Cracks in the Sidewalk

December 10, 2011 Book Reviews 0

Amazon Review by Melanie Young

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 Elizabeth dies, Jeffrey disappears with the children, and although the McDermotts hire a private investigator and Charlie goes looking for Jeffrey and the children, their whereabouts remain obscure. Claire continues to buy birthday cards and Christmas cards for their grandchildren and tucks money into them, keeping them as well as gifts in boxes for the children over the years.
One day, Claire receives a letter that brings memories flooding back of her daughter and grandchildren. Ultimately, there is a reunion, but will it be a happy reunion, or will the grandchildren hold animosity toward Claire?
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. Ms. Crosby is a natural story teller, and gives the characters of this story incredible dimension and personality. This is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

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