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Color the Sidewalk for Me (The Bradleyville Series #2) Paperback – March 10, 2002

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In this excellent novel for the inspirational market, Collins uses her talent for suspense (Eyes of Elisha) in a more memoirlike tale that flashes back and forth between the 1960s and the 1990s as it explores a mother/daughter relationship. As the story opens, we find that 35-year-old Celia Matthews left home 17 years before, sure that it was her harsh words that drove her little brother, Kevy, from the house and prompted his bicycle accident. Wracked with guilt, embittered toward her mother and conflicted about her botched romance with Danny Cander, Celia shook the dust of small-town Bradleyville, Ky., off her feet and crafted a life for herself as an account executive in Little Rock, Ark. But her lack of mother-love isn't shaken off so easily. She bobs in and out of several relationships, losing her faith and emotionally treading water. Only when her father has a stroke and her mother pleads for help are the wheels of reconciliation set in motion. The story is beautifully written and the characters (whom readers will recognize from Collins's related stand-alone novel Cast a Road Before Me) are well developed, although the pacing drags in spots. The reason for Celia's lack of mother-love is not explained as neatly as might be wished; conversely, the conclusion is like a fairy tale, a contrivance that readers, depending on their tastes, may appreciate or find disappointing in. Overall, this novel exemplifies how Christian fiction is finally coming of age.

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2002 ACFW Book of the Year Award, Contemporary Category
 
2002 Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. Contemporary Category
 
2002 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Contemporary Category


"Excellent ... beautifully written and the characters are well developed." -- Publishers Weekly

"Life changing. Color the Sidewalk for Me gave me a completely new view of a mother's love." -- N.Y.
 
"When I finished Sidewalk I was in tears, moved well beyond words." -- J.N.
 
"I'm a fifty-three-year-old man and not generally subject to such wrenching emotions. But when I walked through the last pages of your book ... well, when I could see and breathe normally again I finished it. You certainly stirred something deep inside of me." -- R.C.
 
"This book has meant so much to so many of us. It still comes up in our book club discussions." -- E.B.


"An extraordinary piece. I felt the pain of all the characters." -- C.G.
 
"This is a God-inspired book. It brought back emotions from my childhood that I needed to deal with." -- Hope
 
"I absolutely loved this book! It's an amazing story of love and redemption." -- C.F.
 
"Made me look at my relationship with my mother in a whole new light." -- C.W.
 
"This book touched me so much. It's made me look at my own life and relationships with my family. You have blessed me deeply." - K.E.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310242428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310242420
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like clean books filled with real life stories and characters. This book and series has met that very well. People of substance and character, but flaws and needs just like the people we meet each day. Brandilyn Collins is a prolific writer, and for that I am very glad. I look for her books knowing I will meet characters I can relate to, be inspired by and learn something from.
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"Color the Sidewalk for Me" is a well-written inspirational novel of family struggles and disappointments. Ms. Collins uses flashback effectively and her characters are believable.
This is a story of failure and forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption. After years of heartache and rejection, Celia finally discovers the reason for her mother's coolness and seeming lack of love. Faith (and the lack of it) is portrayed believably and without preachiness.
The competition between her grandfather and his friend is a humorous touch that is interwoven throughout the story.
I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.
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This was the first book I have read from Brandilyn Collins and I was impressed beyond words. An avid reader, it takes a very talented author to have their writting affect me clear to my soul. I usually dislike the past/present method of writing, but Collins used this method so successfully, and this story could not have been written using another.
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. I thank the author for sharing this story - one that was inspired by a family tradition. Spending time on this book has been such a pleasant expereince.
I recommend this book to anyone who has loved and lost and who won't mind feeling sentimental...and for one who acknowledges how God always brings us through our trials. And everything always works for the best in His time.
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I love the writing of Brandily Collins! Her books are well paced and always have deep, relational meanings within.

Color The Sidewalk For Me is the 2nd book of a three-part series. It speaks of broken hearts and terrible miscommunications between a mother and daughter.

The main character, from her earliest memories, felt unloved by her mother. This book chronicles her journey and the family drama that surrounds each choice made by the various characters.

There are two reasons I didn't give this book five stars:
1) It wasn't as fast-paced as most of Ms. Collins books and I prefer the faster "I can't put the book down" pace.
2) SPOILER ALERT (I will space down several lines before writing this one as I HATE to read reviews that give too much away to a potential reader)

2) SPOILER ALERT WARNING!

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Last time to stop reading if you don't want to know an important piece of the story...

2) SPOILER ALERT WARNING! I felt it was completely unrealistic that the main characters' love interest from high school would never have married or found love and was essentially still available so that they could be reunited 15 years later. Many people fall in love in high school. But 15 years later is a lifetime at that age. The fact that both would not have found love and are miraculously reunited just didn't sit well with me.
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I read too much Christian fiction. I read a lot, and a lot of it is good, even great. This book was absolutely stupendous. It's difficult to impress me anymore, but I am deeply touched. So touched that I am finding it difficult to jump back into real life. Marvelous. Soul-touching.
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I truly enjoyed the entire book. Not understanding the title kept me going in this truthful book about a life story! There were many pages I found myself on......in this growing up scenario. You don't only grow & mature as a human being, you must grow in your knowledge of God in order to better your relationship with Christ. Our relationship to God & to others design's the Cross. Our relationship with the Cross define's us.
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Brandilyn has such a gift of writing that brings such joy to me. Her stories have so many twists and turns that keeps me quickly turning the pages. A blessing to see the frailties of our heart's decision making and our need for reliance on God in all situations. Anxious to read the next book in this series!
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This book will be another bestseller for Brandilyn Collins. This sequel to "Cast a Road Before Me" carries the reader through the travails of Celia, a thirty-five-year-old woman who fell away from her faith in God years ago.
Celia, a high-powered advertising executive, finds out that her beloved father suffered a stroke and needs her help. She must return to Bradleyville to nurse him, yet she dreads the inevitable confrontation with her mother. As a child, she attempted to show love to Mama and was coldly rebuffed. Now, years later, the painful past comes back and must be reckoned with.
The book alternates between the present and Celia's past. Revealing only enough to make the reader want more, the story fluctuates smoothly between eras. The climactic scene lies hidden and the reader breathlessly awaits the culmination of this family's ordeal.
"Color the Sidewalk for Me" reads like a book club selection. Filled with emotional turmoil, agony, and sorrow, Celia bleeds her heart out to the reader. We feel her pain, sympathize with her, and yearn for her to heal. Her suffering acts as a catharsis for our own yen to be understood and loved unconditionally.
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