Book Review: Passing Through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby

passing through perfectTitle: Passing Through Perfect

Author: Bette Lee Crosby

Series: Wyattsville Series #3 (Stands Alone)

Release Date: January 2015


Book Summary:

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.


Passing Through Perfect is a historical fiction novel that is very well written. I honestly don’t read a lot from this genre but this one was worth my time to read and I ended up enjoying the story.

Set in Alabama in the 1940s and 50s Passing Through Perfect is book three in the author’s Wyattsville Series but reads just fine as a stand alone.

I connected with the characters in this story and rooted for them as they went through their trials and struggles. The story focuses on Benjamin Church a poor farmer who falls in love with the beautiful Delia. It chronicles the struggles they encounter as they face bigotry and discrimination from some along with friendship and acceptance from others. It is a heartwarming tale that shows both the good and bad found in mankind.

I wouldn’t have picked this title up on my own. I have been interacting with the author for quite sometime and she finally convinced me I would enjoy this novel if I would just give it a chance. She was right.


4.5 Stars
Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend to those who enjoy historical fiction

Content: some moderate language, a few crude comments and implied sex (basically just says they made love for the first time)

Source: Ebook Review copy from author

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