Saturday, October 31, 2015

Passing through Perfect

Happy Halloween!  It says the quote of the day is "Home is where the haunt is".  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  It is so much fun to decorate for Halloween (for more information on the holiday click on the word Halloween).  

I just finished Passing through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby.  It the third book in The Wyattsville Series.  It is 1946 and Benjamin Church has just returned to Twin Pines from the war.  He has returned to his father’s (Otis Church) farm (they are sharecroppers) to help him out.  Since they live in Alabama, Benjamin believes he can have money producing crops all year round.  While at a local dance, Benjamin meets Delia Finch.  She is the pastor’s daughter.  They immediately fall in love and wish to marry.  Pastor Finch does not approve of Benjamin for his daughter.  Pastor Finch is a college graduate and has made sure that his daughter had a private school education despite her color.  Delia has had a good life and has been sheltered from the harshness of being a non-white in Alabama.  When Delia turns up pregnant, her father calls her a bad name and throws her out of the house.  Delia and Benjamin marry the next day.  Delia sacrifices her family for her love.

Life will not be easy for Delia, Benjamin, and Otis.  When the worst happens, Benjamin will have to make a choice.  A choice that will change life for Benjamin.  Passing through Perfect is just a lovely novel to read.  Passing through Perfect is well written and the novel flows beautifully.  I liked the characters (except Delia’s father).  It is interesting to see life from a different perspective and I was glad for the epilogue that wrapped up the novel nicely.  I give Passing through Perfect 4.25 out of 5 stars.  The only thing I did not enjoy was the periodic chapters told from the first person perspective of various characters.  I did not always feel that the enhanced the story.  While Passing through Perfect is the third book in the series, it can easily be read alone (though you will want to go back and read the other two novels).

The other two books in the Wyattsville series are Spare Change and Jubilee's Journey.  You can also purchase all three books together The Wyattsville Series.  I received a complimentary copy of Passing through Perfect from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I hope all of you have a very Happy Halloween!  May you get many sweet treats (or you sneak some good ones from your children's treat bags).  I just finished a very appropriate book for Halloween!  It is called  Fangs for the Memories by Molly Harper. It was just delightful (and I will post a full review soon).  I am off to read Cardiac Arrest by Lisa Q. Mathews.  Have a Halloween evening and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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