Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Walking on Broken Glass
Author: Christa Allan
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release Date: February 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day, The Deep South
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Christa's Website/Blog: www.christaallan.com
There are stories that center around heart-stopping adventure; deeply romantic novels filled with the beauty of love; and, spy or suspense thrillers that make you mad when you have to put them down to go to your day job. Then, every once in a while, there comes along a tear-jerker with heart. You know the ones I mean; they are the Sophie’s Choice of literature. And, Walking on Broken Glass, is one of those wonders.
The very first page begins with a discharge statement written by our main character which will bring tears to your eyes immediately. Leah Thornton is the woman whose life in the Deep South seems almost perfect. She has a husband who loves her, a house that should grace the pages of a magazine, and friends who seriously care about her life and her health. So it seems odd that when we first meet Leah, standing in the frozen food aisle of the local grocery store, she is having a complete and total breakdown over what kind of frozen apple juice she should buy. This small, mundane thing shakes Leah to her very core and changes the path of her life dramatically.
When she goes running with her best friend, Molly, a conversation begins that brings reality to the forefront of Leah’s life. She is drinking. And, unfortunately, the drinking has gotten out of hand. Listening to her friend explain a drunken dinner and how Leah acted in front of friends and family is a huge embarrassment. Although, what’s worse for Leah is that she doesn’t remember the dinner at all, let alone doing the things her best friend said she did.
When she brings this incident and her feelings up to her husband, Carl, he is far less understanding of her plight. He thinks she’s fine. What’s a drunken evening every once in a while? She’s simply overacting to the various heartbreaks she’s been through. Thankfully, Leah decides that rehab is literally the only place for her. Checking herself in, she begins the exploration of her life and what brought her to the place she can’t seem to get out of.
The author does a fantastic job of incorporating warmth and humor into her characters. It is truly almost impossible to take a heart-wrenching tale and add the kindness and smiles that speak to the reader of hope. And that’s really what this tale is all about. The knowledge that we do need help when things get tough; we do need friends; and, we certainly need forgiveness…especially from ourselves.
I have put the location in as the "Deep South" for a reason. That is a place well beyond the "borders" of any one, certain state. In fact, the Deep South is so full of tradition, humor, and richness that, for me, it becomes its own character in the book. Keep some Kleenex beside you for this one…for both the funny and sad tears. It’s well worth the read.
Until next time, Amy
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