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Cracks in the Sidewalk [Kindle Edition]

Bette Lee Crosby
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Book Description

A USA TODAY WOMEN’S FICTION BEST SELLER…From the Author of Spare Change, comes a powerful family saga that is a heartrending reminder of how fragile relationships can be. Cracks in the Sidewalk is based on a true story 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 Picault, you will love Cracks in the Sidewalk!

Now available on Kindle this Award-Winning Book is the recipient of the 2014 Readers Favorite Gold Medal for Women’s Fiction. It also won the Royal Palm Literary Award and the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal.

Editorial Reviews


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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Product Details

  • File Size: 1942 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing (November 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 56 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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15 of 15 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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ December 23, 2011
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Tale December 22, 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating January 1, 2012
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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3 of 3 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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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: Memory House (2015), Passing through Perfect (2015), Wishing for Wonderful (2014), 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).

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