ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist!
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 novel is one that will keep you turning the pages and hoping the best for Penny. Penny is married to Trent, an abuser and a drunk. He apologizes after he hits her and even promises to change. Penny is cut off from the outside world, including her parents, due to her husband's jealousy. One day, years into their marriage, Trent has an accident at work, which leaves him blind. Penny is forced to get a job to support them while Trent heals. She makes a couple of friends and they try to talk Penny into leaving her husband but after the accident, Trent starts to treat her better and seems to be making an effort. Will he be able to continue mending their relationship or will he fall back into old habits? This is a very good story that shows the meaning of true friendship, love, and the power of God's healing. It can be an eye opener for those who are on the outside looking into an abusive relationship. Sometimes leaving is not as simple as it seems. I highly recommend this well written book. I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.