Book Review: Passing Through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby





Passing Through Perfect


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. (from Goodreads)

My Review

Passing Through Perfect

By Bette Lee Crosby

This story is so riveting I couldn’t put the book down. Even though this story was before my time I am very interested in reading historical fiction and even historical nonfiction.  I really thought that the author Bette Lee Crosby did an outstanding job on this story.

Here is a story of Benjamin who was raised by his parents who loved him and you could tell by the way he was around others, no matter what happens he always respected others and expected good in them. Unfortunately there are always some who won’t and can’t do what is right.   Here is a man because of his race was not able to do things he wanted to do, but still found other ways to excel in his life. He was good at fixing things and with mechanical things, but he became a farmer like his father was and put in a lot of work on his farm to make sure it produce and made a profit so he can support his family. It seemed everything he did, he tried to do his best. But that isn’t how the story goes. This book seemed so real life that it can happen to anyone of any race. But it happened in a time period that did have prejudice and Benjamin story is good, tells a real life, but even without the prejudice there were still hard times for many people and I loved reading his story and how he survived. I won’t tell you about the story, you will have to read it, if you like historical fiction, mid-century America this would be a great book to read. This book is definitely a five star book, I haven’t read the first 2 in this series but I can’t wait to read them.

I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest opinion.

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I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

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