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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 l
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Mass Market Paperback, Revised Second Edition, 362 pages
Published October 1st 2012 (first published 2009)
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Bette Crosby
Nov 14, 2012 Bette Crosby rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the Second and slightly revised edition of Cracks in the Sidewalk. This novel is based on a true story of losing hope and finding forgiveness. The book was the @011 Winner of the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal and it took First Place in the Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. It is a story that will touch your heart and leave you with a feeling of inspiration.
Angie Mangino
Jan 02, 2013 Angie Mangino rated it it was amazing
Cracks in the Sidewalk
By Bette L. Crosby
2009
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars

Cracks In the Sidewalk begins with readers meeting Claire McDermott in 2006, immediately setting the tone for this compelling story.
“I’m an old woman now. Some might say too old to dream, too old to still believe in miracles.”

However, a miracle does take place for Claire in the form of a letter she receives from her grandson, Christian. This unexpected, but much longed for letter, reestablishes a lost connection
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Linda
Jun 02, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Bette Lee Crosby has a way of writing a story that pulls you in from the start and does not let go until the very last word. This is a story that is so emotional and in so many way uplifting too. It shows the true love a real mother has for her child. What she will go through to help her, to make her happy and to ease her pain. Both physical and emotional pain.
Claire McDermott does everything in her power for her daughter and would for her three grandchildren if there dad would let her. Both he
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Lyn (Readinghearts)
Apr 06, 2013 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: leslye mahoney, Donna Jurgens,
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Sisterhood of the Traveling Book and Novel Ladies
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 ...more
Colette
Jan 31, 2014 Colette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-books
A very heartbreaking story about family, love, loss and faith. Elizabeth becomes very ill during her 3rd pregnancy and is diagnosed with an inoperable tumor. Instead of supporting and loving her, her husband complains about his problems and his worries and asks her father for another loan (in addition to $110,000 he has already squandered. When he is refused, he cuts all ties to Elizabeth and to her family and it takes a court battle to allow Elizabeth to even see her children. Eventually her hu ...more
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
First let me get the box of tissues. This was a love-hate book. Some of the characters I loved - Elizabeth, Claire - and some I hated - definitely Jeffrey!

Families are quite a mixture as i know from personal experience - but this one had me wishing I could hit someone. Claire's only child, Elizabeth, is dying and her only wish is to be with her 3 children - and Claire's only wish is to be with her grandchildren.....but...Elizabeth's hubby Jeffrey is a son-of-a-b---- Sorry, only description I can
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Anne Kleinberg
I "met" the author of this book, Bette Lee Crosby, through the Internet. She was kind enough to send me congrats on my book "Menopause in Manhattan" and I was delighted to be able to read "Crack in the Sidewalk".

All I can say is WOW! I just finished it - with tears streaming down my face. It will take you to many places - a beautiful marriage, a horrible marriage; a mother's fierce and devoted love for her daughter and another mother's yearning for her children. All in all, I found the book dif
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Beth
Jul 12, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg!!! This woman's books have such a way of making you love,hate,feel so much for the characters, I love her books,she has now become one of my favorite authors,the way she sucks you in with her Words and storytelling ,is amazing ,this was such a heartbreaking story but so beautiful ,a mothers love is the strongest love there is!! Bette hands down best book ever!!
Susan
Feb 07, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book! A very endearing story about a parents love for a dying daughter, a grandparents love for their grandchildren, and a snake of a husband who's picture should accompany the word despicable in the dictionary. I fell in love with the characters (Elizabeth, Claire, Charlie)and felt true hatred for characters (Jeffrey, Kelsey). I could identify with the emotions of the characters and rode their ups and downs like I was experiencing them in real life. Knowing that the boo ...more
Sue1958
I was privileged to be gifted this book Cracks In the Side
walk by the author. I haven't read any of Bette Lee Crosby's books before, why? is what I need to ask myself! This author has been firmly planted upon my favourite authors list.

What can I say about Cracks In the Side
walk. Well, it was my type of reading material. I could get into this story within the first chapter, and for me, this is a good sign that an author can draw me in, its means to me that I know I am going to stay glued with thi
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Babs
Mar 26, 2013 Babs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
4.5 stars for Cracks in the sidewalk by Bette Lee Crosby. One chapter I want to throw the book across the room promising myself I'm not going to read any more. The next I can't read fast enough.
A story of Elizabeth and Jeffrey who date as kids and get married very young. So in love Jeffrey would follow her around every where she went. Elizabeth's parents Charlie and Claire McDermott loved them and would have done anything for them. They loved Jeffrey as a son.
Something very sad and tragic happen
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Ronna
Apr 16, 2013 Ronna rated it really liked it
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 sh
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Elizabeth
Jan 28, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This book, for me, was emotionally draining and unforgettable. I think anyone who has had part of their family desert them would feel the same way. My case was not in any way like this family's, but similar enough that I completely understood the loss and grief that Liz and her parents felt. The fact that JT was such a inhuman human being didn't really grab me as much as the fact that a man withheld the love of her children at a time when she needed them so much. This book caused me so many emot ...more
Valerie
A love story...but not a romance novel. This book is about familial love - between parent and child and between grandparents and grandchildren. What happens when that natural bond gets stretched to the limit, or breaks entirely due to financial problems or serious illness? The answer is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

On a general note, while not overly preachy, it does have some religious references/overtones. However, they were mild enough to not really detract from the story.

I will defin
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Melissa B
Feb 06, 2014 Melissa B rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book. Ms Crosby evokes all kinds of emotions in her writing. It shows all sides of those involved in not only a terminal illness, but those with emotional illnesses: the patient, her parents, her children and her cold, unfeeling husband. The legalities involved, the emotions of all. I couldn't put it down, but when I did, it was on my mind.
Nancy Keller
Jun 03, 2016 Nancy Keller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love, love, love all of Bette's books. I am in love with almost all her characters and continue to think about them after I finish the book. I did actually cry at the end of this book, but they were happy tears. Thanks for the great stories, Bette. I can't wait to read Memory House.
Sara Freitag
Mar 09, 2014 Sara Freitag rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!!!! This was an amazing book! It caught my attention right from the beginning. I love This authors writing. I have never had someone in a book that I hated so much! But you fall in love with the other characters. A must read!!!
Barb
Jan 30, 2014 Barb rated it it was amazing
The best I've read by this author. The author states that it's based on a true story, which makes the premise all the more heartbreaking.
Coral
Jun 11, 2015 Coral rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women's fiction, literary fiction, true life drama
Loved this story and it was a tear-jerker! I cried TWICE with this story and that hasn't happened since I read The Notebook.
Naomi
Nov 12, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read my full review @ http://bit.ly/RTrwKP

Synopsis: Claire and Charlie McDermott's daughter, Elizabeth Caruthers, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and requires long hospitalizations and continued care at her parents home. Once her illness is concerned, her narcisstic husband, JT, who runs a high end woman's apparrel shop and thinks that is his destiny, deserts his wife and decides after Liz with her parents after they will no longer give him money to support his fail to continue
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Cathleen
Apr 07, 2013 Cathleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Bette Lee Crosby writes so beautifully that you are drawn in from the first paragraph. I wish to thank Bette Lee Crosby for gifting me with a copy of “Cracks In The Sidewalk”.
Claire and Charlie McDermott lost their grandchildren when their daughter, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Elizabeth’s husband, Jeffrey, denies his wife and in-laws access to the children until they hire a lawyer and sue for custody. The judge grants Elizabeth visitation, but because of her failing
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Melanie Young
Oct 25, 2012 Melanie Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine your grandchildren being ripped from your life, as your daughter is losing hers. This is what happened to Claire and Charlie McDermott when their daughter, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Elizabeth’s loser husband, Jeffrey, denies his wife and in-laws access to the children until they hire a lawyer and sue for custody. The judge grants Elizabeth visitation, but because of her failing health, leave the children in the custody of the incompetent Jeffrey.

After Eliza
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Andrea Corley
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 eye
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Elle Thornton
Mar 14, 2013 Elle Thornton rated it it was amazing
With Cracks in the Sidewalk, Bette Lee Crosby brings her growing numbers of fans the kind of likeable characters, nearly unbearable situations, and villainous losers that kept us turning pages in her books Small Change and The Twelfth Child. Cracks in the Sidewalk proves yet again that Crosby has a genuine gift for showing us how in life’s smallest moments––a child’s hand held in our own––even the most battered souls can triumph over prolonged suffering. Descriptions of a lead character’s devast ...more
Gina
**This book was given to me by the author for a fair and unbiased review**

Elizabeth is a devoted mother to her 2 children and would do anything to support her sleaze of a husband. During her 3rd pregnancy, Liz is diagnosed with a neurological disorder that requires an early ceasarian birth for her son, Christian. After his birth, Liz is officially diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Jeffrey, Liz's money hungry, selfish, narcissistic husband makes the quick and terrible decision to from tha
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Marci
Oct 26, 2012 Marci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Becky
Nov 17, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Synopis: Claire and Charlie McDermott's daughter is diagnosed with a terminal, in-operable brain tumor. Elizabeth and JT Caruther's have three beautiful children. Claire and Charlie's pride and joy. JT was Elizabeth's love of her life until her illness. JT became a hateful, evil monster who wouldn't let her come home to convalesce and die, and refused to let the McDermott,s or Elizabeth see her chilidren. Charlie had bailed JT's butt out of financial ruin many times before and finally said no to ...more
Sherry Fundin
Jan 30, 2013 Sherry Fundin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback, fiction
How can you look into those gorgeous blue eyes and not want to wrap your arms around the child and fill his life with love and happiness? The emotion this cover evokes almost overwhelms me. It's as if he is pleading with me to make it all better.

I received a letter and immediately sat down and wrote a letter in return. I hadn't seen my grandchildren in 20 years. My dreams had always been of a large family, always together. I was an only child, but I didn't know it. I filled my life with an imagi
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Glenda
Jul 13, 2012 Glenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cracks in the Sidewalk is a heartbreaking story of a family in crisis. When JT's wife Elizabeth is diagnosed with an unoperable terminal brain tumor, he doesn't have the strength it takes to deal with the situation, so he withdraws with the couple's three children. After Elizabeth is released from the hospital, she lives with her parents where she can get the care she needs. The rest of the book is the struggle this family has---of a mother who just wants to spend time with her children and assu ...more
Ronna
Oct 28, 2012 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-give-away
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 sh
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“All those children I thought were just passing through have taken up residence in my heart. I can close my eyes and picture their faces, which is enough to make me feel warm all over.” 2 likes
“No matter how old a person gets, they can still dream. They can still believe in miracles.” 2 likes
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