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Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2011
In the steamy city of New Orleans in 1974, Amalise Catoir sees Phillip Sharp as a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known. A young lawyer herself, raised in a small town and on the brink of a career with a large firm, she is strong and successful, yet sometimes too trusting and whimsical. Ama's rash decision to marry Phillip proves to be a mistake as he becomes overly possessive, drawing his wife away from family, friends, and her faith. His insidious, dangerous behavior becomes her dark, inescapable secret.
In this lawyer's unraveling world, can grace survive Ama's fatal choice? What would you do when prayers seem to go unanswered, faith has slipped away, evil stalks, and you feel yourself forever dancing on shattered glass?
"With magnificent sense of place and impeccable timing, Pam Ewen crafts a chilling tale of manipulation and evil that's authentic and believable. Encourage your customers to write their names in this one . . . they'll want to pass it around."
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"A powerful, beautifully written story that left me breathless."
Ginny Yttrup, author of Words
"Dancing on Glass provides a unique perspective on predatory relationships and how bright accomplished women become entrapped in dangerous situations . . . Powerful . . . Gripping and thought provoking!"
Leanne Truehart, M.D., psychiatry
"If you want a book that alerts you to a very real danger of our present generation, a story that stirs you to your depths, and yes, maybe makes you a little uncomfortable, then Dancing on Glass is the next book you want to pick up."
The Suspense Zone
"Ewen's suspense-filled tale displays excellent character development as well as insight into the workings of a sadistic mind. New Orleans circa 1974 comes alive in her capable hands."
"A deftly written, haunting novel . . . if you enjoy romantic thrillers, storylines that tackle difficult topics like abuse, and don't insist on fairytale endings, you'll enjoy Dancing on Glass."
Home with Purpose
"The danger and suspense feels real and exciting. Readers may relate to the strain between the main character and her family. The author uses imagery skillfully, which makes Dancing on Glass a compelling, page-turning read."
RT Book Reviews
"Edgy, scary, riveting; Dancing on Glass by powerful Christian author Pamela Binnings Ewen compels the reader to keep turning the pages, hoping for a way out and answers to prayers."
Ewen takes the reader through two years of Amalise's relationship with Phillip, offering some perspective by switching to short accounts of Amalise's mother and best friend, Jude. As the relationship between Amalise and Phillip intensifies, Jude and everyone else in her life are shut out. Amalise's fear becomes the reader's fear as they gradually detect Phillip's concealed maliciousness. She finally realizes how dangerous he is during a scene in which, after drinking heavily, he beats her for coming home too late.
Though Amalise comes to see that Phillip is not what he first let on to be, she cannot help but pity him and convince herself that he needs her. She dismisses his lies and makes excuses for him, all the while persuading herself that this is what God wants. As the story continues, she realizes what a mess she has caused but resists disclosing her secrets, thinking she must handle the situation alone.
Amalise, a young lawyer working toward a steady position at a large firm, is very forgiving and naive, unable to resist trying to fix broken people. Phillip Sharp is an artist who lives like a leech, sucking the life out of women until they are completely his servants. Jude has been Amalise's best friend since childhood and, though he would do anything for Amalise, he is not sure how to protect her from the mysterious Phillip Sharp.
Dancing on Glass is very encouraging and designed to lead women to put their trust in God. I thought that the beginning was a bit unrealistic, but the fear and struggle of Amalise's marriage was very convincing and haunting. I recommend this book to women, particularly those struggling with domestic violence. Tara Gnagy, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com