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.
My heart. My tiny, baby grinch heart. WOW. Let me just say, my eye leaked. (Not both of them) But my right one leaked a weird substance for about 3 seconds. It was really strange and it made me question why I like to punish myself with such emotional and turmoil filled books.
Oh yeah. Because I’m a glutton. How could I forget?
The way the entire story unfolds, with alternating POV’s between Lucy and Mickey’s journal entries was so fascinating to me. I was in love with it. Mickey’s POV’s weren’t long, but they packed the punch. They were straight to the point and hit you right in the gut. You were there, in his head. The raw and realistic portrayal of the things these characters go through is truly heartbreaking and earth shaking. It is one of the greatest things about Dancing on Broken Glass.
“Lucy, every marriage is a dance; complicated at times, lovely at times, most the time very uneventful. But with Mickey, there will be times when your dance will be on broken glass. There will be pain. And you will either flee that pain or hold tighter and dance through it to the next smooth place”
The tightness of this family and the community they lived in was so overwhelming. In the best way possible. The help they provided and the care and love they provided to not just Lucy and Mickey but every one else around them was spectacular and truly inspiring. Not to mention, the development of the characters and the emotions they felt just captivated me from the get go. Mickey for the win!
“Michael Chandler was always my hero. And now you must let him be hers.”
DEBUT. NOVEL. That is what this book is. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it because the author’s writing was completely out of this world.
I will end with this: Dancing on Broken Glass is not a love story. It is a life story. It’s a story about hope and love and the what if’s. It’s about mental illness and the struggle that it provokes from the person itself and their surrounding peers. The struggle and the hurt. And all of the things in between.