June 2, 2011

Broken Wings by Carla Stewart Giveaway

Sometimes unlikely pairings are the best. Peanut Butter and BBQ chip sandwiches, Romeo and Juliet, Milo and Otis. Broken Wings is made up another one of those strange pairings that that just works.

Mitzi, an eighty-one year old woman who is caring for her husband with Alzheimer's, and Brooke, a young engaged legal assistant trying who is still trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life. They meet when Brooke comes into the hospital where Mitzi is volunteering and begin a friendship on what appears to be Mitzi's concern for others' well-being, but it soon turns into more than that as the two of them realize that without knowing it, they need each other.

I absolutely loved Mitzi's character. She's a famous singer, now retired, who spends her days in the same spit-fire way I'm sure she spent the rest of her life. She lives for every moment of every day and slowly teaches Brooke to do the same. I probably liked her so much because I want to be like her character, not afraid of chasing after my dreams and wearing that red sparkly dress. And then there's Brooke, who because of circumstances comes off as the weaker character of the two, but hey, Mitzi had another sixty years to live.

This book was a pretty quick and easy read. It touches lightly on a number of issues but sticks mainly to dealing with Alzheimer's and abuse and portrays them in a fairly realistic but not difficult to read way. The one main complaint I had was how the book ended. Throughout the book Mitzi tells her life story to Brooke and at one point it just stops. I actually found her history to be a better story than the present day one between Mitzi and Brooke and was intrigued to hear it how it played out. There was a little bit of closure at the very end, but I wanted to know more. Other than that, a good read.

I've also got a copy to giveaway for anyone that is interested in getting to read about this unlikely pairing. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered (US only).

I received a review copy of this book for free. This review is my honest opinion.


  1. I don't think I've seen a negative review of this book yet! I'd love to win it.


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  2. I'm definitely interested in reading this book; I'd love to win!

  3. what a beautiful cover...thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

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  4. So appreciative of this great review! I especially loved your lead-in - peanut butter and BBQ chips - You made me hungry. Honestly, though, thanks for reading and penning your thoughts.


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