Sep 23, 2011

Dancing on Glass by Pamela Ewen

In the steamy city of New Orleans in 1974, Amalise Catoir sees Phillip Sharp as a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known. A young lawyer herself, raised in a small town and on the brink of a career with a large firm, she is strong and successful, yet sometimes too trusting and whimsical. Ama's rash decision to marry Phillip proves to be a mistake as he becomes overly possessive, drawing his wife away from family, friends, and her faith. His insidious, dangerous behavior becomes her dark, inescapable secret.

In this lawyer's unraveling world, can grace survive Ama's fatal choice? What would you do when prayers seem to go unanswered, faith has slipped away, evil stalks, and you feel yourself forever dancing on shattered glass?

Publisher: B&H Books (August 1, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0805464306

Amalise has always dreamed of becoming a lawyer, and her dream is almost a reality. She was always sheltered by her parents and a bit naive about how certain members of society prey on tender hearted and compassionate people just like her.

Amalise's compassion and caring for Phillip made her see their relationship through rose colored glasses. She honestly believed that if she loved him enough, he would change for the better. By the time she finally admitted there was something wrong, Phillip controlled her every move through manipulation and fear.

This is a candid portrayal of how easily a person can become entrapped in a dangerous relationship, and often there seems to be no way out.  Amalise had a strong faith, supportive family and friends, yet her husband managed to separate her from her support system. He kept her isolated and afraid to tell anyone the truth. 

Dancing on Glass is an open and transparent look at domestic violence from the inside out. Though the topic is unpleasant and disturbing, it is something that we all need to face head on. Maybe this book will give readers a glimpse into a world that we know nothing about, if only to know the signs and be able to help someone in a similar situation. 

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher B&H Publishing. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

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