Like Broken China

By J.D. Thompson

Women’s Fiction

Nov. 21, 2017

252 pages

Amazon Digital Services

A young and naïve Courtney sailed into a relationship before thinking things out clearly. That led her and Matt nowhere when they rushed into marriage. Home became the dark basement in his parents’ house, money was beyond their grasp, and Matt frequently quit his job.

Matt finally gets his act together before the birth of their second child. He takes to the skies in aviation school while Courtney cared for their two children. By the time she turned 30, they were living well, but Matt had a drinking problem. To make matters worse, he has an affair with a stewardess. Now their marriage is over.

Courtney wouldn’t let the agony of a broken heart define the rest of her life. She moves out of their family home and into the apartment above the dental office where she works. She struggles to balance her responsibilities of being a mother and an employee. Then she learns that her boss is retiring and another dentist will be taking over his practice. She fears she’ll lose her job. Other challenges come along the way that have her questioning how she can create stability in her life and happiness, as well.

Like Broken China is about the choices we make in life that often shatter families. Courtney and Matt started their marriage without funds to support themselves and later their children. They relied on his parents to keep a roof over their heads. Matt either had low self-esteem or hated the way his life was turning out to constantly be drinking. Courtney probably thought there was no way she could support her and the children so she accepted the marriage until it was too difficult. This is how real life is. I think Thompson did a good job showing how real marriages can be. I find it interesting that she chose to reveal their past experiences in one chapter and the next has their life today. Not ever reader may like that, but if writers don’t think outside of the box everything would be predictable. So, Thompson deserves a pat on the back for her effort. This is a fast read and I think you’ll like it.

Four dental chairs out of five

Denise Fleischer


January 1, 2018