Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes


Penny Carson was swept off her feet by the farm hand her father hired when she was only seventeen.  No one had ever called her pretty or said she belonged only to him.  Now ten years later, Penny knows only too well that sweet words can be empty and often they come before or after waves of temper and violence.   Ever since Trent took her away from the farm and her parents, Penny has been completely isolated. She tries to cover the emptiness and depression by telling herself that Trent is her everything, despite his temper, drinking, and probably unfaithfulness.  That is, until the welding accident that leaves him blind (temporarily) and the pair penniless.   Ashamed to admit it, Penny is actually happy that the accident gives her an opportunity to get a job and away from their shabby house.  Even more exciting is that she makes friends with her boss and co-worker, both strong Christians who help Penny learn to laugh and live.  They also encourage her to find the backbone to stand up to Trent or flee the abuse.  Despite everything the young woman clings to promises that things will change, especially after the couple learns that they are finally having a child.

Gina Holmes creates characters with strong voices who carry her stories as believably as if you were watching the events unfold in your own life.  Penny narrates Wings of Glass as a flashback, a revealing to her infant son so that he will know his father, but not be like him.  That supposition creates a sense of foreboding, an almost danger that will permeate the book from first page until the end.  At the same time. realism is added through humor and joy of small events, such as the time Penny, her boss Callie, and co-worker Fatimah go bowling.  The skillful depiction of that growing relationship among Penny, Callie, and Fatimah, a Sudanese immigrant elevates this book from just another "abuse" story to a thoughtful, artistic tale.  Both the cover and the title imply an analogy of the beauty and strength of an emerging butterfly.  Read Wings of Glass and witness first hand Penny's transformation.

By my count, I have read just under 40 books so far this year, and right now, I would rank Wings of Glass number one for Christian fiction.  If you have never read, Gina Holmes, please do so!  You can try the first chapter by going to Gina's website

I received a copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale Publishers.  All opinions are my own.

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