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.
This was a well written heart rending book. The main topic was domestic abuse in a married couple. Trent and Penny have a mostly typical relationship for abuse. He isolated her from her family and she does not have any friends. He is a sorry excuse for a husband and man but she loves him anyway. I wanted to shake her myself several times when she stayed or went back. The author does a good with descriptions and character development. I felt like I was really there. I liked when Penny was able to get a job and met Callie and Fatiyma. They are a hoot and provide welcome comic relief in the story. They are also real friends and try to help her. The faith element is present. The characters explore the topic of divorce in the Bible. The ending is satisfying. Although the subject matter is tough the book was still a good read. Recommended to fans of contemporary fiction.
Gina Holmes is the President and founder of popular literary site, Novel Rocket, and award-winning author of Crossing Oceans, Dry as Rain, and Wings of Glass. She resides with her husband and children 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. To learn more about her, visit www.ginaholmes.com
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