Color the Sidewalk for Me, Bradleyville Series #2   -     By: Brandilyn Collins
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Color the Sidewalk for Me, Bradleyville Series #2

Zondervan / 2002 / Paperback

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As a chalk-fingered child, Celia Matthews wore her craving for her mother's love on her sleeve. Now 35, she returns home to nurse her father after a stroke. But the deepest need for healing is the rift between mother and daughter. Can God help them let go of the past before it destroys them both? 368 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 0310242428
ISBN-13: 9780310242420
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As a chalk-fingered child, I had worn my craving for Mama’s love on my sleeve. But as I grew, that craving became cloaked in excuses and denial until slowly it sank beneath my skin to lie unheeded but vital, like the sinews of my framework. By the time I was a teenager, I thought the gap between Mama and me could not be wider. And then Danny came along. . . . A splendidly colored sidewalk. Six-year-old Celia presented the gift to her mother with pride—and received only anger in return. Why couldn’t Mama love her? Years later, when once-in-a-lifetime love found Celia, her mother opposed it. The crushing losses that followed drove Celia, guilt-ridden and grieving, from her Bradleyville home. Now thirty-five, she must return to nurse her father after a stroke. But the deepest need for healing lies in the rift between mother and daughter. God can perform such a miracle. But first Celia and Mama must let go of the past--before it destroys them both.

Author Bio

Brandilyn Collins, known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense™, is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, Crimson Eve, Eyes of Elisha, and other novels. She and her family live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit her website at www.brandilyncollins.com and her blog at www.forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com

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In this excellent novel for the inspirational market, Collins uses her talent for suspense (Eyes of Elisha) in a more memoirlike tale that flashes back and forth between the 1960s and the 1990s as it explores a mother/daughter relationship. As the story opens, we find that 35-year-old Celia Matthews left home 17 years before, sure that it was her harsh words that drove her little brother, Kevy, from the house and prompted his bicycle accident. Wracked with guilt, embittered toward her mother and conflicted about her botched romance with Danny Cander, Celia shook the dust of small-town Bradleyville, Ky., off her feet and crafted a life for herself as an account executive in Little Rock, Ark. But her lack of mother-love isn't shaken off so easily. She bobs in and out of several relationships, losing her faith and emotionally treading water. Only when her father has a stroke and her mother pleads for help are the wheels of reconciliation set in motion. The story is beautifully written and the characters (whom readers will recognize from Collins's related stand-alone novel Cast a Road Before Me) are well developed, although the pacing drags in spots. The reason for Celia's lack of mother-love is not explained as neatly as might be wished; conversely, the conclusion is like a fairy tale, a contrivance that readers, depending on their tastes, may appreciate or find disappointing in. Overall, this novel exemplifies how Christian fiction is finally coming of age. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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  1. Sharon
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 24, 2009
    Sharon
    Out of this 3-book series, this one (number 2) was definitely the best by far.
  2. Maureen Smith
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 5, 2008
    Maureen Smith
    Brandilyn Collins knows how to project her characters in such a way she makes her readers feel the anguish, the heartache, the love and the family connections as if we were actually there. This is a very good book!
  3. Nancy Currin
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    April 21, 2008
    Nancy Currin
    Another great read and lessons to be learned about forgiveness and learning that not everything is as it appears and we have to look outside ourself for answers.
  4. Tara
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    December 27, 2003
    Tara
    Excellent book. Ms. Collins is a wonderful writer---don't miss this one!
  5. Kate Hall
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    February 20, 2003
    Kate Hall
    This is one of the best books I've ever read. There were so many emotions going through me that I found myself literally gripping the book because I couldn't express them. I reminisced, I cried, I almost jumped for joy. Great book! I can't wait to read her other books!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Brandilyn Collins
Located in: California
Submitted: February 20, 2002

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am writing full-time for the Christian market, in the genres of women's fiction and suspense. I also have a how-to book on writing fiction, called GETTING INTO CHARACTER, releasing in April 2002. Christianbook.com did an interview with me, so you can always go to that for more inside scoop. Or visit my Web page at www.brandilyncollins.com.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  When I was five, I colored the sidewalk with my best friend the day her newborn brother was brought home from the hospital. From that real- life event sprang the story of Celia and the hopelessly broken relationship with her mother, and Celia's ill-fated love for Danny.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope the theme shines through: that God is the Ultimate Healer of broken relationships. We can cause ourselves a lot of pain by holding on to past hurts and bitterness. But God is a whole lot bigger than our frailties.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Sources of inspiration--life. I constantly watch people, watch myself, mentally record emotions, reactions. I'll use bits and pieces from my own life, as with the sidewalk-coloring, which took place 40 years ago (long before sidewalk chalk was invented!).

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  This story is dear to my heart. This story so grabbed me that there were times I couldn't stop writing--I wrote all day and all night. I laughed and cried while writing this story. Got caught up in its passion. I hope you will too.

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