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Dancing on Broken Glass

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,613 Ratings  ·  994 Reviews
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
Paperback, 394 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Gallery Books
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Okay, so I finished this novel with tears streaming down my face along with a box of Kleenex by my side. This has got to be the saddest, most emotional book that I have EVER read! All I can say is WOW! How did the author pull this off without crying herself...or maybe she did? I really just don’t know where she got the heart and sensitivity to write a book like this. I guess that’s why she’s the author and I’m the reader. So, with that being said, Ms. Hancock creates the story of two damaged sou ...more
Trish Feehan
Aug 07, 2013 Trish Feehan rated it it was amazing

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
Apr 29, 2016 Tikali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, pensive
Das Buch ist stellenweise mein ganz persönlicher Albtraum.
Weil es so unglaublich realistisch geschrieben ist, sog es mich förmlich auf, es war teilweise unglaublich anstrengend weiterzulesen, weil in mir viele Gefühle aufeinanderprallten. Kurzum: Es ist ein sehr gutes Buch. Ich habe mich zwischendurch gefragt, warum ich mir dieses Leid und diesen Schmerz antue- wahrscheinlich, weil ich vor solchen Dingen irgendwie Angst habe und sie deshalb in gewisser Art durchleben möchte, damit die Angst weg
Oct 01, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
I have written the first sentence multiple times and I'm still struggling how to begin. I want to be careful so I don't give spoilers without warning so I might be vague. There are so many facets of this book that I loved. I'll start with the first thing that comes to my mind.

Mickey and Lucy are complex and wonderful people. We meet Lucy first as a child as she sees Death for the first time. Death is not a verb but a noun. Death is female and not frightening. She is comforting and peaceful. At t
Megs ♥
Apr 10, 2014 Megs ♥ rated it it was ok
I won this through Firstreads giveaways, and I would like to thank the author for providing this book for me to read.

This book seriously impressed me. It had something for everyone. I was hooked from the first chapter to be honest, and I did not want to put it down. This book has beautiful writing, great characters, and an amazing story.

The synopsis says that these two should not have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. That has been said about so many famous literary couples, but this is
Jan 08, 2016 ɐʇʇɐd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Worum geht es?
Vielleicht hätten Lucy Houston und Mickey Chandler sich nie verlieben dürfen. Und erst recht nicht heiraten. Denn beide haben ein schweres Schicksal zu tragen. Doch die Liebe geht ihre eigenen Wege, und so führen Lucy und Mickey eine ungewöhnliche, aber glückliche Ehe. Als ihr Leben eine dramatische Wendung nimmt, wird die Kraft ihrer Gefühle einer harten Prüfung unterzogen.
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Wie hat es mir gefallen?
In einer anderen Rezension auf goodreads schrieb jemand, dass es sehr
Mar 17, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
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Feb 02, 2015 Carole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2013
Dancing on Broken Glass is Ka Hancock's debut. That is hard to believe, because its one of the most true to life books I've read. I almost put it down half way through, because it was hard for me to read about Lucy's cancer. It is a love story, one that is imperfect, but yet so true. It's also about the love of 3 sisters. I've never cried like I did as I finished this, but it was so worth it! I will not soon forget this book. When Ka Hancock writes her next, I will be the first to buy it! If you ...more
Jun 17, 2016 Pınar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bazen öyle kitaplar oluyor ki verdiğim puan yeterli gelmiyor. Bu kitapta işte öyleydi. 5 değil 100 hak eden bir kitap.

Başlarken oldukça duygusal bir kitap olduğunu söylemek isterim. Çoğu yerde gözlerim dolarak okudum ama son düzlükte öyle etkilendim ki ağlamaktan okuyamadım. En son hangi kitap hem böyle kahretti hem de böyle huzurlu hissettirdi bilmiyorum.

21 yaşındaki Lucy, Mickey’le karşılaştığında kendisi gibi sorunlarla boğuştuğunu bilmiyordu. Houston kardeşlerin geleceklerinin kanserle anlaş
Feb 05, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Based on the brief glimpse at the synopsis, this was a must read. Having lived with a spouse with a serious mental illness encouraged me to jump right on board. I'm SO glad I did. I had no idea it would touch the NICU nurse in me, the petrified mother in me, the small town girl, the at-odds with her family girl, the everyone in me. Yes, it was difficult to read at times and completely flayed my heart in two. So has life - on a semi-regular basis.

This is a book about pure love through generation
Alison Armstrong
Mar 24, 2012 Alison Armstrong rated it it was amazing
Although I don't usually like to read books that are described as "tearjerkers," I was drawn to this one because of the subject matter--a couple dealing with mental illness and cancer--and this book did not disappoint. It was very sad, but not depressing; I found it very moving and even inspiring in a way.

I was married to a good man with severe mental illness for twelve years, and I have to say that so much of this book rang true. Lucy, the book's heroine, resigns herself to the day-to-day uncer
Orijinali Kitap Esintisi adresinde.

Hiçbir kitabın yorumunda şu anki gibi hissedip, gözyaşlarım görüşümü bulandırırken yazmaya başlamadım. Ama şimdi yazamazsam bu kitabı daha iyi ne zaman anlatırım bilemedim. Bu bir dram kitabı. Adından, konusundan, tipinden, her şeyinden belli. Benim dram içerikli her şeyden kaçıp, dramın babasının içine düşmem inanılmaz ironik. Aynı Yıldızın Altında’yı da okudum, ama bunun gibi hissetmediğim kesin. Evet ona da ağladım, çok üzüldüm, doğru. Ama buradaki hikaye ya
Jun 04, 2013 Jeanette rated it it was amazing
To say that I loved this book would be an understatement, that is how much it touched me. I finished this one before work and couldn't stop thinking about it the whole time I was there and telling everyone that they needed to read it too. I won't go into a synopsis of the story line since plenty others already have, just my opinion on the novel itself.

This was one of the most heart wrenching yet beautiful stories that I have ever read, I read in another review that it was sad but not depressing
Mar 09, 2013 Annette rated it it was amazing
I don't write a lot of reviews, and I've totally spaced keeping my shelf here updated. But this book blew me out of the water, so I have to mention it. Lyrical, gorgeous writing, with characters that are flawed, deep, and absolutely real. I felt like I knew them so well that I'd recognize them and want to give them a hug if we ever crossed paths. It's the kind of women's fiction I aspire to write myself and it inspired me to keep digging and keep growing as a writer.

A suggestion, though: Don't
Deniz Kibar
Jul 24, 2014 Deniz Kibar rated it it was amazing
Her sayfanı boğazımda koca koca düğümlerle okuduğum bittiğinde de deliler gibi ağladığım bir kitaptı.

Bu arada kitap bittiğinde tam olarak bu haldeydim.

Andrea Bolton
Oct 18, 2015 Andrea Bolton rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a book! Heartbreaking love story that will stay with me for a long time. The writing, the characters were just so engaging I read it in two days. And cried a lot.
Apr 16, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
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
May 19, 2012 JulesGrrl rated it liked it
I enjoyed the concept of this book as it is rare to read a love story that involves someone with bipolar disorder. Lucy is able to see past the illness and fall in love with the man, even when the realities of the illness rear their undeniable heads. I can tell, however, that this book is a "first" book. I feel that this author is talented and hope to read her future works. That being said, this book needed about 100 pages trimmed. She showed us how people we love can help us to heal from crushi ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Wanda rated it really liked it
This is, for sure, one of the most emotional and heart-wrenching books I've ever read. But, I must say, I struggled with this book early on for several chapters, almost giving up - too drawn out. I'm so glad I continued on. This is a wonderful story about deep family love, sacrifice, pain, grief, and survival.

Breast cancer has wiped out Lucy Houston's maternal line. She has faulty genes. Mickey Chandler is seriously flawed with bipolar disorder. Perhaps their captivating romance bloomed where se
Dec 04, 2013 Alessia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Questo romanzo è una scheggia.

Una piccola ma appuntita scheggia, conficcata in profondità, difficile da tirare via, impossibile da dimenticare. Penetra, improvvisa, in un solo fulmineo istante fin nelle profondità più buie dell’animo e, raschiando, tocca il fondo.

Questo romanzo è simile proprio ad un pezzo di vetro rotto.

Non è stata una lettura semplice. Non è stata neppure una lettura confortante, inutile negarlo. Non è stata un’evasione spensierata dalla cruda concretezza della vita quotidiana
Feb 13, 2013 Leya rated it it was amazing
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Cheryl Christensen
May 17, 2012 Cheryl Christensen rated it it was amazing
My neighborhood book club chose this book for our fist meeting in a while. It was recommended and well received. The book was a great choice for a group because of the timely topics provided by the story for discussion. I will return to those in a moment because I want to give you my impressions first.

I was extremely touched by this book. It is a raw look at life with the many health issues that are faced in today’s world. This was no fantasy or horror story, but rather a “what if” life lesson.
Apr 20, 2015 Lightblue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, malattie
Desideravo leggere questo libro da moltissimo tempo, sentivo che mi chiamava dagli scaffali delle librerie. E' la storia di Lucy e Mickey, marito e moglie innamoratissimi ma con un grosso peso sulle spalle: lui soffre di disordine bipolare, lei ha avuto il cancro al seno. Per questo motivo decidono di non aver figli, in quanto le difficoltà sono troppe e i rischi di far ereditare i geni sbagliati sono altissimi. La natura però, incurante di questo, farà il suo corso.
E' un libro molto dolce (for
Apr 25, 2015 Butterfly2507 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Och war das schön! Ich musste mich echt zusammenreißen um nicht loszuheulen! Wunderschön geschrieben :)
Audrey Grant
Mar 22, 2012 Audrey Grant rated it really liked it
Recommended to Audrey by: Goodreads
Shelves: own, won
Thank you so much! I am so thrilled to have won this book! I really wanted to read this book and now I get to! I can't wait!

WOW!! I received the book today! That is three days from when I was told I won! I have never gotten a book to Alaska that fast!! I am thrilled! Thank you, Thank you!!

The more I read the more I was involved in their lives! I was even crying as I read, that is so very rare for me!
This book reaches in and pulls out the deepest thoughts and fears of both the wife and the husban
Tea Time with Marce
Oct 08, 2015 Tea Time with Marce rated it it was amazing
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4 1/2 stars

This is a stunning portrait when love concurs all. A marriage with the husband being bipolar and the wife having cancer, what doesn't break them makes them stronger. This is an inspiring book about generations, family, heartache, mental health, death, siblings living with cancer or survivors and love, all wrapped up in a beautiful emotional story, tissues will be needed.

Do you believe in love at first sight? From the day Lucy and Mike meet, all fun and games at her 21st bi
FLAMES (Mariana Oliveira & Roberta Frontini)
2.5 Estrelas para ser mais exacta.

Opinião completa no blogue:
Jun 19, 2016 Mariana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Estrelas mais precisamente. A história é enternecedora e comovente, mas peca por ser demasiado previsível.
Alisa Carr
Jan 09, 2015 Alisa Carr rated it it was amazing
This book completely sucked me in. It touched my soul. It made me cry and laugh and take inventory in my own life.
I also have the privilege of knowing the author and she is wonderful and talented and I'm so happy to be able to see and enjoy her success.
Heather L
May 17, 2015 Heather L rated it liked it
Shelves: drama-town
I don't know if I'll be able to give this book a review it deserves. I was NOT in the mood to reach such a gut-wrenching novel, and therefore did not feel in the mood to have my heart ripped out of my chest, crushed, then put back in and tried to make it feel whole again. This book was all sorts of sadness tied around love and more sadness. That being said, this author writes well, and she writes beautifully. But if all her novels are going to be like this, I would really like to spare my heart ...more
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Ka was born and raised in Utah in the shadow of the most spectacular mountains on earth. A lifelong learner with two degrees in nursing, her expertise is in the field of mental health. Somewhere between raising her family, going to school, working and getting the laundry done, she managed to write a novel that takes an unvarnished look at imperfect love, loss, and bipolar disorder. Her underlying ...more
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“I know the difference between sadness and depression. Clinical depression has no source from which it springs-it just is. Intractable sadness has nothing to do with synapses, or brain chemistry, or essential salts, it's born of something. It's the product of injustice and helplessness. It can be anesthetized, I suppose, but it's there, unaltered, when the medication wears off, like an intruder who has broken into your house and is still there every morning when you wake up.

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