Southern socialite Leah Thorntons life is crumbling. After the death of her infant daughter and the increasing demands of her husband to please him, she retreats more and more into the one thing that has always helped her through tough situations: alcohol. When confronted by a friend, Leah knows to gain her life back she must stop drinking. Off she goes to rehab.With quick wit and an honest look at the rehab experience, Christa Allan has penned a riveting debut novel. Its heart-breaking at times, laugh-out-loud funny in places, and kept me cheering for Leah until the last page. Its a journey you dont want to miss. Lovely, lovely book.
With brilliant prose, Allen transports the reader into the world of alcoholism and sexual abuseplaces the reader may not want to go. But Allen infuses Leah Thornton with heart and intelligent wit that cause the reader to fall in love with her. Allen humanizes and stirs sympathy for Leahs abusive husband. We believe in the end, the gritty battlefield of their marriage can be salvaged. And were left with a residue of hope for our own battles and compassion for fellow strugglers.
When I opened this book to read, "If I had known children break on the inside and the cracks don't surface until years later, I would have been more careful with my words." I was instantly captured. I continued to read, soaking in Christa's words shared through Leah, stopping to read them aloud to my husband. And then calling my friends to read them aloud again. It was Leah's journal entries throughout the book that often jarred me out of my comfort zone, calling for my empathy as this character blossomed into more. It is rare you read a book with a healthy tension of modernity, wit and authenticity. Three ingredients that, for me, make a novel worth reading and revisiting. In Walking on Broken Glass, Christa Allan weaves a story that not only connects deeply with the reader on an emotional level but on a spiritual level as well. This is a novel that goes much deeper than your average book. It breaks the mold, pushes some boundaries, sings the song of redemption and begs for a sequel. Christa Allan is a writer to watch. If I were you, I'd clear a space on your favorite bookshelf for more of her work. I already have.