This is not my usual read. However, I had this book read in two days as I could not put it down. We meet a woman named Penny who did not have the best of relationships with her father and is swept way by a sweet talking handsome man. Trent is very controlling of her and is abusive. We are right there with Penny through it all. When her husband is hurt on the job and she has to take outside work she meets two very different great ladies. They both love her and help her through her pregnancy and her ordeal with Trent. Gina does a great job of showing very real characters, especially Penny and why she will not leave her husband. I look forward to reading more by Gina. I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
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.
As a great storyteller, Holmes tackles the subject of domestic abuse in Wings of Glass. Holmes does a superb job of presenting how Penny, the wife, reacts to the spousal physical and mental abuse she receives. The reader learns Penny’s thought processes when under her husband’s attacks. This book shows the underbelly of an abusive relationship as well as the mindset of both parties. “Behind closed doors” is a cliché that is so true—-outsiders cannot know what goes on in a married couple’s home life. Holmes has opened the door enough to shed some light into the darkness of domestic abuse. For those who need support, this is a great book. For those who only know someone in such a situation, this book could help the reader to understand what someone in Penny’s situation must endure. Holmes’s writing style makes for an easy read of a distasteful subject.
I always preface a review on a book like this by saying that contemporary women's fiction is not usually my first choice in "fun" reading. It doesn't mean I don't enjoy them but sometimes it is just that they tend to be heavy and not always what I am looking for. I have heard a lot about Gina Holmes though so I had to give this one a try. I was very impressed by the writing style and story development as well as the heroine. I was quickly drawn in and wrapped up in Penny's world, as painful as it might be. The insight into why a woman could be drawn into an abusive relationship and then why in the world she would choose to stay was quite invaluable. I feel as though I might understand the mindset that these woman have just a little better. I have been blessed in my relationships, both in growing up and in my marriage, but I know that is more rare than I would like to think. It is easy for me to sit here and say that I would leave if I was struck, and why aren't these women smart enough to figure that out. Gina has a book here that is very eye opening in showing me a different side. I was rooting for Penny and hoping for a good outcome, but life has shown us that a good outcome is not always real life.
Wings of Glass is a touching story which makes me sad to realize that it could very well be a true story. Beautifully written, Gina Holmes tells a story that I could not predict.
Penny had no idea what she was getting herself into when she ran off and married Trent, a farmhand her father had hired. Now isolated for years, her husband controls her perception of life and love. After trying to have a baby for over a decade, she finally has a son who she names Emmanuel.
There are times when you want your children to know all the details so that they can make a decision or an opinion for themselves. This is a story about Penny as she writes to her son, about herself and his father’s relationship. She shares all the details so that Emmanuel, Manny can know where he came from.
Reading Wings of Glass reminds me that everyone feels they can explain or justify their situation. It may be an excuse, a mindset, or a belief, but we all feel we have a reason things are the way they are. The beauty of life is that we all have a mind of our own and can decide what is right and wrong. The sad part is that sometimes we don’t have enough self-confidence or enough knowledge to see the whole picture.
Wings of Glass made me realize that there are so many people in situations where looking from the outside in, we may see things much clearer. People need help when they do not know they need help. People need help when they do not want help. Will Penny rise above the life and perception of love her husband has controlled? You will have to read Wings of Glass to find out the story as it was written for her son Manny.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. ~ Richard Bach
"He always said if I left he would kill me, but there are far worse fates than death. Guess I hadn't known that until I met and married Trent Taylor. I didn't mind the cuts and bruises half as much as the insults and accusations. Whoever said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" has never been on the other end of a tongue that really knows how to cut.
I hope you never know that kind of pain, Son. More than that, I hope you never cause it. How could you? You have such a soft heart. My sweet Emmanuel.
Surely by now I've told you your name means "God with us." Because he was, Manny. He is. Even if you haven't realized it yet, you're lucky to have such a wonderful name. I used to hate mine - Penny - because that's exactly how much I felt I was worth for most of my life. But God used you to change all that.
It's important to tell you before I begin this story that it's not my intention to make you hate your father. He's a man - fallen, like the rest of us. But I know you'll ask about him, and I decided when you were old enough, I would share with you all I know. That day hasn't come yet - you're just beginning to talk! - but I best write it down while it's fresh in my mind. Although some of it, I know, will fade.
Reading this won't be easy, and please don't feel you have to if it's too much. I'm not one to believe all truths need to be spoken, but just in case you want to know, need to know, I'd rather you hear it from me as a whole story than get bits and pieces of the puzzle from others and not be able to make them fit together quite right.
Besides, your grandmother told me long ago the best way not to repeat history is to know it. I think that's probably right. " (Prologue).
This is the story told from the eyes of one who lived what most of fear. Penny Carson was abused by a man, she had once loved and who believed that control was a necessary part of his life, Trent Taylor. It is told as if you are reading it as a journal of sorts written for her son Emmanuel when he was old enough to understand. It is a difficult one to read, but also once that compels you forward in her story to know why some one would stay in a relationship that has no real ending to it. The 'whys' we often ask when confronted with a situation of domestic abuse often seems to be an easy answer to most of us. Just leave, right? Only for those who have been at the beginning, at some point their views on their situation shift and at times they feel justified by the abuse. It's sad when the only hope Penny can manage to find is when she learns her husband has had an accident. She was hoping he might die, but instead her only thoughts were, " Great. Now he's going to be even meaner."
But this is a story of hope found in the midst of darkness. It comes in the form of two ministering angels,Calle Mae Johnson and later Fatimah Wek although like most victims of abuse, it takes Penny awhile to gain enough courage and confidence to confide in them, although she never lets on that Trent is hitting her. She continues to come up with excuse after excuse to cover for his behavior but at some point Calle and Fatimah share their own secrets with Penny. Even then, it's still too hard for her to admit the truth. But will she take a risk if it means placing her own baby in danger?
I received Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and received no compensation to provide a favorable review. The opinions expressed are solely my own. This is a difficult novel for some, but also one I believe we all need to read, if more than to know a little bit about what goes on in the world even if we would love to pretend it doesn't. For the victims of domestic abuse, it provides a voice and offers hope to those that might see things different by reading this novel. It takes courage to share what Penny has to endure from the beginning and you see the early signs that should have been red flags for her. How she innocently passed them off as simply jealously or a sense of belonging to Trent. The journey is filled with tears, understanding, and hope and one I am personally glad I got the opportunity to take through Gina's words. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars.
Domestic abuse is not typically something we want to read about. But Gina Holmes has written a book that deals with the topic and yet stays very readable. She portrays the realities of the life without being graphic or depressing, and gives us hope and likable characters along the way. Penny is a woman you long to put your arms around and take away from the life her choices have left her with. Told in first-person to her young son Manny, Wings of Glass is an entertaining novel with real-life value.
It’s a hauntingly heart-breaking story. One that tugs on the heart strings and makes you aware to a whole new level to abuse, both physical and emotional.
I did not understand the cycle of abuse more fully until I got older. Why couldn’t these women just stand up and walk away? Because they can’t. And this novel so clearly depicts the hard and desperate life of that cycle.
Penny is not a strong character. She doesn’t have the backbone she needs to succeed…yet. But the beautiful part about this story is the reader sees it. They know it’s there, she just needs to allow herself to grow and strengthen.
Written in first person, Penny is telling the story, not to the reader, but to her young son. It’s a different rhythm to fall into, but once I grew accustomed to the style, it’s unique and very memoir-like. The spiritual truths of the story aren’t overt, but are very present. In the lives and words of her new friends, Penny sees who she can become. I could only feel for her as it always seemed so far out of her reach. She’s as true to life as our neighbors.
This is not an easy story to read. It’s not light or funny or any shade of romantic; what it is: deep. Eye-opening. Heart-changing. Strong.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.
This is Gina's third novel. She has previously published Crossing Oceans and Dry as Rain. I have not read her other books but after reading Wings of Glass I plan on it. If they are anything like this book I will love them.
I'll be honest. I hesitated to read this book because I thought, I don't want to read about an abused woman. But for some reason this book kept coming back to me and I decided to give it a try.
I am so glad I did. If I didn't have to sleep I would have read this book in a couple of days. I didn't want to put it down.
The woman in this book are very endearing. Penny, the main character, frustrated me to no end. I wanted to grab her and say, "Stop giving that man chances." She returned to her abuse over and over.
Yet, after thinking about it realize I did the same for years. I didn't return to an abusive relationship but I returned to abusive thoughts and desires that nearly destroyed me and my marriage. Maybe that is why I love Penny and kept rooting for her to get it.
Like all of us, Penny gets a little help from her friends. Even after she ignores them and even hurts them they stay by her side and love her. That is what true friendship is all about, the kind of friends we all long for.
This is definitely not a light read, it deals with some very real issues, but I recommend it. It is so well written.
I think this would be a great book for book clubs. Discussion questions are in the end and if you do meals you could even have some fun with food from Africa :) You'll have to read the book to see how that comes in to play.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Wings of Glass" is a powerful story, uniquely written as a letter from a mother to her infant son. In this letter, Penny tells the story of her troubled marriage, of her son’s father. She tells her son he has a right and a need to know. She prays he’ll learn to rely on God as she did, but without repeating all the mistakes his parents made.
Desperate to leave her troubled childhood behind, Penny elopes with the first man who shows any interest in her and finds herself the victim of spousal abuse. When an accident at work leaves her husband blind, however, Penny is able to escape her isolated life as she goes out in search of work and food. This search leads her to the first true friends she’s ever known—two women whose lives have also been touched by domestic abuse. They urge Penny to leave her husband before her baby comes, before her husband loses control and causes someone permanent harm.
Throughout the story, Penny wrestles with issues of who to trust and how to be faithful to God and what justifies the end of a marriage. She also struggles with her own feelings of self-worth, co-dependency, and personal responsibility. Through Penny’s thoughts, the book explores the issue of domestic abuse from many viewpoints. But overall, it stresses God’s great love for a daughter who is suffering and His gentle way of leading her right where she needs to be.
I can’t say I enjoyed the story because it’s filled with pain. I was glad for the opportunity to read it, though. The author, Gina Holmes, drew me right into Penny’s life and made me care for her and her friends. Yes, I know they’re fictional characters, but too many women like these really do exist. I pray they’ll find the strength and joy that Penny eventually did.
Tyndale House Publishers sent a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. I thank them, and I recommend the book to you.
Penny Carson is swept away at the tender age of 17, by a man who manages to sound more possessive than her father. Trent Taylor is not only possessive and intense, but quickly isolates Penny and becomes abusive. Penny not only thinks begins to fear that escape isn’t possible, she can’t bring herself to want to leave Trent. Until she finds new friends, Trent promises to change but doesn’t, and a baby enters the picture. If Penny can’t stand up to Trent for herself, can she do it for their son? And can Trent change, or will it take more than promises to fix what’s broken in this family?
Written as a letter to her son, Manny, Wings of Glass is disturbing in that the reader sees not only the abuse that occurs, but the psychological toll that the abuse and lifestyle has taken on the writer. It’s a difficult book to read, but clearly shows the emotional turmoil that women stuck in abusive relationships endure. Despite the content, the writing engaged me: I was frustrated at Penny’s refusal to leave, not taken in by Trent’s promise to change, and cheering her friends who were trying to help. As with real abusive relationships, I’m sure, however, it had to be Penny’s choice. Penny had to wrestle through what it meant to be a daughter of God, and whether divorce and separation was better or worse in His sight than being stuck in an abusive relationship.
Overall, I think this was a well-written book, but I don’t think I can say that I enjoyed it. I’m not sure to whom I would recommend it, as I think it would be a hard read for anyone, and worse if you had actually endured this type of relationship. Perhaps it could serve as encouragement for people to watch out for their friends and to help where possible should there be signs of abuse.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Penny is just trying to get by and stay out of her father's way. He can be pretty hard at times and she learned early on to give him a lot of room. So when Trent shows up to work on the family farm, she is so taken with his good looks and smooth words that she notices little else. He has come to save her! They run away and get married. She is so happy!
But this is short-lived, as Trent's true nature is quickly reveled, and it is ugly. The story is Penny telling her son, Manny, about his father and their story. It is a story of abuse, control, and other disturbing details. But Penny stays true to her wedding vows, and Trent always says he will never hurt her again.
This is not an easy book to read. It is the true picture of domestic violence and how the woman involved get trapped. Thankfully, Penny is befriended by other women who care about her and give her the strength to get out! But it almost costs her the life of her newborn son, and herself.
Good read for anyone wanting to know how an abused woman feels and why they cannot see the truth of their situation. Also, great ideas for helping those in need.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.
I am historical fiction junkie. I very rarely read contemporary fiction, because sometimes I find it lacks depth. Wings of Glass was the first novel that I have read by Gina Holmes. Honestly I was impressed.
We drop in on Penny in Trent after ten years of marriage. A marriage that was far from pretty. What I loved about this book is it is written as almost a memoir of sorts. Penny is able to look back with 20/20 vision and see where she went wrong and where she went right.
This is an easy read but by no means a light read. But it is definitely a must read. Holmes has a way of blending pain and promise together very well.
I received this book from Tyndale publishing in exchange for my honest review
When I heard about this book, I immediately wanted to read it. I had read plenty of Christian fiction and drama about happily-ever-afters. I wanted a story that had more depth to it. And this book delivered. It jumps right into the story of Penny and her abusive husband Trent. At first I was a bit disappointed that only a chapter or two was given for how they met and how Trent wooed Penny. But, then again, maybe it was best that those details were spared. Writing them could have been too disturbing or sound too scripted. Anyway, the story of Penny and Trent is a twisted one. While there is some abuse in the book, it is not graphic. So, you will sympathize with Penny but not feel too shaken that you want to put the book down. The fact that Penny and Trent aren't very "well-to-do" gives this book an added flavor. When a child enters the picture, the story takes many different turns. The friendship between Penny and her co-workers seems genuine and realistic. There is an intertwining of lives in the book. In this book, you will see the verbal abuse, isolation, excuses, and much more. I highly recommend this book to any and every woman.
Wings of Glass is the story of a young girl anxious to get out of her small town. She will meet a local farmhand who is confident and their relationship blossoms. Penny, the main character marries Trent, this local farmhand and the trouble begins. Penny is abused both physically and mentally and now lives a life of shame and pain
Why is it that so many women allow themselves to be emotionally or physically abused? Do we deserve it? No. But we tend to make excuses for why the abuse happens, afraid of what life would be like if we weren’t suffering at the hand of someone we supposedly need and love.
On the other hand, some of us have the Savior mentality. If we hang in there, maybe we can love him into changing. Can’t he see it in our eyes? Doesn’t he trust our heart?
And we continue to live the lie.
Gina Holmes writes a compelling story in Wings of Glass. Through telling the story of Penny “One-Cent” Taylor and her abusive husband, Trent, Gina hits the nail on the head. Pulling no punches, Gina writes an accurate description of living under abuse and the dangers women face every day.
Emotional, heart-pounding, and full of expectation, I couldn’t put it down. I read it in three days’ time, a rare thing for me.
Wings of Glass is a story of triumph and overcoming mountains. If you know a woman who suffers at the hand of an abuser, I highly recommend gifting her with Gina’s book. Maybe it will encourage her to stand up for herself and triumph as well.
Gina Holmes caught attention with Crossing Oceans and Dry As Rain - both receiving recognition with the Christy Awards. As a writer, I must say I enjoyed the weaving and sculpting talents of Holmes in this Tyndale House Publishers book that releases in March of 2013.
Penny Carson finds her true love at the age of 18 when she meets Trent Tyler in this journey of redemption and friendship and coming of age that Holmes has penned. It seemed to good to be true the way Penny's life and love seemed to be working out. She and Trent were so happy, and she was so ready to experience life beyond her normal. Holmes puts it all out there for the reader to grasp quickly, and then like a true artist, she dips her paint brush on the pages honestly and with broad strokes, bringing the reader in with the color of her words.
You can't help but feel as if you are Penny or you know someone like Penny. She is a personable character.
And when Trent loses his All-American boy charm that attracted Penny, and he hits her for the first time, you are shocked and angry at the same time.
You see a submissive Penny, a Penny who is afraid, and then their lives change - Penny's for the better. And it is not how you might expect.
This book doesn't release until next year, but I believe you can pre-order it now. Nevertheless, I received the book in the mail and decided I'd just take a peek at a few pages, then I intended to set it aside to read closer to the release date. Well, the next thing I knew I was a third of the way through the story and didn't want to stop. If I didn't have a full-time job I probably would have finished it in one sitting. I was deeply insightful and so true-to-life that I forgot I was reading fiction. I've met many people like the main character, Penny, both in my personal life and during my professional career as a social worker. I have to say the author is spot-on when it comes to a victim's mindset.
The author was not afraid to show how things were rationalized in the point of view of someone who felt trapped, but still loved their abuser. I fell in love with the story from the beginning because though the main character was a victim, I understood her and empathized with her situation. I loved how the author showed the progression of Penny's thinking to the point where she finally saw that she also played a role in keeping herself trapped and positioned as a victim. Everyone's story is different when they suffer from abuse, but Penny's felt so genuine and real that the story made a lot of sense. She could have been a friend, a neighbor, or someone in a church fellowship. I wanted to help her like her friends did, but I also wanted her to discover that she needed help. If those ladies hadn't stuck by her despite her bad choices, I don't know where she would have ended up. I was grateful for them hanging in there.
Last, the author's voice in this book was compelling and had the tone of classic literature. I could hear the poverty in her dialog and the immaturity that allowed her to be trapped for so long. The author did a fantastic job with the way the story was told. I loved how she wrote the story like she was telling her son about his father. A few times it moved me to tears because it was so honest and heart felt. All people are three-dimensional, even abusers. Why not let the child know that his father really did love him even if he didn't know how to express it. Why should a mother tell her child only the bad things about her marriage and not share the good along with the reality of what happened? Anyway, I don't want to post spoilers, so I'll leave it at that. In short, this book was fantastic. Even though it's not 2013 yet, this book is making my favorites this for 2013. If Wings of Glass doesn't win at least one contest, I'll be shocked. It's top-notch storytelling and I loved it.