Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Cracks in the Sidewalk by Bette Lee Crosby--A Review
Cracks in the Sidewalk is the tale of a mother's love for her daughter and the unending search for her missing grandchildren. It is a story filled with courage and compassion. Only by clinging to her faith and reaching out to children in need can Claire McDermott hope to rebuild her life and open her heart to happiness.
Claire is an old lady when the letter she has been waiting for finally arrives bringing news of the grandchildren she lost some twenty years ago. Over the years she has written thousands of letters and most probably not one of them ever reached it's destination--but what if one did? Can a single letter change the lives of four people.
Claire is about to find out; and three young adults will discover that letters are a journey of the heart that transcends time and distance.
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:
I love Bette Lee Crosby's writing and she forever surprises me with her words and the stories she relays to her her readers. Cracks in the Sidewalk was a heavier read than I am used to but still held hope for the future of the protagonist, Claire McDermott. From the earliest pages, my heart was riveted to Claire's story. And probably the fact that I also am mother and grandmother sealed my fate in caring about Claire and her family.
Imagine watching your only daughter die from a debilitating brain tumor. Imagine your son-in-law walking out on her and fighting tooth and nail not to allow his children to visit her. Imagine him taking his kids and fleeing into the world with no forwarding address and no inclination to ever allow the grandparents on his wife's side to see those kids again. And then one day, one of the grandkids calls...
This was a well written book and was just heartbreaking when the mother of three small children passed away. Add heartache upon heart ache, custody battles, the death of the judge, the son-in-law virtually kidnapping his children and never allowing contact with their loving grandparents, the death of the Grandfather, and still there remained hope. The book provoked anger and tension, tears of sorrow and a feeling of utter defeat followed by the homecoming between grandmother and grandchildren. A great tale of Family Love and how it never wavered.
I rated this a five wink read.