“Leaving could cost her everything, much more than her marriage,” Alice considers in Jennifer Slattery’s novel, Breaking Free.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and twenty-page paperback targets those who like contemporary Christian romances. With no profanity, topics of gambling, dog-fighting, alcoholism, and divorce may not be appropriate for young readers.
In current-day Seattle, Trent and Alice Goddard’s marriage is rapidly falling apart after nineteen years. Following in his father’s footsteps by drinking heavily, the husband has become a poor example to his two teenage sons. With large gambling debts and production issues at work, Trent sinks deeper into his addictions while his wife abruptly leaves him, losing her two son’s faith in her in the process.
Only when both individuals look inward and call out to God, do they find the strength and peace when they realize what is the most important.
~ Why ~
With the topic of a marriage that is falling apart due to an alcoholic, gambling husband and wife who wants to give up, the book focuses on how God allows us to hit rock bottom before we turn to Him for help. I like how the author weaved the iconic locations and streets into the story.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that the book describes the downward spiral of what happens to a family dealing with alcoholism. Others may notice cliches in the characters of some of Alice’s church-goer friends and homeless alcoholics.
~ Who ~
Having written several novels, Slattery writes Christian living articles and devotions on her blog as well as ministers to the poor and homeless. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and teenage daughter.
~ Wish ~
I wish the ending were not as abrupt or predictable, but it does leave room for a sequel regarding the family’s problems.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a reminder how drinking and gambling can devastate more than one person but an entire family, this is a good reminder that God’s love, mercy, and grace can help at one’s darkest hours.
Thanks to the Book Club Network, New Hope Publishers, and the author for offering this book to read and review for my honest opinion.
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