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Wings of Glass

Gina Holmes
Wings of Glass
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From Gina Holmes, bestselling author of Crossing Oceans, comes Wings of Glass, 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. Tho... Read More

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From Gina Holmes, bestselling author of Crossing Oceans, comes Wings of Glass, 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 grow her own.

Product Details:
Page Count: 400
Released: 03/2013

Additional Information

  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Feb 15, 2013
  • UPC: 9781414366418
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish Date: Feb 18, 2013
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042000"
  • ISBN: 1414366418

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Review: Wings of Glass by Carole on 5/14/2013
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Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes is many things: a heartrending yet uplifting story of friendship and redemption . . . a sensitively-told story about the difficult subject of domestic abuse . . . a deep and well-characterized story told in an easygoing, flowing style . . . a young woman's journey in small steps from addiction and denial to trust and freedom. It is eye opening as we experience the story from the abused wife's viewpoint. This is an important story that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.


Summary

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

I was drawn into Wings of Glass from Penny's words in the very first sentence: "He always said if I left he would kill me, but there are far worse fates than death." Gina's engaging prose is populated with memorable, well-drawn characters.

Trent Taylor, a farmhand hired by Penny's father during a bumper crop summer. "It was just like that story from the Trojan War. We all let him right in without looking first to see what was inside him."

Penny Taylor, Trent's wife, who deluded herself into believing the abuse she suffered was somehow justified.

Callie Mae and Fatimah, friends who care about Penny and don't hesitate to tell her the truth. "The shame is your husband's. Not yours."

The imagery of the book's title is drawn from a meaningful sculpture that Callie Mae gives Penny, depicting "a woman with butterfly wings fashioned from pink, purple, and blue stained glass. She reached her graceful fingertips heavenward with such a look of longing, I couldn't help but feel it too. Her wings were spread and ready for flight, but a vine wound tightly around her ankles, binding her to the stone base."

Wings of Glass deals with an uncomfortable subject in an uplifting and redemptive way. The book is well researched and Gina certainly writes from the heart. The effects of abuse are so far reaching that I feel anyone would benefit from reading this novel. Highly recommended.

In the author's note at the end, Gina provides some very helpful resources, as well as thought-provoking discussion questions.

To learn more about Gina and her novels, visit ginaholmes.com.

This book was provided by BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review.

Broken wings of a women by inspiremichelle on 4/29/2013
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Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes
This is a great book about being in an abusive marriage. Penny Carson is married to Trent Taylor. She fell for him when she was 17 years old and he was working for her dad. Trent was the perfect man to take her away from her overbearing unloving father. After being married he isolates her from her family and does not allow her to see or speak to them. Penny is in trouble, Trent is abusive, controlling, is an alcoholic and is an adulterer. Can an accident that leaves Trent blind be a blessing in disguise? Finally allowed to seek employment now that he can not support his family, Penny goes to work for a cleaning service. She makes two great friends. Penny does not believe in divorce so she makes excuses for not leaving. When she becomes pregnant and has a baby boy. She tries to see the best in Trent and believes he is going to change. Can he become a good father and a loving husband? Penny’s eyes are really opened when Trent’s girlfriend is murdered, and he causes her friend and baby to fall down the stairs. Will she have the courage to finally leave or will she let him completely destroy her or worse kill her and her son Manny? The author Gina Holmes did a great job while dealing with difficult subjects, such as abuse, divorce and alcohol abuse. This was the first book I read by this author but will not be the last. I was truly blessed to receive a copy of this book from The Book Club Network, for my honest review.

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