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Editorial Reviews


Named by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2013
SIBA Okra Pick

"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 of Mine Is the Night

"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." Southern Literary Review

"Wings of Glass
 a not only good read, it could be an important one. Book clubs, especially, should consider adding Wings of Glass to their schedule since the discussion could potentially be life-changing for an abused (or abusive) group member." Crosswalk.com

"WINGS OF GLASS deserves the highest praise. For a storyline that is gripping, with several unexpected turns. For characters who dance off the pages and into your heart. And for bringing awareness to an issue that isn't typically addressed in Christian fiction." Bookreporter.com

At the tender age of 18, Penny Carson believes that she has found her true love in Trent Tyler. Not long after they marry, Trent hits Penny for the first time; her Prince Charming has become her abuser. When Trent is injured at work, Penny finds work cleaning a house. There, she is befriended by two women who help her discover her own strength.
Verdict: Holmes (Crossing Oceans) creates complex, fully realized characters, deftly portraying the nuances of an abusive relationship in a way that will help readers understand why battered women don’t immediately leave their abusers. This gripping novel is sure to appeal to Christian and secular readers alike. Recommend it to fans of Karen Kingsbury and Kimberla Lawson Roby. (Library Journal)

Holmes handles the topic of domestic abuse with grace and compassion. All of the characters are well developed and real. She even manages to portray Trent’s good qualities as well as his bad. The reader understands Penny’s plight and the reasons she stays. You’ll be sorry to see the story end, because it is so honest and mesmerizing.
SUMMARY: When Penny Carlson runs away with Trent Taylor, she discovers that life is not the fairy tale she expected. After years of isolation and abuse, Penny’s self-confidence is at an all-time low. When Trent is severely injured in a work accident, he agrees to let Penny work to support them. While at the local food bank she runs into Callie Mae, who offers her a job cleaning houses. Working beside her is Fatimah, and the three women become fast friends. Through them, Penny gains confidence and independence, but will it be enough to leave Trent? (Romantic Times)


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

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414366418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414366418
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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