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.
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; she, 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 their commitment in writing. Mickey will take his medication. Lucy won’t blame him for what is beyond his control. He promises honesty. She promises patience. Like any marriage, there are 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.
Dancing on Broken Glass is an impressive debut novel, deeply emotional and moving. It's the story of two imperfect but remarkable people. Lucy and Mickey fall in love at first sight and get married, taking for better or for worse and in sickness and in health to a whole new level. He has bipolar disorder, she has a family history of cancer. They love each other deeply. Against all odds, Lucy and Mickey are happy - most of the time. They work hard on their relationship, celebrate the good times and weather the bad ones. Until they face a decision that's more complex and heartbreaking than anything Lucy and Mickey have ever experienced.
Dancing on Broken Glass is heartbreaking, well-written and somehow, despite all the tragedy and sadness, a life-affirming tribute to love and commitment. I hope that Ms. Hancock has many other wonderful books yet to write.
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