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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DANCING ON BROKEN GLASS by Ka Hancock

Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka HancockPublisher:  Gallery Books
Date Released:  March 2012
Pages: 416

About the Book:  An unvarnished portrait of a marriage that is both ordinary and extraordinary, Dancing on Broken Glass takes readers on an unforgettable journey of the heart. 

Lucy Houston and Mickey Chandler probably shouldn’t have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. They’re both plagued with faulty genes—he has bipolar disorder; she, a ravaging family history of breast cancer. But when their paths cross on the night of Lucy’s twenty-first birthday, sparks fly, and there’s no denying their chemistry. 

Cautious every step of the way, they are determined to make their relationship work—and they put their commitment in writing. Mickey will take his medication. Lucy won’t blame him for what is beyond his control. He promises honesty. She promises patience. Like any marriage, there are good days and bad days—and some very bad days. In dealing with their unique challenges, they make the heartbreaking decision not to have children. But when Lucy shows up for a routine physical just shy of their eleventh anniversary, she gets an impossible surprise that changes everything. Everything. Suddenly, all their rules are thrown out the window, and the two of them must redefine what love really is.

Wanda's Review:  This is, for sure, one of the most emotional and heart-wrenching books I've ever read. This is a wonderful story about deep family love, sacrifice, pain, grief, and survival.

Breast cancer has wiped out Lucy Houston's maternal line. She has faulty genes. Mickey Chandler is seriously flawed with bipolar disorder. Perhaps their captivating romance bloomed where seeds should never have been sown, but Lucy and Mickey marry in spite of the odds against them.

Lucy chose Mickey because he was a warrior. Because of Lucy, Mickey has a life he never dared to dream of. Every day he fights to be his best self, despite his illness, and when he slips, the consequences can be devastating. Lucy and Mickey both agree early on that babies will never fit into their equation, but that never takes away their want. Life with Mickey is like dancing barefoot on broken glass, but Lucy is determined to dance with him forever, if she can. 

This is just an incredible book, although it does make you feel saddened at the end. An outstanding debut novel! I'll be watching for more from Ka Hancock. I highly recommend.  
Ka Hancock
The Author - Ka Hancock