Item description for Color The Sidewalk For Me (Bradleyville V2) by Brandilyn Collins & Amberly Collins...
Celia Matthews is a successful advertising account executive--single, mid-thirties, childless, living in Little Rock. During a surprise birthday party thrown by her coworkers, she receives a call from the mother she hasn?t seen in seventeen years the mother whose unloving coldness she ran away from half her lifetime ago. Celia?s father has had a stroke, is not doing well, and is calling for Celia. As she journeys back to Bradleyville, Kentucky, to help her father and see her mother for the first time since her teen years, flashbacks introduce us to a world of great personal drama, suspicious deaths, unrequited love, and painful family problems. A Southern novel somewhat in the mold of Jan Karon or The Remember Box by Patricia Sprinkle.
Publishers Description 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."
From Publishers Weekly 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
Citations And Professional Reviews Color The Sidewalk For Me (Bradleyville V2) by Brandilyn Collins & Amberly Collins has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 04/01/2002 page 94
Romantic Times - 03/01/2002 page 86
Publishers Weekly - 02/25/2002 page 44
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Mar 10, 2002
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Number 2
ISBN 0310242428 ISBN13 9780310242420 UPC 025986242428
Availability 0 units.
More About Brandilyn Collins & Amberly Collins
Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense(r)--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels, often laced with humor. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, the Inspy, Christian Retailer's Best Award (twice), and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.
Brandilyn Collins currently resides in Redwood City, in the state of California.
Brandilyn Collins has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Color The Sidewalk For Me (Bradleyville V2)?
Just OK May 3, 2006
This book is an easy read, but the main character's personality surprised me. The author is obviously Christian, as the theme is recurrent throughout the book. The protagonist constantly comes back to the fact that she must repair her faith, but she is so selfish it's hard to get past it. I found the suspense factor was good, keeping me riveted to the end. I just had to find out what the end result was - a nice surprise at the end when it all came together. I had a really hard time with the characteristics of someone being portrayed as being so selfish and narrow-minded. Just my own opinion.
Chalky Images Apr 10, 2006
Brandilyn Collins explores broken hearts, betrayal and bitterness through the emotional screen of hunger for parental love and affirmation. A tale of consuming grief that seems to have no remedy, Celia tests God's limits to repair gaping wounds down through generations of mothers/daughters and fathers/sons. A gripping read.
Good read Sep 19, 2005
Good book, but it doesn't have a lot of action or suspense. I like a book I can't put down. This deals a lot with peoples emotions, which is also good.
I can see why this book is an award winner! Nov 24, 2003
Color the Sidewalk For Me is about a woman, Celia, who returns home after a 17 year absence to nurse her father back to health after having a stroke. She struggles through her tumultous relationship with her mother and unresolved feelings for the love of her life, Danny.
This book was so good that I had a hard time putting it down. The way the author wrote the romance and the love between Celia and Danny made me ache and root for this couple. This couple clearly loved each other very much.
I liked how Collins used the past/present sections of the book. Some authors lump the past in with the present in a chapter, and it becomes confusing to read. But the way this author wrote about the past was excellent, giving us a good foundation of the problems between Celia and her mother, and what went wrong between Danny and Celia.
I loved how Collins brought in the characters from Book 1 of the Bradleyville series. Jessie and Lee had gotten married, Mrs. B was portrayed as a nosy busybody, and she continued the "feud" between Jake and Thomas. That feud added humor into a book with so many serious overtones.
The character development was wonderful. The characters weren't goody-goody characters like in some Christian books, but are real people with flaws, hurts, etc. From this book, I had a good idea of why Estelle was so coldhearted at times and why Celia led such a lonely existence.
And the Christian theme came out really good, about turning your eyes towards Jesus and not letting the past destroy you. There was also the theme of forgiveness and reconciliation.
I can't wait until I read the next book in the Bradleyville series. I know that the focus of the book will be on another group of characters, but I am hoping to find that Celia and Danny have worked things out and gotten married.
Spiritually Inspirational May 15, 2003
This was the first book I have read from Brandilyn Collins and I was impressed beyond words. An avid reader, it takes a very talented author to have their writting affect me clear to my soul. I usually dislike the past/present method of writing, but Collins used this method so successfully, and this story could not have been written using another.
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. I thank the author for sharing this story - one that was inspired by a family tradition. Spending time on this book has been such a pleasant expereince.
I recommend this book to anyone who has loved and lost and who won't mind feeling sentimental...and for one who acknowledges how God always brings us through our trials. And everything always works for the best in His time.