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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.
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)|
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, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"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
Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Alhemizer's and Abuse both written in a storyFebruary 11, 2013Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The story of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner and the battle with Alheimer's touched me. See my Mom had Alhemizers for three years. It was hard living away and trying to some how let her know I was thinking of her. I lost my Mom three years ago. The last memories God gave with me remain with me always.
Along side their story is Brooke Woodson's story. A story of abuse in a relationship. The cover up of broken bones, bruises, etc. are so real. Good thing she never married him. But still women endure this more than the world wants to admit.
Mitzi helps Brooke find her way out of abuse. God put Mitzi in Brooke's life.
A story of friendship and reaching out to someone in need.
It's amazing how Carla intertwined Alzheimer's and abuse together into one story. But then life overlaps in many areas.
Mitzi had a rocky youth and knew about abuse.
Both Mitzi and Brooke are like a bird with a broken wing. They learn to fly again. I liked how Carla brought that into story.
Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great story!September 7, 2012Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, but I was pulled into the story through the opening scene, and once I got started I wanted to keep reading through to the end. Having worked with many women involved in domestic violence over the years, I can attest to how believably written the characters were in this novel. A lot of the details reminded me of former situations I'd seen with DV victims. Add to that the precious story line about the husband with Alzheimer's and it became a beautiful love story on one end, and a redemption story on the other.
Mitzi was a precious friend and mentor as she stuck by Brooke and provided just enough support to inspire her to get out of the dangerous situation. It didn't surprise me that people didn't believe her at first, because abusive men work hard on convincing outsiders that they would never hurt the person they loved. The fact that Lance's father abused his mother and the father abused him as well is all too common of a theme in DV cases. I used to tell young girls that I worked with never to marry a man who hates his mother. That's the perfect recipe for abuse right there. And unless the man gets therapy, it's just a matter of time before the ugliness is unleashed. And God bless Drew who saw the beauty in Brooke and believed in her spirit. He was a true hero indeed.
I really enjoyed this book and can see it being used as a tool to help people understand the cycle of violence and the way victims see things in a distorted way until they get help. Broken Wings is a great story and very well written. I found it realistically inspiring and not depressing despite the subject matter. I highly recommend it.
patti lacyNormal, IllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A MUST Read!!! SIMPLY GREAT STORYTELLING!October 10, 2011patti lacyNormal, IllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Do you hunger for a story that's relevant yet entertaining? Heart-rending yet heart-warming? DO NOT miss "Broken Wings," Carla Stewart's second release. Building on the strong voice and lyrical prose of her debut award-winner, "Chasing Lilacs," Stewart frames the story of a young attorney, Brooke Woodson, with that of former singing sensation Mitzi Steiner. What's the thread that entwines two dramatically different women?
Domestic violence. A will to survive. A love that transcends life's realities, like achy bones. Like Alzheimer's. Like a possible murder.
Though Stewart doesn't tippytoe around the broken bones, bruised countenances, and battered spirits that domestic violence leaves in its wake, she offers hope, healing, and joy that trumps circumstances. You'll root for these characters, then close the book and say, "Aha."
Did I mention that "Broken Wings" gifts you a love story for the ages? A blossoming romance for one who'd discarded any such notion?
Donate "Broken Wings" to your local women's shelter, hospital waiting room, or CASA library. Then get several more copies for your friends!
MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5September 5, 2011MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is my first Carla Stewart book and I LOVED it.
It's beautiful to read how Mitzi started a new life so many years ago. Now it's Brooke's turn to make a new start. Only she has to get rid of her abusive fiancÃÂ©e. Lance is full of anger, but I sensed a lot of love throughout the whole story.
This book is a must read.
kattroxIndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is an Unforgettable Novel!!!April 20, 2011kattroxIndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mitzi came from a dysfunctional family and rose to a singing sensation with her husband Gabe. Brooke a paralegal starts to discover what anger can take the shape of when it consumes her fiance Lance. Mitzi and Brooke meet at the hospital where Mitzi volunteers. Two different women from two different age brackets become close as they discover the likeness they share, and in the ways they can both help one another. This is an unforgettable novel one that I finished quickly because of my inability to put it down. I loved the way the author brought Mitzi's history into the story line and also what the implications of anger can do to relationships. A must read novel that hooked me into the storyline with the first chapter. Will definitely be getting Chasing Lilacs by the same author! Thanks to Faithwords for providing this ARC copy for me for my review.