Broken Wings: A Novel

Broken Wings: A Novel

by Carla Stewart

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ISBN-13: 9780446556569
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 06/03/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Broken Wings 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
This is such an awe-inspiring book, I love it! I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Just loved this book. I plan on reading everything that Carla Stewart writes!
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book.  I never wanted to put it down.  Being an individual that has been physically abused, it was so real and  brought back some memories that I didn't want to relive, however, it also reminded me that I was a survivor.  I wish I had a Mitzi in my life.
jersey88 More than 1 year ago
Excellant Read kept me interestedfrom cover to cover.
lildirtydesigner More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I didn't want this book to end and if Mrs. Stewart wants to write a sequel, I will be first in line to read it. I fell in love with the characters of Mitzi and Brooke. Those two created a bond from two unlikely paths and really filled a void that the other had and did not know it. Mitzi is a real spit-fire and has the stories of a lifetime. Brooke is at a cross-roads with her boyfriend, either stay in a bad relationship or actually start living. Together they start dealing with their problems and really start living. Brooke and Mitzi meet in a hospital where Brooke is admitted to ER. Immediately, Mitzi is drawn to Brooke and tries to start a friendship with her. It doesn't take Brooke until the second trip to the ER to take up Mitzi on her offer and not only stay with Mitzi but they learn to become the best of friends. This is really a sweet story of love, life and loss. I have never read any Carla Stewart's books and she is a true natural when it comes to telling a story. There were a lot of issues that were brought up in this book from domestic abuse, Alzheimer's, friendship, life, faith and realizing that you are not alone when life gives you lemons. Mind you this wasn't a how to book, it was more of making lemonade from those lemons. There were some spiritual undertones but it was brought up in the life of the characters not through the author. Very nicely done. I really enjoyed this book and I hope that others do too.
janesquires More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soaks the soul with the past, present and glimpses of future in a nostalgic notion of ways.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
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.
csingh More than 1 year ago
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!
Melanie-Ski More than 1 year ago
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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sandcrabSH More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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