Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes




About the Book:

From the best-selling author of Crossing Oceans comes a heartrending yet uplifting story of friendship and redemption. On the cusp of adulthood, eighteen-year-old Penny Carson is swept off her feet by a handsome farmhand with a confident swagger.
 
Though Trent Taylor seems like Prince Charming and offers an escape from her one-stop-sign town, Penny's happily-ever-after lasts no longer than their breakneck courtship. Before the ink even dries on their marriage certificate, he hits her for the first time. It isn't the last, yet the bruises that can't be seen are the most painful of all.

When Trent is injured in a welding accident and his paycheck stops, he has no choice but to finally allow Penny to take a job cleaning houses. Here she meets two women from very different worlds who will teach her to live and laugh again, and lend her their backbones just long enough for her to find her own.


My Thoughts:

Wow.  Gina Holmes crafts novels that are painfully exquisite in detail and emotion, and she has done her best work with her newest release.  "Wings of Glass" presents a heroine so fragile that you'll be tempted to hold the book in careful hands, lest she shatter.

Penny is merely searching for that special someone, a man who will love her because he chooses to.  Raised by a distant father, she is easy prey for Trent Taylor, a trouble-maker any Momma could spot coming a mile away.

It was painful to watch what Penny endured, and I have to admit I inwardly cheered a little when Trent was injured.  Enter Callie Mae and Fatimah, two feisty Southern ladies who are polar opposites in every way but one: their desire to help Penny.

Told in first person from Penny's point of view, "Wings of Glass" packs a powerful message of hope to the abused and neglected woman.  Penny reminded me of a caterpillar, struggling out of her cocoon and to transform into a butterfly.  She needs just enough help, but not too much lest her wings not support her when the time is right.

Fatimah is a hoot...rough around the edges, but just the person to push Penny to become her true self.  We can all use a friend like her...we just don't realize she's being friendly sometimes!  And Callie Mae is a dear...so tender hearted and generous, but fragile in her own way.

The ending will surprise you, so don't peek.  Trust me...you'll be tempted to sneak a look at the last chapter, but don't ruin the story for yourself.  Instead, savor every word and let the truth in the story seep into your bones.  Then go out and be Fatimah or Callie Mae to someone in need.

I received a copy of "Wings of Glass" from Tyndale through CFBA in exchange for an honest review.   A sneak peek first chapter will be coming your way soon, so watch for it.  "Wings of Glass" is available now and is highly recommended.




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1 comment:

Gina Holmes said...

What a beautiful review. So well written. Grateful you liked Wings of Glass. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it and review it so thoughtfully.