Review: When I Last Saw You by Bette Lee Crosby

Goodreads Blurb

From USA Today Bestselling Author Bette Lee Crosby comes a powerful southern saga based on a true story… Betrayal and secrets tore her family apart decades ago, now a lonely widow must search for the pieces of her broken childhood.


GEORGIA, 1968 – Margaret Rose McCutcheon has just buried her husband and must now name a beneficiary for their estate in case of her demise. She is hard-pressed to do so because there is no one. No children. No family. At least none to speak of. At one time, she had two sisters and six brothers, but the lot of them were scattered to the four winds, with no one knowing where the others went. In the hope of finding at least one of her siblings, Margaret hires a detective and sets off on a journey to uncover the truth of why the family broke apart as it did.

WEST VIRGINIA, 1901 – When Eliza Hobbs gives birth to her sixth child, her husband is not there to welcome his daughter into the world. No surprise, because Martin is seldom there. He works in Charleston and returns to Coal Creek only when he has a mind to. Yes, he sends money on occasion, but seldom enough to make ends meet. Although Eliza believes each new child a blessing, he sees them as yet another responsibility on his already overloaded shoulders. When he discovers another child is on the way, he demands she get rid of it. he stops returning home and there is no more money.

Left with the children, a mountainside patch of land, and a house in sorry need of repair, Eliza seeks help and turns to someone powerful enough to hold sway over Martin and force him into providing for his family. Pushed to the brink, Martin does something unforgivable and the family is forever torn apart.

Now, after all these years, will Margaret be the one to find the pieces of her broken family? 

My Review: Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Another fantastic story written by the amazing Bette Lee Crosby, that will bring readers to tears. Sometimes those tears will be for happiness of the characters and at times those tears will be a river full of darkness and unhappiness. Family is something we all live to have and cherish for all our life’s. Life sometimes doesn’t turn out the way we hope for and need to make very tough decisions to give the ones we love a chance at a better life. This story will tear at your heart. A story of a dad who was unreliable and didn’t care for his family. A mother who suffered so much because of the love she had for her husband and even more her children. A daughter who took a journey of a lifetime to find her family that she lost touch with for over 50 years and found her happiness with the person who helped her search for them.

This story intertwines two amazing stories as Margaret Rose McCutcheon goes in search of all her siblings that she lost touch with for over 50 years. Her mother wasn’t able to give them the life she wanted them to have after their father was out of the picture. Eliza’s love for her children was so immense that she had to let go of all her children in order to know that they will have a better life in the future with the caregivers she left them with. Margaret was always hopeful to be able to find all her siblings and reunite with them. She got married but never had children of her own and she always wanted to have children to relive the wonderful years she had with her siblings.

Margaret goes on an adventure of a lifetime. One she never thought she would ever go on and one in which she never knew what she would find. Margaret hires Tom Bateman to help her find her lost family. Tom gave Margaret back a new start to a new life. He was able to find all her siblings and reconnect her with them. During her travels she also grew close to Tom as he was very different from her past husband. Tom has a huge heart that Margaret just couldn’t avoid it as hard as she might try.

This heartwarming story will leave the readers wanting to learn more of the secret that Eliza kept from all the younger children and will be have them anxious to know if Margaret finds her long lost family. Bette is such an amazing storyteller that always writes stories with real life events. She isn’t scared of showing the darkest secrets of family, while telling a story that will tug at your heart, while adding the extra warmth of love. 

Author Biography

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby’s books are “Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances.” – Midwest Book Review

The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby’s writing is, “A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures.”

Samantha from Reader’s Favorite raves, “Crosby writes the type of book you can’t stop thinking about long after you put it down.”

“Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win twenty awards for her work; these include: The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal, Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer’s Choice Award.

Crosby’s published works to date are: Blueberry Hill (2014), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Jubilee’s Journey (2013), What Matters Most (2013), The Twelfth Child (2012), Life in the Land of IS (2012), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2011), Spare Change (2011). A Cupid inspired romance, Wishing for Wonderful, is scheduled for release in November 2014 and Book Three of The Wyattsville Series, Passing through Perfect, will be be available in January 2015. 

2 thoughts on “Review: When I Last Saw You by Bette Lee Crosby

  1. Wow, this book sounds like a very good read, Thank you for sharing your review on it. I will definitely add it to my TBR list. Have a great week and stay safe.


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