I just finished reading What Matters Most by Bette Lee Crosby (part of the Memory House Collection). 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 much 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.
It is book release day!!!!! My favorite day of the month. So many wonderful new books are out today! Here are just a few of them (all are available on Amazon.com):
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Ripped from the Pages by Kate Carlise
A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett
Truffled to Death by Kathy Aarons
Collared for Murder by Annie Knox
I am currently reading The Rescued by Marta Perry (which came out today). Have a wonderful day and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader