Cracks in the Sidewalk
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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.
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Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal Winner
FPA President’s Book Award
Royal Palm Literary Award
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I don’t know what it is about Bette’s writing and the stories she tells, but they capture my interest from page 1. The stories are told with so much emotion that it is hard to not get caught up in the characters and feel like you are sitting there next to them seeing what they are experiencing. Cracks in the Sidewalk is no different. The story starts off with Claire, the grandmother, receiving a letter from a grandchild that she has not seen in over 20 years. The story then reverts back to a two year (or so) time that tells the story of Elizabeth (Liz) and Jeffrey (JT) along with Liz’s parents, Claire and Charles. This story tugged at all of my emotions from anger to joy to sadness to disgust for JT’s character. I will say that I was crying during the last chapter or two. I give this book 5 paws and highly recommend picking it up if you don’t win the copy I am giving away! – Storeybook Reviews
Bette Lee Crosby’s writing evokes such a wide range of emotions, I am continually surprised at how deeply her books affect me. Bette s books are so well written and the stories are so heartfelt and realistic, that you cannot help but respond to them. I couldn’t put the book down, as I read the blurred words through the tears in my eyes, until I reached the last word and closed the book. – fundinmentalBook Discussion Questions for Cracks in the Sidewalk Read an excerpt from Cracks in the Sidewalk
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“Jeffrey’s not a man of faith. He wants to believe he’s got a better plan than God. When his plan fizzles, he’s got nowhere to go and no one to turn to.”
“Have you spoken with him about…”
“Many times. But Jeffrey’s set in his way. Something is either perfect or it’s broken, and if it’s broken he wants to get rid of it.” Elizabeth allowed the right side of her mouth to curl into this sad little smile. “One time I told Jeffrey—nothing’s perfect, life is like a sidewalk leading to heaven, we’re bound to come across a few cracks in it—know what his answer was?”
Judge Brill shook his head and she continued, “He told me, when you discover cracks in the sidewalk it’s time to look for a new house.”
“And Elizabeth,” Judge Brill said pensively, “…how do you view those cracks in the sidewalk?”
“They’re God’s way of moving aside life’s cement, He’s giving us a chance to let something new grow.”
It was a long minute before Judge Brill asked another question and when he finally did, it was related to her health. “Do you feel you’re physically able to handle all three children at one time?”
“I doubt that I could do by myself. But my parents are almost always nearby, and they’re happy to lend a hand.”
“That might not be the ideal situation since your husband believes the children will be adversely affected because of your parent’s dislike for him.”
“He might think that, but it’s not true. They’re disappointed because of the way Jeffrey’s treated me, but Mom and Dad are not vindictive people and they’d never dream of saying something negative about Jeffrey in front of our children.”
For a few minutes longer Judge Brill chatted with Elizabeth, first about her years of living with Jeffrey, and then about her relationship with her parents. After that exchange, he segued into asking what type of visitation she was seeking. “How often,” he asked, “and for what period of time.”
“Unfortunately,” Elizabeth answered, “I have no way of knowing how long I have, so to me every day is precious. If I could be with my babies every day, I’d be deliriously happy…”