Walking On Broken Glass by christa allan

Walking on Broken Glass

Leah Thornton’s life, like her Southern Living home, has great curb appeal. But a paralyzing encounter with a can of frozen apple juice in the supermarket shatters the façade, forcing her to admit that all is not as it appears. When her best friend gets in Leah’s face about her reliance on alcohol to avoid dealing with her life, Leah must make an agonizing choice. Seek help against her husband’s wishes? Or—put herself first for once? Joy and sadness converge and unwelcome insights intrude, testing Leah’s commitment to sobriety, her marriage, her motherhood, and her faith.

I have been excited about this book since I first seen the cover and read the subject. Not that alcoholism is a fascinating topic, but that it is coming from a new author who is hitting on a tough subject – and a tough subject from a Christian perspective.

I like my books to be a bit of the good (but not too good), the bad and the ugly.  That makes them real.  Real issues, real life… not sugar coated.  And this is what Walking On Broken Glass is about.

This book to me read – real.  Friends who can see the changes in behavior in Leah and a husband who is too close and thinks his wife does not have a problem and people are just over reacting.  Author Christa Allen gives Leah a likable voice.  The flashbacks give us the bigger picture into what is really happening behind the scenes.

Well written, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


Christa Allan, a true Southern woman who knows any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, weaves stories of unscripted grace with threads of hope, humor, and heart.

The mother of five and grandmother of three, Christa teaches high school English. She and her husband, Ken live in Abita Springs, Louisiana where they play golf, dodge hurricanes, and anticipate retirement.

My Amazon Rating

I received my review copy from the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

28 thoughts on “Walking On Broken Glass by christa allan

  1. Dare I say this out loud? I am an alcoholic and while for me it is no longer a tough battle, I do find strength in reading about alcoholism in fiction or nonfiction. I need to grab a copy of this.

  2. Your review is very well written. Yes, I like “real” life events in my books too. I like the fact this book is written by a Christian author too.

    1. I liked that too tea. I really appreciate Christian authors who do not feel they have to write the sugar coated story. Too sweet for me. I like my books real and this one met that need.

  3. Sheila:
    Thanks so much for bringing Leah’s story to your readers.

    And to all of you who have commented, I truly appreciate your encouragement. My prayer is that her story reaches out to families facing any addictions, and I’m thrilled that Abingdon had the courage to publsih this novel!

  4. Thanks, Sheila, for introducing my novel and Leah to your readers. I appreciate your review, and I’m so proud of Abingdon for stepping out to publish my book.

    Michelle and Ryan: I adore Annie and that song, and it was no accident that I chose it for the title. In fact, many of her song titles are books waiting to happen!

    And if alcoholism was or is an issue in your life or someone in your family, I pray this book gives you hope.

  5. This is a bigger problem than many people will admit. It is a difficult thing to deal with as an individual, as a family and as a friend. It sounds like this will be a good book to expose people to the realities of the problem in our polite socoety.

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