When Glass Shatters

J.P. Grider
When Glass Shatters
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Fated Hearts Publishing
Release Date
October 2016
Contemporary Romance, New Adult

The deaths of her mother and new stepfather leave eighteen-year-old Lorraine Mattina with many challenges.

The first?
Telling her twelve-year-old siblings their worlds are about to shatter.

The second?
Asking her estranged stepbrother for help.

The deaths of his father and his father's new wife mean practically nothing to nineteen-year-old Noah Mack—until the stepsister he barely knows comes begging for help. His response? Pretty much—"Get the hell lost."

But when he can't get his new stepsister out of his mind, he goes to the extreme and gives up the NCAA Wrestling Championship title and his college education.

That's when the real problems begin.

Lorraine and Noah face many obstacles when picking up the pieces of their parents' deaths, but none as big as the secrets they keep.

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Oct 24, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
175 people found the following review helpful
WHEN GLASS SHATTERS by J.P. Grider is a lovely little romance about finding love and redemption during tragedy. But it takes time to get there. Eighteen year old Lorraine has been hit with the worst news she could ever imagine. Her mother and stepfather have been killed in an auto accident, leaving her with a tween brother and stepsister and an incredibly angry older stepbrother.

The story progresses over a couple years as Lorraine takes responsibility for her younger siblings often with more hindrance than help from Noah, her older stepbrother. As the story unfolds, we are witness to typical family relations, the usual teen angst, what it feels like to be both a child and a parent at the same time. Exhausted, stretched then, and barely held together, Lorraine continues to move forward, day after day, often not making the best decisions. Namely, Noah.

This is very much a coming of age story under incredibly dire circumstances suitable for young adult on up. While there are definitely romance aspects (the feelings shared between Lorraine and Noah), what it really is, is a story of what it's like to pick up the pieces when everything you hold dear shatters and it's all you can do to keep from stepping on the broken pieces of what you thought your life would be versus what it actually is.
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