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Dancing on Glass: A Novel

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In the steamy city of New Orleans in 1974, Amalise Catoir sees Phillip Sharp as a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known. A young lawyer herself, raised in a small town and on the brink of a career with a large firm, she is strong and successful, yet sometimes too trusting and whimsical. Ama's rash decision to marry Phillip proves to be a mistake as he becomes overly possessive, drawing his wife away from family, friends, and her faith. His insidious, ...

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Overview

In the steamy city of New Orleans in 1974, Amalise Catoir sees Phillip Sharp as a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known. A young lawyer herself, raised in a small town and on the brink of a career with a large firm, she is strong and successful, yet sometimes too trusting and whimsical. Ama's rash decision to marry Phillip proves to be a mistake as he becomes overly possessive, drawing his wife away from family, friends, and her faith. His insidious, dangerous behavior becomes her dark, inescapable secret.

In this lawyer's unraveling world, can grace survive Ama's fatal choice? What would you do when prayers seem to go unanswered, faith has slipped away, evil stalks, and you feel yourself forever dancing on shattered glass?

Endorsements:

"With magnificent sense of place and impeccable timing, Pam Ewen crafts a chilling tale of manipulation and evil that's authentic and believable. Encourage your customers to write their names in this one . . . they'll want to pass it around."

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"A powerful, beautifully written story that left me breathless."

Ginny Yttrup, author of Words

"Dancing on Glass provides a unique perspective on predatory relationships and how bright accomplished women become entrapped in dangerous situations . . . Powerful . . . Gripping and thought provoking!"

Leanne Truehart, M.D., psychiatry

"If you want a book that alerts you to a very real danger of our present generation, a story that stirs you to your depths, and yes, maybe makes you a little uncomfortable, then Dancing on Glass is the next book you want to pick up."

The Suspense Zone

"Ewen's suspense-filled tale displays excellent character development as well as insight into the workings of a sadistic mind. New Orleans circa 1974 comes alive in her capable hands."

Library Journal

"A deftly written, haunting novel . . . if you enjoy romantic thrillers, storylines that tackle difficult topics like abuse, and don't insist on fairytale endings, you'll enjoy Dancing on Glass."

Home with Purpose

"The danger and suspense feels real and exciting. Readers may relate to the strain between the main character and her family. The author uses imagery skillfully, which makes Dancing on Glass a compelling, page-turning read."

RT Book Reviews

"Edgy, scary, riveting; Dancing on Glass by powerful Christian author Pamela Binnings Ewen compels the reader to keep turning the pages, hoping for a way out and answers to prayers."

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DANCING ON GLASS is frightening because it is all too real. Talented Pamela Binnings Ewen chillingly describes character Phillip as an evil predator going from one unsuspecting woman to another, taking what he wants and making them feel that they are precious one moment and unworthy of love the next. His recent prey, Amalise, is trusting and innocent, a perfect target, but when he tires of her she may lose her life completely. Readers become actively engaged in Amalise’s struggles to regain her very existence outside the smothering confines of Phillip’s control. The simile comparing her life, like dancing on shattered glass, is perfectly appropriate. Edgy, scary, riveting; DANCING ON GLASS by powerful Christian author Pamela Binnigs Ewen, compels the reader to keep turning the pages, hoping for a way out and answers to prayers. --(Donna)
The Suspense Zone.com

"Dancing on Glass was one of the best books I've read this year…The plot thickened with every chapter…If you want a book that alerts you to a very real danger of our present generation, a story that stirs you to your depths…then Dancing on Glass is the next book you want to pick up."--(Carole Brown)
Goodreads
"This was such a well written book. I was invested in Amalise's character…the author was able to show how God can and will forgive our mistakes and give us a new life. "( 5 stars)
RT. Book Reviews
"The danger and suspense feels real and exciting…The author uses imagery skillfully, which makes Dancing on Glass a compelling, page-turning read."--(Angie Howatt, 4 stars)
Reviews.blogspot.com
"Set in the historic city of New Orleans in the 70's this story of love, obsession, attempted murder, betrayal and restoration keeps the readers on the edges of their seats."--(Abbie )
Library Thing.com
"From the back of the book, I summed it all up: "What would you do when prayers seem to go unanswered, faith has slipped away, evil stalks, and you find yourself forever dancing on shattered glass?" If you really like a good mystery and romance all in one, then this will be the book for you."
Mom's Bookshelf
"Dancing on Glass is a deftly written, haunting novel on a very difficult subject. I was absorbed despite myself. It's definitely not a lighthearted, uplifting story. Be prepared for frustration and tense moments. If you're looking for something relaxing, this isn't the book for you. But if you enjoy romantic thrillers, storylines that tackle difficult topics like abuse, and don't insist on fairytale endings, you'll enjoy "
--(Kara, Home with Purpose)
Library Journal
Amalise Catoir is a young lawyer on the brink of a promising career when she meets and falls in love with artist Phillip Sharp. Wedded bliss soon turns into a nightmare as Phillip becomes possessive and abusive. VERDICT Ewen's (Secret of the Shroud; The Moon in the Mango Tree) suspense-filled tale displays excellent character development as well as insight into the workings of a sadistic mind. New Orleans circa 1974 comes alive in her capable hands. Recommend it to fans of Sibella Giorello and Lynette Eason.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805464306
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,450,659
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Binnings Ewen practiced law for twenty-five years before following in the authorial footsteps of relatives such as James Lee Burke (The Tin Roof Blowdown) and Andre Dubus III (The House of Sand and Fog). Dancing on Glass is her third novel. Ewen lives in Mandeville, Louisiana.
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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Mystery and romance

    Amalise lived in New Orleans and is a lawyer and it was a raining as she started to walk home, she ducked into a little store to get out of it for a little while. She looked around and it was a gallery with painting in it for sale. As she was looking she saw these that were really just not right and all of them were of women, but very unrealistic. As she moved she bumped into someone behind her and he started asking her how she likes the paintings. She found out that he was the artist Phillip Sharp.

    As time progressed they she found him to be charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she had ever known. As they became involved and he wanted her to pose for him, and he could not be talked out of it, but then he wanted her to pose in the nude and this she would not do. They later married and then Amalise found out what he really was but she was already married to him. He later was found dead, and then the mystery began to find out how he died.

    From the back of the book I though summed it all up " What would you do when prayers seem to so unanswered, faith has slipped away evil stalks, an you find yourself forever dancing on shattered glass.

    If you really like a good mystery and romance book all in one then this will be the book for you. Pre-order yours now here .

    The Advanced copy of this book was sent to me by B and H Books for my review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    How much is your faith worth and what would it cost you to risk it all?

    Finding herself drawn to a collection of abstract paintings in a local gallery in town, Amalise finds herself connected to the women in the paintings. When the artist, Phillip, asks her for her honest opinion about them, she doesn't hold back which he finds refreshing. She finds herself not only haunted by the paintings themselves but also by Phillip as she sees him on campus at college where she is studying law, but also in her thoughts and dreams.

    When Phillip shows up unexpectedly outside her job at the bar, she is both drawn to him and concerned by his appearance. At first he tells her that he was exiting a play at a theater that just closed but later learns that the theater wasn't even open that day by another local artist she refers to as Mouse!

    What kind of power does Phillip hold over Amalise and just what is she willing to risk to have him in her life? It may just be that the power he holds will pose a danger that she didn't see coming!!

    I received this book, Dancing on Glass compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and was drawn by how much Amalise was willing to overlook her common sense for feelings of acceptance and love by Phillip. Too often many women find themselves in a similar situation but from this perspective, we can see how easy the lure is through Amalise's character in the novel. I would rate this book at 4.5 out of 5 stars! The beginning is a little slow but once you get through the first couple of chapters, it just takes off!

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    This is a great but sobering relationship drama

    In 1974 New Orleans, Amalise Catoir is a new lawyer caught in the rain. She ran into a gallery to stay dry. Inside she notices strange portraits of women when she meets the artist Phillip Sharp. He charms her and wants to paint her in the nude. She refuses to pose naked but they fall in love and marry.

    Once married his charm vanishes. Instead of nurturing and loving her, Phillips turns accusatory insisting she is cheating and becomes physically and mentally abusive. Her family appears to desert her and her faith in the Lord is shattered as she fears for her life because Amalise knows if she fails obey her severe husband, he turns into an out of control dangerous raging and dangerous maniac.

    This is a great but sobering relationship drama as Philip is a keen manipulator who has Amalise faulting herself for his personality change once they are married. Insightful as Pamela Ewen looks deep into the souls of the abuser and the abused, fans will better understand why she failed to leave as she believes strongly she is at fault since her family apparently deserted her; they saw the charmer. This is a super character driven historical.

    Harriet Klausner

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