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    Memories are Magic

    You will fall in love with this enchanting story! I absolutely, positively love the premise of this book. That we attach memories to physical objects that are meaningful to us, those memories stay with the object, and especially intuitive people are able to see and feel them. If you come across an interesting piece of jewelery or another unique item, in an antique or thrift store, don't you wonder what stories it could tell? In Memory House, author Bette Lee Crosby uses magical realism to weave a warm tale about the magic of memories, the power of love, finding your own path and the promise of new memories to make. I like to write book reviews to simply share my opinion and some things I would like to know if I were deciding to pick up this book. I am grateful to have been given an Advanced Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This is my first Bette Lee Crosby novel  and I enjoyed it so much. I fell in love with Annie, a young woman looking for solace away from home to deal wiith a traumatic break-up with her boyfriend. She takes a short leave from her unfulfilling job analyzing numbers as an actuary, hops into her car and goes where her intuition leads. She ends up in a small town, in front of a small house with a small sign in the yard advertising rooms for rent. Feeling drawn in, she's met by Orphelia, a slight gray-haired woman approaching her ninetieth year. Orphelia has a large herb garden and an apothecary in the front room of her house where townspeople come for remedies of the body and the heart. She was widowed as a young bride, and has stayed all these years in the house she and her husband made many happy memories in. She feels her Edward with her there. In fact, Orphelia has a gift of feeling memories, from different objects that seem drawn to her. A young boy's ball, a silver locket, an old Bible with generations of a family recorded within, a rusted bicycle. When she holds or touches these objects, she is able to see and feel the emotions of the owners. Orphelia feels bound to be the keeper of these objects and their memories, and has been waiting for the special someone who also possesses her gift to come along and become the new keeper before she turns ninety. She knows it's Annie the moment she sees her. I won't spoil the rest of the story. It will surprise you, make you smile and shed a tear or two. I was taken in from the first paragraph, and could not put it down until the end. It transported me into their world. Crosby has a way of bringing you right in, with her vivid images and scenes. The character development was wonderful and I really bonded with these characters.   One of my biggest pet peeves in reading a book is finding typos or grammatical errors that distract from my reading experience. I'm not surprised to happily report that none were found. My other pet peeve is a book that ends on a cliffhanger. Memory House came to a very touching conclusion that left me happy and satisfied, but of course wanting more. I do hope Crosby has a second book planned, as there could be room for a sequel or a short novella. :) I do hope you decide to read Memory House. I highly recommend it. It certainly won't be the last Bette Lee Crosby book I read. 5 out of 5 stars.
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    Pure Magic... a must read!

    What a captivating book! Bette Lee Crosby had me hooked from the very beginning. The characters are so real to life and I honestly got very attached to them. The author is a wonderful storyteller who writes the stories and characters that stay in your mind. You'll feel as if you know them, which makes for a special book. I don't want to spoil any of the plot but will say the storyline was magical! If you are like me and treasure old items and the long ago memories that go with them, this book will be the perfect read. If you haven't read any books by the author, you truly must. She writes very heart felt stories that will keep you anxiously awaiting the next book. I would highly recommend any of her books! * I was provided a copy of this book to read and give my honest review.
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    Memory House

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ophelia can fell memories in objects. Happy memories. The time is coming for her to find someone that can feel them like her. Someone to take over. When Annie's boyfriend leaves her after seven years, she needs to get away and finds herself at Ophelia's Bed and Breakfast. Ophelia knows that Annie is the one. One that will be able to feel the memories. Annie falls in love with the home and Ophelia. She feels so at home there and as Ophelia tells her story Annie wants to stay forever. What a wonderful story. It was really a magical read. Ophelia was a wonderful colorful character. The book draws you in and holds your attention to the last page. Annie comes so sad at first and slowly opens up and realizes that wasn't the life she was supposed to have. She learns to let the past go and be happy. Definitely a book if you are looking for a sweet read.
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    WONDERFUL

    I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader's copy of this book from the author. I have loved every book that Bette Lee Crosby has written to date. I had a favorite before reading this one, but now have a new favorite. This book was so good it was impossible to put down. If you have read her other books then this one will be even better. It has bits and pieces that you will recognize throughout the story. Ophelia has a Bed and Breakfast that Annie accidentally happens upon while she is driving to get away from her troubles. She stops and decides to stay at Memory House for a few days and falls in love with the place and the owner, Ophelia. Ophelia tells her about some of the things she has that contain memories. Of course Annie is not sure if she really believes this or not, until she touches a bike that is in Ophelia's shed. She herself feels the memory of the boy who owned the bike years before. This has her intrigued and makes her want to clean the bike and find out who the owner is. Ophelia believes that a boy named Allen owned the bike. Annie leaves her old life and moves in with Ophelia to help take care of her. She also works hard to get the bike like it was when Allen rode it. After she gets it as new as possible, which is quite a chore, she discovers who Allen really is and where he lives. She decides to take the bike to him, but when she and Ophelia get to his townhouse it is not who she thought, but is Allen's son. They start seeing each other and become very close. They fall in love and he gives her a big surprise for Christmas. Meeting his parents. Mrs Crosby weaves a story in a way that will stay with you for a long long time. It is a wonderful book from the first page to the last, which you will hate to see end. It definitely leaves you wanting more and don't be surprised if you get it one day. That is the great thing about this author's books, you never know when you will get a new book that contains just what you wanted; knowing more about a book you read before and wondered what happened to a character or characters. This is by far my favorite book by Mrs Crosby and I am hoping there will be more about Annie and Oliver in the future. If you believe in memories and want to read a great book about stories in stories this is the book for you. You can get it now for 99 cents, it goes back to the original price shortly after its release on April 14th. This is my honest review and in no way was affected by it being a gift. I can't imagine anyone reading it and not loving it. Great, wonderful touching story...
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    A pleasurable read!

    Annie Cross is running away from her bad memories of her ex-boyfriend, Michael, and looking for a new direction in life. Ophelia Browne is searching for someone to inherit her memories and her house. In her signature style, Crosby weaves these two very separate lives into a single story, with each chapter prefaced by the thoughts/journal of the main protagonists. Crosby retains her charming Southern voice in Memory House and it was a pleasure to get sucked into the story. I enjoyed Memory House more than the other Crosby works I've read so far (Passing Through Perfect; Spare Change) probably because it felt a little more current and relatable to me. It was also pretty amusing and nice to find references to the earlier books in Memory House, hidden as they are like gems to be found. *I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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