Blueberry Hill by Bette Lee Crosby

Blueberry Hill

CAN LOVE SAVE A SISTER FROM SELF-DESTRUCTION?From the USA Today Bestselling Author of Spare Change comes the heartwarming story Blueberry Hill, a Sister’s Story.Based on the realities of her own family, Crosby calls this a memoir of sorts. Traveling back to a time when the sisters were young enough to feel invincible and foolish enough to believe it would last forever, Crosby has bared her soul in a story of regrettable decisions and inevitable...


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TitleBlueberry Hill
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Release DateJun 28th, 2014
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction
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Reviews Blueberry Hill

  • Brenda
    2014-07-11
    Sisters Donna and Bette were like chalk and cheese – Donna was the wild one, the one who lived her life to the fullest, experiencing everything, scared of nothing. Bette was the cautious, practical one, the sister who thought of the consequences before the actions happened. But they were incredibly close; they loved each other deeply and whatever happened, that would never go away.This story started when the girls were children – Donna was in...
  • Amy
    2019-06-13
    This story written by Bette Lee Crosby is about her and her sister Donna. This book really tugs at your heartstrings. One sister a dare devil always taking chances while the other is the good sister. Tears and laughter as you read about the love of these two sisters.
  • Sherry Fundin
    2014-07-13
    The covers Bette Lee Crosby chooses for her novels always make me wonder what will be between the pages. I feel there will be some laughs and some tears as we travel down the road of life with her realistic characters.I never even looked at the synopsis, just picked up Blueberry Hill and started reading. After all, it’s Bette Lee, so I know it will be good. Oh man……this hits very close to home.Donna killed herself. She didn’t do it by pop...
  • Linda
    2014-07-03
    This book was written by Bette Lee Crosby and is about her and her sister, Donna's life growing up. A true story that will leave you breathless and in tears.Donna is the youngest child when the story first starts out. Bette is the oldest and for some reason her mother thinks she is responsible for the things her younger sisters do. When Donna finds out that their mother is going to have another baby she does not like it and wants her to not have ...
  • Kathy
    2014-08-11
    Blueberry Hill is a memorial to a gone sister. Bette and Donna, though sisters, were about as opposite as they could be. Bette was the strong, good, steady sister. Donna was the devil may care sister, always taking chances, never caring, living for the moment. Donna made some choices that were difficult for Bette and the rest of the family to understand and/or accept, but they were true to Donna. The book portrays Donna as a selfish, self-centere...
  • Gayle Swift
    2014-07-02
    Blueberry Hill. If you've ever loved and lost a person, read this book. If you've ever loved someone who struggles with addiction, read this book. If you've ever wrestled with accepting a loved one's path, read this book.Once again write-from-the heart author, Bette Lee Crosby has delivered a story that tugs at your heart strings and nudges you to consider the choices and people in your own life. This fictionalized memoir entertains, challenges a...
  • Cindy
    2014-07-06
    I have never read a book by Bette Lee Crosby that I didn't love. And as usual, this one did not disappoint. In fact, with this being the story of her life and relationship with her sister made it touch me even more. I'm sure it was hard to write at times. But she tells it so well.There are heart breaking as well as heart warming moments in this book. All are told in the down to earth way that the author writes. You will come to feel as if you are...
  • Becky
    2014-08-12
    Bette Lee Crosby writes about her sister Donna. Growing up,Donna was the rambunctious, adventurous one, where Bette was more cautious and quiet. Donna made some different lifestyle decisions that cost her her life in the end at an early age. But what I took from the story, Donna wouldn't have changed much of it. She lived for life at its fullest. I didn't look at their family as being dysfunctional in any way. The girls grew up in a wonderful lov...
  • Elizabeth
    2014-07-01
    Bette Lee Crosby is one of my very favorite authors. Why? Because she writes seemingly so effortlessly that I feel like she's there talking to me. I can settle in and just listen to her words (in my head, of course). Every one of her books are like that for me. Blueberry Hill must have been difficult for her to write. As close as she was to her sister, the story had to be close to her heart. It is a wonderful story of family. We all have them, so...
  • Sheri
    2014-08-07
    Blueberry Hill: A Sister's StoryThis is the story of two sisters Donna & Bette. It tells of the special bond the two have from childhood up until adulthood. The sisters have very different personalities/ complete opposites, yet they are still very close even though they lead very different lives.I really loved Blueberry Hill: a Sister's Story, I could really relate to Donna. I myself have a twin sister and we are complete opposites, yet have alwa...
  • Linda
    2014-08-12
    BLUEBERRY HILL is a memoir of sorts . It loosely tells of the relationship between the author and one of her sisters, a sister who chose a different path in life And died at an early age because of it. I was somewhat disappointed in this book after reading most of Crosby's other novel's for two reasons. One was that it was such a short read. Most of her books are much longer ... Secondly, this book was strictly a narrative , not a true novel, in ...
  • Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
    2016-02-21
    Cant get enough of Bette Lee Crosby. She did it again with this heart warming story of two sisters (based partially on a memoir) and the bond they have. It is story of Bette and her sister Donna in their younger days - their differences - their love - and their understanding of a situation that can only lead to heartache. As they grew up, although different in so many ways, they found time to put each other first and have a relationship that, alt...
  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    2014-07-26
    Bette is such an awesome story teller. While this story is partially true about her sister Donna, I think any reader could relate to the story in one way or another. I felt like Donna was my sister too and that what she, Bette, Geri and their mother experienced could have been something in my life.Definitely have tissues ready for the end, while you know what is coming it will still have an affect on you, at least it did for me.
  • Sarah Weathersby
    2016-05-24
    I'm the baby sister in my family of seven children. My sister Toni was the one always challenging Mother, and the only one who didn't "get" algebra. I was the serious one, the scaredy-cat. Sisters can be that way, and like Donna's sister Bette, Toni always had my back. She died too young, too. Hers was from Parkinson's Disease.
  • Anne
    2018-06-28
    The author had me at the first sentence. I spent the rest of the book trying to figure it out. Turns out I was wrong. This is a fiction book, based on the recounting of the author's memories of life with her younger sister. I did not realize it was the author until I saw Bette used as the name of the narrator. What a gripping, page turning book! Having a sister, I completely understood the emotions the author shared with the reader. Donna, the yo...
  • Debbi Hicks
    2019-07-30
    A Poignant MemoirBeautifully written Bette Lee Crosby shares with us one snapshot of her life: The death of her Sister, Donna and the life they shared. It's a raw and honest memoir about what a family is and isn't; filled with quips and sage observations, I found myself taking a few notes for future journal reflections. While Blueberry Hill is a heart-rending read it has just the right amount of humor and good memories shared to balance it into a...
  • Jeanne Maliner
    2017-07-09
    This is a tear jerker. Do not read without several boxes of tissues. As usual Bette Lee Crosby writes a book that is honest, heart-warming, happy, yet sad, and one I couldn't put down. I actually wished I had a sister, even if it was one like Donna, who wasn't a bad person; just one who was full of life. Donna had no fear, and I think, some of that lack of fear, in the end, rubbed off on her sister. One can definitely see the life lessons the aut...
  • stella
    2019-02-24
    MemoriesThis story was bitter-sweet.It's heartbreaking but opens our eyes to so many things.In life we need to take chances & try new things & not be afraid.But it's not good to shut people out of our lives and pretend all is ok when it's not.We need to share the good and the bad.It's always good to think of the memories! We can only give our opinions and people will do what they want.
  • Jane Reid-Roberts
    2019-04-18
    Two sisters who loved each other enough to key go!I enjoyed this book about two sisters who had a strong bond. It reminds me of my sister and her struggle with a disease she could not overcome. Its a sad story but with a happy ending of acceptance!
  • Krickett Rayburn
    2017-06-28
    This book read just like a memoir. I liked it as I have found a new author!
  • Sandra (Crandomblog)
    2014-07-15
    http://www.crandomblog.com/?p=256This book hit close to home, I had to take breaks because of the amount of sadness it filled me with. This book is a story about Bette's own history, about her own sister. It is a heartbreaking tale about a family who is normal, because before you read this and say: 'oh they are so broken' or 'oh my god, what kind of family is this' look at your own family. How perfect are you? I had the out of control older siste...
  • Jeanie
    2016-03-15
    ‘Blueberry Hill’ by Bette Lee Crosby is unique in the aspect that it is a kind of memoir of the author. It is a testament of the love between a mother and daughter, and between sisters. It has the Southern charm and sturdiness that earns Southern ladies their nickname of ‘steel magnolias’. And it is also about the results of one’s life choices and how it effects not only the one making the choices, but those who love the person.Donna Cr...
  • Kathleen
    2014-08-06
    Blueberry Hill: A Sister's Story is a poignant story about sisters and the strong bond that they shared. Author Bette Lee Crosby shares a portion of her life story with her readers in this heartfelt fictional memoir about the strong sisterly relationship that she had with her sister Donna.It is a beautifully written story about family relationships and the strong bond of love that flows through their veins even as life's experiences has its way o...
  • Laura Thomas
    2014-07-12
    Whenever I get ready to read one of Bette’s books, I always have a new box of kleenex handy. Her stories are so rich in emotions I invariably cry with and for her characters, even if I’m smiling through those tears.Blueberry Hill had that effect on my. But for a new reason.I connected with Bette and her younger sister, Donna, because I went through the same experience with my older sister.As far back as I can remember, my sister was a wild on...
  • Cathleen
    2014-07-16
    Bette Lee Crosby has done it again with another exceptional read. Bette's stories are easy reading about regular people with regular lives and doing the best they can.This story, Blueberry Hill, is particularly touching. You are introduced to sisters growing up in a simpler time. Bette is the oldest and the quiet one. Donna is the daring one and has an "I want to have it all attitude". Donna is fearless and emotionally strong. Bette is not very d...
  • sue
    2014-07-11
    I had the wonderful privilege of reading this almost as soon as it left Bette Lee Crosby's PC! the ink hadn't dried on it, so I was super excited!!! I just love this authors books with a passion.When she told me it was based loosely on her childhood and her sister, I was so eager to read it.Travelling back in time isn't always easy, and although this story is based on childhood, its also fiction. The sister has her problems, big problems, and all...
  • Jackie
    2014-07-30
    Donna is Bette’s younger rebellious sister. She is the sister that isn’t afraid to do or say anything. With this confidence came an inner freedom that Bette envied but as time went by saw how destructive that freedom can be. Donna’s wild ways go from running away to marrying a man whom she loved but he was incapable of loving her back the way she deserved to finding out the hard way what cigarettes and alcohol can really do to a body. As st...
  • Beth Cutwright
    2014-08-01
    My mother was an only daughter, although she had 2 brothers. I was an only daughter with four brothers, my daughter was an only daughter and had one brother and my granddaughter was my daughter's only daughter, although she too had a brother. So there have been no sisters in our line for some time. I love it when my friends talk about their relationships with their sisters. I always wonder what fun I missed out on, how I would have been different...
  • Cathy Ryan
    2014-07-31
    4.5 starsA straight from the heart story of two sisters, Bette and Donna, as different as they could be but especially close nonetheless. Donna is the younger sibling, strong-willed and the most adventurous, the wild child as opposed to her more careful and quieter older sister. Donna is determined to live life her way and experience whatever the world has to offer. When you’re so young there are no thoughts of consequences or eventualities, fo...
  • Gayle Swift
    2014-07-01
    5.0 out of 5 stars If you've ever loved and lost a person, read this book July 1, 2014By gayle h. swiftBlueberry Hill. If you've ever loved and lost a person, read this book. If you've ever loved someone who struggles with addiction, read this book. If you've ever wrestled with accepting a loved one's path, read this book.Once again write-from-the heart author, BetteLee Crosby has delivered a story that tugs at your heart strings and nudges you t...