Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wings of Glass - A Review

Penny runs away and elopes at the age of 17. She had no clue that her husband wouldn't end up being Prince Charming. After years of abuse, her spirit is broken. When an accident at work leaves her husband blind, Penny is finally allowed to work. She takes a job cleaning houses and soon makes friends. Everything is going great. She's got friends, she's going to have a baby, and her husband is being sweet. But is this an illusion or the real thing? What'll happen if her husband's sight returns? Will Penny be able to stand up for herself and her baby or will she continue to be a victim?

I had no idea when I started reading this what it would be about. This is the first book I've read by Gina Holmes, and it won't be my last. The style of writing is different than anything I'd read before. It's written as a letter to Penny's baby. Penny is an abused and battered wife. The emotions she feels (denial, anger, acceptance) actually have the reader wanting to help Penny find a way out. I was very annoyed with the pastor that Penny went to for counceling as he just gave her platitudes and didn't try to help her.

Things I never knew about abuse - there is a cycle to it. The victim feels that it's her lot in life. The abuser isolates the victim. And so much more. I am grateful to say that while I, personally, have never been in a situation like Penny's (and I pray I never will be!), I have known women who were victims. I've also known their children. If you are a victim of abuse, please seek help. At the end of the book, the author gives information on how to seek help. There's a hotline for National Abuse. I know for certain that most cities have at least one battered women's shelters.

I read this book for pure pleasure as part of the Tyndale Summer Reading Program. My thoughts and opinions are my own. I purchased the Kindle version months ago.

Recommended to fans of Laura Frantz, Susan May Warren, Lisa Samson, Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers's contemporary novels

Rating - 5 stars

I didn't know when I created my signature with the butterfly on the flower that the butterfly wings would play such an important part of this book. 


1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an intense book. It's heartbreaking to read about the struggles of women and children who are abused. I hope it has a happy ending!

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