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Dancing on Broken Glass [Kindle Edition]

Ka Hancock
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"Hancock's debut is an authentic tearjerker--an intimate and touching story that will remain in [listeners'] hearts." ---Publishers Weekly

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A powerfully written novel offering an intimate look at a beautiful marriage and how bipolar disorder and cancer affect it, Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock perfectly illustrates the enduring power of love.

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, and she has 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 it all in writing.  Mickey promises to take his medication. Lucy promises not to blame him for what is beyond his control. He promises honesty. She promises patience. Like any marriage, they have 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.

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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2529 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451637373
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (March 13 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0MGA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Touching Story July 7 2012
Initially, I didn't think this book would hold my interest. I'm not usually a person who reads books dealing with too much about illness, tragedy...but I'm glad I did, in this case.

This is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read. Romantic love, the love and support of families who pull together in a crisis, the love of a parent for a's all here. I cried through several pages, I was so moved by this story. I couldn't put it down until I finished. And the writing was excellent. Loved Ka Hancock's style so much, I hope she has more books in the works.

I'm planning a full review to follow at: my real life reviews dot com in the next few weeks.

For now, I highly recommend reading this book. It will restore your faith in the power of love and miracles.

The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5: I wasn't expecting the ending and felt there was another way this story could have been completed that might have been more effective and believable. But in spite of this, I'm so glad I read this book.
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Dancing on Broken Glass is life-affirming and unapologetically sentimental. It’s also a raw and realistic portrayal of people coping with life’s truly tough challenges. It’s about mental illness, up close and personal. And cancer, up close and personal. It’s about the genetic luck of the draw. It’s a story about community, about a tight fabric of people who’ve known each other their whole lives and who support and care for each other, in small ways and large. The characters are so richly observed, you can’t help but care about them. Be sure to keep the tissues handy. If you don’t shed at least a few tears reading this little gem, then you might want to check your heart still has a beat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing on broken glass July 4 2012
By Sierra
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Take out your tissues. Amazingly written, felt like I was there going through it with them.
It was sad but beautiful , loved the story. Would strongly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story Feb. 26 2014
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This was a beautifully written story that draws you in. Although it was predictable, the story drew you in until the very end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hope I never forget this story. April 4 2012
By Haley Mathiot - Published on
I think this is the best book I've read in a really long time.

Let's start with a critical analysis and break down the text: First, the writing was really good. Like, Dianne Dixon good, or JK Rowling good. It was filled with flowing and descriptive prose and beautiful metaphors. I could probably write a ten-page paper on some of the literary themes in this novel. It wasn't just fiction for the sake of the story: There was so much beauty about the meaning of life and love and commitment and... well, I'll let you read it.

The pacing was excellent. The very first sentence caught me by the hair and dragged me the whole way through the book. I read most of it in one setting, stopping only to readjust the pillow behind my back.

Now for the really important stuff:

The characters in Dancing on Broken Glass were so epic that I truly didn't want this book to end. They were so wonderful, but so terribly and humanly flawed, just like real people are, that I feel like if I saw Mickey or Lily on the street, I'd recognize them right away.

And boy did I relate to some of these characters!

The ending was just superb. It was heartbreaking, but I knew it was destined from the moment I started reading. It was so perfect and fulfilling that it was worth all the emotional turmoil the rest of the novel put me through.

On that note, it wasn't one of those books that are so hard to read that you can only take it in small doses or that it makes you cry, or extremely emotional readers can't handle it. Nor did it have any offensive language or sex scenes (okay there was some mention of sex, but it wasn't explicit in any way). In fact, it was one of the least offensive novels I've read in a very long time. We're talking years.

The romance was better than anything I've read in any teen novel. The relationships were true and realistic to the core. The flawed characters were just as real to me as I am to myself. The message of hope and grief and dedication and sacrifice will stay with me forever. I hope I never forget this story.

Dancing on Broken Glass was an absolutely beautiful novel. Ka Hancock is going on my Author Watch, and this novel is staying on my "re-read" bookshelf. I recommend it to absolutely anyone willing to hear a really good story.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read- Amazing Prose April 24 2012
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After reading a slew of chick-lit and books targeted towards women that have been extremely disappointing, picking up this book was refreshing. From the prose that was both thoughtfully and beautifully written, to the emotional backdrop of this story, I was engaged from beginning to end. I can't recommend this book enough- however, I will admit that I felt sad and introspective at the end of this book- this can only be the result of a well written book.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing on Broken Glass April 4 2012
By Matilda Gerard - Published on
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I walked in Barnes and Noble and at once saw "Dancing on Broken Glass", picked it up and scanned it, read the back cover, acknowledgment, and finally the prologue, and I was hooked. Bought it, took it out to my car and began reading 6 CHAPTERS! I finished in a week, because it was a "savoring" book, and I just couldn't hurry through it, in fact I reread many pages until I came to the end. I admit to many tears before I finished it, but it has stayed with me and I just keep rereading it. I now have a new favorite author and can't wait until she releases another book!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life affirming!!! April 5 2012
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Such a beautiful book, it is definitely on my favorites and I look for more to come from this debut author. Mickey and Lucy are two people who maybe never should have fallen in love, but they did and their love story is one that is lovely and raw. They both have flawed medical history and come with many imperfections and "baggage" if you will, but they conquer all and are devoted to each other with such passion that you can't help but love them too. The relationship between them is not easy but they prove with each page that it is worth it. To round out the story there are also realtionships between sisters, friends and neighbors and even the little town they live in. I want to live there! The writing is smooth and the pace is just perfect. I shed many tears but laughed as well. I love a book that makes me feel and this one definitely did that! Highly recommend for anyone!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True love, despite flawed nature April 16 2012
By M. Schemanski - Published on
Dancing on Broken Glass
Ka Hancock
On occasion a novel comes along that shows strong depth of love, a boundless love that in this throwaway society, stands firm. The kind of relationship we all long for in our souls, but would be willing to count the cost for it?
Lucy and Mickey attempt to beat the odds in their lives to pledge their undying love to one another. Lucy, whose family lineage is gone from breast cancer and has overcome herself. Mickey who is bi-polar and has a personality that can go from deeply depressed to mania. The love each other despite these obstacles and make a vow to make it work, accepting the things they cannot change.
It isn't easy. Dealing with Mickey in and out of the hospital over the years to get his meds regulated again. Lucy dealing with cancer and the fear of dying like her own mother did at a young age. Their list of `rules' for living, framed by their bedside helps them to focus. The last rule on the list is that they will not have any children to pass on these diseases to. Lucy who has had her tubes tied several years ago finds out she is pregnant. How can they raise a child with all that they deal with in their unique situation?
Ka Hancock uses her experience in the nursing and psychiatric field to paint a picture of bi-polar and the affects it has not only on the person with it, but those who love him. She does an excellent job of utilizing Mickey's own words in a journal type format, while Lucy deals with all she does in loving Mickey. We meet up with Lucy and Mickey as they fall in love, and shift to the present and back. Catching up on their story as they deal with the here and now.
This is a heart wrenching novel, reading as if watching a movie unfold in front of you. Seeing the kind of true love that sticks it out. I love the fact that Lucy didn't just abandon Mickey, and knew what she was getting in to prior to marrying him, or so she thought. With divorce being so prevalent in our society it is nice to have a novel where the couple despite the odds, works to stay together and in love.
Outstanding debut novel from Ka Hancock. I look forward to reading more of her works!!
I appreciate Ka providing me with a book in exchange for an honest review.
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