Cracks in the Sidewalk [NOOK Book]

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From the Bestselling Author of Spare Change, comes a powerful story that is a heart-wrenching reminder of how fragile relationships can be. Cracks in the Sidewalk is based on a true story.

Claire McDermott is a wife, a mother, a grandmother... Her only daughter is gravely ill... Her son-in-law is resentful...
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Overview

From the Bestselling Author of Spare Change, comes a powerful story that is a heart-wrenching reminder of how fragile relationships can be. Cracks in the Sidewalk is based on a true story.

Claire McDermott is a wife, a mother, a grandmother... Her only daughter is gravely ill... Her son-in-law is resentful and angry... Her grandchildren are missing...

FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal and Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award

After years of writing letters, hoping to find the children, hoping to bring them back, Claire receives a reply...a dog-eared gray envelope is stuffed into her mailbox, but will it bring hope or simply put an end to the waiting?

A moving, emotional story...when I read this book I felt so moved, I was crying at the end...writing flowed beautifully...depth of characters and insight kept me turning pages. 5 Stars Author Bria Burton

Can a single letter change the lives of four people? Claire McDermott and her grandchildren are about to discover letters are a journey of the heart which can ultimately deliver people to their destination.

A compelling story...Well written, with a realistic, compassionate telling, Cracks In the Sidewalk will bring readers into the family, happy to be a part of it. 5 Stars, Angie Mangino
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Editorial Reviews

National League of American Pen Women Newsletter - Sunny Serafino
Cracks in the Sidewalk is a book that captures every conceivable family emotion. It is the story of Claire and her daughter a young woman caught up in a loveless and sometimes violent marriage. Claire's grandchildren are eventually snatched from her life and she spends years searching for them but never gies up hope. Over the years she writes the letters that will one day reunite them. This is a haunting and powerful story that is certain to touch the hearts of readers
Goodreads - Joanne Pasha
I absolutely loved this book!! my heart broke for Claire losing her daughter and then her grandchildren. The way Betty Lee described the many emotions of the book made you feel like you knew the characters. I have since bought other books by this author, and have been equally satisfied with her work.
Storey Book Reviews - Leslie Storey
This is based on a true story and all I can say is WOW! JT is a true villain and Liz was nicer and stronger than I would have been. The end had me in tears (good tears). This story definitely takes a look at how much a parent and/or family will endure.
Bookpleasures - Ekta Garg
Author Bette L. Crosby has crafted a book that proceeds at high-speed; even with the weighty issues she tackles, Cracks in the Sidewalk can be read in a single weekend. The short chapters allow readers to work quickly through this heartfelt story. She alternates between characters to make the story progress, but she never spends too long on one particular character's point of view before changing to another person. This device keeps the story moving forward.
AlasBabylon - Mercedes Abels
Wow. Once again, Bette Lee Crosby displays her technical expertise at storytelling - she is not just a good writer, but a good storyteller. The two together make for a book that is hard to put down. Cracks in the Sidewalk is a story that pulls at you throughout, and leaves you at the end wanting to know these people, live next door to them, and see where they go from here. You want to sit down with each of them to counsel, symapthise, or just knock some sense into their heads. None of the charac
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013393615
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 6,038
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Author of the Bestseller, Spare Change, Bette Lee Crosby is known for creating characters who will grab hold of your heart and never let go. They are characters you will both love and love to hate. And, Crosby manages to brighten even the most dire circumstances with heartfelt moments that will be remembered long after you have finished the book. Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk(2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid's Christmas (2012) and What Matters Most (2013). Crosby also authored Life in the Land of IS (2012) a memoir written for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world's longest living quadriplegic.

Crosby's work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, four Royal Palm Literary Awards, two FPA President's Book Award Gold Medals along with a Silver Medal and The Reviewer's Choice First Place Award.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

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    An Emotional book that is a MUST READ Every once in a while an

    An Emotional book that is a MUST READ

    Every once in a while an author comes along who writes with such heart and compassion, that even a book with a storyline that explores a difficult subject in such a way that I can not put it down, and would choose to read it more than once. For me, I can count the number of books one one hand where that is true. Also, for me, Bette Lee Crosby is one of those authors and Cracks in the Sidewalk is one of those books. Claire McDermott's only child, her daughter Liz, is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor during her third pregnancy. For Claire and her husband Charlie, this means rallying around Liz and her family with love and support. For Liz's husband, JT, it is just another item in a long list of things that he does not want to deal with. What develops is a heart-wrenching character study of all that is both good and bad in humanity. 




    This is not the first book that I have read that was written by Bette. Prior to this I read Spare Change and Cupid's Christmas and loved them both. Bette has a wonderfully intimate writing style that makes me feel that she is talking specifically to me. In addition, her prose flows off the page with such beauty and grace that the reader can't help be be entralled. This excellent writing style is the most reason that Cracks in the Sidewalk won the Royal Palm Literary Award for women's fiction, and the with good reason. This story definitely invoked strong emotions in me as the story unfolded, and the ability of Bette to balance the feelings of anger and resentment that I felt with the calming grace of Liz and the perserverance of her parents made this book a powerhouse read for me. 




    The characters in this book are what really sell it. They are so real and their emotions so well documented that the reader cannot help but become involved in their lives and what they are going through. While most of the book centers around Claire and her feelings and viewpoints, the author's ability to highlight Liz's grace continually amazed me throughout the book. In addition, JT's anger and resentment jumped off the page at me, illiciting anger and resentment in me toward him. Even her portrayal of the supporting characters of doctors, lawyers, judges, etc.,and of the children involved recieved the same effort and attention to detail as that spent on the main characters in the study. As a result, I honestly felt like I knew the characters involved and could have a conversation with them if I ever met them. 




    All in all, this is the best book yet that I have read by this author and I would class it as a definite must read. I would especially recommend it to readers who like to immerse themselves in real life stories filled with emotion and purpose. I am giving this book 5 stars as I know the characters will stay with me and help shape the way that I look at life and relationships for a long time to come.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

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    Spectacular - You Don't Want to Miss This!!!!

    First of all, what's not to love about this book? The characters, the story, everything about this book is top of the line!

    This story is gut-wrenching and bittersweet all at the same time. I felt as though I could feel the character's heart aches right along with them throughout the whole story. There was never a dull or boring moment throughout the entire story. It flowed nicely, smoothly, and easily. This was a story that pained me to stop reading each day as it felt like I was propping my eyelids open just to read!

    The characters were so superbly written. You had several characters that you couldn't help but love and a few that you couldn't help but hate and those feelings never changed! The sad truth of it is, that there are so many despicable people in the world, just like Jeffrey, Kelsey, and her sister!

    I felt super involved throughout the whole story but often found myself with a little grin as I read at the truly endearing parts of Elizabeth with her children, and Claire's undying love for Elizabeth. I also could feel the anguish right along with Claire as she was dealt blow after blow but never gave up.

    This is truly a story of a two mothers (and father's) unconditional love, faithfulness, unwavering devotion to her family.

    Spectacular read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Very good book

    I enjoy Betty Lee Crosbys books just because they are not blood and gore and are about everyday life where people help others. Just good stories.
    Too bad I lent it to my daughter. Even though she returned it I cannot read it or open it for refrence. There is a glitch that sends me to buying it again. BN CUSTOMER SERVICE IS USLESS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    This is one of most heartwarming stories I have read

    This is one of the most heartwarming stories I have read in a very long time. I recommend this book to everyone who want to sit back and read a book that could be anyone's personal life. I am looking into other books by Bette Lee Crosby to read. Great read!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    Let me start off by saying I am an avid reader and read everythi

    Let me start off by saying I am an avid reader and read everything from biography,'s to YA to stephen king and never had a book made me this angry,! What was done to this woman by her husband would never be allowed to happen! You cannot do those things and get away with it and the author just went along with this ridiculous 
    Storyline! There are rules in society and lawyers to help you right and injustice and I wish this author would have taken that route, this book should be listed under fantasy instead of fiction.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    This is a story that will pull you right into this family as the

    This is a story that will pull you right into this family as they suffer pain unimaginable to most of us. The story is told with compassion and insight supreme. I felt the love and frustration of these parents/grandparents as they search for their grandchildren. Bette Crosby's writing is tip top and once you read this one, you will be anxious to read her other books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    Loosing their only daughter to a brain tumor, the McDermott fami

    Loosing their only daughter to a brain tumor, the McDermott family longed to spend their years sharing their time with their three grandchildren.  But this was not to be.  Once a loving family, their daughter's husband became bitter, heartless, and mean,when Liz got sick. He blamed his failures on everyone and everything but his own faults.  When his in-laws finally said 'no' to yet one more loan for his failing business, he used his ability to keep the kids from them as revenge.




    Bette definitely shows that when the sidewalk cracks, The Lord provides another sidewalk, though God's methods may not always be our methods!  




    Having worked in the courts with abused and neglected kids, I found some parts of the story strained for credibility, but her handling of the emotional issues well surpassed these nick picking issues!  The way Bette Lee Crosby handles the workings of The Lord was wonderfully inspiring!  Good read!! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2014

    I love Bette Lee Crosby's writing and she forever surprises





    I love Bette Lee Crosby's writing and she forever surprises me with her words and the stories she relays to her her readers.   Cracks in the Sidewalk was a heavier read than I am used to but still held hope for the future of the protagonist, Claire McDermott.  From the earliest pages, my heart was riveted to Claire's story.   And probably the fact that I also am mother and grandmother sealed my fate in caring about Claire and her family.




    Imagine watching your only daughter die from a debilitating brain tumor.   Imagine your son-in-law walking out on her and fighting tooth and nail not to allow his children to visit her.   Imagine him taking his kids and fleeing into the world with no forwarding address and no inclination to ever allow the grandparents on his wife's side to see those kids again.   And then one day, one of the grandkids calls...




    This was a well written book and was just heartbreaking when the mother of three small children passed away.   Add heartache upon heart ache, custody battles, the death of the judge, the son-in-law virtually kidnapping his children and never allowing contact with their loving grandparents, the death of the Grandfather,   and still there remained hope.   The book provoked anger and tension, tears of sorrow and a feeling of utter defeat followed by the homecoming between grandmother and grandchildren.   A great tale of Family Love and how it never wavered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Depressing!!!

    I only got through half of the book but was so depressed and basically bored to tears I had to quit! It says it's based on a true story but if that's the case Liz and her parents were not very smart. It was unrealistic that they would go that long before even consulting a lawyer! Plus so far the entire book is just a real downer...don't recommend!

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  • Posted August 31, 2014

    This storyline has potential; however, the book is poorly writte

    This storyline has potential; however, the book is poorly written and without character development. The content is awkward and jagged. Parts of the storyline made me roll my eyes as I found it unbelievable, for example, that Elizabeth would not see her infant son for a year? There wasn't enough detail to support that situation. I simply cannot connect the high profile author description to the disaster of what I read- I'd like my 99cents back. It's that bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Try it yoou Try it you will like it

    Wonderful

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

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    This was the first Bette Lee Crosby book I read and I knew immed

    This was the first Bette Lee Crosby book I read and I knew immediately that I would love her work. While the subject matter in the book is difficult to say the least, it is superbly written. I experienced strong emotions while reading it but they were not all negative. Ms. Crosby did a fine job of balancing the good and the bad and conveying the story impartially which must have been very difficult. I would definitely recommend reading this book. It would make a good book club read.

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

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    Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite Elizabeth is

    Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite

    Elizabeth is a woman whose sole purpose in life is to be a good wife and mother. She has no care in the world but to accomplish these goals and she works hard at them despite the treatment she is given at the hands of her husband. When Elizabeth falls ill suddenly during her pregnancy with their last child, her husband determines to have nothing to do with her. Unfortunately that means her children (including her newborn son) will also have nothing to do with her. It’s almost a year before Elizabeth is finally able to see her young children again, but even then things are not what they might seem in Cracks in the Sidewalk.

    Cracks in the Sidewalk is the type of book that you can’t stop thinking about long after you put it down. Elizabeth is a woman that any woman would be proud to be. She is able to roll with the punches and even when people behave in a reprehensible way towards her she is incapable of truly hating them and can only feel sorry for the love they don’t have. Her plight is one no mother would ever want to find herself in, but at the same time it is one that will draw you in. This is a heart-wrenching story but it is also a beautiful one of love and devotion and forgiveness. For Elizabeth’s children and her mother it is also a story of miracles and of overcoming any obstacle life may put in your way. An excellent book by Bette Lee Crosby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Recommended

    I enjoyed this book very much. It is about what illness can do to a family and how some people respond to their loved ones being ill. It also shows why Grandparents should have rights in seeing that their grandchildren are raised properly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Disappointed

    The only reason this got two stars and not one is because I actually finished the book. It should have been titled "People Behaving Badly" and as if the first third of the book wasn't excruciating enough there was the court chapters to rehash the whole mess. The book gives new meaning to "show don't tell."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    the story brings out many highs and lows.

    I don't think I have read a book where I wanted to cry so much. As a mother and grandmother I think the book puts our worst fears on paper and it makes it difficult to read due to all the emotion. BUT, I kept reading and in fact was done in a day. I could not put it down. Hard to say I loved the book due to the story line but I did and hope to read more written by the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Loved this book. Would recommend it to any of my friends. Grea

    Loved this book. Would recommend it to any of my friends. Great read!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Loved this book. Hard to put it down.

    Loved this book. Hard to put it down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Goofy

    ____ minuts are in 1 hour

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 29, 2013

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