Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (March 13, 2012)
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The best kind of love follows its own rules…
An unvarnished portrait of a marriage that is both ordinary and extraordinary, Dancing on Broken Glass takes readers on an unforgettable journey of the heart.
Lucy Houston and Mickey Chandler probably shouldn’t have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. They’re both plagued with faulty genes—he has bipolar disorder; she, a ravaging family history of breast cancer. But when their paths cross on the night of Lucy’s twenty-first birthday, sparks fly, and there’s no denying their chemistry.
Cautious every step of the way, they are determined to make their relationship work—and they put their commitment in writing. Mickey will take his medication. Lucy won’t blame him for what is beyond his control. He promises honesty. She promises patience. Like any marriage, there are good days and bad days—and some very bad days. In dealing with their unique challenges, they make the heartbreaking decision not to have children. But when Lucy shows up for a routine physical just shy of their eleventh anniversary, she gets an impossible surprise that changes everything. Everything. Suddenly, all their rules are thrown out the window, and the two of them must redefine what love really is.
"In a world of Nicholas Sparks wannabes, there are an infinite number of ways to get a tear-jerking romance wrong. Ka Hancock’s lovely, heartbreaking debut novel, Dancing On Broken Glass, shows off one great way to get it right. ... She grounds her emotionally wrenching situations in beautifully detailed characters--including the amazing interplay between Lucy and her two sisters--and uses her background in nursing to provide compelling texture for the medical dramas. As those characters struggle to understand the connection between love and mortality, Hancock fills her pages with a rich, optimistic spirituality that never feels oppressive. Get ready for a good, cleansing cry built on real, tangled humanity rather than forced tragedy." ~ Salt Lake City Weekly
As you take this emotional journey with Lucy Houston and Mickey Chandler along with their families and friends, you will find extraordinary inward strength combined with the fears and anxieties of the unknown. Combine this with living in Brinley Township, small town America and trying to find where exactly they fit in.
Both being extremely attracted to each other, Lucy is willing to take a chance and see where the relationship may lead while Mickey is a bit standoffish. After-all, they both have seemingly in-surmountable challenges. However, Lucy is not going to stop her from living the life she desires (thanks to her father's wisdom) and she portrays this attitude onto Mickey, who eventually softens his heart and agrees to marry.
While they do agree to marry, they both write down several rules that they feel must be followed. One of the rules they make is not to have children because of their illnesses. However, eleven years into the marriage, Lucy's doctor gives her some news that could change everything. Can they overcome and conquer this unexpected news, as they've struggled to come as far as they have?
It's a tearjerker. However, you'll walk away wanting to read it again. There is some language but it actually adds to the storyline and the daily challenges the characters faced.
About the Author..
Ka Hancock has two nursing degrees and and has spent most of her career working with psychiatric and substance abuse patients. She lives in Oregon with her husband and and four children. This is her first novel.
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