Destiny Jones is doing just fine on her own, thanks. From her thriving one-woman carpentry business to the loving support of her small-town community, Destiny has constructed a life as sturdy and polished as her best cabinets. Twenty years ago, Destiny’s world collapsed when her mother died and her father, Albert, abandoned his daughter to pursue acting in New York. His de...more
I finished reading this several days ago and had to sit with it a bit before writing my review.
On the surface, “Broken Pieces” tells the story of Destiny Jones and the reemergence of her long absent father into her seemingly happy life. What I expected? A heartwarming tale about Destiny with conflict surrounding her father’s suspicious appearance. What I got was a very complex story fu ...more
Issues of cancer, death, abandonment, lies, struggles, repentance and forgiveness are definitely some factors that a reader would have a hard time processing, because these would only result to tears and disappointments.
I must admi ...more
I will be honest and say I didn't think this would be a good book.
It was very predictable and some parts were too dramatic for my taste but, at the same time, it was a journey. I couldn't help but fall in love with these characters and struggle with them through their hardships. I felt very moved while reading it and I could relate with the characters and their pain.
While we may all be broken pieces, the key is to lear ...more
Broken Pieces by Kathleen Long delivers an emotionally packed novel with this book. Destiny Jones is a strong independent 30-year-old woman content with her life in the small town of Paris N.J. She has a successful carpentry business and has just been awarded the renovation of the Paris Opera House. Destiny has made a life for herself but has protected herself from love and hurt. At the age of 10 her world fell apart as her loving mother ...more
Destiny thought she would be alone for ever, because she would never be able to let people close enough to have a family of her own after her mother's death and her father's leaving her. However, her father's seemingly ultimate betrayal, and the death of her new found sister, tear down her walls instead of building them higher. Will her heart - or the one of her little niece - be broken again?
Although this book wasn't exactly a light r ...more
Although this book was 5 stars IMO, I'm not sure that I would have chose to read it had I known the type of loss endured by the characters. This book caused the resurfacing of many emotions that I had buried and I was not prepared for the onslaught of emotion. I do, however, value the insights on dealing with the loss of a loved one and the coping mechanisms one may develop as a result. I also appreciated the outlook on life, love and heartbreak. ...more
The story is just not grabbing me with a fervor that inspires me to continue on to endure the promised, forthcoming sadness.
Albert Jones is a Broadway legend but what most people do not know ...more
Destiny Jones has been estranged from her father, Tony Award winning Broadway actor Albert Jones, for twenty years – except for his annual Christmas visits, which lasted fifteen minutes last year. When he and his luggage show up on her front porch in Paris, New Jersey, in the middle of August Destiny tries to deny him entrance, but he reminds her it is legally his house, even though he has not slept under its roof for the last twenty years. He pleads ...more
The main character is Destiny Jones, a 30-yr-old woman, who is a successful carpenter, and who has mastered the art of being an independent person.
After the death of her mother when Destiny was just 10 yrs old, her father left her in the care of her grandmother so he could pursue an acting career on Broadway, only visiting once a year at Christmastime. Destiny learnt to be content with her own compa ...more
Destiny, strong and self-sufficient, running her own business and working on landing a big contract was someone I really liked. Her father, Albert, Broadway legend who suddenly turns up after 20 years apart except for very quick Christmas visits, was someone I had trouble liking in the beginning, but before my eyes he changed....or became ...more
Where do I start Destiny Jones was fine just living her life then her absent father shows up unexpected. Though he always visited on Christmas this was not a planned visit. After the death of Destiny’s mother when she was ten years old her father left. She was raised by her grandmother and her mother’s best friend. Her father had run away to work and came back only once or twice a year ...more
I liked the main character, Destiny Jones, immediately. She has learned the hard way not to depend on or get close to others, and has succeeded in her life despite a sad childhood. Yet, she isn’t bitter. ...more
I don't want to say too much, because I don't want to spoil it, but I will say this is a beautifully emotional story about a strong woman named Destiny. This story deals with many issues that we see today, pain, loss, cancer, broken homes, and much more, but it also has a strong theme of hope and love. I loved reading Destiny's story, and seeing how she was able to use the pain of her past, to help those in pain in her present ...more
I wanted to pick this book up from the moment I read the mysterious, and possibly heartbreaking, synopsis. I was not disappointed with what I found in the pages of this novel. The characters come to life and are full of emotion as they are introduced and followed throughout the story. I was hooked from page 1. I enjoyed following Desti ...more
Destiny lost her mother to cancer at age 10; her father left and pursued his career on broadway leaving Destiny to be raised by her maternal grandmother. Twenty years later her famous father returns and tells her about the older sister she never knew sh ...more
I loved this book. I was surprised by it as it didn't go the way I expected it to. This is the story of January and her relationship with her estranged father. The book opens with Albert showing up on her doorstep seemingly confused. Lots of foreshadowing here, just not about what you'd expect. A one day read with well developed characters and plot.
Full review on my blog at https://laurasbook ...more
**WARNING: Invest in Kleenex stock before you start reading Broken Pieces.**
This book slayed my heart and soul. If anyone in your life ever has done you wrong Kathleen does an extravagant job of brining those emotions to the surface. Twisting, crushing, destroying everything.
I LOVED it!!!!
You can see my full review on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/s9yttnrnAtw ...more
|YA Buddy Readers'...: Broken Pieces by Kathleen Long - Starting September 23rd 2016||5||14||Sep 27, 2016 03:11PM|
Kathleen has won a RIO Award and is a two-time winner of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her additional honors include nominations for National Readers’ Choice, RITA, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, and Book Buyers Best awards, as well as appearances on the USA Toda ...more