Cracks In The Sidewalk

23184871This story is based on true life. The author, Bette Lee Crosby, interviewed the Grandparents extensively.  It’s an amazing story of courage, love and forgiveness.  It might not be an inspirational genre but it was for me as in the end I found myself thinking, “God is Good.”

It’s a story that was thought provoking. For one thing I’m afraid I wouldn’t or couldn’t be so forgiving.  And, yet you could see how the mother and grandparents always put the children first. It was unselfishly never about them.

I hate to risk putting in spoilers but nothing I can say takes away from the impact of the story.  When the daughter, Elizabeth is pregnant with her third child she is diagnosed with a terminal cancer.  Instead of supporting and caring for her, her husband uses the children to extract financial funds from her father.  The grandfather, after financing the failing business for over $100,000 says enough. The husband retaliates and Elizabeth is forced to move in with her parents when her husband refuses to let her come back home. Then he stops bringing the kids to see their mother and grandparents.

Elizabeth is fully aware that her condition is terminal and wants more than anything to instill in her children that they are loved. She wants to leave them with memories that will insure they never feel abandoned. The bravery of Elizabeth is amazing. As she fights to stay alive and see her children, her parents are right there with her.  Finally with no other recourse they take the fight to court where Elizabeth’s husband is ordered to comply to visitation.

You see the best and worse of humanity in this story. Sometimes it’s so horrible on the ugliness of the husband that it’s hard to believe it isn’t fiction. Can people really be so cruel?  The husband with a failed business and unpaid bills disappears with the children and for years the grandparents don’t know where they are. Not only have they lost their beloved daughter, her children are lost to them too.

This story ends well.  It brings tears, but also faith in humanity.

This is the first time I have read a story from this author and I might have missed it if not for Bookbub.  I joined a few months back and would highly recommend it. I get a list of books everyday. Some are free and others at discounted prices. There is nothing I’d rather shop for than books so I start my day with a cup of coffee and Bookbub selections for the day.  It doesn’t get much better than that.





9 responses to “Cracks In The Sidewalk

  1. Ahhh, what a story! I would be in tears. This is very like Kristin Hannah’s writing. Soul-wrenching, but hopeful. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. I think that it was based on a true story increased its impact. We all want our children to be happy and when someone hurts them like this selfish husband/father did its hard to take. It helps when in the end the good-guys win.

  3. Thanks for this recommendation Lavada it sounds a heart breaking but worthwhile challenge. Not sure if I’m up to it at moment. Bookbub sounds like something I must check out so thanks for the tip.

  4. I really enjoy Bookbub. I’ve been doing more E reading

  5. Sounds like a heart-wrenching read, I was almost in tears just reading your review! As you say, with stories like this it’s often hard to understand that they are based on real-life and are not fiction.

    I get Bookbub daily recommendations too. Love it.

  6. I’m reading more e-books since getting Bookbub. It’s funny in it’s what you get used to. Years ago I read almost all hard cover. Then switched to paperback and rarely read a hard cover. Now it’s ebook/paperbacks.

    Cracks in The Cement was a great Bookbub buy.

  7. Sounds a very emotional and moving story. I haven’t used Bookbub, must try it soon.

  8. sounds intriguing, but I can’t read it. Too much ugliness like I saw in the time I used to do custody cases. I can’t deal with it. Glad you liked the story. Jillian

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