At 18, Penny Carson married the first man to look at her as a woman. Trent Taylor was handsome, confident, bad-boy appealing, and his touch brought shivers to her soul. She left a steel-cold father for a hot-blooded, hot-tempered devil.
She lived a life separated from family and friends. She was blamed for everything, owned nothing. She walked on eggshells, yet was never good enough to avoid the fists.
As if drawing on personal experience, Gina Holmes masterfully traces the life of an abused woman who still desperately loves her husband. She illustrates the patterns of behavior Penny recognizes–he’s good today, I can mention this; things are wrong, I best tread lightly. She presents the fragile logic Penny illustrates to justify her man to others–he isn’t always this way. He just ______________ (fill in the excuse blank).
This novel would be the perfect Lifetime Movie–if Lifetime were to ever allow a story of redemption in which God played a role. Women who don’t understand the mindset of their abused sisters will gain insight in Gina’s book. Women who know the mindset all too well will find comfort and hope, and maybe the strength to live again.