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Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Review: Cracks in the Sidewalk by Bette Lee Crosby (review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto)

Book Review: Cracks in the Sidewalk by Bette Lee Crosby

By Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

Cracks in the Sidewalk peaked my curiosity from the word go. As Claire explained her desire for a large family I found myself immediately drawn to her. As an only child myself, I completely understand the desire to surround one’s self with children and dreams of grandchildren. My heart broke when she received the news that she would only have one child. I could only imagine Claire’s incredible joy when she was blessed with three lovely grandchildren.
I actually stopped reading Cracks in the Sidewalk when Claire’s daughter began having troubles with her pregnancy. I am 31 weeks pregnant myself and the details of Crosby’s writing and how the characters feel so real just hit too close to home. I was able to put the book down but I still couldn’t put the characters out of my mind. It reminded me of a close friendship, you can go quite a long time without talking to someone but they are so embedded in your heart you can’t let them go. That’s how I felt about Claire and her family. I worked through the tears and went back to reading.

I feel like Claire is more than a character in a book; she feels more like a close friend or neighbor. I would describe her as one of the strongest women I know. I can’t imagine slowly losing your daughter and then losing your grandchildren as well. Her resilience is remarkable and her spirit is something that will stick in my mind forever.
Cracks in the Sidewalk is the third book I’ve read by Bette Lee Crosby and I must say she does a great job bringing out the spirit of each character. I finished the last chapter sobbing and I wasn’t sure if I was crying for joy or because my heart was broken. I do know I hold each character in my heart as if I had been part of the story. What a touching work by Crosby and I recommend this book to anyone who has ever loved or longed for a child.
Cracks in the Sidewalk can be found on Amazon

Product Details

  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983887926
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing (August 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

More About Bette Lee Crosby

Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to 
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.

Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American 
Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win 
several more awards, including another NLAPW award, three Royal Palm Literary Awards, and 
the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal.

Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The 
Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid’s Christmas (2012) and What Matters Most (2013). She has also 
authored “Life in the Land of IS” a memoir of Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of 
Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic. 

Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write 
a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that 
was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never 
looked back. “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.”

To learn more about Bette and her books, check out her website:

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