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Family Heirlooms Series, Book 4: Glass Angels


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Nuggets of faith can be passed down as family heirlooms from parent to child, sibling to sibling, spouse to spouse.


Book Four Family Heirloom: Forgiveness

A young Christian woman struggles with seeking pardon from those she's hurt when she can't seem to get past her own inability to forgive those who have wronged her. 

Three years ago, Samantha Samuels had suffered under the violent hands of Ryder Feldmann, a juvenile delinquent her pastor father had been counseling. Now she's completed her psychiatry training and plans to help other victims of violent crimes at the rape counseling clinic in her hometown of Peaceful, Wisconsin. Unexpectedly, she finds herself sharing an office building and Sunday services at her new church with the older brother, a divorce counselor, of her attacker... the very man she'd been in love with before her rape. 

In the time since Kyle Feldmann's brother was jailed for his crime against Samantha, he's lived with the torment of all he's lost because of his sibling. Before the tragedy that stole Samantha from him and destroyed his dreams, Kyle had begged her to risk her father's disappointment and elope with him. Seeing Samantha again after so many years, being near her, only puts him right back where he was before the rape. Kyle wants to heal Samantha, love her, and fulfill the dreams he grieved the loss of--by marrying her. But how can they be together forever when she's still so broken? 

All her life, Samantha had wanted her father's approval, but his selfish part in putting her in a dangerous situation has led her to a painful place of desperately needing to forgive him and her attacker... and being unable to in all the time since the traumatic event that ripped her life in two. As she gives her heart to Kyle once more, her already fractured relationship with the Lord is tested. In the crossfire of faith, she wonders if glass angels shatter beyond recognition when they take a leap of faith, or if they can heal and become stronger than ever before. 

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 6, 2018, 17:18
    2011 The Romance Studio CAPA Award Winner
    5 star review from The Romance Studio
    The Romance Studio Sweetheart Award Nominee
    5 star review from Huntress Reviews
    5 star review and Reviewer's Top Pick from Readers Favorite
    5 star review from MyBookAddictionReviews
    4 1/2 star review from Red Roses for Authors Reviews
    4 1/2 star review from BTSemag

    5 Stars! “GLASS ANGELS is the fourth book in Karen Wiesner’s Family Heirloom Series. The lot of this book deals with rape, a subject that tears families apart. GLASS ANGELS is a book about healing and love that draws families back together. Look at a piece of glass, and compare it to a life of a victim, transparent to light, solid and hard but fragile enough to break and shatter. This is the life of Samantha Samuels. Samantha was the daughter of a preacher. She was attacked and raped by a boy that her father had been counseling. Although her father didn’t know of the boy’s past, he still put Samantha in the middle of harm’s way. Years later, she has graduated with her degree in psychiatry and plans to work at a rape counseling center run by her best friend. She does not know that the only man she loves works in the same building. God seems to bring them together again. She learns her attacker is soon to be let out of prison. Samantha deals with her fears; Kyle Feldmann has his own problems to deal with: His love for Samantha, his hatred for his brother for what he did, and his teenage son from a former marriage. Through all of the hurts, can Samantha find it in her heart to forgive those who have hurt her, especially her father? As she takes the leap of faith, can she depend on the Lord to help heal her and mend the broken pieces back together and make this glass angel stronger and more solid then she was before? Excellent reading. Karen Wiesner is such a talented author, and I have read several of her books. Though they can be read as a standalone, it’s better to read the whole series as you will see the same characters throughout.” ~Readers Favorite
    5 Stars! “There is even more going on than I reveal in my synopsis, but to touch on everything would more than double the story's description. The author shows that bad things can and do happen to good people, but it is for each person to decide whether they will break and crumble under the pain or bend and find a way to make their pain work for some good. Karen Wiesner often takes Christian Romance from its normal shelf and propels it well beyond all expectations. This story is a prime example. Stellar!” ~Huntress Reviews
    5 Stars! “Can be read as a stand-alone with returning characters from previous books in the series. This is a great Christian book. I like the characters Samantha and Kyle. God gave Samantha a Christian husband. Even after all the hardship she went through, she was still strong in her faith. She loved God. GLASS ANGELS is a great example for all of us to live by. A great story!” ~My Book Addiction Reviews
    4 ½ Red Roses! “This is story will take the reader on an emotional roller coaster as they follow the story of Samantha and Kyle and what they have had to go through in their lives. The reader will get to see how, even though someone has gone through terrible times, it is possible to come out the other side much stronger than when [he or she] first were. If you are looking for a good inspirational story, this is one to try.” ~Red Roses for Authors Reviews
    4 ½ Stars! “GLASS ANGELS is Book 4 of Karen’s Family Heirlooms Series. Obviously meant to be read as a series but can be read as a stand-alone novel, GLASS ANGELS is a very touching and gut-wrenching story about a rape victim trying to find her place in life and how she copes with starting over after the trauma of such an experience. Karen handles both the religious implications, personal and sensitive topics revolving around such a delicate subject very well. I encourage anyone to pick up this book and follow the journey in and out of heartbreak.” ~BTS eMag
    4 Stars! “The Family Heirlooms series has provided a wealth of great stories with characters that the audience can easily identify with, and this fourth book is no exception. Forgiveness, the deep emotions between parents and children and finding hope and faith when you believe they’re lost fill this plot.” ~RT Book Reviews
    4 Stars! “Inspirational story of two wrongs that finally make a right. You feel for Samantha throughout, but the burden Kyle has carried is intricate and written with compassion. Another fantastic read from the Family Heirloom Series.” ~Single Titles
    4 Stars! “This book is all about forgiving, but it takes Samantha a lot to get over what she has endured for years, and after a brutal rape as she has suffered, no one could ask her to just get over it so easily. This isn't all about forgiveness though; there is also the injustice aspect as her attacker is due to be out after three years in prison, while Samantha still bears the scars. There’s lots of emotions in this novel: love, hate, but the forgiving, as I said, takes time.” ~Love Romance Passion
    4 Red Roses! "This is a book that takes a difficult situation and handles it delicately so that most readers can handle reading about it. The characters are very well written and move the story along very nicely. Seeing how Samantha handles the difficulties in her life and grows from what happened to her makes for an engrossing read. It is another book in a series that is proving to be very well written and takes the reader on a wonderful journey." ~Red Roses for Authors
    5 Stars! “The fourth Family Heirlooms inspirational tale is a terrific contemporary story starring a person whose belief system was shattered when her body was violated. Kyle is a strong counterpart to the courageous but tormented Samantha who has given up on God, her father, and her beloved as she trusts no one; not even the Lord who allowed the attack to occur. Readers will sympathize with the heroine’s emotional plight and empathize with the lead male’s hopes and frustrations as the only way she will heal is the impossible: forgiving those she holds accountable.” ~The World of Romance
    “GLASS ANGELS deals with the after effects of rape and forgiveness. Those are difficult subjects to tackle. No doubt that many of the feelings and emotions surrounding our lead couple rang true. I know that forgiving your rapist and your father who put you in that position would be extremely difficult. The story is really Samantha's journey in learning how to do that. Kyle was a great hero. We caught a glimpse of him in FOOLISH GAMES, but in this story you really get to know him. I liked the inner strength he had and the patience he showed toward Samantha. We also get to see the rest of the family as they do their best to help both Samantha and their father through a difficult time. Along with the main story, there is a secondary story going on with Kyle's son Chad and his girlfriend Winnie.” ~Love 2 Read Novels Blog
    “I recently finished GLASS ANGELS and was very impressed. The emotions come across as deep and authentic, the conflicts taken seriously, and the combination of emotional and physical passion strong— the few inspirational romances I've read tend to omit physical passion altogether, leaving it hard to believe they are really in love.” ~Author Margaret L. Carter

  • Larena Hubble (amazon customer)
    Aug 29, 2017, 05:26
    Very Good

    Contemporary Inspirational Romance

    Peaceful, Wisconsin

    A Christian woman who is young struggles to seek pardon from those she has hurt especially as she can’t seem to get past her own inability to forgive those who have wronged her. Samantha Samuels suffered under the violent hands of Ryder Feldmann three years ago. Ryder was a juvenile delinquent that was being counseled by her pastor father. With her psychiatry training now complete she plans to help other victims of violent crimes at the rape counseling clinic in her hometown of Peaceful. What she didn’t expect was to share an office building and a new church with the older brother of her attacker. A man that is a divorce counselor and also the man she had been in love with before her rape.

    This is a book that takes a difficult situation and handles it delicately so that most readers can handle reading about it. The characters are very well written and move the story along very nicely. Seeing how Samantha handles the difficulties in her life and grows from what happened to her makes for an engrossing read. It is another book in a series that is proving to be very well written and takes the reader on a wonderful journey.
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