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    A story of love, friendships, and new beginnings.

    Louise and Clay Palmer have the perfect life, or so Louise thought, until Clay tells her his health is in jeopardy because of the stress of his job. He wants to pack up and move to the house in Florida that his uncle bequeathed to him. He’s tired of his job, and he’s tired of shoveling snow. Clay wants to enjoy life. Louise doesn’t want to move. Why would anyone want to leave their family, the perfect home they’ve lived in all these years, and their friends and move to a place where they don’t know anyone? Louise tries to sabotage the sale of their home so that they have no choice but to stay. However, her efforts are in vain, and she and Clay pack up their belongings and move to Florida. The story follows their adjustments to a new life and the friendships they make. Will Louise and Clay discover what matters most? WHAT MATTERS MOST is a story of love, friendships and new beginnings. I read WHAT MATTERS MOST some time ago. It was the first of Crosby’s books I've read. Since then I’ve read several more, and like this one, I enjoyed all of them immensely. Crosby has a talent for telling a story in a way that you feel part of the cast of characters. It’s her gift for spinning a yarn that makes her characters and story come to life. I recommend WHAT MATTERS MOST to all readers of fiction. No matter what genre a reader prefers, Crosby’s story will resonate with everyone. Like all of her books, I couldn’t put this one down.
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    Wonderful book

    When Clay's uncle Charlie passes away and leave his house in Florida to Clay. Clay decides it is time to retire and move. Louise his wife wants to do no such thing. She spent her childhood never staying in one place and this house is where they raised their children and all her friends are at. Clay isn't backing down. The closer it gets to moving time the more Louise tries to sabotage the move. Loved the characters in this book. Louise was pretty much willing to do anything to stop the move. Yet nothing worked like planned. She was afraid of losing her friends, her home and the life she had that she loved. Clay was determined to move. He wanted to enjoy his life and not work himself to death. He saw the move as a good thing. Days of sitting back and doing nothing except piddling around. Wonderful story of learning home isn't the house. Learning change can be a good thing once you open yourself up to it.
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    Another lovely story from Bette. Loved it!

    I always know when I sit down to read one of Bette's novels that I am going to love the people and the places she takes me to. What Matters Most is another sweet, wonderful story filled with characters who become my friends. I think about them long after I close the book. What Matters Most gives us a look at life changes and how some people react to those changes. Some reactions are positive and others, not so much. Bette's stories are always filled with such great words of wisdom and gentle thoughts. I just love reading them and I think each book of Bette's that I read is my new favorite one.
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    What Matters Most!

    I just finished reading What Matters Most by Bette Lee Crosby. Louise Palmer is the type of person who likes things to remain status quo. She does not like change. She wants predictability and stability. Louise wants to live in the same home until she passes away (this is because of her upbringing). She is happy with her husband, home, and family. Then her husband, Clay, inherits a home from his Uncle Charlie in Florida. Clay is tired of his job at the bank. He has been working there for over 30 years and is tired of the same thing day in and day out. Clay is tired of the endless cold and snow (my father said the same thing and now we live in Florida). He wants to retire, sell their home, and move to Florida. Louise cannot think of anything worse. Louise conspires to stall the selling of the house by getting the worst real estate agent she can find while Clay forges ahead with cleaning out the house and turning in his retirement papers. Clay is looking forward to relaxing and enjoying life in Florida while Louise wants to stay put. Louise concocts a plan to delay the sale of the house. When that does not work out, Louise is gets the girls of her quilting circle to help her come up with ideas. Poor Clay just keeps forging ahead. Clay is hoping that wants Louise gets settled in Florida (Tall Pines), she will make friends and end up loving it. What happens with Louise and Clay? Will Louise end up loving Tall Pines, Florida? Can Clay settle down and enjoy retirement? Read What Matters Most to find out. I give What Matters Most 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is a cute story, but it is twice as long as it needs to be (though it does get better towards the end). There are chapters that are just what Louise or Clay are thinking about at the time which seemed unnecessary. I received a complimentary copy of What Matters Most from the author in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
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