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Favorite Heartsong author Andrea Boeshaar takes us into the world of a woman who comes face to face with broken relationships of the past. Returning to her hometown, Chicago, Allie Littenberg learns her actions had worse repercussions than she realized. Especially for Jack Callahan, the handsome Chicago cop she loved, but left. She finds Jack is now a bitter shell of a man Favorite Heartsong author Andrea Boeshaar takes us into the world of a woman who comes face to face with broken relationships of the past. Returning to her hometown, Chicago, Allie Littenberg learns her actions had worse repercussions than she realized. Especially for Jack Callahan, the handsome Chicago cop she loved, but left. She finds Jack is now a bitter shell of a man, his tenderness erased by years of anguish. Can God use Allie to not only mend the hurts in her own family, but also bring peace to Jack, his son, and estranged wife? Allie is compelled to find out.


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Favorite Heartsong author Andrea Boeshaar takes us into the world of a woman who comes face to face with broken relationships of the past. Returning to her hometown, Chicago, Allie Littenberg learns her actions had worse repercussions than she realized. Especially for Jack Callahan, the handsome Chicago cop she loved, but left. She finds Jack is now a bitter shell of a man Favorite Heartsong author Andrea Boeshaar takes us into the world of a woman who comes face to face with broken relationships of the past. Returning to her hometown, Chicago, Allie Littenberg learns her actions had worse repercussions than she realized. Especially for Jack Callahan, the handsome Chicago cop she loved, but left. She finds Jack is now a bitter shell of a man, his tenderness erased by years of anguish. Can God use Allie to not only mend the hurts in her own family, but also bring peace to Jack, his son, and estranged wife? Allie is compelled to find out.

30 review for Broken Things: Two Women. Two Pasts. One Future

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    An engaging and touching story of love and faith, both lost...and found. Now, I just need to get my hands on the sequel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I felt like this book was a little too stereotypical - anyone not Christian was painted as an awful person and that isn't true at all. I believe in God and believe the son is the way to the father but I do not and never will believe that all non-believers are mean/hateful like Cynthia's daughters and Brenda. I also had huge issues with Allie staying in her abusive marriage. I do not believe God wants us to remain with people who hurt us. Our bodies are our temples and we are supposed to take care I felt like this book was a little too stereotypical - anyone not Christian was painted as an awful person and that isn't true at all. I believe in God and believe the son is the way to the father but I do not and never will believe that all non-believers are mean/hateful like Cynthia's daughters and Brenda. I also had huge issues with Allie staying in her abusive marriage. I do not believe God wants us to remain with people who hurt us. Our bodies are our temples and we are supposed to take care of ourselves too. There was some "ok, ok, I get it" in the sense that Allie did at least acknowledge that this was her personal choice because she felt it was what God wanted in HER situation but that was quickly lost to me when she began to lecture Brenda on how wrong it was to divorce without even ASKING why the marriage was in trouble and then using her abuse (cheek story) as an illustration as to why someone should stay married - no matter what.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Ellis

    Redemption This is a story of loss, forgiveness, love, and salvation. I enjoyed this book and the characters. There are so many passed hurts and the mending of hearts is woven throughout this story. Allie and Jack have a lifetime of hurt and pain after Allie leaves because she is not ready to get married. Jack marries Roxi, but still loves Allie, and Roxi never feels loved, so she leaves him with a baby, Logan. Logan, because his mom leaves him, isn’t sure if Marilee will leave him, so he has to w Redemption This is a story of loss, forgiveness, love, and salvation. I enjoyed this book and the characters. There are so many passed hurts and the mending of hearts is woven throughout this story. Allie and Jack have a lifetime of hurt and pain after Allie leaves because she is not ready to get married. Jack marries Roxi, but still loves Allie, and Roxi never feels loved, so she leaves him with a baby, Logan. Logan, because his mom leaves him, isn’t sure if Marilee will leave him, so he has to work through why his mom left him before he understands that Marilee won’t leave him. Allie marries Erich, who turns out to be abusive and a drug dealing man who eventually is killed. Because of this tragedy, Allie turns her life over to God. Allie becomes a consultant for a nursing home, back where all the hurt started, and befriends one of the patients. Can she use her tragedy to mend a lifetime of hurts, bitterness, resentment, and anger? The struggle is real for so many of us, but God can truly heal all wounds, if we just let him.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Cole

    After reading several heavy-subjected books I needed something a little lighter. This book is certainly not a light book, but the subject was much positive! I really enjoyed this quick read. I enjoyed the characters and the depth of their struggle with their faith or the depth of their dependance on their faith. Both were very real and understandable. Each character is solid and even the ones that are mean and hateful, you kind of feel sorry for the place they are putting themselves in. I enjoyed After reading several heavy-subjected books I needed something a little lighter. This book is certainly not a light book, but the subject was much positive! I really enjoyed this quick read. I enjoyed the characters and the depth of their struggle with their faith or the depth of their dependance on their faith. Both were very real and understandable. Each character is solid and even the ones that are mean and hateful, you kind of feel sorry for the place they are putting themselves in. I enjoyed this book and felt very inspired by the central theme of redemption, forgiveness and God's grace!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pegge D Marjamaa

    Heart ❤❤❤ Touching story. This is a story that any Christian that has l agged I in the things we should be showing the 🌎 world could use to really look at the person's shown in this story. I would recommend this book not only to Christians, but to those who don't have Christ in there lives and hearts. It has made me question if there are things I should be doing to help others to accept Christ as there savoir and ask him to enter there hearts and lives! This book was thought involving and heart t Heart ❤❤❤ Touching story. This is a story that any Christian that has l agged I in the things we should be showing the 🌎 world could use to really look at the person's shown in this story. I would recommend this book not only to Christians, but to those who don't have Christ in there lives and hearts. It has made me question if there are things I should be doing to help others to accept Christ as there savoir and ask him to enter there hearts and lives! This book was thought involving and heart touching! Thank you for inspiring me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Knapp

    Definitely recommend! I've read a few books by Andrea Boeshaar and I do like the stories, the characters, and the lessons, but I can't say that I am thrilled with how the story ends. I feel "forced" to buy the next book in order to complete the story I just read. I recommend because of what is in this book was well-written, but if you are expecting closure from this book, you won't find it. Definitely recommend! I've read a few books by Andrea Boeshaar and I do like the stories, the characters, and the lessons, but I can't say that I am thrilled with how the story ends. I feel "forced" to buy the next book in order to complete the story I just read. I recommend because of what is in this book was well-written, but if you are expecting closure from this book, you won't find it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Harris

    Great book! I enjoyed this book because it was totally different from other books I've read. The plot was different and it progressed like real life with real people dealing with real issues. I didn't enjoy the one scenario that followed the car accident because it was a typical ending in many stories but otherwise it was great. I can't wait to read the rest of the story in book 2. Yes, a cliffhanger book but I was not ready for it to end anyway. Great book! I enjoyed this book because it was totally different from other books I've read. The plot was different and it progressed like real life with real people dealing with real issues. I didn't enjoy the one scenario that followed the car accident because it was a typical ending in many stories but otherwise it was great. I can't wait to read the rest of the story in book 2. Yes, a cliffhanger book but I was not ready for it to end anyway.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy P.

    Mending Broken Things I loved this Christian book; the story line, the characters, the setting, the writing, everything. I especially loved the ending, and that, to me, makes or breaks a story. This author is articulate, thorough, and a master at weaving a story into a masterpiece. Another commendable thing about this book was the editing. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads Christian. This book won't disappoint. Mending Broken Things I loved this Christian book; the story line, the characters, the setting, the writing, everything. I especially loved the ending, and that, to me, makes or breaks a story. This author is articulate, thorough, and a master at weaving a story into a masterpiece. Another commendable thing about this book was the editing. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads Christian. This book won't disappoint.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Felkins

    I would have loved to see a happily ever after scene with Allie and Jack. The story was engaging and redemptive, full of characters with broken pasts who turn to Christ. Other than heavy on Gospel presentation, this was a great book that kept me turning pages. For those who want to cheer for the broken and see them make it to the finish line of faith, this is a good read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mrs L T Carver

    Christaniyu Too much God in here for.me O just think that things have a place and this was not it. Religion is a private issue and should stay that was for everyone i did not appreciate it on every single page it was too much and as a result i stopped reading

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Bush

    Review Unfortunately, this book didn’t keep my attention. It was a mediocre attempt at a Christian novel. It would have been better if there was more action in it. Ended up sounding corny and didn’t deal with the real issues of today’s world.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aggie Kopp

    It brought me close to tears multiple times. I definite recommendation for Christian Novels. It wasn't completely about romance, even though there was some. It was mostly based on saving ones soul from Hell. It brought me close to tears multiple times. I definite recommendation for Christian Novels. It wasn't completely about romance, even though there was some. It was mostly based on saving ones soul from Hell.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Pettit

    Like a Hallmark movie I’ll admit, I do not like Hallmark movies. This book read more like a young adult novel. Too many “he gave her a stern look” or “he gave her a steely gaze.” I wanted to see how it ended so I finished it but that’s bc I hate to stop before the end.

  14. 5 out of 5

    carol price

    Do read this book. It shows how broken hearts and broken lives can be mended. I like how it shows real people and real problems.

  15. 4 out of 5

    May

    The story was good, as were the characters, but there was just too much emphasis on religion for my liking. Sorry, just a personal opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Fantastic!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Betty Roche

    Outstanding It was a all around awesome book, I loved the characters, showing their loving father all around! I’ll tell my friends and family about this book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judy Constance

    This book was enjoyable reading but predictable

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Enjoyed this book as well! Sweet story of "Second chances " Enjoyed this book as well! Sweet story of "Second chances "

  20. 5 out of 5

    Terri Cannon

    I wish I could give it 5 stars! I really enjoyed this book and especially enjoyed the directness of the gospel presentation. My only critique is that the writer did too much "telling" rather than "showing" in her scene descriptions. I kept thinking about the characters in between reading and that makes a great story for me. I wish I could give it 5 stars! I really enjoyed this book and especially enjoyed the directness of the gospel presentation. My only critique is that the writer did too much "telling" rather than "showing" in her scene descriptions. I kept thinking about the characters in between reading and that makes a great story for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Freeman

    Allie Drake grew up in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois with three special friends including Jack Callahan. She and Jack had a special relationship back then but she chose her career over Jack, moved away and later wrote to Jack wanting to come back home but he never answered. She still had hope they might rekindle the old flame after thirty years. Each had married and had a grown son. Allie lost her husband in a terrible accident and Jack lost his wife to alcohol and worldly living. Evan Jacobs hire Allie Drake grew up in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois with three special friends including Jack Callahan. She and Jack had a special relationship back then but she chose her career over Jack, moved away and later wrote to Jack wanting to come back home but he never answered. She still had hope they might rekindle the old flame after thirty years. Each had married and had a grown son. Allie lost her husband in a terrible accident and Jack lost his wife to alcohol and worldly living. Evan Jacobs hired Allie to temporarily return to Lakeland and reorganize the medical facility of Lakeland Enterprises. She sensed God was in the arrangements, that He wanted her there. Bowshaar weaves a story of Allie reuniting with old friends, and deciding she would take this opportunity to repair relationships from years before when she was a frivolous and unwise young lady. Allie seems ready for those from her past to recognize their weaknesses but it takes her awhile to recognize and repair some areas in herself. As a seasoned Christian now, Allie asks God’s help to see areas of her personality and her life which need maturing so she can mend relationships with her half- sisters and former friends. The book shows Allie how she needs refining. It isn’t the usual “fall in love” romance but written at a deeper level.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Baganz

    This book has been re-released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. I was instantly hooked as I started to delve into Allie's life and history and the current fallout from choices and misunderstandings of 30 years past. This story has a unique perspective on several levels. First, Allie has survived her choices with renewed faith and a fierce determination to obey God, even when it is hard and painful, like staying in a painful marriage. She reaps the benefit in the blessing of a son who n This book has been re-released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. I was instantly hooked as I started to delve into Allie's life and history and the current fallout from choices and misunderstandings of 30 years past. This story has a unique perspective on several levels. First, Allie has survived her choices with renewed faith and a fierce determination to obey God, even when it is hard and painful, like staying in a painful marriage. She reaps the benefit in the blessing of a son who not only follows God but has entered ministry. Returning to her roots however digs up old pain and not all reunions are happy ones. The most important, with the one man she had loved and still loved, has had the most serious damaging consequences in his stepping away from his faith. I loved the counter story of the second woman and it didn't take me long to figure out who she really was, even before her true identity was revealed in the story. I loved the way this weaved together and the underling theme of perseverance our faith and taking our call to share the gospel seriously. Obedience can be costly, and living in a sinful world can hurt, but God makes broken things beautiful in His perfect timing. My only sorrow about this book was that it ended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This is the first in a three-book series Faded Photograph. I read the second book Hidden Things first. Although I loved it, I only gave it a four star rating because of the way it ended. I thought it was the first book in the series until I bound Broken Things. The protagonist in Broken Things is Allie. When she was moving, she found a faded photo of two other women, a man, and her. The man was her soul mate but she had left him. Now, thirty years later, after growing as a Christian, she wants t This is the first in a three-book series Faded Photograph. I read the second book Hidden Things first. Although I loved it, I only gave it a four star rating because of the way it ended. I thought it was the first book in the series until I bound Broken Things. The protagonist in Broken Things is Allie. When she was moving, she found a faded photo of two other women, a man, and her. The man was her soul mate but she had left him. Now, thirty years later, after growing as a Christian, she wants to make amends for the things that she did that year. A chance at a job opportunity sends her back to Chicago, where she encounters animosity based on the way she was thirty years ago. Allie's trip down memory lane and her asking forgiveness of those she feels she harmed is the basis for the rest of the book. Favorite quotes: "Why is it that we expect great things from God, but when He does them, we're shocked?" "But you know what God has shown me over the years? He's shown me that He has a plan for all of us." "Through His Son, Jesus Christ, . . .God has done -- and is doing -- something about the needs in our world. He intervenes and saves broken lives by using us to proclaim the gospel. We're broken things apart from Christ, but God can use broken things."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Broken Things explores the subject of forgiveness. It delves into past hurts, broken family relationships, and disappointment. The general theme that nothing is impossible with God comes through clearly.I especially enjoyed the way the various hurting relationships developed throughout the book, that of Allie and Jack, Jack and his son, Allie’s past history of domestic violence, and Allie’s relationship with her half-sisters. The author brings two very different women together and leads the read Broken Things explores the subject of forgiveness. It delves into past hurts, broken family relationships, and disappointment. The general theme that nothing is impossible with God comes through clearly.I especially enjoyed the way the various hurting relationships developed throughout the book, that of Allie and Jack, Jack and his son, Allie’s past history of domestic violence, and Allie’s relationship with her half-sisters. The author brings two very different women together and leads the reader back through the years that links their pasts together. Allie is a memorable character who stands up for the rights of the elderly. She is instrumental in healing old wounds and knitting broken relationships. Her story is supported by strong characters who add drama and emotion to the novel. I recommend this book to readers who like to read about the healing power of God’s love and His ability to mend even the most shattered of broken relationships.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is a realistic Christian fiction selection. I read Christian fiction occassionally as my girlfriends from my church group lend it to me. I usually like the stories, but sometimes I finish them thinking that the conflicts are not real enough and that the plot is too simplistic. This book is not like that. There are many more characters - fairly well developed - with multiple plot lines. The story mostly follows Allie and Jack, who were in love as young adults. Allie was scared of commitment, This is a realistic Christian fiction selection. I read Christian fiction occassionally as my girlfriends from my church group lend it to me. I usually like the stories, but sometimes I finish them thinking that the conflicts are not real enough and that the plot is too simplistic. This book is not like that. There are many more characters - fairly well developed - with multiple plot lines. The story mostly follows Allie and Jack, who were in love as young adults. Allie was scared of commitment, so she takes off for 30 years. When she returns to her hometown, she finds Jack a bitter man who has lost his faith. A decent, quick read. Boeshaar has also written Hidden Things, which I may try sometime.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Bishop

    The storyline of "Broken Things" is unique and redemptive. For that reason alone, I finished the book. Only if a book doesn't hold my attention do I lay it down unfinished. Unfortunately, my kindle version was heavily littered with errors. I can easily tolerate errors if they are few and far between, but the amount of errors in this book were highly distracting and interfered with my understanding of the plot. I give the story with its believability and connectivity to my own world high marks. H The storyline of "Broken Things" is unique and redemptive. For that reason alone, I finished the book. Only if a book doesn't hold my attention do I lay it down unfinished. Unfortunately, my kindle version was heavily littered with errors. I can easily tolerate errors if they are few and far between, but the amount of errors in this book were highly distracting and interfered with my understanding of the plot. I give the story with its believability and connectivity to my own world high marks. Having been familiar with the author's work and well pleased with it, I chose "Broken Things." Had the error count been minimal, I would've given this book the 5 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    LeAnne

    An old photograph sends Allie back to Chicago, where she grew up, to try to reconcile with those she hurt when she ran away as a young woman of the 1960s. It’s a nice story, well-told. It IS preachy, but then it’s about broken things—things that can only be fixed by a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are multiple opportunities to explain the gospel. Brokenness in this story takes various forms—abandonment, bitterness, wild living, domestic violence, even an emergency hysterectomy in someone An old photograph sends Allie back to Chicago, where she grew up, to try to reconcile with those she hurt when she ran away as a young woman of the 1960s. It’s a nice story, well-told. It IS preachy, but then it’s about broken things—things that can only be fixed by a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are multiple opportunities to explain the gospel. Brokenness in this story takes various forms—abandonment, bitterness, wild living, domestic violence, even an emergency hysterectomy in someone longing for children. So if you feel hungry and broken, you will probably find someone here with whom you identify, and perhaps find healing for your pain.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Bernabe

    Good book This was a good book. I liked how everyone's paths crossed at different times. A good story of love and redemption. Good book This was a good book. I liked how everyone's paths crossed at different times. A good story of love and redemption.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    Returning to her hometown, Chicago, Allie Littenberg learns her actions had worse repercussions than she realized. Especially for Jack Callahan, the handsome Chicago cop she loved, but left. She finds Jack is now a bitter shell of a man, his tenderness erased by years of anguish. Can God use Allie to not only mend the hurts in her own family, but also bring peace to Jack, his son, and estranged wife? Allie is compelled to find out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Teressa Brown

    I like the line ..HE (God) intervenes and saves broken lives by using us but I was disappointed with the inference that GOD allowed Marilee's wreck ... Yes God can all use all things for HIS GLORY but I choose to believe that satan caused wreck (john 10:10) but ALL THINGS DO AND WORK FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE . I would have rated book a 4 before pg 336 . I like the line ..HE (God) intervenes and saves broken lives by using us but I was disappointed with the inference that GOD allowed Marilee's wreck ... Yes God can all use all things for HIS GLORY but I choose to believe that satan caused wreck (john 10:10) but ALL THINGS DO AND WORK FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE . I would have rated book a 4 before pg 336 .

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