Release Date: March 7, 2016
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Christian / General / Fiction
Breaking Free has become one of my favorite reads in all of Christian Fiction! Before I begin, it is important to mention that this is not a fun or light read. It’s emotionally gripping. If you’ve been or are going through this type of situation, you might have a tougher time reading this because it deals with some really tough issues. Due to this, it’s going to be tough to write this review.
It’s the emotional journey of the Goddard family. Alice and Trent have been married for nineteen years and are the parents of two teenage boys. Their lives are far from perfect. In fact, it’s a giant mess.
They are dealing with real issues. Trent is an alcoholic and is buried in financial debt to gambling. He finds himself in a spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Mrs. Slattery is not afraid to tackle the hard topics as she shows us a clear picture of this.
Alice loves her husband, but she resents him and loses trust for him when she discovers he’s doing all of this. She ends up leaving him. She tries to take their two sons with her, but even they resent her and end up crashing at a friend’s place instead. She is the kind of person who tried to live the perfect life, is afraid of how other Christians will judge her, and tries to everything on her own without turning towards God.
This story is real, gritty and messy, but Mrs. Slattery points her characters towards the saving hope of Jesus Christ. She does this at the appropriate times and without being overly preachy. Both of them have been a lot of mistakes and it’s definitely going to take a long time for healing to really begin.
You will find yourself wanting to reach into the book and slap the characters silly because they’re doing something stupid. But we learn that even Christians go through things. Alice learns that her friends all superficial. Well, all except for Beth. Beth is a true friend. She doesn’t judge Alice. She prays and listens to her. Alice realizes that Beth was always there for her even when she pushed her away. She also always pointed her towards Jesus Christ. She kept encouraging Alice to be real with her. We all need a true friend like Beth in our lives.
This was the first book I’ve read by Jennifer Slattery and it definitely will not be my last. I highly recommend this book. It’s also perfect for group discussions.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Jennifer Slattery
Jennifer Slattery is an inspiring contemporary novelist whose stories of hope, love, and grace resonate with real people. She is the author of compelling contemporary romance novels such as Beyond I Do, When Dawn Breaks, Intertwined, and Breaking Free. She also writes for Crosswalk.com and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin’ It To The Streets, a ministry serving Omaha Metro’s working poor and homeless. When not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her teenage daughter and real-life hero husband, as well as serving in her church.