Sunday, January 23, 2022

Broken Together



How do you persevere when you have no more will to fight?

Jennifer and Chad Taylor had dreamed of opening a coffee and cocoa shop since before they said, "I do." When Chad is sent to prison for murder despite claiming innocence, that dream -- along with their family -- is shattered.

After years of fighting for Chad's release, Jennifer finally breaks free from her shame, anger, and hopelessness, and forges ahead with the dream the two of them once shared. With the help of their college-aged twins, she begins to move forward.

Without Chad.

When their lawyer arrives with news of evidence that may prove Chad's innocence, a strange mixture of emotions overtakes her. Does she want Chad to return home? He isn't the same man he once was, and she certainly isn't the same woman. She's worked hard to piece the remnants of their family back together, and the coming home could fracture the family once again.

It all comes down to one question. She loves her husband enough to fight for his release from prison, but does she love him enough to fight for their marriage?

My Review:

Brenda Anderson delivers another heartfelt, thought-provoking family drama steeped with faith and the hope that comes from welcoming second chances. And this time she's teamed up with her barista extraordinaire daughter to create the kind of coffee/chocolate shop I want in my neighbourhood! 

Absolutely loved that angle of the story and the way the shop becomes an important part of the community. There's all kinds of interesting parallels between it's growth and the changing lives of the Taylor family. (This would make a great book club read 'cause there's so many important talking points -- you'd have no end of discussion material!)

And the way the authors deliberately centre Christ through it all -- touching the lives of characters who might be angry or rebellious or even not interested -- well, it's so moving and soul satisfying. They don't shy away from the tough questions or the raw emotions of very real lives gone awry but they also shine light into that darkness. 

And what a premise! A loving couple's happily-ever-after preempted by a wrongful conviction! The backlash that has on the their family and friends and the stress of relentlessly fighting to have that conviction overturned. I don't want to give away any spoilers but the plot development, the unexpected twists, the deep characterization...well, it all makes for one compelling unputdownable read!

My thanks to the author for gifting me with a copy of this book.

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This giveaway is for an ebook copy.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Broken Togetherleave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT AND DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday January 29 2022. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck


  1. Wow!! This sure sounds like a good read!! Thank you for a chance to win!!


  2. Sounds like a heartfelt kinda story navigating some strong emotions & family ties!

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    1. It's so well done and thought provoking. Good luck, Trixi!

  3. I love second chance books!! Thnx Kav!

  4. As always, Kav, your reviews bless me! I love the insights you gain when reading. Sending warm hugs and a virtual mug of hot cocoa from chilly Minnesota!

    1. Thanks for the cuppa, I'll top it with marshmallows and salute your writing finesse from equally chilly Ontario!

  5. Brenda writes some powerful stories! This sounds like an incredibly difficult situation.


  6. I want to read this one for sure. Seems its quite the encouraging one from your review. rrwalter34atgmaildotcom