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Onstage, the singing duo of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner captured America's heart for more than two decades. Offstage, their own hearts have throbbed as one for sixty years. Only now, Gabe has retreated into the tangles of Alzheimer's, leaving Mitzi to ponder her future alone.

On the other side of Tulsa, everyone believes Brooke Woodson has found the perfect man--a handsome lawyer with sights on becoming Tulsa's next District Attorney. If only Brooke felt more sure. If only her fianci could control his anger. If only love didn't come with so many scars.

When an accident lands Brooke in the hospital where Mitzi volunteers, the two women quickly develop an unlikely friendship birthed by providence and bathed in grace. And with Mitzi's help, kindness, and insight, Brooke learns how to pick up the broken pieces of her life.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0446556564
ISBN-13: 9780446556569

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Author Bio

Carla Stewart is the author of Chasing Lilacs. Her writing reflects her passion for times gone by, cherished relationships, and the mysteries of God in our skid-marked world. She and her husband have four adult sons and delight in the adventures of their six grandchildren.

Publisher's Weekly

Tulsa's jazz past meets the present in an issue-oriented tale from Stewart (Chasing Lilacs). Mitzi Steiner has enjoyed a 60-year marriage and successful singing partnership with her husband, Gabe. In their later years, Gabe lives in the twilight of Alzheimer's. Volunteering as a "Pink Lady" at a hospital to keep herself busy, Mitzi is deeply affected when Brooke Woodson arrives in the ER, bearing signs of domestic abuse, signs Mitzi recognizes from her childhood. The former jazz singer and the young woman, a paralegal engaged to an ambitious lawyer with an explosive temper, form a bond as each shares her story. Mitzi's tale, narrated in flashback, works. Her past is filled with color, and her present is poignant. Brooke's story is less persuasive; as she moves from battered passivity to strength, characters in the abuse plot thread--her fiancé's aunt, her father--are less than credible. The fresher story is grounded in history and in Alzheimer's, a tough subject in life and fiction. In her sophomore novel, Stewart stumbles with the contemporary elements; she should concentrate on her strength with history. (June) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

Carla Stewart's Broken Wings is a moving story of healing and starting anew. Brooke Woodson is engaged to Lance, the future district attorney of Tulsa. Everything is perfect until Lance’s temper flares, putting Brooke in the hospital twice. During her hospital stays, Brooke meets Mitzi Steiner. As Brooke struggles to rid herself of Lance’s jealous rage, she forms a relationship with Mitzi. Through Mitzi’s testimony, Brooke gains the confidence to move on with her life and mend her broken wings.

Stewart narrates Broken Wings from both Mitzi and Brooke's points of view, giving the reader more insight into why Mitzi is helping Brooke and a more intimate look at Brooke's struggles. Mitzi and Brooke's relationship forms very unconventionally yet is believable from the moment they meet. As the story progresses, they grow closer and become dependent on each other, especially when Lance stalks Brooke, and Mitzi has a wreck on the highway. All the characters are seamlessly blended into the storyline and keep the story moving.

Brooke's struggles go further than trying to escape Lance. She has always done what people thought was best and is unhappy as a result. On top of that, no one believes that Lance would lay a finger on her, which puts her job and family relationships in jeopardy. She is lost, confused, and without the support of her family. Brooke's character keeps the reader rooting for her to succeed and to pursue her dreams.

Brooke is not the only character struggling. Mitzi's husband Gabe is in a care center for Alzheimer's patients. She visits him daily, but she still misses his knowledgeable presence in her life. Even with these struggles, which are complicated by a traumatizing past, Mitzi's still feisty, independent, and, above all, giving. Mitzi tells her thrilling and scarred life story, of how she came to live in Tulsa and perform in a famous jazz duet with Gabe. Through Mitizi's testimony, Brooke gains a sense of who she is and sees that, just as in Romans 8:28, God will work wonders for those who love him.

Broken Wings is an uplifting book that I have already recommended to friends of all ages. The characters are dynamic, and Stewart keeps the reader engaged. All situations in this book are applicable to any woman, of any age, in any life circumstance. – Kailey Traylor,

Editorial Reviews

"Carla Stewart writes powerful, beautiful, emotionally evocative stories that touch my heart. Broken Wings is no exception. I couldn't put it down."—Susan May Warren, award-winning, best-selling author of Nightingale
"Journey along as an unlikely meeting begets a sisterhood of the heart that unlocks the secrets of the past and ends in the purchase of one amazing red dress. Carla Stewart's fine tale will make you want to spread your wings and fly!"—Lisa Wingate, National Bestselling Author of Larkspur Cove and Dandelion Summer
"While the story is heartbreaking, there is much more to this book. The lives of Mitzi and Brooke are told both in present time and with flashbacks, weaving together love, loss, tragedy and friendship. Stewart skillfully entertains and engages the reader with each character's private pain and survival skills."—Romatic Times
"A memorable story, beautifully written. Set against the backdrop of Tulsa's intriguing jazz culture, Carla Stewart's Broken Wings is a captivating intergenerational tale of friendship, love, and music that surpasses the boundaries of age and time."—Tina Ann Forkner, author of Ruby Among Us and Rose House
"A relevant story that explores the beauty of friendship as well as the heartache of abuse. Carla Stewart is an engaging storyteller."—Susan Meissner, author of The Shape of Mercy
"With apt descriptions and artful prose, Stewart delves in the vibrant, jazzy 1940s, at the same time creating a true-to-life present. Moving between the two time periods, readers discover what everlasting love is, and how strong a woman must be to recognize it."—Christina Berry, award-winning author of The Familiar Stranger
"I smiled through my tears as I read Broken Wings. Those of us who have been abused can cheer for Brooke, who stands up and fights with what she has: friendship and the love of God. Keep writing Carla. We need the voice of hope.—Shelley Adina, author of the All About Us series
"A gripping tale of friendship under turbulent circumstances, Broken Wings is told with Carla Stewart's poignancy and skill in storytelling."—Alice Wisler, author of Rain Song (Christy Finalist 2009), How Sweet It Is (Christy Finalist 2010), and Hatteras Girl
"Stewart writes about powerful and basic emotions with a restraint that suggests depth and authenticity; the relationship between Sammie and her mother Rita, the engine that drives the plot, is beautifully and delicately rendered. Coming-of-age stories are a fiction staple, but well-done ones much rarer. This emotionally acute novel is one of the rare ones."—Publishers Weekly on Chasing Lilacs
"Chasing Lilacs is the kind of coming of age story that sticks to you beyond the last page. Unforgettable characters, surprising plot twists, and a setting so southern you'll fall in love with Texas. Carla Stewart is a new talent to watch!"—Mary E. DeMuth, author of Daisy Chain and A Slow Burn
"Prepare to laugh, cry, and pray as you inhale each poignant word of this stunning debut novel. Simply unforgettable!"—Patti Lacy, author of An Irishwoman's Tale, 2008 Forward Magazine Book of the Year Finalist, and What the Bayou Saw, on Chasing Lilacs

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