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By Conny Withay
Published on November 12, 2012

Author: Gina Holmes
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-6641-8

Author: Gina Holmes
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-6641-8

I dreamed I had stained-glass wings just like her. I kept flapping them with all my might, but my feet wouldn’t leave the ground. I was about to give up when I noticed the vine wrapped around my ankle.” Penny acknowledges in Gina Homes’ Christian novel, Wings of Glass.

With three hundred and seventy-one pages, this paperback book depicts a huge beautiful butterfly with a young woman behind it, hugging herself as she walks down the middle of railroad tracks on the front cover. The back cover gives a few paragraphs about the book, two reviews, and the author’s biography with a photograph. At end of the book inside, there are author notes with information about abuse hotlines and materials.  Although there is no profanity or questionable sex scenes, the subject matter of spousal abuse and alcoholism may not be suitable for immature teenagers or younger. This reader wishes all pronouns regarding God were capitalized.

Bestselling author Holmes writes in first person of Penny, a very young, sheltered and somewhat naïve married woman who finds out she is pregnant after years of trying. However, there is one major obstacle in her life: the husband she loves and adores yet fears and is afraid of is not only an alcoholic but repeatedly physically and emotionally abuses her. After each tragic episode, she forgives, ignores and denies the abuse, enabling the sad situation further.

When her husband becomes temporarily blind from a work-related job, Penny is forced to take a job cleaning houses, where she meets two extraordinary women with heart-breaking backgrounds of their own to share. With both women being Christians and their love deepens for Penny, the young girl is at a cross-road deciding if she should Biblically leave her husband. When given a winged angel statue, Penny tries to correlate her own life behind the artwork’s symbolism.

Yet after her spouse comes home drunk again and there is a murder of a woman he worked with, Penny is forced to choose between her fear-based silence and escaping, taking her newborn son to safety. As she writes letters to her son, one sees the angst, anger, and frustration of not only the physical abuse but the emotional and spiritual turmoil.

The book states in the beginning from Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” NLT. Holmes does an excellent job weaving the strong cord of friendship that helps the heroine turn to God and decide what to do next.

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