Monday, September 28, 2015

Previously Loved Treasures - Teaser Tuesday and First Chapter / First Paragraph

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     Bette Lee Crosby's characters are so real! In Previously Loved Treasures, a widow struggles to survive after her husband's death, renting out rooms in her home. Her goal? To earn enough money to hire a private investigator to find her estranged son. But then she discovers she has a grown granddaughter too.
     If you enjoy stories with a Southern flair, quirky characters, and a tiny touch of paranormal, you'll like Previously Loved Treasures. This sweet, charming story shows how families can be made up of more than blood relatives... with a little bit of magic and a lot of love.

First Paragraph:
Ida Jean Sweetwater
1989
I fell in love with Big Jim when I was seventeen and never stopped loving him. He was the kind of man you can't stop loving. He was like his name says: big. As a baby he was born big, and as a boy he grew into a man with a fullness twice the size of life itself. When Jim laughed you'd swear it was a roll of thunder coming down from heaven, and once he'd made love to you, you knew there'd never be anybody else.

Teaser (from 5% on my Kindle):
I miss Big Jim more than I ever thought humanly possible. If I take a cup from the cupboard, I think about how he liked his coffee. If I put clothes in the washing machine, I start wishing I had one more pair of dirty overalls to wash.

Genre: Women's Fiction/Historical/Mystery
Length: 245 pages
Amazon Link: Previously Loved Treasures
Other Books by This Author: Bette Lee Crosby's Website

Synopsis from Goodreads:
     In Previously Loved Treasures recently widowed Ida Sweetwater and her granddaughter come together in a heartwarming mystery rich with imagination and magic. 
     Struggling to make ends meet, Ida turns her home into a boarding house and goes in search of used furniture. This quest leads to the Previously Loved Treasures shop and Peter Pennington, a delightfully strange proprietor who anticipates people’s needs. In addition to bargains, Peter hands out sage advice. When a pocket watch belonging to one of the residents goes missing for a second time he warns of danger—but will Ida’s granddaughter listen and will she heed his advice?
     This is a story that resonates with Crosby’s heartwarming albeit quirky characters and the joy of a pay-it-forward philosophy.

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30 comments:

Cleo Bannister said...

This does sound like a lovely read and both excerpts make me want to know a bit more about Big Jim and his widow. Here is my Tuesday post for this week. https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/first-chapter-first-paragraph-september-29/

Suzie Quint said...

This sounds interesting. I may have to add it to my wishlist.

Jacqueline Gum said...

I have always enjoyed Betty Lee Crosby's works> I'll add this tto my to be read list. Thanks for sharing that teaser:)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Sandy, this has potential it seems. Hope you enjoy it.

Beth F said...

Not quite sure it's for me, but hope you love it.

JoAnn said...

The opening doesn't grab me, but I hope you enjoy it :)

Monica's Bookish Life said...

I like the opening and the sound of this book, so I'd keep reading!

Clare Stone said...

I do like the opening and the blurb sounds interesting, I will have to check it out!
http://dualreads.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/tuesday-teasers-29th-september-2015.html

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

This sounds like a heart-warming read. I'll keep it in mind as a possible future read.

Running N Reading said...

I love the description of Big Jim; sounds like this one will have some great characters! Thanks for sharing it with us!

grammajudyb said...

I am adding this one to my list. I have read other titles by Bette Lee and they have always been good. Thanks for sharing this one.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This sounds like my kind of story! I have one of this author's books, Jubilee's Journey, and I must hurry up and read it!

Thanks for sharing..and here is mine: “THE SPECTACULAR NOW”


Spangle said...

This sounds interesting. I think I would carry on reading to see what happens

Margot said...

The first paragraph didn't exactly grab me, but your description did. I think I'd enjoy this one.

Emma Littlefield said...

I'm not sure I would pick this book off the shelf but I do love the description of Jim.

Alice Audrey said...

Great teaser! I can feel the love and loss in it.

BeckyB said...

ooh like the teaser, and will try.

PS I love that you went with a % in the kindle to find it

Joanna Daniel said...

I love your teaser, I am immediately hooked. think I will have to search kindle for it

Paulita said...

I wish everyone would feel that kind of satisfaction with their spouses! He sounds charming. I wonder how her son became estranged. Here's Mine

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds like a heart-warming story. Happy reading!

Laura Thomas said...

You can't go wrong with Betty! She wows me every time. I just got my hands on The Loft and can't wait to turn the pages:)

Here's my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/09/29/teaser-tuesdays-130-authors-choice-from-the-key-of-amatahns-and-a-giveaway/

Sonia Lal said...

She really misses him.

mine: https://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/teaser-tuesday-annihilation-by-jeff-vandermeer/

Jaina said...

Aw, that poor woman! I hope she and her granddaughter can find peace together.

Katie Fitts said...

I've never read anything by this author but this book sounds wonderful!!! Check out my my teaser: http://katiesreadingcorner.blogspot.com/2015/09/teaser-tuesday.html?showComment=1443552030341
K.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

I like the writing style of the intro!

Yvonne said...

Great choice! This is an author I've been wanting to read.

Claudia Arroyo said...

The teaser sounds awfully tragic. I can't help but wonder if the character this person is missing has passed away :/ great teaser nonetheless!

Cyn @ Bookmunchies said...

I really liked the opening paragraph, but with the teaser it made me kinda sad ): I hope you're enjoying the book! Thanks for sharing (:

Davida Chazan said...

I'm going to be the odd person out here and say that no, I wouldn't read more. It seems to me that it is all being revealed without the reader having to find anything out. A bit too obvious for my taste, I'm afraid.

Laura said...

Sounds like he's dead. Certainly shows how she is feeling. Hope you're enjoying it!