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This wasn't the way Beck Throckmorton had planned it. She wasn't expecting to find herself in her thirties writing erotica and making flat whites for a living while she stewed over that fact that her ex had wound up with her sister. She never saw herself living in a small suburban Ohio town with an octogenarian neighbor best friend. And she definitely wouldn't have imagine This wasn't the way Beck Throckmorton had planned it. She wasn't expecting to find herself in her thirties writing erotica and making flat whites for a living while she stewed over that fact that her ex had wound up with her sister. She never saw herself living in a small suburban Ohio town with an octogenarian neighbor best friend. And she definitely wouldn't have imagined the eight-year-old great-granddaughter of that friend turning her world upside down. As summer comes around, Beck s life is unsettled in every way. And that s before the crazy stuff starts: the sister taunting her with her pregnancy, the infuriatingly perfect boyfriend, the multiple trips to the emergency room. The needy, wise-beyond-her-years little girl finding places in her heart that Beck didn't even know existed. Beck has found herself at an emotional intersection she never anticipated. And now it's time to cross the street. Crossing the Street is a funny, touching novel that brims life s complexities. Filled with characters both distinctive and welcomingly familiar, it is a story that will entertain and enlighten.


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This wasn't the way Beck Throckmorton had planned it. She wasn't expecting to find herself in her thirties writing erotica and making flat whites for a living while she stewed over that fact that her ex had wound up with her sister. She never saw herself living in a small suburban Ohio town with an octogenarian neighbor best friend. And she definitely wouldn't have imagine This wasn't the way Beck Throckmorton had planned it. She wasn't expecting to find herself in her thirties writing erotica and making flat whites for a living while she stewed over that fact that her ex had wound up with her sister. She never saw herself living in a small suburban Ohio town with an octogenarian neighbor best friend. And she definitely wouldn't have imagined the eight-year-old great-granddaughter of that friend turning her world upside down. As summer comes around, Beck s life is unsettled in every way. And that s before the crazy stuff starts: the sister taunting her with her pregnancy, the infuriatingly perfect boyfriend, the multiple trips to the emergency room. The needy, wise-beyond-her-years little girl finding places in her heart that Beck didn't even know existed. Beck has found herself at an emotional intersection she never anticipated. And now it's time to cross the street. Crossing the Street is a funny, touching novel that brims life s complexities. Filled with characters both distinctive and welcomingly familiar, it is a story that will entertain and enlighten.

30 review for Crossing the Street

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    What a delightful book! On one level it is just downright funny. On a deeper level, the relationships between the odd array of characters is so poignant that you go from laughing out loud to teary. Only Molly Campbell could deftly have two millennials (one of who writes erotica as it pays well) be best friends with an octogenarian who is raising her 8 year old great granddaughter (the greatest kid ever) while her grandson is deployed overseas. Campbell's writing has come so far. A lovely read! I re What a delightful book! On one level it is just downright funny. On a deeper level, the relationships between the odd array of characters is so poignant that you go from laughing out loud to teary. Only Molly Campbell could deftly have two millennials (one of who writes erotica as it pays well) be best friends with an octogenarian who is raising her 8 year old great granddaughter (the greatest kid ever) while her grandson is deployed overseas. Campbell's writing has come so far. A lovely read! I received and advance copy for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Montanaro

    What a delightful book! It includes a cast of characters that feel so real that you want to curl up with them and chat, stroke the cat's fur, and eat a popsicle on the front porch. Beck is interesting because she is lovable but flawed and stubborn. It is lovely to watch her open her heart to friends that become family. And by doing so, she heals old wounds. I loved the chatty first person point of view. And I particularly loved the character of Bob, the little girl that she takes under her wing. What a delightful book! It includes a cast of characters that feel so real that you want to curl up with them and chat, stroke the cat's fur, and eat a popsicle on the front porch. Beck is interesting because she is lovable but flawed and stubborn. It is lovely to watch her open her heart to friends that become family. And by doing so, she heals old wounds. I loved the chatty first person point of view. And I particularly loved the character of Bob, the little girl that she takes under her wing. A satisfying read with some good humor and chuckles, nice character development, a surprising dose of reality that is often missing in books, and a whole lotta love.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine Moore

    I loved this delightful funny book! Beck didn't see her life going the way it is. Writing erotica to pay the bills, Ella who is in her 80's as her best friend and Ella's sweet great grand daughter Bob. It is a great story of friends and the the twists and turns life throws at you. I laughed and I cried as I read this wonderful book. Thank you to NetGalley and Story Plant for an ARC edition for an honest review. I loved this delightful funny book! Beck didn't see her life going the way it is. Writing erotica to pay the bills, Ella who is in her 80's as her best friend and Ella's sweet great grand daughter Bob. It is a great story of friends and the the twists and turns life throws at you. I laughed and I cried as I read this wonderful book. Thank you to NetGalley and Story Plant for an ARC edition for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I am so excited to bring you my review of the upcoming must-read novel Crossing the Street, by Molly D. Campbell. This is such a wonderful story about a young woman, Beck, and her friends and family. Beck is best friends with Gail (who she grew up with) and Ella (her neighbor that is in her 80’s). Beck doesn’t get along with her sister Diana because of Diana marrying Beck’s ex-boyfriend Bryan. Things get even worse once Beck finds out that Diana is pregnant and their mother is pushing Beck to fo I am so excited to bring you my review of the upcoming must-read novel Crossing the Street, by Molly D. Campbell. This is such a wonderful story about a young woman, Beck, and her friends and family. Beck is best friends with Gail (who she grew up with) and Ella (her neighbor that is in her 80’s). Beck doesn’t get along with her sister Diana because of Diana marrying Beck’s ex-boyfriend Bryan. Things get even worse once Beck finds out that Diana is pregnant and their mother is pushing Beck to forgive and move on. Suddenly Ella finds out that her great-granddaughter Bob (Roberta) is coming to live with her due to her mother being a drug addict and her Dad (Ella’s grandson) at war in the Middle East. Beck – who doesn’t like or want children – suddenly finds herself helping Ella with Bob, and then helping her sister with her new nephew Alex. All while working at Starbucks, writing erotica novels, and trying to become attracted to a really nice guy that is smitten with her. Beck is one of my favorite female characters ever. Actually, both Beck and Bob are my favorite female characters ever! Beck is the type of person that you want as your friend. She’s hilarious, sarcastic, a mess – but with the biggest heart ever. When Ella falls and gets hurt, Beck steps in taking care of Bob and Ella’s house along with making post-hospital arrangements for Ella. She has a cat Simpson, that she is crazy over, but Bob continuously keeps moving further and further into Beck’s heart. Bob is one of the coolest, most unique characters I have ever encountered while reading. Tough yet tender, smart, witty, intelligent – yet borderline broken because of her mother’s abuse and neglect. Adding to that is her constant worry about her father Charles, a Marine stationed in the Middle East. But despite the horror this young girl has lived through, she is the sweetest thing ever and wise beyond her years. A huge transformation occurred throughout the novel regarding Diana. Well actually, there was a huge transformation overall among the sisters and their mother. But Diana starts out appearing so selfish and self-absorbed, but after having endless issues with her newborn baby, she starts to soften and show a different side. I hated her in the beginning but absolutely loved Diana by the end of the novel. Overall, Beck and Bob stole the show with this one. Beck experiences so many urgencies and challenges, yet she keeps on rolling with taking care of Bob, Ella, Diana, and Alex. And Bob demonstrated an incredible resiliency that I think we would all hope for our children to possess when faced with trauma and crisis. Crossing the Street focuses on the importance of family – whether family by blood or by choice – and how helping others is not only beneficial to the one(s) needing help but is also gratifying for the one pitching in. This novel reminds the reader of the importance of the people that we can trust, as well as, the overwhelming power and freedom that comes with forgiveness. Molly D. Campbell has completed a masterpiece that will make you laugh, cry, get angry, feel regret, and everything in between. This is a must-read novel that will stick with you long after finishing the last, beautifully crafted sentence. The author has created something that will move each reader in a different way, and absolutely created something to be proud of. Crossing my fingers that Beck and Bob’s story will be continued…. *Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Allegretto

    Molly D. Campbell has been a favorite blogger and author, and she didn’t disappoint with Crossing the Street. Her flawless writing, imaginative storytelling, and interesting, multi-faceted characters add up to an enjoyable read. An easy 5-stars. Highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    What a great read! Thank you Andrea at Great Thoughts and Netgalley! Campbell utterly charms you with Crossing the Street, a sort of coming of age for the 30s and 40s crowd. Beck, utterly damaged by her parents' divorce as a kid, is on track to being a cat lady with her beloved Simpy. Her sister married her ex boyfriend and one of her two best friends is her neighbor, a woman in her 80s- Ella. Well, then Ella's great-granddaughter Roberta, aka "Bob", comes and charms everyone. Including Beck. Yo What a great read! Thank you Andrea at Great Thoughts and Netgalley! Campbell utterly charms you with Crossing the Street, a sort of coming of age for the 30s and 40s crowd. Beck, utterly damaged by her parents' divorce as a kid, is on track to being a cat lady with her beloved Simpy. Her sister married her ex boyfriend and one of her two best friends is her neighbor, a woman in her 80s- Ella. Well, then Ella's great-granddaughter Roberta, aka "Bob", comes and charms everyone. Including Beck. Your heart will "pop like popcorn" for this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    I would like to thank NetGalley, Story Plant, and Molly D. Campbell for the ARC of "Crossing the Street" by Molly D. Campbell for my honest review. The genre for this book is Women's Fiction. I found that Molly D. Campbell describes flawed, complex, and complicated characters. These characters are likeable at times, and not likeable at times. These characters remind me of my friends, neighbors, and family. Rebecca is friends with Ella, an eighty year old neighbor. Rebecca comes from a dysfunctio I would like to thank NetGalley, Story Plant, and Molly D. Campbell for the ARC of "Crossing the Street" by Molly D. Campbell for my honest review. The genre for this book is Women's Fiction. I found that Molly D. Campbell describes flawed, complex, and complicated characters. These characters are likeable at times, and not likeable at times. These characters remind me of my friends, neighbors, and family. Rebecca is friends with Ella, an eighty year old neighbor. Rebecca comes from a dysfunctional family and shows anger and hostility towards her sister for marrying her old boyfriend. Her sister and husband are now expecting a baby. Rebecca writes erotic novels to support herself and also works at Starbucks. Ella gets news that her great grand daughter is going to be coming to live with her. Ella's grandson is in the service overseas. Ella is frail and falls, and Rebecca helps both Ella and Bob, her great grand daughter. Bob is eight years old and is quite mature and precocious. Although Bob is a young girl who has had a tough time while her Dad is away, she seems to have "adult" reasoning. She teaches her Grandmother to text and e-mail. Bob helps Rebecca cook, and tries to help with Rebecca's relationships. I really liked Bob! She has lots of spunk. I find that Molly D. Campbell, shows growth and understanding, the importance of friends,neighbors and family, and love of animals. The author also shows emotion through her characters, anger, hate, forgiveness, compassion,and love. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly. I had a few "Kleenex" moments.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Crossing The Street is a compelling women's fiction story that easily draws the reader into the drama and emotions that come with the complexity of life, the dynamics of relationships, learning to confront one's past, and the ability to make new life choices. Set in the small town of Framington, Ohio, the reader can't help but get drawn into Rebecca's story as she faces the complexities in her life, and finds herself at a crossroad that will lead her on a personal journey of self-discovery. Autho Crossing The Street is a compelling women's fiction story that easily draws the reader into the drama and emotions that come with the complexity of life, the dynamics of relationships, learning to confront one's past, and the ability to make new life choices. Set in the small town of Framington, Ohio, the reader can't help but get drawn into Rebecca's story as she faces the complexities in her life, and finds herself at a crossroad that will lead her on a personal journey of self-discovery. Author Molly D. Campbell weaves an intriguing women's fiction story that will easily keep the reader engaged and turning the pages. Rebecca's story has a great mixture of humor, drama, angst, heartbreak, and crazy trials and tribulations, but her journey of personal discovery is realistic and compelling, it is the kind of story that anyone can relate to, and you can't help but cheer Rebecca on as she finds her way and is able to cross the next "street" in her life. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed following Rebecca's endearing and often times humorous relationships with her two best friends, Gail Boatwright, a single real estate agent, and Ella Bowers, an eighty-three year old widow, who is taking care of her grandson's eight year old daughter Bob (Roberta) while he is deployed in the Middle East. The best part is when Rebecca befriends little Bob, and she discovers that this wise beyond the years little girl has worked her way into her heart! Crossing The Street is a delightful women's fiction story of personal self-discovery, and learning to survive life's challenges and twists and turns, in order to move forward and find happiness in one's life. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Providence Book Promotions. http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Molly Campbell, writes such delightful characters. I love a book where I want to leap into the pages to befriend the characters. I definitely wanted to cross the street with Beck Throckmorton and hang out with her octogenarian neighbor Ella and her great-granddaughter Roberta, known affectionately as Bob. Beck is living alone in a quiet neighborhood, working as a Starbucks barista and writing bodice rippers in the evening, but she feels she may slowly be turning into a weird cat lady. Her life s Molly Campbell, writes such delightful characters. I love a book where I want to leap into the pages to befriend the characters. I definitely wanted to cross the street with Beck Throckmorton and hang out with her octogenarian neighbor Ella and her great-granddaughter Roberta, known affectionately as Bob. Beck is living alone in a quiet neighborhood, working as a Starbucks barista and writing bodice rippers in the evening, but she feels she may slowly be turning into a weird cat lady. Her life seems like crap and getting crappier by the minute. Beck left her boyfriend, because she thought he didn't appreciate her feminist ideals, then said boyfriend marries Beck's sister D. If that wasn't bad enough, when Beck finally finds a guy who might be good boyfriend material, she thinks Theo is as boring as a saltine cracker. Well, at least his clothes match and his hair's always coiffed. When 8 year old Bob turns up across the street, Beck tries to stay away. She's still got terrible nightmares of her babysitting years, but Bob has led a hard-knock life and Beck finds herself drawn into Bob's life with Ella. This a sweetly funny story about friends and neighbors who are often more like family than our own flesh and blood. Bravo, Molly on this wonderful second book! Thank you to the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patricia (Pat)

    I love!, love!!, love!!! CROSSING THE STREET!!!! You will too. Our heroine, Rebecca Throckmorton's life sucks! Damaged by her parents divorce, Beck doesn't do relationships, does not like children, , and she does not see the picket fence/children scenario in her future. Heading to becoming "an old maid" with her beloved cat "Simpy", her sleeping companion. She hates her sister, Diana, because she married her ex- boyfriend (who Beck broke up with), and they are now expecting a child. Her two BFF's I love!, love!!, love!!! CROSSING THE STREET!!!! You will too. Our heroine, Rebecca Throckmorton's life sucks! Damaged by her parents divorce, Beck doesn't do relationships, does not like children, , and she does not see the picket fence/children scenario in her future. Heading to becoming "an old maid" with her beloved cat "Simpy", her sleeping companion. She hates her sister, Diana, because she married her ex- boyfriend (who Beck broke up with), and they are now expecting a child. Her two BFF's Gail and Ella are generations apart. Gail, attractive, dreams of marriage and lots of babies. Gail is the best high-end realtor in the area and nags Beck to go on blind dates that she choreographed. So far complete fiascos and flops. This time, with Theo, Gail promises "it will be different." Ella Bowers, 83, lives across the street. She lives alone, like Beck, and has just told Beck her great-granddaughter, Roberta, is coming for an extensive stay, Her father is serving his last tour of duty; her mother an addict, is no longer able to care for her daughter. There is no one else to help, and Bob, as she likes to be called, arrives and changes everyone's world. Molly Campbell's story telling is pure delight. It warmed my heart, while I laughed, cried and rooted for Beka, and Bob. What an unlikely relationship between a savvy 8 year old and a bored 30-ish, independent, loner. Bob is spunky, smart and sparkles as this amazing little girl brings joy, sunshine and sage advice to everyone around her, especially Beka. My favorite advice given to Beck is how she will feel when she meets the true love of her life. " Your heart will pop like popcorn." My favorite character is Diana. Beautiful, used to getting by with her looks, she learns being a mother is not easy, can not be taken lightly, struggles, rages, cries and in the end comes through with flying colors and beautiful, Alex. The ending, for me, was the icing on the cake and I am still re-reading the last page, days after I finished this delicious morsel. I hope there will be a sequel and I will be first in line to follow this amazing cast of characters. Bravo, Ms. Campbell. 5 stars. .

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is a heartwarming, super enjoyable read with great, well written characters who practically leap off the page. Beck's "boring" existence is challenged when her octogenarian best friend across the street becomes a guardian for her great-great grandchild. This is a heartwarming, super enjoyable read with great, well written characters who practically leap off the page. Beck's "boring" existence is challenged when her octogenarian best friend across the street becomes a guardian for her great-great grandchild.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This was a great book loved it

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I loved this entire, delightful story! Each and every character has wonderful in- depth personalities that providing a continuous heart warming story. Everyone should know a little girl like Bob. She has a huge heart although has had so much sadness in her short life, this child only sees the best in anyone she meets. Bob loves her Great-Gran. She cares for her. Gran is devoted to her darling great- granddaughter. Bob's best friend in this whole world is now Beck. Beck, is a person that is in all o I loved this entire, delightful story! Each and every character has wonderful in- depth personalities that providing a continuous heart warming story. Everyone should know a little girl like Bob. She has a huge heart although has had so much sadness in her short life, this child only sees the best in anyone she meets. Bob loves her Great-Gran. She cares for her. Gran is devoted to her darling great- granddaughter. Bob's best friend in this whole world is now Beck. Beck, is a person that is in all of us and only needs time to realize what is important in life and to learn to forgive. Great book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol Boyer

    I found Crossing the Street to be a delightful, charming story that uplifted my heart in many ways. Rebecca is still dealing with tons of resentment, from her sister Diane's astonishing betrayal by marrying Rebecca's ex-fiance. To top it off Diane is having a baby but complains constantly about her marriage which adds pain to the fact that Beck is still sad about her parents divorce, and thinks her sister is just selfish and controlling. Beck lives alone with her devoted cat Simpy and becomes re I found Crossing the Street to be a delightful, charming story that uplifted my heart in many ways. Rebecca is still dealing with tons of resentment, from her sister Diane's astonishing betrayal by marrying Rebecca's ex-fiance. To top it off Diane is having a baby but complains constantly about her marriage which adds pain to the fact that Beck is still sad about her parents divorce, and thinks her sister is just selfish and controlling. Beck lives alone with her devoted cat Simpy and becomes readily pulled into her aging neighbor Ella's life, with her great grand daughter Roberta, who insists on being called Bob. Bob is a very engaging, a mature 8 year old girl, full of astonishing wisdom, and she just makes you laugh out loud and love her. Rebecca finds herself caring for both Ella and Bob full time and when events collide even more care taking of her sister's needs are pressed upon her. This story is full of life's familiar dilemmas that are hard to deal with, told with boldness and pain, yet this story also has surprising lightness and forgiveness. Thanks to Cindy Burnett who extended a Kindle copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest review. I loved it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    This book is like a breath of fresh air, or like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. The characters are absolutely amazing, and their relationships are so realistic. I could really see this happening in Small Town, USA. I definitely recommend this to anyone that is looking for a refreshing read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This is a wonderful book that deals with three generations of women. Beck is a writer who lives in a small apartment across the street from Ella and her great granddaughter Bob. Beck has problems with her sister Diana ever since Diana married Becks boyfriend. When Ella falls and breaks her hip Beck must step into the void and help everyone cope. The women are all so strong and coping with divorce, loneliness and illness. The interaction is beautiful and so real life. Beck never thought her best This is a wonderful book that deals with three generations of women. Beck is a writer who lives in a small apartment across the street from Ella and her great granddaughter Bob. Beck has problems with her sister Diana ever since Diana married Becks boyfriend. When Ella falls and breaks her hip Beck must step into the void and help everyone cope. The women are all so strong and coping with divorce, loneliness and illness. The interaction is beautiful and so real life. Beck never thought her best friends would be a 90 year old woman and an 8 year old girl. The story is funny, emotional and sad. I've never read Molly Campbell but I see she has two other books that will soon be on my to be read pile. Hopefully we will catch up with Bob as she grows older.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Crossing the Street is my favorite Molly D. Campbell book so far. It has complicated characters who will amaze you, disappoint you, affect you, and engulf you. The story starts off by introducing Rebecca Throckmorton, who never wants kids or much responsibility and writes erotica books even though she doesn't have much of a social life. Her best friends are Ella, an eighty-three year old neighbor, and Gail, who is always looking for someone to marry and have children. She hates her sister becaus Crossing the Street is my favorite Molly D. Campbell book so far. It has complicated characters who will amaze you, disappoint you, affect you, and engulf you. The story starts off by introducing Rebecca Throckmorton, who never wants kids or much responsibility and writes erotica books even though she doesn't have much of a social life. Her best friends are Ella, an eighty-three year old neighbor, and Gail, who is always looking for someone to marry and have children. She hates her sister because she married her ex-boyfriend and is a beautiful mean girl. Their father left them because he was always looking for something else, which is a huge event she never overcame. Rebecca's life seemed to be moving forward uneventfully until Ella's young great-granddaughter, Bob, comes to live with her. This turns everyone's life upside down in so many ways. This beautifully written novel will make you appreciate what you have and to help show that everyone should keep an open-mind when unpredictable things happen. It's a perfect example of friends can be just as important and vital as our own flesh and blood. This book would be an amazing movie! Thank you NetGalley and Molly Campbell for allowing me to read an advanced copy for an honest review. It was a fabulous book that everyone will enjoy!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

    OMG. I wasn't expecting to be blown away by this book. But I sure was surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed this book about an erotic writer - Beck- whose life seems to be going nowhere until her elderly neighbor's granddaughter comes to live with her and needs help caring for her. Enter Bob, a fantastically dynamic and mature eight year old girl who captures everyone's heart. The story is so compelling with all kinds of plots woven into the novel with many other characters that make this novel so spe OMG. I wasn't expecting to be blown away by this book. But I sure was surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed this book about an erotic writer - Beck- whose life seems to be going nowhere until her elderly neighbor's granddaughter comes to live with her and needs help caring for her. Enter Bob, a fantastically dynamic and mature eight year old girl who captures everyone's heart. The story is so compelling with all kinds of plots woven into the novel with many other characters that make this novel so special. I am dying to know if there will be more to everyone's story. It seems like there could be. Molly - please write more!! I loved it!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Letty

    Crossing the Street is such a charming, funny, heartwarming book with such delightful characters, especially Beck and the precocious eight-year-old Roberta (Bob), that made me wish they were living across the street from me. I totally related to the taking care of an 80+ year old who's had hip surgery, gone through physical therapy, and getting around with a walker. Been there and still doing that! I adored this book so much. I could have read this book in one sitting but I didn't because, you k Crossing the Street is such a charming, funny, heartwarming book with such delightful characters, especially Beck and the precocious eight-year-old Roberta (Bob), that made me wish they were living across the street from me. I totally related to the taking care of an 80+ year old who's had hip surgery, gone through physical therapy, and getting around with a walker. Been there and still doing that! I adored this book so much. I could have read this book in one sitting but I didn't because, you know. Life! I highly recommend this beautifully written book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    3.5 stars The good news is that Molly D. Campbell makes her characters truly come to life. You feel like you are sitting with Beck Throckmorton as she examines exactly how her life is not what she wanted it to be. You feel like you are with her as she visits her octogenarian neighbor Ella, argues with her despised sister Diana, suffers through her mother's tacit disappointment, gossips and communes with her best friend Gail, and tending to Ella's great granddaughter Bob (yes, Bob; it's short for 3.5 stars The good news is that Molly D. Campbell makes her characters truly come to life. You feel like you are sitting with Beck Throckmorton as she examines exactly how her life is not what she wanted it to be. You feel like you are with her as she visits her octogenarian neighbor Ella, argues with her despised sister Diana, suffers through her mother's tacit disappointment, gossips and communes with her best friend Gail, and tending to Ella's great granddaughter Bob (yes, Bob; it's short for Roberta), whose single father has been deployed. By the time you finish this book, you will feel like you know these characters as well as Campbell does. They are vivid, and they feel fresh. Beck is in her early thirties, single, and working part-time as a Starbucks barista while writing erotica the rest of the time. She lives alone in an apartment with a cat, which, as Gail points out, puts her perilously close to spinster-with-cats territory. It isn't as if Beck didn't have options; at one point she was living with Bryan, now married to Diana, with whom he is going to have a baby. Rationally, Beck knows this is a good thing. She never wanted children, something that proved to be the crushing blow for her relationship with Bryan. Yet it hurts. She feels angry and vindictive toward toward Diana. The sisters have never gotten along, and Beck believes that Diana strives to make her feel inferior. It isn't that she wants Bryan back so much as she doesn't want Diana to have him. As Bryan points out, however, he was fortunate to find Diana, who wants the things he wants. Gail, too, tells Beck that the "'Diana steals Bryan' story is old news." In fact, Gail tells Beck this several times, to the point where you, too, start to tire of Beck's repetitive negativity regarding this particular aspect of her life. The highlight of Beck's life, to a great extent, is Bob. For a woman who didn't want children, the most important relationship in Beck's life quickly becomes the one she shares with Bob. She feels for the child, whose father is in the Middle East. Beck's father is no longer around, so she understands the sense of loss that Bob feels. Bob's father will return, but Beck's likely will not, if the previous years are any indication. The not-so-good part of this book is the weird sense that you're reading a romance despite there not actually being any romance in it. There is the sort of "romance of learning to love myself" that Beck has to master. But aside from Bryan and a few men who come and go, there is a noticeable lack of testosterone. And yet you feel as if Molly D. Campbell is building toward a romance. Beck says she doesn't want children, but she does want companionship aside from the women in her life. Perhaps that's the true romance: the love you share with your tribe. This is a fun book to read for the most part. Some of Beck's escapades are laugh-out-loud hilarious, and Campbell balances those nicely with Beck's more introspective moments. Gail is a good friend to her, someone who supports her yet holds her accountable, and I enjoyed those scenes featuring the two women. I cared for Gail as much (if not more) than I cared for Beck. I also cared quite a bit for Bob. The more I got to know her, the more I wanted to wrap my arms around her and protect her. She's one of those characters you will adore. I liked a lot about this book. I just didn't like everything about it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon L. Gonzalez

    Book Review: In the midst of tumultuous emotional chaos, you can't help but laugh out loud. Crossing The Street By Molly D. Campbell Meet Beck (Rebecca) Throckmorton, in her 30's and single; an Erotica Romance novelist who moonlights as a Starbucks Barista. One of her two best friends, Ella, lives across the street from her. What makes this even more dynamic is Ella is 80 years old. As familial chaos comes knocking on Beck's door, she finds herself in a position to mentor Ella's 8 year old grea Book Review: In the midst of tumultuous emotional chaos, you can't help but laugh out loud. Crossing The Street By Molly D. Campbell Meet Beck (Rebecca) Throckmorton, in her 30's and single; an Erotica Romance novelist who moonlights as a Starbucks Barista. One of her two best friends, Ella, lives across the street from her. What makes this even more dynamic is Ella is 80 years old. As familial chaos comes knocking on Beck's door, she finds herself in a position to mentor Ella's 8 year old great-grand daughter, Bob (Roberta). Bob's father, Charles, is in the military and recently redeployed to the Middle-East. With Bob's mother being a drug addict, the only family left is Ella; bringing Bob literally to her doorstop. Then Beck's estranged sister, Diana, who is now married to Beck's ex-boyfriend, Bryan, brings her own drama crashing back into Beck's life. Beck's other best friend, Gail is set on getting both of them into committed relationships before they get "too old" adding another complication to an already chaotic cast of characters. The ironic thing is it's real life, not art imitating life, but real life drama that is so surreal you don't have to suspend disbelief; it's messy, it's emotional, it's raw and sometimes dirty. But it's also filled with love and loyalty and true friendship and the hope of a good life. I laughed and I cried and I wanted the very best for each of these characters as if they were my best friends. That is testament to Campbell's skill as an author. It felt real! All of the tumultuous relationship up and downs, the drama, the heart ache, and the care given to each other made these characters a family. Crossing the Street is a story so funny in its jadedness but deep in its emotional bonds it is sure to touch the heart of any reader. I, for one, would love to see more from these characters. There is so much of their lives that demand to be told. Please, Molly Campbell, bring us more of their stories! Crossing the Street is one story you don't want to miss! To see Molly D. Campbell's other works and plead with her to make this into a series (help me out here readers?) please visit her website at http://mollydcampbell.com Thank you to The Story Plant for yet another exceptional novel! FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title for review purposes only; no other compensation was awarded.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    3.5-star read I was provided a free digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. Rebecca "Beck" Throckmorton decided at a very early age that she didn't want children. Her one serious relationship ended because he wanted children and she didn't. Unfortunately for Beck, he then decided to marry and have children with Beck's sister. Now Beck is a thirty-something-year-old author of women's erotic fiction, part-time barista, cat owner, and her life has stalled. One of her best 3.5-star read I was provided a free digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. Rebecca "Beck" Throckmorton decided at a very early age that she didn't want children. Her one serious relationship ended because he wanted children and she didn't. Unfortunately for Beck, he then decided to marry and have children with Beck's sister. Now Beck is a thirty-something-year-old author of women's erotic fiction, part-time barista, cat owner, and her life has stalled. One of her best friends is an octogenarian, Ella, and her other best friend, Gail, she's known since elementary school. It's bad enough that Beck's sister Diana married the one-that-got-away and is now pregnant, Beck's friend Ella is now guardian to a lively eight-year-old girl. Crossing the Street by Molly D. Campbell is the story of the twists-and-turns in life, the complications of friendship and family, and love. I found Crossing the Street to be a fast-paced, quick, and enjoyable read. I liked Beck despite all of her drama. I fell in love with eight-year-old Bob (Roberta). For someone that doesn't want children and is mad at her sister, Beck does an admirable job of stepping up and taking care of her eight-year-old neighbor, her infant nephew, and her sister. There were parts of this story that made me smile, parts that made me laugh (Beck describing her "blind dates" set up by Gail is priceless), and parts that brought a tear to my eye (almost everything dealing with Bob's past). Although classified as women's fiction, I don't think Crossing the Street can be classified as just one type of story as it is part coming-of-age (for Beck), part family saga, part love story (not romantic love but familial and friendship love), part tragedy, and part comedy. Ms. Campbell has created characters and action that are realistic and wholly believable. I wholeheartedly recommend you grab a copy of Crossing the Street if you're looking for something to read that's just a little bit different. I enjoyed reading Crossing the Street and look forward to reading more from Ms. Campbell. This review originally posted on 5/11/2017 at http://www.thebookdivasreads.com/2017....

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com) Beck might make a living writing erotica, but art does not imitate life, not in the least. The only time she could ever claim that she may have experienced anywhere close to it, would be when she were still with her ex-boyfriend, Bryan. Only, they’re no longer together, hadn't been for a long while. He settled down and started a family with the one person in her life that Beck feels is her arch nemesis, the one person that could Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com) Beck might make a living writing erotica, but art does not imitate life, not in the least. The only time she could ever claim that she may have experienced anywhere close to it, would be when she were still with her ex-boyfriend, Bryan. Only, they’re no longer together, hadn't been for a long while. He settled down and started a family with the one person in her life that Beck feels is her arch nemesis, the one person that could really destroy her into oblivion. There were quite a few contrasting moments in Crossing the Street. Beck regales her single life, one without children, a personal choice she’s held onto as tightly as she can. Yet, when you witness the interactions she has with the little girl who recently moved into the neighborhood, a girl who is just as messed up and confused as Beck is, there is a much softer side to Beck. There is a deep connection between the two characters. She also claims she is better off alone, but has a hard time letting go of the new boyfriend who is practically perfect. Or the constant traffic that bombards her life, the friends, her family. A seemingly never-ending procession of people who she can’t live with but can’t ever imagine herself without. And while these contrasts might make Beck off-kilter, it makes her human. It makes her real. Probably the most dynamic relationship here is the one Beck has with her sister. There are a lot of issues left unresolved, on both ends. When the chips are down, often times we have no one else to turn to but our family, and both women have a lot to prove to the other. Is there reliability there, can they salvage their damaged relationship and find some new norm? Or, is it doomed? This story is simplistically told, in a way that makes you feel as though you’re hearing a story from a good friend. No unnecessary flourishes. No unwanted baggage. Just the unfolding of a woman’s life while she carries around a lot of emotional scars from her past, scars that prevent her from moving forward. The type of scars the majority of us have dealt with in our own lives, bringing an honesty to Beck and the people in her world.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Book Addict

    I do believe this is the first book I've read by Molly D. Campbell, but it such as heck won't be the last! There is so much to love about Crossing the Street that I'm going to just focus on what I consider the main points. Characters: Oh my gosh, they just like real people and I'd bet all of us know some people like the folks in this novel. Diana, Beck and their sibling rivalry, the drama queen mother - "I have skin cancer so please make up with your sister!" Okay, I paraphrased, but seriously, do I do believe this is the first book I've read by Molly D. Campbell, but it such as heck won't be the last! There is so much to love about Crossing the Street that I'm going to just focus on what I consider the main points. Characters: Oh my gosh, they just like real people and I'd bet all of us know some people like the folks in this novel. Diana, Beck and their sibling rivalry, the drama queen mother - "I have skin cancer so please make up with your sister!" Okay, I paraphrased, but seriously, does that qualify for drama queen of the day or what? Bob, I just flat out loved Bob and wanted to hug her every other sentence! Theo - I married a Theo, well except for the fashion sense and my heart did pop like popcorn, so he was obviously the one. Humor and love: There were so many funny parts in this book and considering the lives these people lead, I wasn't expecting that. I lost track of how often I just flat out laughed out loud. My husband even asked me what was so funny, but of course, it was a "there" kind of thing so he didn't get it. There is so much love in this book that I felt good all day! Major and timely issues addressed: There were some very timely (and major) issues addressed in this book, but they were handled so well and bundled seamlessly into the story that it all felt very natural. It was absolutely well done and I applaud the author for the kindness and consideration always shown toward Rowena. This book is a good fit for almost anyone I'd think. If you like family drama, books brimming with love for your neighbors, literary fiction, drama or a book with some romance, but not as the main focus, you will enjoy Crossing The Street. Check it out today! Ms. Campbell can we have a sequel please? Sooner rather than later? I want to find out what everyone is doing! I miss these characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wall-to-wall books - wendy

    This book was impressive. This was so much more that I thought it was going to be. After the first couple of chapters I was not too sure - but seriously the more I read the more I loved it! This book is funny and quirky. I just loved the characters. Beck - Single and childless (by choice). A tough woman! Cool, funny and very snarky! She was sarcastic to the point of almost being rude - OK she was rude sometimes, but they had it coming! I loved Beck! Ella - Beck's neighbor across the street and her This book was impressive. This was so much more that I thought it was going to be. After the first couple of chapters I was not too sure - but seriously the more I read the more I loved it! This book is funny and quirky. I just loved the characters. Beck - Single and childless (by choice). A tough woman! Cool, funny and very snarky! She was sarcastic to the point of almost being rude - OK she was rude sometimes, but they had it coming! I loved Beck! Ella - Beck's neighbor across the street and her 83 yr old BFF. Sweet, funny, spunky old woman. Gail - Beck's other BFF. I love the way she kept "reality checking" Beck (she needed it! Bob (aka Roberta) - Adorable great granddaughter of Ella. Bob's father has been deployed to the Middle east so she is staying with Ella. Bob is wise beyond her years! She also becomes BFF's with Beck (and is a lot smarter that Beck at times... a lot of the time). Rowena - The loser, runaway, drug addict mother of Bob. Claire, Diana, Bryan, Theo - Beck's mother, sister, and ex (currently her sister's husband!! yep), and guy Beck is dating, in that order. OH! and can't forget Simpson (aka Simpy) the cat!!!! - Love! Take all these wonderful characters and a lot of drama and you have the recipe for a "novel success"! I giggled, I laughed out loud, and I also did a lot of crying! There is a lot of stuff goig on in this book. Holy cow, you don't get to rest for a minute. The ending - Ha!!!!!!!!! I knew it!!!!!! :-) And that's all I'll say about that. I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Providence Book Promotions - Thank You!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Joint

    Sweet, heartwarming, and absolutely filled with drama. There were many parts that made laugh, too. I'm giving it a 3.5 bumped up to a 4. Often I felt there was just a little too much going on and at times I got pretty frustrated with the main character and her family especially her dear sister, but it's well-written and absorbing. Beck is a single woman in her thirties. She survives mostly off writing erotica, but doesn't really enjoy it. She'd rather be working on a literary fiction novel, but Sweet, heartwarming, and absolutely filled with drama. There were many parts that made laugh, too. I'm giving it a 3.5 bumped up to a 4. Often I felt there was just a little too much going on and at times I got pretty frustrated with the main character and her family especially her dear sister, but it's well-written and absorbing. Beck is a single woman in her thirties. She survives mostly off writing erotica, but doesn't really enjoy it. She'd rather be working on a literary fiction novel, but that's never paid the bills. Spending her time writing and working part time at Starbucks, her life is pretty calm and uneventful. That will soon change. Her sister is now pregnant after marrying her ex boyfriend. What happened to staying away from the exes of family members and close friends? Sigh! The older lady she's befriended across the street is going to have her grandchild move in with her and might require some help. Her best friend is encouraging her to date. All while her deadlines loom and she's feeling less and less inspired to write those steamy sex scenes. Sounds like a lot, but we're just getting started... A story about family and unlikely friendships. Nice quick read with a lot going on. I look forward to seeing more by this author. Maybe a continuation? We'll see! I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and The Story Plant, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is a delightful story with engaging characters. I really like Beck (Rebecca). She is a captivating character, a heart of gold yet writing erotic novels on the side (it pays the bills). And I like Bob (Roberta) even more. An eight year old with a world of hurt in her past, she has a personality that grabbed and made me want to give her a hug. The story is a good exploration of relationships, family, marriage, friends, and dating. And one other relationship, that I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is a delightful story with engaging characters. I really like Beck (Rebecca). She is a captivating character, a heart of gold yet writing erotic novels on the side (it pays the bills). And I like Bob (Roberta) even more. An eight year old with a world of hurt in her past, she has a personality that grabbed and made me want to give her a hug. The story is a good exploration of relationships, family, marriage, friends, and dating. And one other relationship, that of an addict to drugs. The way the author dealt with that issue really revealed the human aspect of becoming an addict. There were many scenes and conversations that would be great material for reading group discussions. A note for my regular review readers: this novel contains a little vulgar language and casual sex, although it is not described at all. I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a heart wrenching yet thoroughly enjoyable novel of a variety of relationships. There is a good bit of humor sprinkled in the story that brings a periodic lightness to an otherwise serious novel. I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Providence Book Promotions. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelegg

    What a fabulous book. I read it in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. And yet I savored every word, every moment with Beck and this quirky, delightful cast of characters. Normally I skip books with children and ageing family members. I think it just hits too close to home and I want to read something that takes me out of my own life. Being in the Sandwich part of life right now, well it's angsty enough, I don't really want to read about it too. But oh this book, it got me! It helped me un What a fabulous book. I read it in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. And yet I savored every word, every moment with Beck and this quirky, delightful cast of characters. Normally I skip books with children and ageing family members. I think it just hits too close to home and I want to read something that takes me out of my own life. Being in the Sandwich part of life right now, well it's angsty enough, I don't really want to read about it too. But oh this book, it got me! It helped me understand how much these two opposite ends of life mean to me. I saw it all new through Beck. I admit I cried a lot, but I also learned a lot about how truly being present in people's lives, people who need you and who you need, changes you. These characters came alive for me, they were living and breathing on the pages and I came to love them so much. I truly hope there is a sequel because I'd really like to spend more time with them and see how life treats them in the future. And that ending, I adored it! But I so want more of the goodness that was this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a fabulously written family drama full of tears and laughter and so much love. It was such a good one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    CROSSING THE STREET by Molly Duncan will make you laugh and get teary eyed in the same chapters. It follows Beck, a Starbucks barista that writes erotica on the side. She has a demanding mother, a queen bee sister, a strange relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and a cat named Simpson. She also has two best friends, one of which lives across the street and recently had her great-granddaughter move in. The story covers complex relationships, the beauty of friendship, and the power of forgiveness a CROSSING THE STREET by Molly Duncan will make you laugh and get teary eyed in the same chapters. It follows Beck, a Starbucks barista that writes erotica on the side. She has a demanding mother, a queen bee sister, a strange relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and a cat named Simpson. She also has two best friends, one of which lives across the street and recently had her great-granddaughter move in. The story covers complex relationships, the beauty of friendship, and the power of forgiveness and all the lessons that Beck learns about life as she crosses back and forth on her street. For the most part, it reads fast and that is good because you really want to see everyone find their happily ever afters, especially Bob who will live in my heart for a good long while. I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Soro

    I was an early reader for Crossing the Street and now want to leave the chaotic circus of Los Angeles and move to a little town in Ohio and actually know my neighbors! I found Beck very relatable as I have a sister with whom I have "issues" as well, although she didn't end up marrying an ex of mine. And like Beck, having children was never a priority for me and I too became a writer, albeit not of erotica. (I might look into it now, though) Funny, warm, engaging, this is the hallmark of a Molly C I was an early reader for Crossing the Street and now want to leave the chaotic circus of Los Angeles and move to a little town in Ohio and actually know my neighbors! I found Beck very relatable as I have a sister with whom I have "issues" as well, although she didn't end up marrying an ex of mine. And like Beck, having children was never a priority for me and I too became a writer, albeit not of erotica. (I might look into it now, though) Funny, warm, engaging, this is the hallmark of a Molly Campbell book. (I've read all 3 of them) As an Erma Bombeck winner, her humor shines in this book, bringing alive some disparate characters that I'd never think would go together. All in all, a lovely read.

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