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Cracks in the Sidewalk [Kindle Edition]

Bette Lee Crosby
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Book Description

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 and brought to light through extensive interviews with the Grandparents..



Claire McDermott's grandchildren are missing... After years of writing letters, hoping to find the children and bring them back, she receives a reply...a dog-eared gray envelope stuffed in her mailbox, but will it bring hope or simply put an end to the waiting?



If you enjoy reading Jodi Picoult, you will love Cracks in the Sidewalk!



Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award

Recipient of the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal


Editorial Reviews

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One of those stories that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. This book is so well written, and Bette Lee Crosby tells the story so beautifully, you can't help but become a part of it. Melanie Young, author, The Next Chapter

Fast read and a touching story...BookPleasures

A book that draws you in - With those first few words, I knew I wanted to learn more about what was going on, and the rest of the story didn't disappoint me. 5 Stars Aleweb Social Marketing

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  • File Size: 1422 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing (November 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IGOVVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving, emotional story September 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The heart-wrenching story is about Claire McDermott, who cares for her adult daughter, Liz, when doctors discover an incurable brain tumor. Liz's husband, the deplorable JT Caruthers, abandons her and wreaks further emotional havoc in Claire and Liz's life when he refuses to allow Liz's three children to see their mother. Claire and Charlie McDermott do all they can to support Liz while trying to coax JT into doing the right thing. Once, that includes knocking down his door with a sledgehammer. More often, it involves long-suffering for Claire and Charlie.

When I read the book, I felt so moved emotionally. I was crying at the end. Claire and Charlie (Liz's parents) suffer watching their only daughter not only deteriorate physically, but brave the insults and slights of the man she still loves. He holds all the cards, and does all he can to make sure Liz dies without ever seeing her children again. Claire begs God for answers and often feels left with nothing. Yet she never gives up hope for her daughter and her grandchildren. She is certainly an honest character I admire.

The writing, in my opinion, flowed beautifully on the page. The depth of characters and insight to their deepest thoughts and desires kept me turning pages (with a click) until I finished. Bette Lee Crosby won the Royal Palm Literary Award for women's fiction with this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat! June 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When I start reading a book written by Bette Lee Crosby I know I am in for a treat. Cracks in the Sidewalk is my most recent treat. Claire and Charlie's daughter, Elizabeth fell in love and married young.
Charlie had reservations about the young man but accepted his daughter's choice.
Elizabeth and JT have two young children then Elizabeth falls ill while pregnant with their third child. She has to have a C-section before they can do a cat scan to find out what's wrong. JT proves to be total scum. He doesn't want her anymore when he finds out she is flawed. He tells her she can't come home and can just go live with her parents. He takes it farther and will not bring the kids to see her or their grandparents.
I had to walk away from the book a few times to stem the tears. Such a great book!
I have also read, Spare Change, The Twelfth Child, Life in the Land of Is, and What Matters Most
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ December 23, 2011
Format:Paperback
BY: Sheila (Cranbury, NJ)

Bette Crosby has written another book that is impossible to put down. She brings so much life to her characters. I felt as if I knew all of them personally.
The book brings out so many emotions. Anger at Liz's husband, pity for Liz and compassion for Clair.
This book is a MUST READ.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating January 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
A must read for those looking to immerse themselves in character study. As the story unfolds emotions begin to stir as each player is introduced. I found myself intensely hating and loving at the same time. Bette Crosby's talent as a writer is that she makes her characters, "pop off the pages" and into your heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Tale December 22, 2011
Format:Paperback
This story is heart-wrenching and emotionally charged. It is well written and the characters are well defined. I would have given it five stars, but the sadness in the beginning was so overwhelming that I thought the pace could have been quickened. It is a worthwhile read and worthy of the awards it's won. Miss Crosby really nails certain scenes that other authors might have over-dramatized. I look forward to reading more of her works.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One dimensional July 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The reviews for this book were very appealing so I decided to go ahead and buy the book as a summer read. I cannot even finish it - I am halfway through and had to put it down. Characters are completely one dimensional - either good or evil. No complexity whatsoever. Writing is very elementary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book that draws you in! December 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've just posted a review of this book on my website. Let me say here though that I got hooked on the story right away. Bette creates characters that are believable and who struggle with the events of their lives. Some of the characters accept that life is not always a bed of roses. Others play the Blame Game, and do all they can to avoid responsibility for their own problems. I found myself wanting to smack Jeffrey up the side of his head, and wanting to cry for the pain and agony Claire and Charlie endured while trying to support their dying daughter.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peaked My Curiosity & Touched My Heart July 26, 2013
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Book Review: Cracks in the Sidewalk by Bette Lee Crosby
By Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

Cracks in the Sidewalk peaked my curiosity from the word go. As Claire explained her desire for a large family I found myself immediately drawn to her. As an only child myself, I completely understand the desire to surround one's self with children and dreams of grandchildren. My heart broke when she received the news that she would only have one child. I could only imagine Claire's incredible joy when she was blessed with three lovely grandchildren.

I actually stopped reading Cracks in the Sidewalk when Claire's daughter began having troubles with her pregnancy. I am 31 weeks pregnant myself and the details of Crosby's writing and how the characters feel so real just hit too close to home. I was able to put the book down but I still couldn't put the characters out of my mind. It reminded me of a close friendship, you can go quite a long time without talking to someone but they are so embedded in your heart you can't let them go. That's how I felt about Claire and her family. I worked through the tears and went back to reading.

I feel like Claire is more than a character in a book; she feels more like a close friend or neighbor. I would describe her as one of the strongest women I know. I can't imagine slowly losing your daughter and then losing your grandchildren as well. Her resilience is remarkable and her spirit is something that will stick in my mind forever.
Cracks in the Sidewalk is the third book I've read by Bette Lee Crosby and I must say she does a great job bringing out the spirit of each character. I finished the last chapter sobbing and I wasn't sure if I was crying for joy or because my heart was broken. I do know I hold each character in my heart as if I had been part of the story. What a touching work by Crosby and I recommend this book to anyone who has ever loved or longed for a child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a drama about humans, at their best and at their worst
This story could have been simple and tragic only. Claire and Charlie McDermott’s only child Elizabeth is diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor in her twenties. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Gisela Hausmann
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I found it very unrealistic. The characters are one-dimensional. Predictable.
Published 1 day ago by christa grobbelaar
5.0 out of 5 stars ... in the Sidewalk is one of Bette Lee Crosby's best works. It is the...
Cracks in the Sidewalk is one of Bette Lee Crosby's best works. It is the story of how a family literally falls through the racks and loses itself for a number of years over greed... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Wefarm2
5.0 out of 5 stars Saundra
I couldn't put this book down. A new discovery with every turn of the page. Life and deception. Loved the story!
Published 6 days ago by Saundra Wheeler
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Beautifully written, compelling, just a bit repetitive at times. But overall, I liked it a lot.
Published 10 days ago by Carol K Moyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
SAD STORY...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
An enjoyable story. It will be a comfortable read with difficult points of life for the characters. I would suggest it to anyone who enjoys a story about other people's lives and... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Deanna
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it was hard to put down give it a 10
Published 20 days ago by Bea Butcher
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a very good book. I enjoyed it all the way through
This was a very good book. I enjoyed it all the way through. It's a book you won't
Want to put down.
Published 20 days ago by JackieJ5th
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More About the Author

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review

The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures."

Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down."

"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."

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her 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. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

Crosby's published works to date are: Blueberry Hill (2014), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Jubilee's Journey (2013), What Matters Most (2013), The Twelfth Child (2012), Life in the Land of IS (2012), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2011), Spare Change (2011). A Cupid inspired romance, Wishing for Wonderful, is scheduled for release in November 2014 and Book Three of The Wyattsville Series, Passing through Perfect, will be be available in January 2015.

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