The vast majority of titles we review here on PBA are sent to us by authors and publishers asking for our opinions. Sometimes, however, I will pick up a title that has been in my own library for a while, and then feel compelled to review it here for one reason or another. One title I put on my shelf way back in September of 2012 is The Shattered Door by Brandon Witt. Witt was recently on PBA talking about his latest release, Clashing Tempest (Men of Myth #3) — So check out his interview if you haven’t already. That appearance brought The Shattered Door back to my consciousness, so I decided to read it (obviously). All I can say is Wow!
Title: The Shattered Door
Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
After a tortured childhood and years of soul-searching, Brooke Morrison has finally settled into a comfortable life. While his sexuality prohibits him from practicing his degree in youth ministry in a church setting, he’s found a fulfilling job as a youth counselor at a residential treatment facility in Colorado. He falls in love, marries the man of his dreams, and makes peace with God. He’s happy.
Then his buried past drags him back to the Ozarks.
The life Brooke has worked so hard to build is crumbling in his hands in the face of painful memories and past abuse, and his confidence is withering. In El Dorado Springs, where his nightmares come to life, Brooke desperately seeks closure life doesn’t offer. Brooke must find value in himself, in his marriage, and in the world around him—and create the hope and perseverance to keep his past from swallowing him whole.
Wow. Need something more than that? How about… go buy this book! Still want more? I am not entirely sure what I can say about The Shattered Door by Brandon Witt. It is amazing. It is not something I would think to pick up, usually. First of all it has a fair amount of religion in it. What am I saying? Religion is a central theme in the story. So is homophobia, acceptance, family, love, and so much more.
I will say this upfront (if 3 paragraphs into a review can be considered up front). I am an atheist. Even though this title has been on my TBR forever, I think the religious theme scared me away for a long time. The main character studied to be a Youth Minister (much like the author himself) and in the end, his sexuality prevented him from doing what he thought he would with his life. Despite that, he found a good life and a man to love. Then it all falls apart, and he has to face up to everything from which he has spent his adult life running.
There is an amazing cast of characters surrounding Brooke. There are those who want the world to be better than it is. There are those I wanted to slap upside the head for their sheer ignorance. There are those I wanted to wrap in all the love I have to give. There are those who had nothing but venom to spew into the world. There were places where the writing was a little rough, and a few where I felt I might have missed something. In due course, however, Witt would always circle back and make it all better, one way or another. In the end I laughed, cried, yelled, cringed, and wanted to wring the authors neck for teasing me. All signs of an excellent story.
The copy of The Shattered Door used in this review was purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies available.
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