Tall Poppies Review: Laura Drake Takes Sibling Devotion to a New Level in ‘Days Made of Glass’

“Shared blood defines a family, but spilled blood can too…” ~ Days Made of Glass

Days Made of Glass Laura DrakeBuckle up readers, because your emotions are in for a roller coaster ride in Laura Drake’s Days Made of Glass – A gripping story of sibling devotion, mental illness and having to face hard truths about oneself.

The symbolism in this story hits from every angle. Shattered glass is the splintering of the illusion of reality. In Drake’s novel the smashed mirrors are a sign of both enlightenment and madness. Shards of glass are everywhere, representing broken dreams, broken promises, broken relationships and broken people.

Two sisters—tough-as-nails Harlie (the protector) and her younger sister Angel (the lost soul), have had a rough life. So far Harlie has managed to keep them moving forward despite Angel’s battle with depression. When Harlie finds Angel cutting her wrists with a piece of glass, she can no longer ignore the truth—that no amount of love or fierce determination will protect Angel from the demons haunting her. Angel needs professional help, and Harlie must entrust the doctors with her sister’s care—not an easy thing to do when everyone in their life has let them down.

While Angel undergoes professional treatment, Drake takes the story and the symbolism of broken glass in a new direction… breaking down barriers. In order to cover Angel’s medical bills Harlie enters the male arena of bullfighting where the big money is. She’s fearless, gutsy and just crazy enough to prove she can dance around bulls with professional cowboys.

Harlie is a rough-around-the edges loner who prefers the pain of bumps and bruises to the agony of watching her sister slip away. While Harlie fights to make a place for herself in bullfighting, she’s forced to face some hard truths about herself as she learns to trust her partner in the arena—a tough task when the only person she’s ever relied on is herself.

A story of strong sibling bonds, new friendships, trust and truth along with edge-of-your-seat rodeo scenes makes this a compelling read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Drake is a New York published author of Women’s Fiction and Romance. Her romance series, Sweet on a Cowboy, is set in the world of professional bull riding. Her debut, The Sweet Spot, won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award. Her latest women’s fiction released January 2016, and she has just accepted an offer to write three more western romances for Grand Central. Laura is a city girl who never grew out of her tomboy ways, or a serious cowboy crush. In 2014, Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.

 

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