At the age of 17, Penny escaped from her small-town life into the arms of Trent, convinced he was the one for her. Ten years later, she finds herself stuck in an abusive marriage without a friend or family member for support. When Trent is injured, she's finally able to get a job outside the home, where she becomes friends with two women who help her see that although they may be glass, she still has wings.
The characters are wonderfully written. I have to admit Penny sometimes got on my nerves because she couldn't stand on her two feet, but I think that means the author captured the pattern of abuse perfectly. The fights, the beatings, the apology, the forgiveness, the happy times...until the cycle starts again.
Although Trent is a jerk, he was written in a way that explained why he acted that way without excusing his behavior. I kept hoping he would get good counseling and help, even though I wanted Penny to leave him. I found it interesting that the "pastors" who were brought in to counsel the couple encouraged Penny to forgive, as if the beatings weren't enough cause to leave her husband. Their use of scripture was in itself abusive, which is an interesting topic, and I wish the author had delved into it a bit more.
Callie and Fati were also great characters, ones I hope every abused woman will have one day to help her break free.
At times, this is a difficult read. No one wants to read about an abused woman, but it is a captivating tale of hope, a story that kept me up until 2 a.m. to finish.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.