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Cracks in the Sidewalk

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Claire is a wife, a mother, a grandmother. Her only daughter is gravely ill.
Her son-in-law is resentful and angry. Now her grandchildren are missing.

From BETTE LEE CROSBY, an award-winning author of women's fiction and family sagas, comes this USA TODAY Bestseller that is a heart-wrenching reminder of how fragile relationships can be!

Winner Reader’s Favorite Gold
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published October 5th 2011 by Bent Pine Publishing (first published 2009)
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Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Having never read anything written by Bette Lee Crosby I really didn't know what to expect when I picked this book up. MY OH MY I must admit once I'd finished this book I was absolutely speechless.

USA Today Bestselling and award winning novelist, she most certainly is. Cracks in the Sidewalk is based on a true story which will not only pull at your heartstrings, but it will also make you look at life a lot differently. A truly captivating story about family, love and loss. When a book has you
Bette Crosby
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dale Harcombe
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An old woman at the start of this novel, Claire Mc Dermott reflects on her life. After her marriage to Charlie and birth of their daughter Elizabeth, Claire received a shock. But it was nothing compared to what was to come in later years. When Elizabeth is pregnant with her third child, she encounters a problem that threatens her marriage but also her life. Instead of being the support she needs Jeffrey (known as JT) is concerned only about himself, his failing business and the need for more ...more
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
Angie Mangino
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cracks in the Sidewalk
By Bette L. Crosby
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
Sherry Fundin
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 28, 2012 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 ...more
Melissa B
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 30, 2012 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!!
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2013 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
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I love sad stories - I love happy endings- I love family relations stories- I love strong characters. It does not matter if the character is a good guy or a bad one if it is a well drawn character. This book has all that and more. Bette Lee Crosby is a great writer- give her a try- you will love her!
Sara Freitag
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
Nancy Keller
May 08, 2015 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.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
**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
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 04, 2012 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
Melanie Young
Oct 25, 2012 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.

Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Oct 06, 2012 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 ...more
Elle Thornton
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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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."

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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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