Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock

69%

14 Critic Reviews

There was so much dark going on it dragged my down while I was reading, and in between times when I had put it down.
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Synopsis

A powerfully written debut novel offering an intimate look at one couple's unconventional marriage that survives against all odds.

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.
 

About Ka Hancock

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Ka Hancock has two nursing degrees and has spent most of her career working with psychiatric and substance abuse patients. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and has four children. Dancing on Broken Glass is her first novel.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Gallery Books. 416 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dancing on Broken Glass
All: 14 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 3

Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Cecily Markland on Mar 10 2012

In an expertly choreographed work, Salt Lake City author Ka Hancock takes readers on a thrilling dance of their own in her debut novel, “Dancing on Broken Glass.”

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Toothy Books

Good
Reviewed by Toothy on Apr 02 2012

Wow! Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock was absolutely amazing and brilliant, heartwarming and touching, and spectacularly breathtaking!

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Just Another New Blog

Good
Reviewed by Dina on Mar 28 2012

Dancing on Broken Glass is heartbreaking, well-written and somehow, despite all the tragedy and sadness, a life-affirming tribute to love and commitment.

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Tethered Mommy

Below average
Reviewed by Maggie on Mar 25 2012

But honestly, it was too sad.

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Hey Lorri

Good
Reviewed by Lorri on Apr 03 2012

Be forewarned, there are parts of this book that will have you in tears!

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Mimi Cyber Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Miriam Downey on Mar 30 2012

The book has an interesting style format; the narrative framework, as well as Lucy’s story, is told in regular print, and Mickey’s story and psychological trials are in italics.

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A Musing Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Nancy on Mar 28 2012

Hancock tackles some tough issues that are not foreign to the reader.

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Three Different Directions

Good
on Apr 06 2012

Underneath Mickey’s and Lucy’s stories Hancock has a message of coping with everyday life, leaning on friends and family. While the story is that which most people won’t go through themselves, it still feels the same when we get that diagnosis or that phone call that changes our lives...

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Celtic Lady Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Kathleen Kelly on Mar 30 2012

An engrossing story that explores the depths of fear and grief and what it really means to love someone, Dancing on Broken Glass is an emotional journey for both the characters and the reader.

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Becky Bentrim

Good
Reviewed by Becky on Mar 30 2012

The book is filled with emotion and it really was a great read.

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Wake Larunen

Good
Reviewed by Wakela Runen on Mar 28 2012

This is definitely a well-written book that requires more then just a box of tissues to read.

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Kitty Croc

Good
Reviewed by Brenda on Mar 28 2012

Overall this is a story that captured my heart, and had me thinking about the characters long after I finished the final page.

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Ziarias Blog Spot

Below average
Reviewed by Zia on Mar 27 2012

There was so much dark going on it dragged my down while I was reading, and in between times when I had put it down.

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The Thrifty Things

Below average
Reviewed by Pam on Mar 01 2012

Ms. Hancock doesn't produce a typical love story with a few vague challenges.

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