin is clever, soft-spoken and has this dignity about him that I could not help but admire. Delia story touched me, from her strength to her yearning for a better way of life just over the horizon.

Passing through Perfect flowed wonderfully as Crosby brought their daily lives to life while relating a powerful story about prejudice and intolerance during this period. Free but not equal. She managed to capture both the worst of man and the best of him. I think the author said it best in the notes at the beginning of the book. She mentions tales are not good or bad it is simply what it was. Her descriptive writing style allowed me to smell the collards’s, taste the heat and feel the rain on my face. The title was cleverly weaved into the tale and I smiled to myself when it happened. Memorable, poignant and powerful Passing through Perfect is a tale that will stay with you, long after the book is closed.

Fans of Diane Chamberlain will love Bette Lee Crosby’s story-telling.

Wyattsville series

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About Bette Lee Crosby

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her 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. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win twenty awards for her work; these include: The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal, Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer’s Choice Award.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She’s a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat…

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61 Responses to “Passing through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby”

  1. Melliane

    I didn’t know about this one but it’s always nice to know we can read it as a standalone book. Plus the cover is really attractive. I’m glad you had a great time with it. I’m curious. thanks for the review!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Melliane, I have enjoyed every book in this series and love that each has a different tone and can be read as standalone.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was Cynthia and she brought the characters and landscape to life.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thank you Alreem..I love reading things from all genres and comments like this just make me smile. When I was in my early twenties I tended to stay within the confounds of a few genres and others helped me dabble in new ones and discover I kind of liked traveling about and being in different worlds, times, and places.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was but more than that it really captures the characters and felt so realistic.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Isn’t the cover wonderful..I personally think it is her best cover to date

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Brandee each each book is uniquely different and have enjoyed them immensely.

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I have a copy of Jubilee’s Journey…and I am asking myself why I have waited so long to begin the journey with these characters! It is moving up in my stack. Thanks for sharing and making me want to start reading immediately.

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  3. Ann Noser

    Added to goodreads. Sounds very interesting. I’m getting more and more interested in time period literature. (I mean, other than Austen and Dickens time period literature–I’ve always been interested in that)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love time period reads and love weaving them in among my fantasy reads.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You need to dabble in it a little Nick..I have a feeling the characters are strong enough you will become caught up.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, her characters and the places stay with you Ali. I can close my eyes and picture the farm.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Maditha. I enjoy her writing. Her characters become real.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Katherine. I love slipping into the stories she creates

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I feel the same way Felicia. I hope you get chance to read this

  4. Ramona

    Oh, wow, I just got weak in the knees, lol! This is such a lovely-sounding series… I’ve said it before – my TBR pile is becoming a public hazard! Thank you for sharing this, Kimba. Hope you’re feeling better 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Wonderful author and series ..the characters are memorable.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Nice, I love the period too and the characters are wonderful.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Exactly Melissa. She shows not tells this truth and I loved the story.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes I find the time period equally fascinating Braine. I think you would like this

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The folks are real, their problems are real and Cosby brings it to life in full color with a depth that is memorable.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      We do to tend to pigeon whole the “historical fiction” Although I saw a post about a book set in the 80’s dubbed historical fiction and it got me thinking about what classifies hitorical fiction.

  5. Adriana

    “She managed to capture both the worst of man and the best of him.” – I love your description of this book. It really shows me how much you connected with the characters. I usually don’t read this setting of historical fiction but I am really interested because of your review.

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  6. Tyler H Jolley

    I LOVE when a book is told through several perspectives and it’s done seamlessly. It sounds like Crosby did just that. It’s such a hard thing to accomplish, but when it’ done right it’s amazing.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is an interesting period, but we do manage to see glimpses of happiness

  7. Lorna

    Since I was alive during part of that eleven year period, I guess that makes me historical! All joking aside, thanks for sharing, I like to read about post war time as well, although segregation tends to upset me.