A home run for Christa Allan! She takes the issue of addiction and peels back the layers of unmet needs that lead people into emotional numbing. And her portrayal of God in this scenario is gentle and kind...He's not in your face but you can't miss that He's there. I'll be watching for her next work!
In her debut novel, Christa Allan takes us on an emotional journey with her alcoholic heroine, whose life changes when she "loses it" while trying to choose a can of frozen apple juice in the super market. The course of the novel was, for me, sort of like starting out on a regular roller coaster--ups and downs, you sort of know what's coming but there is plenty to keep you interested--and finishing on Magic Mountain--the swings are more dramatic and you can't see what's coming. Alcoholism isn't the only subject handled with grace and sensitivity. Leah comes to grips with her past, with the death of an infant, with her relationship (or lack thereof) with her husband and father. Frankly, when I came to the last page I turned it in the hope that maybe there was one more chapter to come. I didn't want to end the journey Allan had started me on. Not only did she leave me wanting more, she left me thinking about what I'd read and the lessons I'd learned.Bring on the next novel by Christa Allan. I can't wait.
Christa Allan's story of a woman's journey through alcohol addiction and the healing of a seriously troubled marriage is one that snags you from the first page. Leah Thornton and her husband, Carl, are striving in their own ways to deal with the loss of their infant daughter. Their personal histories only complicate the healing process, and when Leah commits herself to a rehab facility, her eyes are finally opened to truths about herself, her husband, and the parts their respective families have played in contributing to their problems.While I found the book a true page-turner and loved watching Leah's growth and healing, I have to say the book didn't end quite the way I anticipated. I'm not really sure what I expected--perhaps a stronger admission by Carl of the part he played in Leah's emotional issues--but in its own way, the ending satisfies and shows both Leah and Carl heading toward new beginnings.Christa Allan is a true storyteller and a gifted writer. The descriptions are vivid, the dialogue realistic, and the characters' emotional journeys riveting. I look forward to more novels from her.
Walking on Broken Glass by debut novelist Christa Allan is an incredible book and I definitely look forward to more books from this great new author! The writing is wonderful. And the main character, Leah, totally captivated me and stole my heart. I found myself totally relating to her and feeling her emotions. Although I've never been through exactly the same thing, I could still relate to her on so many levels. And I love Leah's sense of humor. At times I was laughing out loud, and at the same time I felt for her and her struggles, but I admired her strength and determination to overcome!I was glued to the book from page one and couldn't put it down. The whole story and the way it's written kept me totally engrossed in Leah's world. I was rooting for her the whole way! And Leah will stay with me for a long time.