Cracks in the Sidewalk

Cracks in the Sidewalk

by Bette Lee Crosby


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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 and angry...Her grandchildren are missing...

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?

This powerful USA Today Bestseller is a triple award winner!
Reader's Favorite Gold Medal,
FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal,
Royal Palm Literary Award

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997796001
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 682,012
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. “Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.” Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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 another twenty four literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, The Reviewer’s Choice Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and the Reader’s Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal. Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid’s Christmas (2012), What Matters Most (2013), Jubilee’s Journey (2013), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Blueberry Hill, A Sister’s Story (2014) Passing through Perfect (2015), Memory House (2015), The Loft (2015), What the Heart Remembers (2015), Baby Girl (2016), Regrets of Cyrus Dodd (2016), and Silver Threads (2016). She also authored “Life in the Land of IS” a memoir of Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic.

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Cracks in the Sidewalk 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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!! 
acorley84 More than 1 year ago
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!
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book! In the beginning I had many emotions of anger and sadness. Over the next several chapters I came to feel like the people in the book were people I knew and cared about! Loved?? it!!!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
 Claire is a mother, and when her daughter, Elizabeth, gets sick with a brain tumor, bad things follow. A custody battle, the illness of Elizabeth, and then her son in law running off were her grandkids are just some of the things that Claire faces. Through all the pain and many years she hope's and prays for a reunion with the ones she loves and has lost. This story is one that had me on an emotional roller coaster. Seriously, grab the tissues before you even start this story. From beginning to end it tugged at my heartstrings. I found myself in tears at times and full of anger at others. I laughed, and I  cried. This story is a wonderful one. While it's filled with much sadness and parts that made me so angry I wanted to scream,  it also shows the love of a mother. First, from Elizabeth, in her fight to see her children when she is dying and then again when Claire fights for her grandchildren, the only things she has left of her daughter. The characters are real and easy to love. This story was painful yet, full of hope and love. It was written very well and kept me deeply enthralled. I hated to put it down. The ending had me bawling like a baby...seriously; I had to grab the tissues. This was another great story from a great author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was simply wonderful A must read for all loved,loved It
MS72IN More than 1 year ago
You know it's true but to think about how many kids are in this type of situation every day - just breaks your heart. I had no idea when I started reading this book what I was going to read. A mother, who is in an impossible relationship, two young kids with a third on the way, an unforeseen illness that tears them apart, Parents- much like my own, who love their daughter more than life itself. And a grandparents love for grandchildren that spans miles and decades of time apart.... all leading up to a wonderful, yet tearful, ending. This was a book that I couldn't put down. Thankfully, I didn't have to before I finished it. A must read for anyone who likes a good story and doesn't mind a good cry!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do like most of the books by this writer - this one was depressing and irritating. Why was social services not iinvolved. Jeffry should have been reported every time he moved. What a miserable,
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Cracks in the Sidewalk is a fabulous read. It is one of the most gut wrenching, tissue-getter I have read. The book deals with quite heavy issues and not an easy read. However, I didn't want to put it down. A very well written novel that again proves why Bette Lee Crosby is one of my go to authors. 100 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
slue22books More than 1 year ago
A moving, emotional, heart wrenching story. Loved the inserted chapters which were told by each characters point of view. Every chapter flowed and the storyline continued seemlessly. The ending was absolutely spectacular.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing and i hated to put it down. U won't be wasting your money if u purchase!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with other reviews......who would wait 10 months to get legal help for child visitation. Especislly when one was a newborn. Seriously? Haven't seen your newborn in ten months? That was pretty annoying. The idea of the book was good there was just no substance to it. Sort of a he said, she said, and then they walked to the kitchen and then they sat down. Also....the mmother-grandmother is supposed to be a somewhat classy person but she constantly uses the word "gonna". "She's gonna do this " and "she's gonna do that". Not so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books i have ever read. The characters were the most frustrating people I've had the displeasure of trying to understand or care for. The emotional weakness of the dying woman was nauseating. Who waits 10 months to go after her rights to see her children? So unbelievable on so many levels. Everything was drawn out and repetitious. I skipped blocks of pages to get through it! Don't waste your time or a dime on this awful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jski8 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.