Since Exemplify launched I’ve received countless books to review. Not all of them make it onto the site or into the magazine because I can’t possibly read everything that comes across my desk!
Walking on Broken Glass is the story of Leah Thornton.
Borrowing from the back of the book, “Leah Thornton’s life, like her Southern Living home, has great curb appeal. But a paralyzing encounter with a can of frozen apple juice in the supermarket shatters the facade, forcing her to admit that all is not as it appears.
When her best friend gets in Leah’s face about her refusal to deal with her life, Leah is forced to make an agonizing decision.
Can she sacrifice what she wants to get what she needs? Joy, sadness, and pain converge, testing Leah’s commitment to her marriage, her motherhood and her faith.”
When I opened this book to read, “If I had known children break on the inside and the cracks don’t surface until years later, I would have been more careful with my words…” I was instantly captured.
I continued to read, soaking in Christa’s words shared through Leah, stopping to read them aloud to my husband. And then calling my friends to read them aloud again. It was Leah’s journal entries throughout the book that often jarred me out of my comfort zone, making me cringe with empathy as this character blossomed into more.
It is rare you read a book with a healthy tension of modernity, wit and authenticity. Three ingredients that, for me, make a novel worth reading and revisiting.
This is a novel that goes much deeper than your average book. It breaks the mold, pushes some boundaries, sings the song of redemption and begs for a sequel.
Christa Allan is a writer to watch.