The Loft by Bette Lee Crosby

February 12th, 2016 Kimberly Review 28 Comments

12th Feb
The Loft by Bette Lee Crosby
The Loft
by Bette Lee Crosby
Series: Memory House Collection #2
Published by: Bent Pine Publishing
Genres: Women's fiction, Magical Realism
Source: Purchase
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50 YEARS OF MEMORIES ARE HIDDEN IN THE WALLS OF THE LOFT…Annie only needs to find one… the one that will save Oliver’s life. On the day of their wedding, Annie saw nothing but happiness ahead, but when an accident calls her back to Memory House, her world is changed forever. Ophelia Browne, the woman who taught Annie to find the memories in a forgotten object, is leaving the house and she’s leaving all those powerful memories behind. After only three nights in the loft, Annie must now find the single most meaningful memory in Oliver’s mind. If she finds it in time, she can save his life, if she doesn’t…well that’s something she can’t afford to think about. Readers will welcome back the much-loved characters from Memory House and enjoy a few new friends!

magical ROMANCE TBRPile well written

The Loft by Bette Lee Crosby is the second book in the Memory House Collection. Crosby takes us back to the Memory House with Ophelia just in time for Annie and Oliver’s wedding. Packed with emotion, a little magical realism and introducing a new character The Loft transported me to the Memory House allowing me to smell the magical potpourri and visit with favorite characters.

Crosby is a masterful storyteller and The Loft was delightful. We have several threads that interweave creating a story that will keep the reader reading “just one more chapter.” Oliver and Annie are just embarking on their new life together, and Ophelia will once again be alone in the Memory House. When an unexpected accident occurs, Oliver and Annie find themselves staying at Memory House and poor Ophelia ends up in the hospital.

The first half of the book really focused on Ophelia and we see a transformation in her as she meets new people and has to make some important life decisions. Between her stories, we see Oliver and Annie creating memories and working to weave Ophelia into their daily lives. We also meet a wonderful character named Max, who has the gift like Ophelia and Annie. She can sense, or feel memories in objects. I am curious to see what develops with her. Crosby set things up in this book and we will get her story in What the Heart Remembers.

The second half of the book focuses more on Oliver and Annie as their future is threatened. Annie must find the strength to save Oliver and make a home for them. I cried, and prayed right along with Annie. I admired her determination. Oliver was supportive throughout the novel, and introduced us to Max.

Crosby introduced many secondary characters. These characters were older and delightfully outspoken and full of life. Both Annie and Ophelia learned things from one character in particular. Crosby brought all the different threads together weaving a tale that made me want to visit Memory House and these wonderful characters.

Memory House, Ophelia’s home has a magic all of its own from the memories captured in each item. It seems to create magic and breathe love. Crosby made me feel the magic this house held, and it welcomed me with open arms.

The Loft and Memory House collection is perfect for fans who love a little magical realism and character focused stories.

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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28 Responses to “The Loft by Bette Lee Crosby”

  1. Kathy

    This looks so good, Kimberly! I think you had me in the synopsis with “50 YEARS OF MEMORIES ARE HIDDEN IN THE WALLS OF THE LOFT.” I love books with that sort of vibe around them. And I do love stories like you described this one – magical realism and character focused.

  2. Lexxie

    I had never heard of this, but the premise is so intriguing, Kim! And I love reading about characters that are mature and full of life, plus the little magic that lives in the memory house sounds good.
    I wonder what kind of memory she needs to find in order to save Oliver’s life, and if she finds it in time!

  3. Kristin

    This sounds like a great book club book. I can totally see the ladies at my library sitting around reading this together 🙂 I’m going to recommend this one for their collection and to my mom – I think she’ll like this one, too! Warm fuzzies all over the place!

  4. Tyler H. Jolley

    Thanks for introducing me to this series, I can’t wait to share it with my life. I think she’d really enjoy it. I hope it become available on audible soon.

  5. Angela Adams

    “Packed with emotion,” — I said something similar to myself with reading the blurb. I said, “this story sounds really emotional.” and then I read your review. Thanks for the post. Enjoy the weekend!

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  6. Ramona

    Oh, I clearly have been missing out by not reading Memory House. It does sounds delightful – I love magical realism, and generally books with well-developed characters. If a review mentions secondary characters it’s usually a sign for me to check out that book 🙂 Wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day, Kimba – lots of chocolate, love, and good books! Hugs

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