Title: Wings Of Glass
Author: Gina Holmes
Published: February 18, 2013
Penny Carson is an eighteen year old on the cusp of adulthood when the handsome farmhand, Trent Taylor, invades her life. Swept off her feet by the confident swagger and commanding presence, she sees him as her Prince Charming. With him offering an escape from her one-stop-sign town and the promise of a happily ever after, it isn’t long before they rush at breakneck speeds to the altar.
Before the ink even dries on their marriage certificate, Penny’s dreams of happily ever after are shattered when he hits her for the first time. It isn’t the last time and over the years the abuse continues. Trent won’t stop drinking and Penny will never be good enough to please him, making a never ending circle that seems to have no end. The physical evidence of his abuse heals over time, but the wounds that no one can see are the ones that hurt the most.
When Trent goes blind from a welding accident and his paycheck stops, he has no choice but to finally allow Penny to get a job cleaning houses. There she meets two women from very different worlds who will try to teach how to live and laugh again. For once in Penny’s life, her luck seems to have turned and she starts to learn the benefit of friends that will lend her their backbones long enough for her to find her own.
Will Penny leave Trent or will she spend her life being abused? Will Trent finally change or is his change just empty promises? Will Penny’s friends be able to teach her that getting hit isn’t love or will she never realize it? Will her newfound freedom break her out of the clutches of her abusive husband or will she give it up freely when he tells her to?
Having never really read a book focused solely on abuse I didn’t quite know what to expect except that I was most likely going to go on an emotional rollercoaster trip. That hunch was correct and I was taken to a place that all too many people go to and, sadly, too many people don’t survive. I was given a glimpse into abuse and it’s something that I won’t forget any time soon. The topic is heartbreaking and the author’s portrayal of it is heartrending and absolutely life changing.
The story is set in a memoir style or letter like narrative that I felt gave it an added edge and a uniqueness that makes it memorable. The narrative also made it seem more personal and the author’s skill showed through her perfect descriptions that weren’t too overwhelming. Though, I would’ve liked to have had some portions from Trent’s point of view, I felt that the author made a good choice choosing the style that she did.
The characters in this story are realistic and unique. Each character seemed like a character that you could meet on the street and I liked how each characters behavior made sense and was completely realistic. The thing that I enjoyed the most about the characters was her portrayal of Trent. The author didn’t portray Trent as just a mean guy but as a guy with an alcohol and anger problem that wants to change, he just doesn’t want to fix the root of it. In the end of the story instead of feeling anger or hatred toward Trent, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him and the problems he had.
The book was missing a bit of family history for Penny and Trent. The book touches on each but doesn’t really go into detail and I would’ve loved to have seen why they both turned out the way they did. This detail doesn’t really detract from the story but it definitely leaves some holes that left me wondering and guessing.
The plot of this story is a good one. It never left me feeling bored and kept up the same general pace throughout the story. Though, this isn’t a genre I intend to revisit often, this book was great and gave me a look into abuse and why victims act the way they do. I liked how this story progressed and how this story isn’t one that you’ll ever really be able to forget.
This is my first by this author but I intend to read more from her. She was able to portray a sensitive topic realistically, keep me entertained, and do it all really well. This story is very well written and is overall a great book. This book was a nice change from the normal books out there and I fully intend to go back to this author when I want something a little different. I highly recommend this book and author.
Overall, this is a great book that gives you a glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors. This book is perfect for people who like stories that are more intense or for someone who wants break from the same old stories. I don’t think this book is good for kids but it’s perfect for adults. I give this book a four and a half out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Christian Manifesto in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*