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Library Journal Starred ReviewRomantic Times 4 1/2 stars~Top Pick2013 Southern Indie Booksellers Alliance Okra PickSouthern Lit Review Read of the MonthFrom 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 wiLibrary Journal Starred ReviewRomantic Times 4 1/2 stars~Top Pick2013 Southern Indie Booksellers Alliance Okra PickSouthern Lit Review Read of the MonthFrom 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.Gina Holmes ’ stunning literary talent glistens like crystal in Wings of Glass. With subtle brilliance, she takes us into the very heart of what makes us hungry to love and be loved. Simply stellar!” Susan Meissner, Author of A Sound Among the Trees...

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Wings of Glass Reviews

  • Michelle
    2019-02-16 00:40

    This book doesn't release until next year, but I believe you can pre-order it now. Nevertheless, I received the book in the mail and decided I'd just take a peek at a few pages, then I intended to set it aside to read closer to the release date. Well, the next thing I knew I was a third of the way through the story and didn't want to stop. If I didn't have a full-time job I probably would have finished it in one sitting. I was deeply insightful and so true-to-life that I forgot I was reading fiction. I've met many people like the main character, Penny, both in my personal life and during my professional career as a social worker. I have to say the author is spot-on when it comes to a victim's mindset.The author was not afraid to show how things were rationalized in the point of view of someone who felt trapped, but still loved their abuser. I fell in love with the story from the beginning because though the main character was a victim, I understood her and empathized with her situation. I loved how the author showed the progression of Penny's thinking to the point where she finally saw that she also played a role in keeping herself trapped and positioned as a victim. Everyone's story is different when they suffer from abuse, but Penny's felt so genuine and real that the story made a lot of sense. She could have been a friend, a neighbor, or someone in a church fellowship. I wanted to help her like her friends did, but I also wanted her to discover that she needed help. If those ladies hadn't stuck by her despite her bad choices, I don't know where she would have ended up. I was grateful for them hanging in there.Last, the author's voice in this book was compelling and had the tone of classic literature. I could hear the poverty in her dialog and the immaturity that allowed her to be trapped for so long. The author did a fantastic job with the way the story was told. I loved how she wrote the story like she was telling her son about his father. A few times it moved me to tears because it was so honest and heart felt. All people are three-dimensional, even abusers. Why not let the child know that his father really did love him even if he didn't know how to express it. Why should a mother tell her child only the bad things about her marriage and not share the good along with the reality of what happened? Anyway, I don't want to post spoilers, so I'll leave it at that. In short, this book was fantastic. Even though it's not 2013 yet, this book is making my favorites this for 2013. If Wings of Glass doesn't win at least one contest, I'll be shocked. It's top-notch storytelling and I loved it.

  • Darcy
    2019-01-22 04:35

    I thought this book was like so many with abused women. It drove me nuts how Penny kept giving Trent chance after chance and nothing changed. The last chance she gave him really made me want to thump Penny's head like a melon, you could totally see what was going to happen. What really saved this book was the friendship between the women. They all were so different you wouldn't think the friendship would work, but it did, they filled a need in each other.

  • Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
    2019-02-01 07:16

    Full post here: page one, Gina Holmes reached in to my chest and gripped my heart in a vise-like grip. To say that this story moved me would be a gross understatement. Like Penny, I was ensnared by Trent's manipulation and was equally petrified of his Jekyll and Hyde transformations. I commend Gina for not turning him in to the quintessential evil villain; instead she showed us the portrait of a flawed man--a product of his fragmented childhood--who is slave to alcoholism and anger. His fleeting moments of endearment had me clinging to the chance of a "happily ever after," but, alas, my understanding of that concept was reformed with the shocking conclusion of this story.Penny's journey though abuse was never simplified or trivialized. Their is nothing simple about abusive relationships; they are as complex and convoluted as the people in them. Gina essentially performed an autopsy of this marriage to show readers the various levels of disease and the seeds of dysfunction. Like a slow moving cancer, Penny's identity, freedom, and joy were leeched out of her life and replaced with a hopeless and seemingly meaningless existence. The first person narrative that reads as a memoir was perfectly executed and allowed readers to understand the mind of a victim. It is so easy for us on the outside to say "Just run and leave," but Penny's voice revealed the nuanced isolation and attachment to her abuser that I never before fully understood.Whilst I can not call this a story that I loved (because who can love human suffering?), I can call it a story that I respect and cherish for they way that it spoke to me so profoundly. Penny could be any woman that I pass on the street or greet in the supermarket. She is a master of disguise who has perfected the art of shielding the world from her hurts. Oh that God would open our eyes to see the broken as He did with Fatimah and Callie Mae, two women who exuded Christ's love in the most unconventional yet necessary way! Amidst the destruction Penny finds the beauty of a new life, purpose and hope through God's never failing love and strength.Take a bow Gina Holmes. Brava! **Disclosure: advanced reader's copy provided by author for review consideration**

  • Ane Mulligan
    2019-01-26 04:25

    A beautiful testament to the power of friendship. Two women, unlikely friends for Penny, help her see herself as lovable and valuable. It's a can't-put-down story that plumbs the depths of relationships. It's a must read!!

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-02-21 04:37

    What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. ~ Richard Bach"He always said if I left he would kill me, but there are far worse fates than death. Guess I hadn't known that until I met and married Trent Taylor. I didn't mind the cuts and bruises half as much as the insults and accusations. Whoever said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" has never been on the other end of a tongue that really knows how to cut. I hope you never know that kind of pain, Son. More than that, I hope you never cause it. How could you? You have such a soft heart. My sweet Emmanuel. Surely by now I've told you your name means "God with us." Because he was, Manny. He is. Even if you haven't realized it yet, you're lucky to have such a wonderful name. I used to hate mine - Penny - because that's exactly how much I felt I was worth for most of my life. But God used you to change all that. It's important to tell you before I begin this story that it's not my intention to make you hate your father. He's a man - fallen, like the rest of us. But I know you'll ask about him, and I decided when you were old enough, I would share with you all I know. That day hasn't come yet - you're just beginning to talk! - but I best write it down while it's fresh in my mind. Although some of it, I know, will fade. Reading this won't be easy, and please don't feel you have to if it's too much. I'm not one to believe all truths need to be spoken, but just in case you want to know, need to know, I'd rather you hear it from me as a whole story than get bits and pieces of the puzzle from others and not be able to make them fit together quite right. Besides, your grandmother told me long ago the best way not to repeat history is to know it. I think that's probably right. " (Prologue).This is the story told from the eyes of one who lived what most of fear. Penny Carson was abused by a man, she had once loved and who believed that control was a necessary part of his life, Trent Taylor. It is told as if you are reading it as a journal of sorts written for her son Emmanuel when he was old enough to understand. It is a difficult one to read, but also once that compels you forward in her story to know why some one would stay in a relationship that has no real ending to it. The 'whys' we often ask when confronted with a situation of domestic abuse often seems to be an easy answer to most of us. Just leave, right? Only for those who have been at the beginning, at some point their views on their situation shift and at times they feel justified by the abuse. It's sad when the only hope Penny can manage to find is when she learns her husband has had an accident. She was hoping he might die, but instead her only thoughts were, " Great. Now he's going to be even meaner."But this is a story of hope found in the midst of darkness. It comes in the form of two ministering angels,Calle Mae Johnson and later Fatimah Wek although like most victims of abuse, it takes Penny awhile to gain enough courage and confidence to confide in them, although she never lets on that Trent is hitting her. She continues to come up with excuse after excuse to cover for his behavior but at some point Calle and Fatimah share their own secrets with Penny. Even then, it's still too hard for her to admit the truth. But will she take a risk if it means placing her own baby in danger?I received Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and received no compensation to provide a favorable review. The opinions expressed are solely my own. This is a difficult novel for some, but also one I believe we all need to read, if more than to know a little bit about what goes on in the world even if we would love to pretend it doesn't. For the victims of domestic abuse, it provides a voice and offers hope to those that might see things different by reading this novel. It takes courage to share what Penny has to endure from the beginning and you see the early signs that should have been red flags for her. How she innocently passed them off as simply jealously or a sense of belonging to Trent. The journey is filled with tears, understanding, and hope and one I am personally glad I got the opportunity to take through Gina's words. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Loraine
    2019-02-14 01:39

    SUMMARY: 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.REVIEW: When I first began this book, I didn't think I would finish it as it seemed very depressing and I don't like to read that type of book. I am so glad that I stuck with it through the first few chapters as it became one of my favorite reads this year. The 3 women in this book are all totally endearing. I had a love-hate relationship with Penny. She could frustrate me no end; but at the same time, I totally understood how she could be looking for love in the wrong places considering her background. She was such a strong young woman when it came to protecting and desiring her unborn child. Fatimah and Callie Mae were such good and caring women helping to guide Penny in making the right decisions. Gina Holmes did an excellent job of dealing with spousal abuse and its effects on everyone involved in the situation. Good read.FAVORITE QUOTES: "You cannot grab hold of tomorrows when you hold the past with both hands.""God has the funniest way of using people you think are so beneath you spiritually to convict you. I guess that's one of His ways of keeping us humble.""God's not a codependent. He doesn't manipulate people into doing what they're not willing to do, no matter how much the rest of us beg him to.""So many of us pick and choose what we want to believe from the Bible and leave the difficult stuff untouched."

  • Cindy
    2019-02-06 06:18

    Wings of Glass is not a “fun” book to read. It will not provide you with light-hearted enjoyment, relaxing bedtime reading or even edge of the seat suspense. What it will give you is an undeniable, page-turning experience into the world of domestic abuse. It will hit you in the heart with poignant truths about redemption, forgiveness, friendship and true love. You will not soon forget the painful unfolding of the events in Penny’s life whether or not you know or care for someone in an abusive situation. By the final page you will care for anyone who has experienced it and gain a greater, more insightful understanding of the horror associated with this little talked about malady rampant in our society.Penny’s sweet but gullible and overly-trusting personality will capture your heart. You will hold your breath as you surge ahead through the chapters to find out what happens to Penny, her unborn baby and her abusive husband Trent. You will be enchanted by the characters of Penny’s friends Callie Mae and Fatima, women who know the true meaning of friendship and reach out to Penny, offering her the treasures of a loving heart, something Penny has not experienced nearly enough in her short life.Not to be forgotten is the deep spiritual struggle Penny undergoes throughout the book, learning to accept God’s mercy and grace in ways she never could before. She will grow closer to Him through her hardships as well as through the love of her friends. The all-encompassing truth that one is never alone and always has hope when they trust in the Lord will become real and relevant as you turn the pages of Penny’s story.Do not pick up this book for entertainment, though you will definitely be swallowed up in enthralling story. Pick it up for a new reminder of God’s faithfulness in suffering, His presence when we are most alone and the power in our hope, when it is grounded in Him. Read Wings of Glass. It will touch you in a way you don’t expect.I received this book from in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-01 01:36

    "Wings of Glass" is a story that touches on physical as well as emotional abuse. It was the summer of of 99 when Penny's dad hired Trent Taylor as a farmhand. Penny was only seventeen, about to turn eighteen and had never been paid attention to by any man , so with a little attention and a bit of sweet talk Trent literally swept her off her feet. After they elope she quickly learns that Trent has a short fuse and keeps score making her pay for whatever transgression he feels she might have caused by hitting her,or verbally abusing her, telling her what she could do and basically when she could do it! When Trent has an accident and can't work things start to change when he allows Penny to get a job. After years of Trent's abuse can Penny finally break free and stand on her own?Gina Holmes certainly knows how to create a very realistic story that really allowed me to get into the heart and head of Penny. Emotionally filled, I could easily imagine Penny's feelings, the physical abuse was hard, but honestly I think it was the verbal and emotional abuse that was the hardest to read. Thing is she is sure he loves her, so she hides what is going on between them! She is always trying to guess what might set him off, and somehow I felt like she actually blamed herself for the way that he was.Overall, this is a very well written story that portrays something that sadly goes on every day across the world, making it a very important issue that needs to be discussed. The discussion questions makes this a wonderful group read, and author's notes at the end of the story provide useful information for anyone who might be going thru this issue! A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

  • Joyce
    2019-01-25 00:45

    Library copy. Really so thankful for my public library system having so much Christian fiction available!I really don't know how to write this review. I've never had a book affect me the way this has. Usually if a subject is close to home I am crying all the way through it. This book did not make me cry, though I think it should. Let me explain.The book is very well written. I do not care at all for the first person. I find myself saying that to myself over and over as I read a story written in the first person. This book needed to be written that way. It couldn't have worked any other way. I know that. It is very well done. Read it and see for yourself.The characters and story are excellent. My favorite character is Fatima. She is as real to me as any real person. I think we should all have a friend like Fatima! Everything about the book is believable and realistic. It moves along even though the story is a difficult one. The strength of the book is in the author's ability to get inside Penny's such a way that I feel like I am back in my abusive marriage, which ended a long time ago. I would caution those who have been there that this does NOT read like fiction. It is not entertaining or relaxing reading. I highly recommend this book, particularly to those who have not experienced abuse to better understand those who have.

  • Rebecca Holland
    2019-02-14 06:32

    Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes, Tyndale House Publishers, ISBN 978-1-4143-664151Pv2dwhEPL._SL500_AA300_Gina Holmes caught attention with Crossing Oceans and Dry As Rain - both receiving recognition with the Christy Awards. As a writer, I must say I enjoyed the weaving and sculpting talents of Holmes in this Tyndale House Publishers book that releases in March of 2013.Penny Carson finds her true love at the age of 18 when she meets Trent Tyler in this journey of redemption and friendship and coming of age that Holmes has penned. It seemed to good to be true the way Penny's life and love seemed to be working out. She and Trent were so happy, and she was so ready to experience life beyond her normal. Holmes puts it all out there for the reader to grasp quickly, and then like a true artist, she dips her paint brush on the pages honestly and with broad strokes, bringing the reader in with the color of her words.You can't help but feel as if you are Penny or you know someone like Penny. She is a personable character. And when Trent loses his All-American boy charm that attracted Penny, and he hits her for the first time, you are shocked and angry at the same time.You see a submissive Penny, a Penny who is afraid, and then their lives change - Penny's for the better.And it is not how you might expect.Great piece of work. I have it five stars.

  • Casey
    2019-02-07 01:15

    It’s a hauntingly heart-breaking story. One that tugs on the heart strings and makes you aware to a whole new level to abuse, both physical and emotional.I did not understand the cycle of abuse more fully until I got older. Why couldn’t these women just stand up and walk away? Because they can’t. And this novel so clearly depicts the hard and desperate life of that cycle.Penny is not a strong character. She doesn’t have the backbone she needs to succeed…yet. But the beautiful part about this story is the reader sees it. They know it’s there, she just needs to allow herself to grow and strengthen.Written in first person, Penny is telling the story, not to the reader, but to her young son. It’s a different rhythm to fall into, but once I grew accustomed to the style, it’s unique and very memoir-like. The spiritual truths of the story aren’t overt, but are very present. In the lives and words of her new friends, Penny sees who she can become. I could only feel for her as it always seemed so far out of her reach. She’s as true to life as our neighbors.This is not an easy story to read. It’s not light or funny or any shade of romantic; what it is: deep. Eye-opening. Heart-changing. Strong. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.

  • Alycia Morales
    2019-02-08 02:30

    Why is it that so many women allow themselves to be emotionally or physically abused? Do we deserve it? No. But we tend to make excuses for why the abuse happens, afraid of what life would be like if we weren’t suffering at the hand of someone we supposedly need and love.On the other hand, some of us have the Savior mentality. If we hang in there, maybe we can love him into changing. Can’t he see it in our eyes? Doesn’t he trust our heart?And we continue to live the lie.Gina Holmes writes a compelling story in Wings of Glass. Through telling the story of Penny “One-Cent” Taylor and her abusive husband, Trent, Gina hits the nail on the head. Pulling no punches, Gina writes an accurate description of living under abuse and the dangers women face every day. Emotional, heart-pounding, and full of expectation, I couldn’t put it down. I read it in three days’ time, a rare thing for me.Wings of Glass is a story of triumph and overcoming mountains. If you know a woman who suffers at the hand of an abuser, I highly recommend gifting her with Gina’s book. Maybe it will encourage her to stand up for herself and triumph as well.

  • Nenette
    2019-02-01 23:16

    This is not the first time that I am reading a story that talks about abused wives. Of the handful of titles I've read, I think this one is the best so far. It is not only dark as such tales tend to be, but it also offers hope, lots of it. As a Christian inspirational, it explains in a far from preachy manner how God works in our lives - in His own way and time.Two valuable lessons from this story that I've heard a lot about given my age, but these are not time-bound. No matter one's age or stage in life, these will apply:1. Change begins with oneself. Change triggers a chain reaction, but always, it has to "start with me". The other person or the circumstances will follow suit, as a result.2. Before arriving at a conclusion or decision, try to imagine yourself in the other person's situation. Assume a third party role. How would you have reacted? What would you have done?I am so grateful that I got this gem of a book for free from Amazon last July. Now, I see that it's regularly priced. Nevertheless, this first experience with Gina Holmes made me a fan. Free or not free, I am sure to get/buy more of her books.

  • Sam B
    2019-01-21 07:36

    Frankly I loved this book!This is a Christian fiction about abuse.It is written as a letter that Penny, the main character, is writing to her son.She explains to him what happened with his father from a little before she found out she was pregnant to a little after she delivered.It's a beautiful book about hope and Gina does a great job at depicting very realistic situations.

  • Virginia Campbell
    2019-01-25 23:17

    The Devil Incarnate came into young Penny Carson' life in the form of charismatic, good-looking Trent Taylor, a farmhand who dared to talk back to her overbearing father. With seductive promises, Trent stole Penny away from her home and family, luring her with his possessiveness, which at first made her feel wanted. It didn't take long at all for the twisted man behind the handsome face to begin his cycle of abuse--expectation of forgiveness--abuse. In "Wings of Glass", author Gina Holmes offers a look at domestic violence which is intense, unflinching, at times quite brutal, but is ultimately healing. The subject of abuse is one that many people turn away from because it makes them uncomfortable. Almost all of us know someone who is an abuse victim. We ourselves may be that victim. Abuse taints and tortures not only the immediate victim, but also others in the surrounding vicinity. Its effects are endless. Ripples upon ripples on the sea of life. When Trent is blinded in a work accident, Penny eventually finds work cleaning houses through a "church lady", Callie Mae. The woman who trains her, Fatimah, is a Sudanese refugee. The three women would at first seem very different, but they form a genuine friendship with a thread of shared painful memories. When Trent regains his eyesight, he also regains the vicious edge to his personality, which had been somewhat lessened by his loss of vision. Penny's pregnancy adds to the tension of the situation, even though at times Trent seems pleased about becoming a father. The abuse he suffered in his own childhood has taken a terrible toll, though, and he cannot stop the demon inside which makes him do awful things to Penny and other people. When the scope of the violence increases beyond their own home, and eventually includes the loss of a life, Penny must rely on the life lessons and friendship she has received from Callie Mae and Fatimah to sustain her own life and the life of her young son, Manny. I would like to commend Gina Holmes for choosing to write about abuse and its lasting, widespread effects–not just on the victim, but on those who care for the victim. All of us, whether we realize it or not, know someone who has been abused at some point in their life. The first reaction to abuse is denial. It’s a subject which makes people uncomfortable, and the victims often linger in a very painful silence. Writing about it may encourage someone who is a victim to seek help. Acknowledgement is not only a first step, it’s a giant leap! Recommended.Review Copy Gratis Tyndale House Publishers

  • Erin Cataldi
    2019-02-10 03:15

    To say I loathed this book is a gross understatement. I despise domestic abuse stories. That being said I enjoyed the author's writing style and imagery, I just hated her story. Penny ran away from her folks at age 17 in order to elope with her abusive lover. It's been 10 years of hell, but now that her husband has tragically lost her eyesight and she is with child, she hopes that it wil turn him into a better man. Her new friends however are doubtful, they want Penny to get away before Trent crosses the line and hurts her AND the baby. What is she supposed to do? She loves Trent and thinks that him abusing her is part of his duty as head of household. Will she ever be able to find God's strength and run away?Now instead of giving this review only one star I chose to give it three because there are some redeeming qualities. 1. The characters are well developed and you feel as if they are people you could easily run into in real life.2. The writing style is very descriptive, but doesn't bog you down, I read this book in a record 2 1/2 hours.3. The author did her research well, even though I despise domestic abuse stories, the author really got into the mentality of the abused and makes it easy for you to empathize with the victim.Now, why I hated this soo much. For the life of me I cannot understand or relate with the excuses that battered women make. I'm not trying to sound judgemental and I know I've never had to experience what they're going through, but I just can't undestand. Penny makes excuse after excuse for her husband. She even defends him when he drunkenly pushes her friend down the stairs who was carrying her newborn child!! A man pushes a woman carrying an infant and you try to tell the police it was an accident and that your husband didn't mean to do it!? Worst friend ever. Penny's friends keep trying to help her but she's in denial. Her husband beats her, degrades her, cheats on her, and verbally abuses her and she thinks it's ok! Like all the time!! I know this happens in real life but I can't understand it. As one of her friends, Callie Mae, says "The first time a man hit me would be the last time."If you're into domestic abuse, rising above challenges, or living in denial, then thsi is the book for you.I received this book for free from Waterbrook Press in return for my honest unbiased opinion.

  • Shantelle
    2019-02-13 00:25

    Wings of Glass is about a young woman who runs blindly into marriage and finds herself tied to an abuser. But she's not strong enough to stand up for herself, to make a change. Instead, she quietly let her husband beat her; and defends him when he gets into trouble of his own making. But then she meets two women who know about abuse, and urge her to fly away before her wings shatter. I don't quite know what to think about this book. It was a sad, terrible story (but very real for some women out there). It drew me in and I read through it pretty quickly; but I just can't give it more than three stars. Why? There were some things that bothered me about it. I can't claim to know much about abusive husbands and that type of stuff, but when a character in Wings of Glass said quite dismissingly that Penny's husband "would never change", I couldn't get passed that. Yes, perhaps abusers aren't likely to ever change, but why must the character say this? Really, God can change the vilest of sinners, so I wouldn't just totally write of this guy's could-be transformation.Another thing is, I must confess that I just didn't really like Fatimah and Callie Mae's attitudes. It was obvious both of them held onto a measure of bitterness and grudges. And though I'm not saying I blame them, considering what each of them had gone through; they just didn't seem emotionally stable enough to be Penny's "mentors". Sometimes I felt they confused Penny a lot more than they helped her with their "advice". God can change anyone; but obviously some people don't want to accept that gift. Penny's husband seemed to be one of those people. It was totally right of her to take herself and her baby out of that situation... But why the bashing of Trent? I know he was an awful guy who was really messed up, but he also has a soul. Probably, Wings of Glass is a novel more for women who have gone through what Penny has. As for me, there's just things I cannot understand. This book was very well-written, I easily got into it. Penny's life made me want to cry, and I'm very glad she got herself and Manny safely away from Trent. But the other aspects of this story (that I mentioned above), I just can't quite get passed. But I encourage you to read this if you were planning to, and consider it's message.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-15 02:45

    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 women 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.

  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    2019-02-09 01:19

    I hold Gina Holmes fully responsible for putting me in touch with my feminine side this week. I cracked open the covers of "Wings of Glass" and was immediately swept up into the world of Penny Carson, finding myself deeply moved by her story such that I even shed tears! Holmes has expertly captured the heart-break of domestic violence, and yet has also shown the power of God in bringing others alongside to support and love hurting women to places of freedom. The book is very well written and the words flow smoothly, with the story leaving me craving more. The characters are wonderfully developed and you will leave the story feeling like you've made new friends. As I myself have worked with many victims of domestic violence over the years in my job as a social worker, I can tell you that Gina's book contains an authentic flavor that rings all too true. As such, readers may find themselves disturbed by some of the things they read about, at the choices Penny makes. Yet they will also learn the importance of loving women in these situations in a non-judgmental manner, as readers will learn that no situation is black and white. Although I enjoyed the character of Penny, probably my favorite character is Fatimah, who does everything with her unique passion. The scene where Fatimah invites Penny to dinner over the phone literally had me laughing out loud, and I loved how she wasn't afraid to stand up to injustice!You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll come away all the better for spending time with Penny and Fatimah. I highly recommend this novel and award it 5 out of 5 stars.Book has been provided courtesy of the author for the purposes of this unbiased review.

  • Kate
    2019-02-02 07:15

    A true moment requires a thought and an action to render the conclusion. Penny was young when she met Trent Taylor. Longing to escape from an unsatisfactory home life she anxiously left with the one who made her feel like a princess. It soon became apparent, in her dream state, that she really did not know Trent as his love quickly became of the sheltering and controlling type. When a work related accident befalls Trent she finds work and meets two women, Callie and Fatimah, who create one well devised plan. In the darkest hour will it be possible for Penny to protect those who need her most?A story of abuse, heartbreak, suspense, longing, friendship and love guaranteed to keep you reading well past the midnight hour. Well devised and progressive plot, realistic and well formed characters and descriptive colorful scenery blend together expertly to create a most impossible to put down novel. From the beginning I was drawn into her story which seemed so real and monumental to me. The author tackles a difficult subject matter successfully with grace and although this is fiction it could possibly be read as a nonfiction memoir. An extremely well written book that offers no dragging or dull parts. I was entertained by this faith challenging and inspiring read and will highly recommend this book to others. 5 Stars!I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers for my review.

  • Joleen
    2019-02-17 23:39

    As I began Wings of Glass I thought it was going to be hard to read because of the subject matters (physical/emotional abuse, poverty and zero self worth...whew). This is not my usual book. But, I must say, Ms. Holmes writes this story so beautifully, it ends up captivating rather than hard. Yes, there is abuse, but the fact that our main character, Penny, is writing this to her child means it's also written without much of the messiness involved in telling the story from a vindictive, or even a totally broken person's point of view. Penny tells it from a position of resignation, but also one of love for both her child and her abusive husband, Trent. It's not hopeless. It's full of love from two of the best friends she could ever have, two faithful friends who see things she can't, and whom she always feels she doesn't deserve.I read hundreds of books a year, forgetting most of them within weeks, unless they stand out. This is one of those books I will not easily forget. I could easily say I was enriched through reading Wings of Glass, which from me is high praise.Totally worth your time and money. You will want to read it.Oh, and I didn't think I'd read anything by this author, but I went through my Kindle and realized that years ago I read Crossing Oceans, another emotionally gripping book I clearly did not forget. Very talented writer I'm pleased to be more familiar with now.

  • Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
    2019-02-04 03:28

    Domestic violence is such a difficult subject. Those of us that have never experienced it have a hard time understanding what keeps someone in that situation. Why don’t they just leave and get help? Isn’t it as simple as that?Gina Holmes delves into the intricacies that are involved in these complex relationships. Through her written voice you are able to see what goes on in the mind of not only the perpetrator but also the victim and those that are trying to help the victim.Trent is an unlikable person. He’s mean and deceitful when he is healthy and he’s mean and deceitful when he’s injured. The one trait that I have to admire about Penny is that she continues to cling to hope that he will improve, especially after the accident. As the story unfolds and light is shed on the darkness of their marriage we can begin to see that we’re all victims of a sin nature just waiting to be set free.This is an emotion ridden story told by a broken momma to her son. At times it will make you want to weep and at other times it will make you want to rage at the injustice of it all. In the end I hope you will come away with a sense of hope as I did. Some things aren't set right in the way we deem it to be, but have no doubt about it, in the end all will be justified by the One who is faithful and true!I recieved a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

  • Janna
    2019-02-03 07:32

    I always preface a review on a book like this by saying that contemporary women's fiction is not usually my first choice in "fun" reading. It doesn't mean I don't enjoy them but sometimes it is just that they tend to be heavy and not always what I am looking for. I have heard a lot about Gina Holmes though so I had to give this one a try. I was very impressed by the writing style and story development as well as the heroine. I was quickly drawn in and wrapped up in Penny's world, as painful as it might be. The insight into why a woman could be drawn into an abusive relationship and then why in the world she would choose to stay was quite invaluable. I feel as though I might understand the mindset that these woman have just a little better. I have been blessed in my relationships, both in growing up and in my marriage, but I know that is more rare than I would like to think. It is easy for me to sit here and say that I would leave if I was struck, and why aren't these women smart enough to figure that out. Gina has a book here that is very eye opening in showing me a different side. I was rooting for Penny and hoping for a good outcome, but life has shown us that a good outcome is not always real life.

  • Diana Montgomery
    2019-02-17 00:19

    I liked the book from the beginning. I didn't want to stop reading it kept me pulled into find out what was gonna happen. A story of abuse. Penny marries a man thinking he is the best thing in the world. Doesn't take Trent long to show his true colors. He is a alcoholic, drug user and a womanizer. Blames everything goes wrong in his life on his wife. Penny soon find out she is gonna have a baby. Is this the kind of life she wants for the baby? No money for food Penny goes to a food pantry to get help. Plus she makes 2 friends who help her and give her a job. But Trent doesn't like that either. Then there is a murder of a woman. abuse to her friend. How much is it gonna take for Penny to wake up? The verse that came into mind when I finished this book was Proverbs 17:17. Great book I would recommend it to everyone.I was given this book to read for my own personal review.I would like to thank Fred and Thanks to the publisher for this book and thanks to our sponsors and to David Cook.I left my reviews on these sites: Amazon Blog:

  • Maryellen
    2019-01-28 04:42

    If only domestic abuse was so farfetched that writing about it would qualify as science fiction or something. Instead, this evocative, heart breaking and sometimes infuriating novel tells a story of domestic abuse that I'm sure could be the life story of someone that we all know. Someone that you wouldn't think was living this nightmare, yet they are. Trent Taylor sweeps Penny Carson off her feet when she's only 17 years old and it isn't long until he's knocking her to the floor. He does what abusers do~~he takes her from all she knows, isolates her and makes her dependent upon him. Until one day when a welding accident leaves Trent unable to work and Penny takes a job cleaning houses. It is through her new job that she finally makes friends in Callie Mae and Fatimah; both of whom are women who have lived through their own nightmares and can recognize Penny's situation. My Father says that graveyards are full of women who thought their abusive husband would change and I wish for once he was wrong. This faith-filled book is written as a love letter from Penny to her son, Manny. "The best way not to repeat history is to know it." Well said Ms. Holmes. Well said. 4.5 ✰’s

  • Mary Hamilton
    2019-02-18 01:28

    In the middle of the first chapter, I seriously considered never finishing this book. It was depressing and I feared it would provide more details of an abusive marriage than I cared to read. But Gina Holmes has done an excellent job of showing the complexities of abuse and creating the necessary tension without all the gory details. The twists in the story puts the reader inside the mind of Penny Taylor, the narrator, as she constantly hopes and believes that life will change for the better. The two women who befriend Penny are perfect contrasts. I loved the outspoken Fatimah, alternately cheering her on and laughing at her stubbornness. And I loved Callie Mae for her warmth, courage and dedication to helping other women when her own heart was also broken.This book presents a realistic picture of abuse, both the perpetrator and the victim, and would be helpful to anyone who suspects it is going on or for someone involved in it.I highly recommend this hopeful yet true-to-life portrayal of abusive relationships. It's something we all need to be aware of and have the courage to confront.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-19 01:43

    "Wings Of Glass" by Gina Holmes gets 5 stars from me. It is about the abuse Penny gets from her husband Trent. It is a hard subject to deal with but one that is a common occurrence to often. While I was reading this novel I felt like I could have been hearing the story from Penny herself. This story is written as a letter to her son. This book needs to be given to someone that is being subjected to abuse and to people that know it is happening to someone they love! I wish I could say this book is purely fictional but we all know that isn't true! When Penny was seventeen, she ran off with Trent and her life was not easy. But when Trent is injured from a work accident and out of necessary he allowes Penny to take a job, Penny begins to see she has other options (she doesn't see these she at first) but she doesn't allow herself to really take them until it is almost too late. Finally she sees she has to change her in order to protect the most important thing in her life. I was intrigued by the title but that is explained in the story as well! I received this book from to read and post my honest opinion.

  • Pamela Meyers
    2019-01-24 23:19

    Ever since Gina Holmes' first novel Crossing Oceans I have been a fan. And this book did not disappoint!Told in first person, Holmes pulls the reader into the story and into Penny Carson, the main character, so smoothly that you feel as though you are right there in her head, following her through her sudden marriage to Trent Taylor. She thought this handsome man would offer escape from an overbearing father, but she soon realizes the guy she married isn't the man of her dreams.Although the storyline centers on abuse, at no time did I feel put off by the subject. But, there were times I wanted to step into the pages and give Penny a hard shake for her blinded stubbornness in staying with the man, much the way her two friends Callie Mae and Fatima feel through much of the story.I read this story with confidence that it would end well--not in a happily ever after sort of way because it isn't that kind of story, but in a satisfying way. And that it did. I highly recommend this story for the exquisite writing and powerful story that I could not put down.

  • Keyosha
    2019-02-06 07:41

    Simply heart wrenching but UPLIFTINGIt has been a very long time that I've read a book cover to cover in a day no less in 6 hours! The author style of writing and how she draws you in made this read such a fantastic read for me. The story narrated by the main character to her son Manny walks you through her emotional and way too often physical abuse from her husband. I won't go into details but I will say some of the quotes in the book are what I call "wise quotes" that you would normally from one of your elders growing up and you may dismiss it at the time because you are too young and still filled with innocence to truly understand the depth of a "wise quote". I truly enjoyed this book and thoroughly enjoyed the author, I will definitely be reading more of her books!!!

  • Bloomfield Eastern Greene County Public Library
    2019-01-21 04:44

    This was an excellent book! I had read reviews on this book and was so glad to be able to read it! This was such a great book. I really liked the way Penny develops and matures throughout the story. It's also a great story for how people can come together and support someone in need all the while developing friendships. I also really like that this isn't the typical Christian fiction book in which there isn't premarital sex, cuss words, etc. I liked the fact that they actually referenced scriptures throughout the story and that people were the Body of Christ together. Great book! Definitely should read!