Broken for You.........
Broken for You, which was written by Stephanie Kallos, is a story about the rewards that can come from obtaining a human connection. It's a story about the joy that comes in finding a surrogate family. It's also a story about taking risks and huge leaps of faith. Broken for You is funny, witty, charming, and at times heartbreaking. It's pages are filled with eccentric, colorful, and funny characters that Stephanie Kallos brings to life, and we as readers, get to know and love.
The story itself is centered around the wealthy recluse Margaret Hughes, who has been living in a self imposed exile, in a mansion, on a hill, on the out skirts of a town. Her collection of beautiful porcelain antiques surround her and have become her only friends. She talks to them and cares for them as if they were her family. She also communicates with the ghost of her dead mother and later in the story with that of her son.
Margaret discovers she has a terminal illness. She decides to take a risk and do something she has never done before. She advertises for a border. Wanda, the woman who answers the add is very handy. She can fix just about anything but is unable to fix and rebuild her personal life. These two women, one young and one old, through their own personal tragedies, form a loving bond with one another.
As the story develops Margaret begins to smash her antiques and Wanda uses the broken pieces to design and create beautiful mosaics. Wanda eventually becomes a renown artist.
As Margret's disease progresses she hires people to live and assist in her home. They become part of her surrogate family. She also meets and has a loving relationship with Gus. Each person who comes into Margaret's life brings with them their own unique talents and charm.
Margaret decides to take a trip to Europe, and while there, tries to locate the original owners of her porcelain antiques. Antiques that were taken from the Jewish community in World War II. Trough a twist of fate she is able to locate the owner of a small tea set.
Broken for You gives one the feeling that we are all connected in some way. Sometimes we can be so busy searching for what it is we think we want that we are unable to grasp what it is we already have. This story is about people meeting one another again as their paths cross in the full circle of life.
I really enjoyed reading Broken for You. What about you? Have you read it, and if so, what are your thoughts about the book? I look forward to hearing from you.
With warmest regards, Carol