What a sad story. Penny so loves her abusive husband Trent and really wants her marriage to work. Yet clearly he is dangerous and Penny just makes excuses for him and is even willing to lie for him. It takes the love and intervention of her friends and the birth of her baby to save her. I found the pastor of the church she went to extremely annoying as he would not listen to her but instead told her to basically obey her husband and all would be well. What also makes this story sad is knowing this occurs in real life all too often - the author Gina Holmes does an excellent job of creating real characters.
I am so glad I gave Gina Holmes another chance after not really liking her first book (Dry As Rain). "Wings of Glass" is written as a memoir of sorts, a mother documenting her life story for her son to someday read. This makes it both realistic and perhaps even harder to read.
Ms. Holmes does a fantastic job of making the plight of an abused woman relatable, which impressed me, because I've always struggled with that very thing: not at all understanding why a grown adult is unable to stand up for themselves and make the changes necessary in their life. She does this by giving the reader great insight into the life of Penny Taylor, the "author" of the memoir, and allowing us to see how she became vulnerable to the point of allowing so much toxicity and violence in her life. As I read, I often found myself frustrated with Penny's weakness, yet filled with compassion for the bondage in her mind and heart that kept her metaphorical wings tied down. In that sense, I found Penny's two closest friends very relatable and vital to the story line, as they seemed to give me, the reader, a voice. :)
Although not an overtly Christian novel, Ms. Holmes intimates that there's really only one Man who can truly save Penny, and even though the Scripture wasn't in the story, I couldn't help but think of Isaiah 61 throughout the novel: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound... To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes..."
In conclusion, I believe this is a powerful novel, one which, sadly, too many women will probably personally identify with, yet I hope would be helpful and encouraging to them. I also believe this is a helpful book for the rest of us, who may not understand what its like to live in the circle of abuse, yet we want to help those we love who find themselves there. For these reasons, I highly recommend this book.
Gina Holmes wrote a poignant story of a Christian girl, Penny, trapped by her idea of how a Christian should respond to an abusive husband. Forced by her husband to give up her friendship with two Christian women and her job which paid their bills while his money was spent on beer, she finds that nothing she does will please him, especially when he's drunk. He broke her arm once. Another time he threw a mirror at her. He slapped her. She felt isolated. Friends have warned her, but she doesn't listen. She goes to her pastor to ask for counseling and he doesn't comprehend the situation. At one point Trent threw a glass statue of an angel that her friend and boss Callie Mae had given her, causing it to be damaged. Shortly after that Trent came home around 5:30PM to say that Norma whom she suspected he was having an affair with was murdered, beaten and strangled. Knowing he had wrapped his fingers around her own throat more than once and had beaten her, Penny was still willing to lie to the cops that Trent had been with her that night, but another man was accused. Later Penny's water breaks while Fatimah is visiting with her new baby. As they are preparing to go to the hospital, Trent arrives home drunk and wants to drive Penny. As Fatimah pleads with Penny to come with her, Trent shoves Penny down the steps into Fatimah who falls with her baby. With her own baby as well as Fatimah's in danger, Penny realizes that forgiveness doesn't mean accepting abuse. Eventually she started intervention steps for the sake of her baby. What happened next shows just why so many abused wives are killed. It's not easy reading about the problem, but it's a powerful story.
Wings of Glass is a great book to read if you want to understand why a woman would stay in an abusive relationship. The main character, Penny, rushes into a marriage at an early age in hopes of being loved and cherished. She has grown up in a small town and dreams of bigger things. She soon finds out that her husband is not who she had hoped. She lives in fear for her life. I appreciated the perspective from which this book was written. It really made it more clear why Penny stayed with her husband. I also really liked her two friends and how different they were but how they both loved her and wanted to help her.
Domestic violence is such a difficult subject. Those of us that have never experienced it have a hard time understanding what keeps someone in that situation. Why don't they just leave and get help? Isn't it as simple as that?
Gina Holmes delves into the intricacies that are involved in these complex relationships. Through her written voice you are able to see what goes on in the mind of not only the perpetrator but also the victim and those that are trying to help the victim.
Trent is an unlikable person. He's mean and deceitful when he is healthy and he's mean and deceitful when he's injured. The one trait that I have to admire about Penny is that she continues to cling to hope that he will improve, especially after the accident. As the story unfolds and light is shed on the darkness of their marriage we can begin to see that we're all victims of a sin nature just waiting to be set free.
This is an emotion ridden story told by a broken momma to her son. At times it will make you want to weep and at other times it will make you want to rage at the injustice of it all. In the end I hope you will come away with a sense of hope as I did. Some things aren't set right in the way we deem it to be, but have no doubt about it, in the end all will be justified by the One who is faithful and true!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.