Broken Wings: A Novel

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Onstage, the singing duo of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner captured America's heart for more than two decades. Offstage, their own hearts have throbbed as one for sixty years. Only now, Gabe has retreated into the tangles of Alzheimer's, leaving Mitzi to ponder her future alone.

On the other side of Tulsa, everyone believes Brooke Woodson has found the perfect man—a handsome lawyer with sights on becoming Tulsa's next District Attorney. If only Brooke felt more sure. If only her fiancé ...

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Overview

Onstage, the singing duo of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner captured America's heart for more than two decades. Offstage, their own hearts have throbbed as one for sixty years. Only now, Gabe has retreated into the tangles of Alzheimer's, leaving Mitzi to ponder her future alone.

On the other side of Tulsa, everyone believes Brooke Woodson has found the perfect man—a handsome lawyer with sights on becoming Tulsa's next District Attorney. If only Brooke felt more sure. If only her fiancé could control his anger. If only love didn't come with so many scars.

When an accident lands Brooke in the hospital where Mitzi volunteers, the two women quickly develop an unlikely friendship birthed by providence and bathed in grace. And with Mitzi's help, kindness, and insight, Brooke learns how to pick up the broken pieces of her life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tulsa's jazz past meets the present in an issue-oriented tale from Stewart (Chasing Lilacs). Mitzi Steiner has enjoyed a 60-year marriage and successful singing partnership with her husband, Gabe. In their later years, Gabe lives in the twilight of Alzheimer's. Volunteering as a "Pink Lady" at a hospital to keep herself busy, Mitzi is deeply affected when Brooke Woodson arrives in the ER, bearing signs of domestic abuse, signs Mitzi recognizes from her childhood. The former jazz singer and the young woman, a paralegal engaged to an ambitious lawyer with an explosive temper, form a bond as each shares her story. Mitzi's tale, narrated in flashback, works. Her past is filled with color, and her present is poignant. Brooke's story is less persuasive; as she moves from battered passivity to strength, characters in the abuse plot thread—her fiancé's aunt, her father—are less than credible. The fresher story is grounded in history and in Alzheimer's, a tough subject in life and fiction. In her sophomore novel, Stewart stumbles with the contemporary elements; she should concentrate on her strength with history. (June)
Romatic Times
"While the story is heartbreaking, there is much more to this book. The lives of Mitzi and Brooke are told both in present time and with flashbacks, weaving together love, loss, tragedy and friendship. Stewart skillfully entertains and engages the reader with each character's private pain and survival skills."
Tina Ann Forkner
"A memorable story, beautifully written. Set against the backdrop of Tulsa's intriguing jazz culture, Carla Stewart's Broken Wings is a captivating intergenerational tale of friendship, love, and music that surpasses the boundaries of age and time."
Lisa Wingate
"Journey along as an unlikely meeting begets a sisterhood of the heart that unlocks the secrets of the past and ends in the purchase of one amazing red dress. Carla Stewart's fine tale will make you want to spread your wings and fly!"
Susan May Warren
"Carla Stewart writes powerful, beautiful, emotionally evocative stories that touch my heart. Broken Wings is no exception. I couldn't put it down."
Susan Meissner
"A relevant story that explores the beauty of friendship as well as the heartache of abuse. Carla Stewart is an engaging storyteller."
Alice Wisler
"A gripping tale of friendship under turbulent circumstances, Broken Wings is told with Carla Stewart's poignancy and skill in storytelling."
Shelley Adina
"I smiled through my tears as I read Broken Wings. Those of us who have been abused can cheer for Brooke, who stands up and fights with what she has: friendship and the love of God. Keep writing Carla. We need the voice of hope.
Christina Berry
"With apt descriptions and artful prose, Stewart delves in the vibrant, jazzy 1940s, at the same time creating a true-to-life present. Moving between the two time periods, readers discover what everlasting love is, and how strong a woman must be to recognize it."
author of Daisy Chain and A Slow Burn Mary E. DeMuth
"Chasing Lilacs is the kind of coming of age story that sticks to you beyond the last page. Unforgettable characters, surprising plot twists, and a setting so southern you'll fall in love with Texas. Carla Stewart is a new talent to watch!"
Patti Lacy
"Prepare to laugh, cry, and pray as you inhale each poignant word of this stunning debut novel. Simply unforgettable!"
From the Publisher
"Carla Stewart writes powerful, beautiful, emotionally evocative stories that touch my heart. Broken Wings is no exception. I couldn't put it down."—Susan May Warren, award-winning, best-selling author of Nightingale

"Journey along as an unlikely meeting begets a sisterhood of the heart that unlocks the secrets of the past and ends in the purchase of one amazing red dress. Carla Stewart's fine tale will make you want to spread your wings and fly!"—Lisa Wingate, National Bestselling Author of Larkspur Cove and Dandelion Summer

"A memorable story, beautifully written. Set against the backdrop of Tulsa's intriguing jazz culture, Carla Stewart's Broken Wings is a captivating intergenerational tale of friendship, love, and music that surpasses the boundaries of age and time."—Tina Ann Forkner, author of Ruby Among Us and Rose House

"A relevant story that explores the beauty of friendship as well as the heartache of abuse. Carla Stewart is an engaging storyteller."—Susan Meissner, author of The Shape of Mercy

"With apt descriptions and artful prose, Stewart delves in the vibrant, jazzy 1940s, at the same time creating a true-to-life present. Moving between the two time periods, readers discover what everlasting love is, and how strong a woman must be to recognize it."—Christina Berry, award-winning author of The Familiar Stranger

"I smiled through my tears as I read Broken Wings. Those of us who have been abused can cheer for Brooke, who stands up and fights with what she has: friendship and the love of God. Keep writing Carla. We need the voice of hope.—Shelley Adina, author of the All About Us series

"A gripping tale of friendship under turbulent circumstances, Broken Wings is told with Carla Stewart's poignancy and skill in storytelling."—Alice Wisler, author of Rain Song (Christy Finalist 2009), How Sweet It Is (Christy Finalist 2010), and Hatteras Girl

"Stewart writes about powerful and basic emotions with a restraint that suggests depth and authenticity; the relationship between Sammie and her mother Rita, the engine that drives the plot, is beautifully and delicately rendered. Coming-of-age stories are a fiction staple, but well-done ones much rarer. This emotionally acute novel is one of the rare ones."—Publishers Weekly on Chasing Lilacs

"Chasing Lilacs is the kind of coming of age story that sticks to you beyond the last page. Unforgettable characters, surprising plot twists, and a setting so southern you'll fall in love with Texas. Carla Stewart is a new talent to watch!"—Mary E. DeMuth, author of Daisy Chain and A Slow Burn

"Prepare to laugh, cry, and pray as you inhale each poignant word of this stunning debut novel. Simply unforgettable!"—Patti Lacy, author of An Irishwoman's Tale, 2008 Forward Magazine Book of the Year Finalist, and What the Bayou Saw, on Chasing Lilacs"While the story is heartbreaking, there is much more to this book. The lives of Mitzi and Brooke are told both in present time and with flashbacks, weaving together love, loss, tragedy and friendship. Stewart skillfully entertains and engages the reader with each character's private pain and survival skills."—Romatic Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446556569
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 6/3/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 683,950
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carla Stewart is the author of Chasing Lilacs. Her writing reflects her passion for times gone by, cherished relationships, and the mysteries of God in our skid-marked world. She and her husband have four adult sons and delight in the adventures of their six grandchildren.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    This is such an awe-inspiring book, I love it! I highly recom

    This is such an awe-inspiring book, I love it! I highly recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    I Just loved this book. I plan on reading everything that Carla

    I Just loved this book. I plan on reading everything that Carla Stewart writes!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    When Mitzi was a child her mother took the childeren and ran awa

    When Mitzi was a child her mother took the childeren and ran away from an abusive husband.
    Now Mitzi is in her 80s and over 60 years married to Gabe.
    Gabe is an Alzheimer patient and Mitzi visits him daily at his care centre. When she's not there she works as a volunteer in a hospital. There she meets Brooke, a young woman who was beaten by her fiancée. Mitzi wants to help Brooke to regain control of her life again and asks if Brooke will stay with her for a while.

    Brooke breaks her engagement and moves in with Mitzi. But her ex-fiancée is not giving up on Brooke so easily. Soon a young man named Drew also comes to stay with Mitzi a couple of days for Christmas.
    Mitzi shares stories about her life with Brooke and Drew. The stories show a strong will to survive and encourage Brooke to make a new start.

    I really loved this book! I loved the tales of Mitzi's younger life as much as the story in the present time. They were very nicely woven together.
    This story shows us what anger can do. But also that there's hope for a new life with new love and faith.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    The story of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner and the battle with Alheimer

    The story of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner and the battle with Alheimer's touched me. See my Mom had Alhemizers for three years. It was hard living away and trying to some how let her know I was thinking of her. I lost my Mom three years ago. The last memories God gave with me remain with me always.
    Along side their story is Brooke Woodson's story. A story of abuse in a relationship. The cover up of broken bones, bruises, etc. are so real. Good thing she never married him. But still women endure this more than the world wants to admit.
    Mitzi helps Brooke find her way out of abuse. God put Mitzi in Brooke's life.
    A story of friendship and reaching out to someone in need.
    It's amazing how Carla intertwined Alzheimer's and abuse together into one story. But then life overlaps in many areas.
    Mitzi had a rocky youth and knew about abuse.
    Both Mitzi and Brooke are like a bird with a broken wing. They learn to fly again. I liked how Carla brought that into story.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

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    I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, but

    I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, but I was pulled into the story through the opening scene, and once I got started I wanted to keep reading through to the end. Having worked with many women involved in domestic violence over the years, I can attest to how believably written the characters were in this novel. A lot of the details reminded me of former situations I'd seen with DV victims. Add to that the precious story line about the husband with Alzheimer's and it became a beautiful love story on one end, and a redemption story on the other.

    Mitzi was a precious friend and mentor as she stuck by Brooke and provided just enough support to inspire her to get out of the dangerous situation. It didn't surprise me that people didn't believe her at first, because abusive men work hard on convincing outsiders that they would never hurt the person they loved. The fact that Lance's father abused his mother and the father abused him as well is all too common of a theme in DV cases. I used to tell young girls that I worked with never to marry a man who hates his mother. That's the perfect recipe for abuse right there. And unless the man gets therapy, it's just a matter of time before the ugliness is unleashed. And God bless Drew who saw the beauty in Brooke and believed in her spirit. He was a true hero indeed.

    I really enjoyed this book and can see it being used as a tool to help people understand the cycle of violence and the way victims see things in a distorted way until they get help. Broken Wings is a great story and very well written. I found it realistically inspiring and not depressing despite the subject matter. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Healing "Broken Wings"

    Broken Wings revolves around two women; Mitzi and Brooke. Mitzi is in her eighties, while Brooke is still a young thing. Their paths cross when Brooke comes into the hospital with injuries caused by her hot shot fiance, Lance, who is trying to become the Assistant District Attorney. Mitzi, who spends all of her free time with her beloved husband, Gabe, who is stricken with Alzheimer's, sees Brooke and calls a spade, a spade. Brooke isn't ready yet to face the truth, but when she does, she goes to Mitzi for succor.

    This book deals with so many touchy issues in such a gentle way. I was really impressed and moved by how Carla Stewart went in depth with the issues of domestic abuse and Alzheimer's. I liked that the book was big on faith and spirituality, and not so "preachy". It was great to slowly find out what Mitzi's story was; especially the nits and pieces about her past. Both Brooke and Mitzi were people that I could easily see myself befriending and spending time with. I was rooting for both of them and on edge to see what was going to happen next.

    Broken Wings is only Carla Stewart's second book. If you're a fan of Christian lit, this book is for you. Chances are you've probably already read it, and if you haven't, then this should be a title you want to look into picking up!

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Beautifully written on generational friendship

    Broken Wings
    Carla Stewart
    Published by Hatchette Book Group
    Source: Faithwords Review

    Mitzi is a retired jazz singer whose husband Gabe ails with late stages alzheimers and Brooke a young woman engaged to an up and coming lawyer and physical abuser Lance. Their stories come together as Mitzi a hospital volunteer sees Brooke in the emergency room after Lance has attacked her. Brooke claims it an accident of her cat tripping her, Mitzi in her years of wisdom knows better. Mitzi connects with Brooke and their friendship grows as Brooke begins to trust Mitzi and realizes the horror of a life she is about to commit to.
    Brooke is much like the granddaughter Mitzi never had. Mitzi shares her life story with Brooke, reminiscing as if it is happening in flashback. She shares the abuse her own mother encountered by the hand of her father, their escape and loss of her mother in a storm, caring for younger siblings, striking out on her own, friends along the way, and how God kept her in the palm of His hand. Mitzi's care and wisdom helps Brooke to seek out the direction in her life that she longs to find. At the same time Brooke is a comfort to Mitzi as she daily visits and reminisces about her past life with Gabe.
    A beautiful story about 2 women who share a rare type of friendship that ministers to both of them in many ways. Mitzi's hope in Christ and his having His eye on the sparrow brings healing to Brooke and hope for both of them for their future.
    I couldn't put this book down, it was so heartwarming and rich in history. I loved hearing about Mitzi's time in the early years of her singing days in Tulsa and about the jazz era of the time. Great research went into Carla Stewart's book and I appreciate the depth of knowledge she shares.
    I received this book from Faithwords in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is a riveting novel. It tastefully deals with abuse, Alzheimer's and how people from different generations and cultures can have so much in common. It is a MUST read!

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

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    This is an engaging tale

    In Tulsa, Gabe and Mitzi Steiner have been married for six decades and enjoyed a wonderful singing pair during most of their time together. Recently Alzheimer's has struck Gabe so the jazz duet no longer performs together.

    To fill her time so as to avoid the anguish of watching her beloved Gabe slowly vanish under the weight of his illness, Mitzi volunteers as a "Pink Lady" at Tulsa County Hospital. She becomes upset when paralegal Brooke Woodson arrives at the ER; as she recognizes the signs of domestic abuse from when she was a victim of her papa's rage as a child. Mitzi and Brooke form a sisterhood of sorts as each has suffered abuse with the younger woman the victim of the rages of fiancé.

    This is an engaging tale held together by a strong female protagonist who knows first hand the ups and downs of life. The story line is terrific when it looks at the past and present of the Steiner couple who loved each other for six decades but now struggle with crippling Alzheimer's. The plot loses some of its emotional potency when it turns to contemporary abuse as that segue feels forced, adds too much angst, and detracts from the super profound biography of Gabe and Mitzi as she understands the final curtain call is coming soon.

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted July 27, 2011

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