Stormi's Review: Cracks in the Sidewalk by Bette Lee Crosby
APC PUBLISHER: Bent Pine Publishing RELEASED: November 7, 2013 GENRE: WOMEN'S FICTION, PSYCHOLOGICAL LENGTH: 333 pages FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK
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Cracks in the Sidewalk is based on a true story and 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? FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
Claire is a mother, and when her daughter, Elizabeth, gets sick with a brain tumor, bad things follow. A custody battle, the illness of Elizabeth, and then her son in law running off were her grandkids are just some of the things that Claire faces. Through all the pain and many years she hope's and prays for a reunion with the ones she loves and has lost. This story is one that had me on an emotional roller coaster. Seriously, grab the tissues before you even start this story. From beginning to end it tugged at my heartstrings. I found myself in tears at times and full of anger at others. I laughed, and I cried. This story is a wonderful one. While it's filled with much sadness and parts that made me so angry I wanted to scream, it also shows the love of a mother. First, from Elizabeth, in her fight to see her children when she is dying and then again when Claire fights for her grandchildren, the only things she has left of her daughter. The characters are real and easy to love. This story was painful yet, full of hope and love. It was written very well and kept me deeply enthralled. I hated to put it down. The ending had me bawling like a baby...seriously; I had to grab the tissues. This was another great story from a great author.