Friday, March 22, 2013

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Wings of Glass
Tyndale House Publishers (March 1, 2013)
Gina Holmes


Gina Holmes began her career in 1998, penning articles and short stories. In 2005 she founded the influential literary blog, Novel Journey now called Novel Rocket and she is also the founder of Inspire The Fire.

Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW Religion bestseller. Her sophomore novel, Dry as Rain, was also named a Christy finalist. Her upcoming novel, Wings of Glass will releases this month. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose.


From the bestselling author of Crossing Oceans comes a heart-rending yet uplifting story of friendship and redemption. On the cusp of womanhood, Penny is swept off her feet by a handsome farmhand with a confident swagger. Though Trent Taylor seems like Prince Charming and offers an escape from her one-stop-sign-town, Penny’s happily ever after lasts no longer than their breakneck courtship. Before the ink even dries on their marriage certificate, he hits her for the first time. It isn’t the last, yet the bruises that can’t be seen are the most painful of all.

When Trent is injured in a welding accident and his paycheck stops, he has no choice but to finally allow Penny to take a job cleaning houses. Here she meets two women from very different worlds who will teach her to live and laugh again, and lend her their backbones just long enough for her to grow her own.

My Thoughts:

You’ve been given a lot in this life you haven’t deserved, Penny.” (p.365)

It is absolutely impossible to imagine the truth contained within this single sentence.  After you have read Penny Carlson’s story, you will have just a glimpse of that truth.  Only if you have walked some miles in her shoes will you be able to understand the depth and breadth of these words, and only when you have learned the “…privilege of having no one to lean on but God,” (p.37) will you cling to that truth as if life depended on it.  And realize that indeed it does.

Gina Holmes’ Wings of Glass is a very important, albeit difficult book to read.  Penny and Trent Carlson’s relationship is one of abuse – both emotional and physical – and it isn’t until an accident changes the dynamics of their marriage that Penny is given the freedom to reach out to others for the help she so desperately needs.  She is also given the gift of a son that further strengthens her ability and resolve to choose life and faith rather than cling to a deadly relationship.

At one point in the story, the author has Fatima tell Penny that; “You cannot grab hold of tomorrows when you hold the past with both hands.” (cannot find the page number, sorry) Penny has lived with abuse for so long that she is not able to believe that her future can indeed be different from her past.  Callie Mae and Fatima enter her life at a very critical point, and God uses their presence to lead her to the truth  that ultimately allows her to break free and save both she and her son.

This story is both difficult and hopeful.  It covers tender territory in the hearts and minds of its characters, and will have a powerful effect on everyone brave enough to read the novel.  I cannot begin to imagine the eternal impact this story will have on countless lives.  I am so thankful to know and love this author!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Wings of Glass, go HERE.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for that, Kim.