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Guardian angel Rachael finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier with a secret that's driving him insane. Desperate to see him ascend into Heaven she breaks the rules about becoming involved and keeping her identity a secret. Her decision to stay in Purgatory to help Ben seems a good plan. Except they've been stuck for ten years already and Ben is ...more
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Published March 23rd 2017 (first published September 1st 2011)
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Pete Tarsi
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’m part of the We ♥ YA Books! group over at Goodreads, and the description of this book intrigued me right away. I like contemporary supernatural stories, but the setting being Purgatory is what really hooked me. I’m always interested in different authors’ takes on the afterlife, and let me start this review by saying that Ms. Richardson’s vision of Purgatory is brilliantly set in a rehab center. I don’t kn
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Gloria Mansfield-santos
The Bird with the Broken Wing is one of the best stories about guardian angels I have ever read. I connected with all three characters and I really wanted them to pull through at the end. Rachael is a guardian angel who is determined to help Ben deal with his problems but the problem is her. Jet is a troubled teen who thinks she is escaping overbearing parents only to realize that running away isn't the answer. And Ben is a soldier who is haunted by the things he's seen during the war. The story ...more
Micki Peluso
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bird With The Broken Wing

By D. L. Richardson

Ben, Rachael and Jet have one thing in common. They are all at a rehab center to get their emotional scars healed – some embedded so deeply within their psyches that this may never happen. Jet comes from a home with a domineering wealthy but tightfisted father, and a mother afraid to stand up to him; not that Jet does either. Now after what Jet tried to do, she's in a place where two people will listen . . . And finds that she has nothing to say. E
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Jet is not happy with her parents. She feels unloved by her father who seems mean to her. To get back at him she takes a load of sleeping pills down with some vodka. Her cry for help sends her to a strange room with Ben and Rachael. Rachael is an angel who is trapped with Ben, the mortal she was sent to watch. She is torn between trying to help him without breaking the rules, when Jet mysteriously shows up.

This was a hard story for me. The chapters are broken into the POVs of Ben, Jet and Racha
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Sapphyria
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very rarely have a hard time writing a review, especially for an excellent book, but that is not the case today. "Why," you ask? Because this book is so exceptional and heartwarming and mixed-up, that my thoughts were just flying around in my head and none of them were landing in cohesive sentences.

First, you have Ben and Rachel, who have enlisted in the military and are in a highly combative zone somewhere in the desert. After cutting from Ben and Rachel, you then flip to Jet, a teen with a
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Amanda  B Gillespie
Thank you to the author and Goodreads We ♥ YA's R2R program for this digital copy in return for an honest review.
Rarely, there is a work of creativity that is so awe-inspiring the reader has to stop and internalize, take those thoughts out, knead them and think them over and mold them before they can articulate the feelings invoked from it. This is one of those.
Purgatory? Limbo for the desperate aching heart and soul before deciding which way to go? Simply put, yes. Who would have thought that
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Billie
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When mortals make mistakes, they're forgiven. When angels make mistakes, they're forsaken.
Guardian angel Rachael finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier with a secret that's driving him insane. Desperate to see him ascend into Heaven she breaks the rules about becoming involved and interfering with his mortal destiny. Her decision to stay in Purgatory to help Ben seems like a good plan. Except they've been stuck for ten years already and Ben is no closer to ascending.
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Mirren Hogan
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of those rare gems. In a world in which there are no new stories, this was unlike anything I'd ever read before. DL Richardson writes with great empathy and insight into people. While YA, I recommend this book to anyone. ...more
Cyle
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Angels
RECEIVED: Received for Review from Author
BLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/

REVIEW:
The Bird with the Broken Wing is an emotional story about two people and an angel who are lost and trying to either redeem and forgive themselves for something terrible that happened in their lives. With an interesting setting in what seems like a psychiatric center these three battle with their faults and heartbreaks to try and find their rightful place.

Ben is a young solider whom
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Isabel Vazquez
An emotional story about a teen who faces hardship in her relationships. Beginning with her parents. Jet leads a simple life because of her money hungry father who subjects her and her mother to emotional abuse. She gets teased at school and is dumped by her boyfriend in the worst possible way. Jet takes sleeping pills with vodka to ease her pain forever.

Jet awakens in a "rehab" type of place to meet two other young people. Ben a war hero, who can't seem to remember his deepest thoughts. He see
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Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Jet finds herself waking up in what she thinks is a detox centre after having a mix of vodka and pills, making friends with Ben and Rachael who are also there with their own personal demons to face, but all is not as it seems. Ben is stuck in a bit of a trickly situation, infatuated with Jet, while his friend Rachael is falling for him unknown to him of course, but there is more to Rachael and the situation they all finds themselves in then meets the eye. Ben is haunted by the thoughts of his pa ...more
Amanda Dalziel
Through the eyes of Jet, I was taken to a recovery clinic, the odd behaviour of Ben cemented that idea. For the first few chapters, I was questioning who Rachael was. She was a know-it-all, pestering brat - nothing like the unnamed guardian angel from the prologue. More than once I had to flip to the blurb on the back to make sure. Yes, Rachael's an angel. Yes, she's Ben's guardian angel. Initially, I attributed this to my own real-life memory issues, very different from Ben's character, until I ...more
Jamie Jack
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A highly unusual story! I read a lot, so it's rare that I ever think that, and I think that's the first time I've said that in a review. If the author hadn't have said in the blurb that this takes place mostly in purgatory, I think I would have been as unsure as the human characters about their location. What an intriguing concept, to have purgatory be a rehab/mental hospital! The characters had so much to do before they could move on, and it was a fascinating read as the more significant issues ...more
Sue Wallace
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The bird with the broken wing by DL Richardson.
Guardian angel Rachael finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier with a secret that's driving him insane. Desperate to see him ascend into Heaven she breaks the rules about becoming involved and keeping her identity a secret. Her decision to stay in Purgatory to help Ben seems a good plan. Except they've been stuck for ten years already and Ben is no closer to ascending.
The unexpected appearance of a feisty teenager, Jet
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Diamante Lavendar
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all love a good book. A good book takes us on a journey to another realm...and this is the case with DL Richardson's book The Bird With The Broken Wing.

Although the plot line of this book takes place in purgatory, DL Richardson makes the plot and characters easy to believe and credible. The reader finds themselves looking in on the main characters of the story as they reason out why they have been put in a strange place and where they happen to be. It is a story that will build up empathy ab
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Dark Sith Lordette Jennymort ♔
**Received this book on my Kindle for an honest review. (We <3 YA Books!)**

The only reason it took me a while to read this book is because I moved from Davenport, IA to Tacoma, WA for a job.

Now that I've finally had some downtime to myself (I happened to get sick on my second weekend here) I've decided to finish it. Well holy schticks. I have no idea what all I actually read. There was this major twist that I should've seen coming but didn't because I thought it was going a different way.

I did
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Tamara
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

* I was sent a pdf copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Purgatory. Everyone has heard of it but not many people have read about it, me being one of them- until I picked up this book. It features Ben and Jet. Jet lives with a strict family and is forbidden to date, and eventually commits suicide, while Ben is a soldier who died in battle. Neither of them know that they are dead. Rachel, the angel who is tasked with making sure Ben ascends to heaven, is the only person who knows t
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Rose Brown
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Richardson takes us on a rollercoaster ride, of self-discovery, emotional turmoil, and personal beliefs and values in, “The Bird with the Broken Wing”. This creative and thought-provoking tale is set in Purgatory, which to its occupants appears to be a mental/rehab hospital. The main characters, Rachel Ben’s guardian angel, Ben a soldier desperately seeking forgiveness but feeling he doesn’t deserve it, and Jet a teenager full of self-loathing. This unexpectedly original storyline has such depth ...more
Krissy
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a different story of a Guardian Angel! I love how Rachel was so protective of Ben then Jet gets thrown into the mix. Ben reminds me of how we all have things we want to hide within ourselves. To try not to remember them but shut down and keep it inside. Then add Jet and you get a rebellious individual who just wants to be herself, have fun with a little crazy. It's a wonderful book that young adults/adults will enjoy reading!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntar
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Elizabeth McDaniel
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rachel, Ben and Jet find themselves in a rehab facility. All for different reasons. But in reality they are in purgatory with Rachel being Ben’s guardian angel. The three characters are on a course set for self discovery and forgiveness. This story was so interesting and intriguing. When I thought I knew what was going on, something else would happen. Good and unique characters that really develop with the story.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a revi
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Allison
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A marvelous read! I was enthralled with the mysteries this story held. It kept me on my toes and itching to skip to the last page. I have to admit that the cover is what caught my attention but the words are what captivated me. A win win for readers! The story is told through three different characters which is what I loved. It made the book suspenseful since the author was slowly handing out the story piece by piece. Once you have all the pieces the outcome will definitely make you question som ...more
Brinda
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel by Richardson is one that surprised me with an interesting character study you don't always get in YA lit. The story is one that unfolds layer by layer until you see what drives each character. Rachael is an teen angel who is trying to figure things out; she's not the superior, all-knowing kind. Ben and Jet are both interesting characters who have dark, troubled pasts. You find yourself rooting for all three characters to come to terms with their feelings. ...more
Gisèle
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was surprised by this book. Firstly it is not my usual type of book. Secondly I didn't read the "back of the book" so never realised one of the characters was a guardian angel... oops! But I think that actually made me enjoy the book more as it kept me in suspense! And thirdly, the ending was a surprise! Overall I enjoyed the journey right to the very last word. ...more
Tina
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Bird with the Broken Wing is a great book to read that will haunt you long after you turn its final page.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Tanya
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She has never ever lost a soul and she is about to break the rules to save the soul. Now more and more people are coming and she begins to wonder if breaking the rules is worth it. Will she save them all? Will she fail. See how she gets on

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Holly Christine
Apr 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
I felt like this book was okay. But it felt like it was missing something. About a third of the way in I lot interest and only carried on because I wanted to finish it. Wouldnt recommend.
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