Walking on Broken Glass was incredible. I haven't reviewed such an honest and insightful novel in years. Having worked in several rehabs in the past I can attest to the fact that this author has done her research. She has masterfully captured the heart of someone who has had so much pain in her life that she did whatever was necessary to deaden the pain. Without the Lord, however, that usually ends up manifested in self-destructive behavior, such as addiction. I loved how the author showed clearly how families directly influence behavior. If a parent was withdrawn, people often marry a person who is equally withdrawn or passive. It's not what they want, but it's all they know.I loved that this book gave Leah a voice and she was able to discover who she was underneath her various roles and her stuffed pain. The reader discovers her heart right along with her. And the responses she feels to those revelations is so genuine. There is no fluffy Christian-sounding denial here. While Jesus heals, this story shows that we must work at recovery (of any sort) and that faith is there to gives us legs to stand on, but we must still take each step. I loved that about this book. I also loved the issues between her and her husband. I've met so many women who have just submitted to "get it over with" and then they wonder why they despise their spouse when the layer of numbing addiction is removed.This novel impressed me so much that it is making my best of 2010 fiction list. More Christian fiction should be this real. The faith journey was perfectly done and the ending made sense. I'd love to see a sequel to this story, but if there isn't one, I'm still satisfied. I am definitely paying attention when this author has new releases and I'm going to review each title as they come out. Walking on Broken Glass is highly recommended, especially for readers who know people who are struggling with addiction and want to understand them better.
Whether tragedy, angst, or a breakdown, Southern women know how to survive with panache. Christa Allan infuses that Southern charisma into her writing, giving us a captivating read. Alcoholism is a dark subject, yet Allan brings it right up to the very edge, and then pulls us back into the light with Leah's own brand of humor. Never depressing, Walking on Broken Glass is definitely a page-turner with all the emotions an alcoholic experiences. I give it a high recommendation.
Leah Thorntons story is painful. It is tragic. In a way, it is everyones story though, because we all come to Christ wounded, broken, battered and torn. Leah numbs the pain of her life with alcohol. When she decides to seek treatment, Leah sets her life upon a path of discovery and recovery, and it is a path she must take one day, one hour, one moment at a time. By the end of the story.tears, grateful, honest, heartfelt tears were the only way to respond.Walking on Broken Glass is an amazing story. The writing itself is incredible, and I know I spent time just savoring the word-pictures. Check this out she chiseled off the red polish, the chips drifting to the floor like bloody snowflakes. (p. 141) Or this My losses were like globby scabs that would crust and heal and leave darkened remnants on my skin.(p. 154) And catch this Not once had rage crept into his voice. But quiet resignation and defeat crawled all over him.(p. 335) Every emotion pops off the page. There is a wittiness and dry sense of humor that sharpens the effect, but it results in characters that are as real and believable as anyone you know in your world. This story is one that lingers in your heart and mind and gently prods you to examine your heart and place the broken pieces in Gods hands instead of ripping your own life to shreds.The character of Leah Thornton is realistic - painfully real. I dont know how Christa Allan captured it, but she placed the hellish essence of addiction upon the pages of this story, and sat it side by side with friendship, grace and the will to survive. Walking on Broken Glass leaves the reader in a raw, unfinished place in many ways, but thats real too, and it makes you long for the next story to fall from this writers pen. Walking on Broken Glass is an amazing story that I highly recommend!
Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan is a stunning debut novel that will leave readers breathless. Leah Thornton conceivably has everything: handsome husband, big house, successful career as a teacher, credit cards without limit, but it has all come at a heavy cost. Standing in the grocery store, looking at the apple juice, she becomes overwhelmed by all of the choices and is forced to acknowledge her growing alcohol addiction. She checks into rehab, despite her husband's angry manipulations, to rediscover who she is and try to find a way to live sober with all of the pain she had been using alcohol to hide. Leah's visit to rehab and struggle with alcoholism is startling and unflinching in its honesty. Allan somehow manages to make this dark and terrible story both funny and hopeful. Readers will ache with Leah's losses and the abuse she faced daily, and as she overcomes, will face their own truths about addiction, abuse, loss, and pain. This is definitely an author I'm adding to my must-read list.
Leah Thornton drinks to numb herself against a life that's too painful to feel. She doesn't acknowledge how serious her problem is until her best friend has the guts to confront her with it. Leah's husband, Carl, is living in an alternate reality of his own. He thinks she's overreacting when she says she's checking herself into rehab. But Leah's determined to follow through, and Carl reluctantly goes along with it.If this sound like a heavy, mirthless book, it's not. Yes, it's a serious subject. And as Leah travels closer to sobriety and further from her alcohol induced fog, her emotions become raw and exposed. You're going to feel her pain. But you're also going to enjoy her sassy sense of humor, even as she's struggling with the creation of her new, addiction-free life. You may even laugh out loud.Walking on Broken Glass is a stunning debut novel you won't want to miss. Author Christa Allan takes an honest look at life in rehab and the aftermath. Kudos to her for showing us not only the challenges of Leah, but of the family surrounding her. There is no easy ending in this story. In fact, it ends with a new question that's left unanswered. This is the only part of the book that bothered me, because I'm the type that likes experience how the story ends. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized it was probably the most realistic ending. Because life rarely ties up all the questions in a neat little bow. Here's hoping a sequel is in the works so we can journey a bit further with Leah and Carl.