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Already sloshed from one-too-many drinks at a faculty party, Leah Thornton cruises the supermarket aisles in search of something tasty to enhance her Starbucks-Kahlua, for example. Two confrontations later-one at the grocery store and the other with her friend Molly-Leah is sitting in the office of the local rehab center facing an admissions counselor who fails to understand the most basic things, like the fact that apple juice is not a suitable cocktail mixer. Rehab is no picnic, and being forced to experience and deal with the reality of her life isn't Leah's idea of fun. But through the battle she finds a reservoir of courage she never knew she had, and the loving arms of a God she never quite believed existed.
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Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2010
Leah Thorntons life, like her Southern Living home, has great curb appeal. But a paralyzing encounter with a can of frozen apple juice in the supermarket shatters the façade, forcing her to admit that all is not as it appears. When her best friend gets in Leahs face about her refusal to deal with her life and her drinking, Leah is forced to make a decision. Can this brand-conscious socialite walk away from the country club into 28 days of rehab? Can she leave what she has now to gain back what she needs? Joy, sadness, pain and a new strength converge, testing her marriage, her friendships and her faith.
Christa Allan is a true Southern woman who knows any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and that one never wears white after Labor Day. Christa weaves stories of unscripted grace with threads of hope, humor, and heart. The mother of five and grandmother of three, Christa just retired after more than twenty years as a high school English teacher. She and her husband, Ken, live in Abita Springs, Louisiana, where they play golf, dodge hurricanes, and enjoy retirement. Visit Christa online at ChristaAllan.com.
When a narrator opens her tale by declaring, I lost my sanity buying frozen apple juice, the reader knows shes in for a witty ride. The narrator is Leah Thornton, a 27-year-old Southerner, English teacher, and middle-stage alcoholic. Shes got her reasons: her only child died of SIDS and her sexual relationship with her husband, Carl, is so troubled their marriage is devolving into a standoff between hostility and frigidity. Leah is steered into rehab by her BFF Molly, which kicks off transformation through growing honesty, self-awareness, and large doses of wry humor. Allan draws many strong, quirky minor characters: Leahs rehab roomie, Theresa, one of a rehab units worth of addicts of all manner of substances; Leahs wry obstetrician, Dr. Nolan. A few supporting charactersCarls wealthy parentsfeel more caricatured than characterized, and the largely unsympathetic portrait of Carl makes the reader wonder why the marriage is worth saving at all. A few major developments toward the books end cry out for greater resolution. But Leah is fascinating, complicated, and above all funny. This nonformulaic look at the spiritual redemption of a life is a bright start; debut novelist Allan is one to watch. (Feb.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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LisaAlberta, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5did not like the storyDecember 19, 2013LisaAlberta, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1I was very disappointed in this book. To me this was not a character building story. Although there are some good values, the overall 'redemptive' story left me disappointed. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5InformativeMarch 14, 2013CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a down to earth story, well written, of a very real issue. For anyone who has not had to deal with alcoholism this book lays it out clearly - the struggles, the insecurities, the decisions, the available help, the disciplines, etc. It was a very interesting read!
sherril2291VirginiaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5January 22, 2013sherril2291VirginiaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A very insightful look into the inside world of someone struggling with an addiction and marital struggles, and how other people's expectations and opinions have a profound impact on the decisions made by those struggling if and when to seek help. It is realistic and inspiring in that at the end of the day, no one can help us until we decide we are worth helping for our own sake.
MegSSouth AfricaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A book with depthJanuary 22, 2013MegSSouth AfricaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Walking on Broken Glass" is not a book that you say you enjoyed, as it is a hands-on description of alcohol addiction. A very real, gripping read about a woman with issues in her life (and who doesn't have issues?). The details of rehab showed that it is a hard experience, and that once the person is out of rehab they have to show remarkable courage in order to begin functioning properly again. Above all, this book gives us a picture of a loving, merciful God, who loves every single one of us.
I would highly recommend this book.
Leona KoziarskiAlberta, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A very good read about addictionSeptember 5, 2012Leona KoziarskiAlberta, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A well written story about addiction to alcohol and the breaking up of families because of it.
I have discovered another good author and will be looking for more books written by Christa Allen.
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