Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

When Lucy and Mickey met, he was in the hospital during one of his episodes and she was there visiting her sister. They knew their relationship would always be difficult because he had bipolar disorder, but Lucy was determined not to walk away from Mickey. She knew instantly that she was meant for him.

Mickey’s doctor told Lucy once that her marriage to Mickey would be like dancing on broken glass…there would be pain, but she would either flee that pain or hold tighter to him until the next smooth place. The women in Lucy’s family have been plagued with cancer, so when Lucy has her own bout with cancer a few years into their marriage, she and Mickey decide they will not have children and take the necessary medical steps to ensure that fact.

During their marriage, Mickey has to stay in the mental hospital during several of his bipolar cycles. It’s during one of these times that Lucy finds out that against all odds, she and Mickey will indeed have a baby. While this thought is exciting for both of them, it’s also very terrifying for Mickey because he doesn’t want his child to grow up in the sort of home he did.

One day during a routine baby checkup, Lucy’s doctor finds an abnormality in her breast tissue. She runs some tests and then sends Lucy to a specialist. After a short time, it is discovered that Lucy’s cancer has spread and is very advanced. Only chemo and radiation will give her some sort of hope. Lucy refuses any treatment until after the baby is born, but it’s clear to all that she won’t make it that long. When Mickey realizes that he will be solely responsible for the baby when Lucy dies, he panics and tells Lucy he won’t be able to do it. Despite the fact that Lucy believes in Mickey, she devises a plan to make sure the baby is taken care of by all of her family.

Ka Hancock provides us an enlightening and very real look at what life is like for someone living with not one debilitating illness, but two. She does such a great job describing the way Mickey’s disorder cycles and how it affects those around him. As we read about Lucy’s undying belief in Mickey and her willingness to sacrifice everything for her baby, we see what truly selfless love really is.

I found Hancock’s writing style to be smooth and easy to follow, yet full and rich and deeply emotional. There were so many characters to develop in this novel and Hancock did a fine job with all of them. Dancing on Broken Glass is the kind of book that will cause you to take a closer look at yourself and think about how you would act under these circumstances.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Gallery Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.