I love a good book! So many to read and so little time.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was difficult to keep up with in the beginning because you meet several different characters, and you are at least a third of the way into the book before you find out how they relate. Crosby knows how to weave a tale, though. It was interesting trying to figure out how the characters would cross paths, and the setting for about half of it was an apartment building in a charming little town. I had fun trying to determine the theme of the novel was as I was reading. The dynamic characters hit a few bumps in the road on the way to the finish. I enjoyed this book.
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Here is how Goodreads describes this book:
A Woman who is Superstitious to the Core…
A Boy who claims his Parents are Dead…
A Murderer who wants to Silence the Truth of What Happened.
Olivia Westerly knows what she knows — opals mean disaster, eleven is the unluckiest number on earth and children weigh a woman down like a pocketful of stones. That’s why she’s avoided marriage for almost forty years. But when Charlie Doyle happened along, he was simply too wonderful to resist. Now she’s a widow with an eleven-year-old boy claiming to be her grandson.
With a foul mouth, dark secrets and heavily guarded emotions, Ethan Allen Doyle is not an easy child to like. He was counting on the grandpa he’d never met for a place to hide, but now that plan is shot to blazes because the grandpa’s dead too. He’s got seven dollars and twenty-six cents, his mama’s will for staying alive, and Dog. But none of those things are gonna help if Scooter Cobb finds him.
Spare Change is a quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about the important things in life, the madcap adventures of a young boy and a late change of heart that makes all the difference in an unusually independent woman.