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Wings of Glass [Kindle Edition]

Gina Holmes
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Book Description

From the best-selling author of Crossing Oceans comes a heartrending yet uplifting story of friendship and redemption. On the cusp of adulthood, eighteen-year-old Penny Carson 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 find her own.


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  • Best Books of 2013: Library Journal
  • 2014 INSPY Winner         
  • ECPA Book of the Year Finalist                                                                
  • Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Finalist
  • Southern Indie Booksellers Alliance OKRA Pick
  • Southern Literary Review Read of the Month: "Wings of Glass proves Gina Holmes's mettle as an author. This a solid novel, for Holmes has deftly handled a story about domestic violence that is both heart-wrenching and endearing at the same time." 

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Wings of Glass is a powerful, can’t-put-down novel, so real that it reads like a memoir. (Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1253 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PX1WQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By Amber
Format:Paperback
Author: Gina Holmes

Pages: 400

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Wings of Glass is a novel written by Gina Holmes about an abusive marriage and the woman getting the courage to leave.

Penny Carson was 17 when the handsome Trent Taylor staked his claim to her. He swept her off her feet and out of town and away from her overbearing father.

Trent is controlling and abusive and manipulative. He is an alcoholic who hits her when he's drunk and even when he isn't. He has an accident that leaves him blind and he permits Penny to go to work where she makes two good friends who help her find her wings.

Wings of Glass is written as though it is a letter to Penny's son so that he will know about his father and why Penny had to leave.

This book was personal for me. I found it very easy to relate to Penny, not just because the author did a great job of creating the character, but because I have lived in an abusive relationship.

Gina Holmes did an amazing job of dealing with two very difficult topics -- abuse and divorce.

Trent isolated Penny from friends and family, which is exactly what happens. He made her believe that she was lucky that he loved her and that she wasn't really worth it. Penny was always walking on eggshells trying to not set Trent off but at times egging him on because she wanted to have some control over when and why he hit her.

Penny, like many abused people, tried to see the best in the abuser. She loved him because she needed him and didn't see value in herself or believe in her ability to stand on her own two feet. She loved him because when he was good, he was really good... except that he wasn't.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Gina Holmes book...but not my last February 28, 2013
Format:Paperback
This is Gina's third novel. She has previously published Crossing Oceans and Dry as Rain. I have not read her other books but after reading Wings of Glass I plan on it. If they are anything like this book I will love them.

I'll be honest. I hesitated to read this book because I thought, I don't want to read about an abused woman. But for some reason this book kept coming back to me and I decided to give it a try.

I am so glad I did. If I didn't have to sleep I would have read this book in a couple of days. I didn't want to put it down.

The woman in this book are very endearing. Penny, the main character, frustrated me to no end. I wanted to grab her and say, "Stop giving that man chances." She returned to her abuse over and over.

Yet, after thinking about it realize I did the same for years. I didn't return to an abusive relationship but I returned to abusive thoughts and desires that nearly destroyed me and my marriage. Maybe that is why I love Penny and kept rooting for her to get it.

Like all of us, Penny gets a little help from her friends. Even after she ignores them and even hurts them they stay by her side and love her. That is what true friendship is all about, the kind of friends we all long for.

This is definitely not a light read, it deals with some very real issues, but I recommend it. It is so well written.

I think this would be a great book for book clubs. Discussion questions are in the end and if you do meals you could even have some fun with food from Africa :) You'll have to read the book to see how that comes in to play.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Read of the Year so far! March 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
I could not have been anymore excited to learn Gina Holmes had a new book coming out! When it arrived I looked at my schedule to see when I could clear a day to read, because listen,... When reading Gina Holmes, you just CANNOT put her books down!

Wings of Glass touched each and every emotion I have, and at times, I would have given anything to shake Penny and/or do worse than that to her husband, Trent. It is written from a Mothers Heart and I believe that it is why this book is so amazing and able to take such difficult subject matter and turn it into such an incredible story.

Wings of glass is a story of physical and emotional abuse, and the cycles that the abuser and his victim go through, and the grace of God that only HE can give, if only we can accept it, and believe it's freely ours to take. Penny begins her relationship with Trent as a young teen, without any self esteem, and a rather bad example of what love looks like from her parents. Trent is an alcoholic and is very controlling and manipulative, not to mention, no concern about being an adulterer. Sadly, when that is all you have ever known, the idea that things COULD be different don't often enter into your mind, and if they do, fear will typically keep you paralyzed and unable to believe you can do anything differently.

An accident happens and Trent & Penny's life changes dramatically. Penny finds herself in a place she never dreamed, let alone believed, would come. During this time, she also finds the gift of friendship in Callie Mae and Fatima. Together, these women form a bond with one another and Penny's eyes are opened in countless ways. The love and support given to Penny slowly strengthens her but will it be enough to help her finally stand up for herself?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great book.
Published 14 days ago by asipple
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put down....
Although this is not the reading material I would normally choose, I must admit that I had a difficult time putting it down. Read more
Published 15 days ago by S Sybert
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Disturbing by the very nature of the content.
Published 1 month ago by sharonoflaveen
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant story about how and why an abused woman ...
A poignant story about how and why an abused woman returns to the abuser thinking she is the cause and deserves the abuse. Very well written.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU NEED HELP CALL 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)
IF YOU NEED HELP FROM ABUSE, CALL 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Then buy this book.

Wings of Glass is a gut-wrencher - a story that could belong to any woman. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cyn Rogalski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Christmas present
Published 1 month ago by Sherry Quast
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
Well written interesting story. I enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by birdie
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book
Five stars for Gina Holmes, superbly written and in-depth. I have family and friends who have been in the same situation, one who was actually murdered by her boyfriend who then... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Pettyjohn
5.0 out of 5 stars and my life has gotten so much better. There is hope and help out...
Having been in Penny's position I understand the reason's behind her hoping that things will change, believing him when he expresses remorse the day after the abuse. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beaglemom1234
5.0 out of 5 stars Tangled web
For those on the fence of understanding the thought process of the abused, this book gives insight to the tangled web of lies the abuser feeds them. Read more
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Gina Holmes is the founder of popular literary site, Novel Rocket and the author of award-winning novels: Crossing Oceans, Dry as Rain, Wings of Glass and Driftwood Tides. Holmes writes about flawed people living in a flawed world with the help of a perfect God. She's also a practicing Registered Nurse, a wife to the love of her life, mom to two boys and stepmom to 3 daughters. She and her family make their home among the Blue Ridge Mountains in South-Western Virginia.

You can find her at: www.ginaholmes.com or, on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorginaholmes or twitter:@1GinaHolmes.


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