Cracks in the Sidewalk

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.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

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." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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