Breaking Free: A Comtemporary Romance Novel
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Women's ministry leader and Seattle housewife Alice Goddard appears to have it all. But when her credit and debit cards are denied, she begins an investigation into the family's finances---and discovers her husband trapped in a downward spiral of lies. Can they break free from his deception in time to save their marriage? 320 pages, softcover from New Hope.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 356
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1596694688
ISBN-13: 9781596694682

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Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters. Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage?

Author Bio

Jennifer Slattery is an inspiring contemporary novelist whose stories of hope, love, and grace resonate with real people. She is the author of compelling contemporary romance novels such as Beyond I Do, When Dawn Breaks, Intertwined, and Breaking Free. She also writes for Crosswalk.com and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin' It To The Streets, a ministry serving Omaha Metro's working poor and homeless. When not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her teenage daughter and real-life hero husband, as well as serving in her church.

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  1. 2boyzmommy
    Moorestown, NJ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Good Book
    March 21, 2017
    2boyzmommy
    Moorestown, NJ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery is a thought-provoking fictional story of addiction, the power it holds over those that fall prey to it and the devastating consequences it brings to the people they love. It is also a story of the power of hope, faith, forgiveness, God's love and a "friend that sticks closer than a brother". The characters within its pages were very real and could be my next door neighbors or someone that I interact with every day. This book grabbed my attention from the very first page and held it until the very end. I definitely have a new author to add to my list of favorites and can't wait to read her other books. I give this book a 5 star review.

    I received a copy of the book from the publisher and The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
  2. jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Breaking Free
    March 13, 2017
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery is a very dramatic account of the effect of addictions on a family. At the beginning of the novel this Seattle family seems to have a nearly perfect life. They are active in their church with the mother, Alice, holding a key ministry position for women. Her husband, Trent, has a very successful company position, and their two sons are happily involved in high school sports.

    Trent's addictions and Alice's failed attempts to talk him into counseling lead to more and deeper problems for the whole family. Cover-ups and lies only delay the inevitable. The story explores a broken family and the power of God to heal and restore.

    There are several tense moments for both Trent and Alice when they each rely on self and their own judgment. Yet, God provides and protects. I recommend this great book which I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Pam Graber
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Addiction's Slippery Slope
    February 28, 2017
    Pam Graber
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Alice Goddard has it all. Shes a womens ministry leader in her church, the wife of a successful graphic designer and has a large, beautiful home. At least, thats what people outside her home see. What they dont see are her husband, Trents drinking binges or the lack of respect her oldest son shows her. When her debit card AND credit card are refused following a ministry planning meeting at the country club, the fissures in Alices marriage begin to become public. How can she continue to serve a God who would let all of this happen to her?

    Trent Goddard swore he would never follow in his fathers footsteps. His dad was the town drunk who couldnt hold a job to save himself and his drunkenness was a direct cause of Trents mothers suicide. He would not do anything like that to HIS family! But, when drinks with friends after work turns into a few hands of poker to all night gambling to NEEDING that next drink, Trent soon discovers there are worse things than being the town drunk. When his gambling puts him in debt to the wrong people, will he compromise every belief hes ever held to stay one step ahead of the collectors?

    It was scary to me how easily Trent justified his obvious sin. It was also scary how quickly Alice stepped away from her faith when the going got tough. Having never been in any of these situations, though, Im reluctant to throw stones. This story examines the various forms addiction takes from alcohol to gambling to drugs and it is a cautionary tale for those who might be taking their first tiny steps down addictions slippery slope. It also gave a not-very-flattering look at how judgmental Christians can be when one of their own is hurting, even when the sin is not their own. Breaking Free is a very apt title, as it takes the breaking of relationships, the breaking of Trent and the breaking of Alices hardened heart to bring freedom to both of these characters.

    This book is a powerhouse. You will be sickened by Trent Goddard. You will be horrified with Alice as she sees the depths her husband has fallen into. You will also, likely, cringe as Alice steps away from her faith and begins flirting with another man. Addictions evil will be brought home to you as you read this book. Its tentacles reach out and ensnare family members, destroying more than just the addict. Breaking Free was an eye-opener for me. Read it!

    I received this book through BookFun.org and the opinions expressed are my own.
  4. Melissa
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    So real
    January 24, 2017
    Melissa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jennifer is such a talented writer, she is a hidden gem among so many authors. If you have not read anything by her I really recommend you do. Her books are so true to life and deal with issues we face or someone we know has faced.

    I really appreciate how she writes about people close to my age. Honestly, most books I read the characters are in their twenties. But this book deals with a couple with teen-age boys so Im thinking they have to be in their forties, at least, and they are dealing with marital issues.

    How true is it that we can go to church and talk about being real and authentic but when we have things we are dealing with we hide it, we dont follow through because we dont trust that people will still like us. Alice is going through this very thing.

    Trent has an addiction and it is ruining his life. He keeps telling himself he wont do it, or hell stop before it gets too bad but he gets sucked in time and time again and is hiding it from his wife. But things arent okay and everyone can see it.

    This is a beautifully woven story that drew me in from page one and didnt let me go, highly recommended.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own.
  5. Jeanie
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Our ladder is Jesus Christ
    October 22, 2016
    Jeanie
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    and only He can yank us out of the pit.(pg. 239) The thiefs purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (NLT John 10:10) (pg. 239)

    What ifafter nearly 20 years of marriage, your spouse started staying out late and coming home drunk? Or stayed home hugging whatever booze is in the house. What ifyou think he/she might even be having an affair? Then really creepy things start, such as thugs showing up at the door looking for him/her. You worry about your kids, as one is starting to emulate your spouse with tantrums, disrespect, drinking. How best can you honor God and your vows, even when it seems the Lord isnt going to answer? Finally you take the kids and move out, but the kids are so angry that they stay with a different friend? Your mother tells you to go home and work it out, not wanting to hear whats wrong.

    Or think about thisWhat ifeverything you do is hurting the love of your life, but you dont know how to change? You want to stop drinking, but not drinking is torture? You love to play cards and watch the chips stack up in front of you. Maybe youll make up for what you lost yesterday. Then, on a losing streak, you owe the club a lot of money. Thousands. Bank accounts are empty, the mortgage is latethen the guy you owe the big bill to sends his kneecap breaking thugs to your door. They watch your house, follow your spouse. Your spouse leaves; you arent sure where the kids are. How did things get this bad?

    The characters in Breaking Free, primarily the husband, Trent, and wife, Alice, are very realistically portrayed. This couple and their children were probably more challenging than most characters to work with due to the feelings of hopelessness and despair; I really commend the author for the vulnerability and authenticity of this suffering family. She successfully conveyed the pain of each family member. In addition, Alices best friend Beth and her new friend, Betty, gave massive injections of prayers and Gods grace. Ethan does the same for Trent, with one big difference it is one addict or alcoholic who can best help another, because it is harder to con a fellow addict or alcoholic than a spouse, boss, or friend.

    This novel is remarkable in its depth and scope. It is an excellent portrayal of what happens in families belonging to churches around the country and looks realistically at challenges that we as Christians need to address. The author writes as if she had walked many miles in both Trents and Alices shoes. My experiences are different in many ways, but I have walked a few of those miles; they are better with Jesus than without Him! The plot was not predictable as every family is different and hitting bottom is different for everyone. I would love to see a follow up novel to this, but was very satisfied with the ending. This novel firmly places Jennifer Slattery as a go-to writer of authentic Christian fiction. I highly recommend Breaking Free to fans of the author, to those in the church who dont understand but want to, to those who may be in the downward spiral of addiction of any kind or alcoholism, to those who appreciate excellent Christian fiction and might be in various 12-step groups and Celebrate Recovery.

    From a grateful heart: I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
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