I WAS AMAZED AND HONORED TO BE APPROACHED BY BETTE LEE CROSBY HERSELF TO REVIEW MORE OF HER NOVELS FOLLOWING A REVIEW I DID ON SPARE CHANGE (THE WYATTSVILLE SERIES BOOK 1). HER PUBLISHER PROVIDED ME WITH AN ADVANCED READING COPY OF BOOK 3 IN THE SERIES, PASSING THROUGH PERFECT. I FOUND IT HARD TO PUT DOWN EVEN ON THANKSGIVING DAY DURING ALL THE FESTIVITIES!
PASSING THROUGH PERFECT IS A HEARTWARMING STORY ABOUT THE NEGRO STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY IN THE SOUTH FOLLOWING WWII. BENJAMIN AND DELIA HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME BEGINNING THEIR LIFE TOGETHER IN GRINDER’S COVE, ALABAMA. DISOWNED BY DELIA’S PREACHER FATHER AND SUFFERING FROM THE DEATH OF A BABY IN CHILDBIRTH, THE COUPLE IS LUCKY TO HAVE SEVERAL PLENTIFUL YEARS OF FARMING ON THEIR SIDE. HOWEVER, PREJUDICES ABOUND IN THE NEAREST TOWN WHERE “NO NEGROES” SIGNS ARE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED IN MANY STOREFRONTS AND RESTAURANTS. DELIA LONGS FOR A BETTER LIFE UP NORTH.
THE FARMING DRIES UP AND WHEN A DRUNK WHITE MAN RUNS DOWN WHAT BENJAMIN HAS LEFT OF A FAMILY AND THE SHERIFF REFUSES TO BRING THE MAN TO JUSTICE, BENJAMIN DECIDES TO HEED DELIA’S ADVICE TO SEARCH FOR A BETTER LIFE UP NORTH. ALONG THE WAY BENJAMIN PROVES TO BE A MAN OF CHARACTER, DESPITE HIS COLOR, BY SAVING A MAN’S LIFE. THIS IS THE TURNING POINT FOR BENJAMIN. THERE ARE STILL STRUGGLES AHEAD BUT LIFE BEGINS ANEW. IT IS TRUE, “FOLKS DON’T LIVE IN PERFECT, THEY JUST GET TO PASS THROUGH EVERY SO OFTEN.”
THIS IS A STORY YOU WILL TRULY LOVE!
FROM A USA TODAY BEST SELLING AUTHOR COMES A STORY RIFE WITH THE INJUSTICES OF THE SOUTH AND RICH WITH THE COMPASSION OF STRANGERS…Book 3 in the Award-Winning Wyattsville Series.
It’s 1946. The war is over. Millions of American soldiers are coming home and Benjamin Church is one of them. After four years of being away he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven’t. Grinder’s Corner is as it’s always been—a hardscrabble burp in the road. It’s not much, but it’s home.
When Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines, he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she’s the one. They fall madly in love; happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn’t matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one.
It’s true Benjamin has little to offer; he’s a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that’s how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn’t leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything.
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