Broken Wing: Anna Klay
Self preservation, inner turmoil, hidden feelings, outward appearances and recreating your present by trying to hide your past are just some of the issues that come to light when we enter the town of Pettington and meet Skye Roosevelt a young lady hoping to create a new world for herself spending her time working in a spiritualism store. Skye’s father is very controlling and moving out on her own is the only way she feels she will grow. But, working in this store alongside Cinn and her mother Madame D, Skye spends her time learning about and organizing healing crystals, dusting statuettes and hoping for a chance to create her own jewelry using the crystals available to her in the store. Madame D can read your palm or give psychic readings and Skye who hopes to find her way and make her dreams come true will find that not everything will go as planned.
Ray Long comes to town and wants Skye in his life. But as we get to know him when the author flashes back into his hidden past we learn about the abuse he endured at the hand of his father, the cruelties inflicted on an eight year old child, the murder of his dog right in front of him and the inner turmoil that he still faces each day. Ray is not what he appears to be and has an unsettled feeling about what Skye is learning concerning the spiritual world. Even his odd and strange behavior should have sent up red flags, for some reason Skye is drawn to this rogue, Ray hoping that with her help his life will turn around for the good. But, he can’t hide who or what he really is as he is very confrontational, often rough and finds himself in the company of many different women as he frequents the place that Madame D runs called The Palace. Voices in his head thinking he hears the devil, hoping to delete what he hears and steer clear of the violence that haunts his memories and soul, can he really escape his past?
Within each character if they looked within the glass of a mirror they might see what hides within their minds. As Ray stands in front of the glass can he see past his life and start anew? Can he realize his potential as he works alongside Barter and tries to build a new life? Rage, anger, fear and hate engulf him as Skye takes her position in front of the mirror. Skye is artistic and has the ability to create great things as does her friend David standing next to her. His work might be dark, gloomy and daring but its authentic and artistic. Skye sees herself as an artist as does David but where does this talent originate and from who? Bonnie has been hiding from her past until something happens that might change her destiny and allows her to see your image within the glass of this mirror in a different way. David and Cinn are artistic in their own way and decide to collaborate and create something that would enlighten the art world in a different way. Dark, eerie, haunting images would dark dreams, fantasies and facing demons hoping to find some kind of semblance within both of their lives.
Living within this town many did not see past the border or the boundary lines that separate it from other places. People that ban together, that fight for each other yet when tragedy happens things begin to change and images falter. Ray Long is crazy and gets drunk. Never thinking about his future always taking what he wants he enters the Palace and uses every ounce of rage and anger to attempt to take two lives. Ray never understood or would be able to understand friendships and misunderstood Skye’s feelings for David. Cruelty marked his childhood as the author brilliantly flashes back to the many incidents of abuse inflicted on him by his father.
The town of Pettington is filled with people that live in a clouded world. Many drink their way through the nights and often find solace in abusing and hurting others. Some like Ray, find it comforting to bully, threaten and insult. Isaac Roosevelt, although he loves Skye is cold, austere and comes across as controlling. When Skye rebels against her father something within the people in the town turns against her. When Skye learns she is pregnant with Ray’s child events spiral out of control, rage enters Ray’s mind and the end result might take the lives of two people she loves. Given a short prison sentence and returning to Pettington, Ray pretends to have changed but did he?
Throughout the novel Skye only wants to find her mother and when she does the reunion is quite remarkable and the end result will surprise readers. As Bonnie and Daisy friends in the past recreate a new friendship in the present but for how long.
Did God play a part in changing your life? The author brings to light information about numerology, metaphysics and tarot readings as each chapter begins with a different card allowing readers to get a head start on what the chapter’s events might be and the link to what the card means.
As David, Cinn and Skye begin to formulate their lives in different directions we see the colors, images and art created by all three as they blend together, form patterns and create their own story.
When Skye’s son is born, Jake takes on a special place in her heart and that of the father but when Ray comes back to town why does she allow him to even see their son? Would you teach a child to shoot a gun at three years of age? Would you teach him that violence is the best means of survival? Should a child learn that the power of a gun makes him a man? When things come to a final head the ending will stun readers as Skye fights for the life of her son and the fear that she might be too late. A town with a whore house, a place to have readings, tattoo shop, two garages and a bar run by a woman you want as a friend named Deb whose brash manner kept everyone in line.
An ending so powerful that it might bring tears to your eyes, hope for the future of some and closure for many. Will Skye ever be able to bond with her mother? Why did she leave her and what is the hidden secret that her father has kept from her for so long? Memories are precious, new ones can be made and some old need to be forgotten. Broken Wing: Ray’s anger, hate and abuse as a child create his broken wing. Skye’s broken spirit that needed repair and finding her mother might be the only way or a start. Broken Wing: Mental illness, fear, carrying a plastic statue of Jesus, Ray’s only salvation, Skye’s mother whose memory weighs heavily on her mind as she carries around the special rocks that she cherishes within her jewelry box and creates designs using her understanding of the power behind each rock.
Flashbacks, hate, renewed feelings, reminders of the past and hope for the future mark this novel quite profoundly but neither Ray or Skye had role models for parents and love never really came their way as two broken souls searched to repair their Broken Wing.
Skye used the spirits to heal and Ray flashes back on the abuse taken while his mother helplessly stood by. Some might say it is almost like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde relationship as Ray takes on the persona of the good doctor and then turns into the evil Hyde. The author creates characters whose beliefs are different and whose motives and actions allow readers to know that Skye is determined to belief that Ray has some type of moral value and the author draws the story to a dramatic close. Skye, Ray, Cinn, Bonnie, Isaac, Daisy and Deb: Broken Wing: Enter the town, feel their pain, understand their struggles, emotional upheavals and learn what it takes to repair a Broken Wing. As they take a final look within the mirror and face the outline of a town so filled with despair, hurt, pain and broken hearts, which wings have been repaired and which have far to go. Pettington: a town filled with more than just one Broken Wing.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer