A Visit With Bette Lee Crosby

I am delighted to be here visiting with Christine today and equally delighted to be celebrating the forthcoming release of my latest novel, The Summer of New Beginnings which debuts on March 27th.

Although I’ve written 18 novels and received a number of literary awards, this book has special meaning for me. It is a story of sisters and, as anyone who is blessed with having a sister knows, there will be good times and bad times but through it all, you would lay down your life for your sister. After all, she is your sister.

When I began writing this novel, I did not actually plan to model the girls after my sister and myself, but somehow it happened. In writing about Meghan, I saw myself—a person who shoulders responsibility for everything and everybody; a person who refuses to let go of the things she loves. Tracy is the exact opposite. She is my sister Donna, born again and ready to grab life by horns and hang on for the ride.

The sisters in this book are so real that I found it easy to laugh with them, cry with them, and cheer them on as they overcame their individual challenges. We never get the chance to step back in time and relive the special moments of our life, but for me, this was just such a journey, and I loved every minute of it.

I truly hope that you will enjoy reading this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Book Description

The Briggs sisters are the complete opposite of one another, and in The Summer of New Beginnings, they’ll both find themselves looking for a new start. Putting her career on hold, Meghan takes on her dad’s business after his death but when she stumbles upon a lost puppy, she’ll have to find a way resist both the dog’s charm and the advances of the attractive new vet.

In the meantime, Tracy is trying to recover from the fallout of her last relationship and adjusting to the reality of being a single mother. Both facing their own struggles of love and belonging, the sisters will have the summer to take hold of their lives and find happiness.

Reviewer Praise for The Summer of New Beginnings

“A feel-good read with characters you’ll cherish and never want to forget.” —Julianne MacLean, USA Today bestselling author

“A heart-warming story of unconditional love and resilience…Readers will be hooked as they are taken along for the ride on a poignant journey of healing and hope.” —Kay Bratt, best-selling author of Wish Me Home

Once again Bette Lee Crosby has created a heartwarming story about family, forgiveness, and the magic of new beginnings. A charming book that readers will savor to the very last page.” Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of Sweet Lake

Your Tango, the popular lifestyle website, calls The Summer of New Beginnings one of the 10 novels that will make you believe in love again (after all hope is lost)

Release date: March 27th

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About Bette

Bette Lee Crosby is a wife, dog-mama and lover of all things Southern. She is also the winner of 42 literary awards, including the 2017 International Book Award for Women’s Fiction. Midwest Book Review says of Crosby’s work, “Southern fiction at its best: spiritually infused, warm, and family-oriented.” Reader’s View says, “Crosby’s talent lies in not only telling a good, compelling story, but telling it from a unique perspective.” Her novels have landed her on the USA Today Bestseller List four times. Her latest novel The Summer of New Beginnings will be released by Lake Union Publishing on March 27, 2018.

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