The author handles serious issues delicately but truthfully. I do not know why the very touching scenes did not have me reaching for the tissues, but it could be just where I am today. I have had other stories bring me to tears. This one describes accurately the wife’s pain, heartache, confusion, and her reaching for help from God. I recognize the husband’s anger, manipulation, denial, and even pouring on the charm and promising it will get better. I like Fatimah and Callie Mae and their sincere friendship. They said what needed to be said. I also sympathize with the difficulty of reconciling the belief in “’til death do us part” with the need to protect oneself, and especially, the baby. Something about the book seemed to keep me from being totally drawn in emotionally; maybe the predictable plot. Maybe it was the ease with which Penny seems to recognize the reasons for her own behavior, not something I could ever do. Possibly Penny just was not a character I felt connected to. Even so, it was quite real, sad, even tense, and well written.
I thought this was a well written book. Gina wrote this book as though she had first-hand experience to abuse, (whether she did or not, I don't know,)but I thought she wrote very realistically. The pain and anguish that an abused person goes through is very real, along with the excuses they can generate to cover for their spouse's abuse. Reading a book like this one makes me grateful for the good home and husband I have, but also challenges me to reach out and care for those in less than ideal circumstances and not to write them off when they don't accept my help immediately.
What a sad story. Penny so loves her abusive husband Trent and really wants her marriage to work. Yet clearly he is dangerous and Penny just makes excuses for him and is even willing to lie for him. It takes the love and intervention of her friends and the birth of her baby to save her. I found the pastor of the church she went to extremely annoying as he would not listen to her but instead told her to basically obey her husband and all would be well. What also makes this story sad is knowing this occurs in real life all too often – the author Gina Holmes does an excellent job of creating real characters.
I am so glad I gave Gina Holmes another chance after not really liking her first book (Dry As Rain). "Wings of Glass" is written as a memoir of sorts, a mother documenting her life story for her son to someday read. This makes it both realistic and perhaps even harder to read.
Ms. Holmes does a fantastic job of making the plight of an abused woman relatable, which impressed me, because I've always struggled with that very thing: not at all understanding why a grown adult is unable to stand up for themselves and make the changes necessary in their life. She does this by giving the reader great insight into the life of Penny Taylor, the "author" of the memoir, and allowing us to see how she became vulnerable to the point of allowing so much toxicity and violence in her life. As I read, I often found myself frustrated with Penny's weakness, yet filled with compassion for the bondage in her mind and heart that kept her metaphorical wings tied down. In that sense, I found Penny's two closest friends very relatable and vital to the story line, as they seemed to give me, the reader, a voice. :)
Although not an overtly Christian novel, Ms. Holmes intimates that there's really only one Man who can truly save Penny, and even though the Scripture wasn't in the story, I couldn't help but think of Isaiah 61 throughout the novel: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound... To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes..."
In conclusion, I believe this is a powerful novel, one which, sadly, too many women will probably personally identify with, yet I hope would be helpful and encouraging to them. I also believe this is a helpful book for the rest of us, who may not understand what its like to live in the circle of abuse, yet we want to help those we love who find themselves there. For these reasons, I highly recommend this book.
Gina Holmes wrote a poignant story of a Christian girl, Penny, trapped by her idea of how a Christian should respond to an abusive husband. Forced by her husband to give up her friendship with two Christian women and her job which paid their bills while his money was spent on beer, she finds that nothing she does will please him, especially when he’s drunk. He broke her arm once. Another time he threw a mirror at her. He slapped her. She felt isolated. Friends have warned her, but she doesn’t listen. She goes to her pastor to ask for counseling and he doesn’t comprehend the situation. At one point Trent threw a glass statue of an angel that her friend and boss Callie Mae had given her, causing it to be damaged. Shortly after that Trent came home around 5:30PM to say that Norma whom she suspected he was having an affair with was murdered, beaten and strangled. Knowing he had wrapped his fingers around her own throat more than once and had beaten her, Penny was still willing to lie to the cops that Trent had been with her that night, but another man was accused. Later Penny’s water breaks while Fatimah is visiting with her new baby. As they are preparing to go to the hospital, Trent arrives home drunk and wants to drive Penny. As Fatimah pleads with Penny to come with her, Trent shoves Penny down the steps into Fatimah who falls with her baby. With her own baby as well as Fatimah’s in danger, Penny realizes that forgiveness doesn’t mean accepting abuse. Eventually she started intervention steps for the sake of her baby. What happened next shows just why so many abused wives are killed. It’s not easy reading about the problem, but it’s a powerful story.
Wings of Glass is a great book to read if you want to understand why a woman would stay in an abusive relationship. The main character, Penny, rushes into a marriage at an early age in hopes of being loved and cherished. She has grown up in a small town and dreams of bigger things. She soon finds out that her husband is not who she had hoped. She lives in fear for her life. I appreciated the perspective from which this book was written. It really made it more clear why Penny stayed with her husband. I also really liked her two friends and how different they were but how they both loved her and wanted to help her.
Domestic violence is such a difficult subject. Those of us that have never experienced it have a hard time understanding what keeps someone in that situation. Why don’t they just leave and get help? Isn’t it as simple as that?
Gina Holmes delves into the intricacies that are involved in these complex relationships. Through her written voice you are able to see what goes on in the mind of not only the perpetrator but also the victim and those that are trying to help the victim.
Trent is an unlikable person. He’s mean and deceitful when he is healthy and he’s mean and deceitful when he’s injured. The one trait that I have to admire about Penny is that she continues to cling to hope that he will improve, especially after the accident. As the story unfolds and light is shed on the darkness of their marriage we can begin to see that we’re all victims of a sin nature just waiting to be set free.
This is an emotion ridden story told by a broken momma to her son. At times it will make you want to weep and at other times it will make you want to rage at the injustice of it all. In the end I hope you will come away with a sense of hope as I did. Some things aren't set right in the way we deem it to be, but have no doubt about it, in the end all will be justified by the One who is faithful and true!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
If you have ever wondered why it is that abused women stay in their abusive relationships, then this novel is for you. Beautifully written and honestly reflective of the thought processes of an abused spouse, the characters and plot are realistic. I cared about the main character and loved the supporting players in this story and I think that you will also.
Wings of Glass was not what I expected. It’s story of abuse in marriage. It was a bit predictable, but I guess it was good for trying to explain why a woman stays in an abusive marriage. And the book tries to wrestle through what the Bible says about divorce in an abusive marriage. The end of the book has discussion questions if you wanted to use the book as a starting point for discussion. I would recommend this book as a conversation starter, but it isn’t very exciting to just “read for fun.”
Penny recorded the events of her life for her son Manny so that he would know her story. Penny married Trent at a young age and cut all ties with her family. He was physically and emotionally abusive after they got married. An accident at work left Trent temporarily blind and allowed Penny to get out of the house, find a job and make some friends. The women she met became her protectors and made sure she was taken care of. While her husband was blind Penny found out that the one thing she wanted was finally coming true-a baby of her own. Through the courage of her friends and fear for her baby Penny managed to stand up for herself and her baby and take the first step in making a new life for her and her son. This book was a heart breaking story of an abused women's life. I cannot imagine the range of emotions that Penny experienced and courage it took to do what needed to be done and the friendship from her friends that kept standing by her no matter what she said or did.
I had downloaded the author’s first book Crossing Oceans when I noticed it was free for Kindle a couple years ago. Little did I know what a fantastic find I had! To see another book by Gina Holmes made me quite excited to read it, and I was not disappointed.
Without giving details away, I will say each main character in the book was well developed and I felt as if I were maybe not a full part of the story, but a fly on the wall observing it all. Definitely felt the emotions involved when there was emotional and/or physical pain. All through the book, I could not help but thank God that my life is completely different from the main character.
This book did not make me cry as the first book did; however, there were definite emotions involved and I would recommend both this book and the author to anyone! Now to go read her 2nd book!!
Penny elopes with the cowboy of her dreams and finds a less than perfect life. Ten years later, she is friendless, alienated from her family, and struggling to find food. All that changes when an accident at her husband's work causes his temporary blindness, and Penny goes to the local food shelter. But the catalyst occurs when Penny discovers she is pregnant. Now it is up to her to use her new found freedom to keep herself and her child safe.
This is a heart rending story which accurately shows the confusion and pain which comes from being in an abusive relationship. The writing is compelling, and sprinkled with the companionship which can be found when people are willing to reach out to each other.
Though this book is not the type I usually read, I found it to be a great book that I could not put down until it was finished. It is not an easy book to read because it is about Gina, a wife who has a violent husband, however, these stories need to be written/read because there are many people who are victims of domestic violence like Gina. At first, Gina is a skittish woman with depression and low self-esteem, but with the help from two women, she learns to stand up to her husband for the sake of herself and infant son. I think the author did a good job stressing the importance of establishing boundaries in relationships and getting out of bad ones. I also appreciated the appendix in the back of the book because I know that some readers will find it helpful. This appendix had resources that readers can use to find more information about getting out of bad relationships and which organizations to contact to help them out of these types of situations. I think this is a book that anyone in a relationship should read.
This was a very good book. It held my attention from the very first page. I couldn't put it down!
This book centers around a woman named Penny Carson and the abuse she went through with her husband, Trent. Throughout her struggles, she meets two very different ladies. They all end up being very good friends even though they are all so different from each other. I felt like I was seeing Penny's struggles with abuse first hand. This book really opened my eyes to what some woman go through and how they are so disillusioned that they somehow deserve this!
I would recommend this book to anyone! Gina Holmes is a very good author. She made this book very easy to read.
When Penny runs away to marry the man of her dreams, she has no idea that it will turn quickly into a nightmare. Seventeen and sheltered, she is drawn under Trent's spell, not realizing what he is truly like until it is too late. Years of abuse follow, dragging her down, as she sees no way out. An accident at work injures Trent, forcing Penny to find work and, unexpectedly, friends as well.
This is a very well written book covering a sensitive topic--domestic violence. Penny's youth and innocence is heartbreaking as she spirals into depression due to the hopelessness of her situation. Trent's accident helps snap her out of her depression as there is somewhat of a change in him for the better. The fulfillment of a long awaited dream--a child of her own--helps bring some joy to her life. Trent's returning eyesight, however, brings back his normal abusive self. Circumstances spiral to the point the Penny finally has to face the truth and find the backbone to save herself and her son. This is a poignant telling of an all-to-familiar story. I would definitely recommend this book.
Wings of Glass is a fictional story about a woman named Penny. She has an abusive husband and no friends or family nearby. Her life changes forever when her husband, Trent, is injured in an accident at work and left blind. She is then forced to work to feed her family. This story is an easy read and has some very delightful characters. I don't agree with all of the subtle opinions or comments that the author makes, but nonetheless I enjoyed the book. I recommend it for a nice read on a rainy day. There are several instances of domestic abuse and violence towards women.
Penny is a woman who is used to being poor. Growing up, her parents never had much to offer her. But then she meets Trent, and he is more than a chance to get away from the poverty and abuse of her childhood. Feeling as worthless as her name con-notates, she sees him as an opportunity for love and true happiness. But something she never expected was the beatings of an angry husband who drunk away what little money they did manage to bring in.
When Trent has an accident at work that puts him out of commission, Penny meets some gals at the local food bank that offer her a job cleaning houses. Thrilled at the opportunity to prove her own merit and worth as a person, she is crushed when something comes up that will keep her from permanently enjoying her new freedom. Suddenly, everything changes. She's not just watching out for herself anymore, and Trent's abuse becomes dangerous not only to herself, but others as well. When will it become too much?bWill she ever truly be brave enough to stand on her own two feet?
Holmes takes a very sensitive subject, and portrays both sides of the abuse with grace and fairness. She realistically weaves a spell that is grounded in truth, and gives us a peek of what might go on in a marriage littered with abuse of many kinds. I loved the way the author was very frank, honest, and gracious in the way she portrayed Trent; while not making Penny to be a martyr, but a victim of circumstances. Recommended to anyone that either needs the courage to grow wings and fly, or for those who are already free.
This book was provided for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I hold Gina Holmes fully responsible for putting me in touch with my feminine side this week. I cracked open the covers of "Wings of Glass" and was immediately swept up into the world of Penny Carson, finding myself deeply moved by her story such that I even shed tears! Holmes has expertly captured the heart-break of domestic violence, and yet has also shown the power of God in bringing others alongside to support and love hurting women to places of freedom. The book is very well written and the words flow smoothly, with the story leaving me craving more. The characters are wonderfully developed and you will leave the story feeling like you've made new friends. As I myself have worked with many victims of domestic violence over the years in my job as a social worker, I can tell you that Gina's book contains an authentic flavor that rings all too true. As such, readers may find themselves disturbed by some of the things they read about, at the choices Penny makes. Yet they will also learn the importance of loving women in these situations in a non-judgmental manner, as readers will learn that no situation is black and white. Although I enjoyed the character of Penny, probably my favorite character is Fatimah, who does everything with her unique passion. The scene where Fatimah invites Penny to dinner over the phone literally had me laughing out loud, and I loved how she wasn't afraid to stand up to injustice!
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll come away all the better for spending time with Penny and Fatimah. I highly recommend this novel and award it 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the author for the purposes of this unbiased review.