Friday, October 22, 2021

Broken Together

How do you persevere when you have no more will to fight?

Jennifer and Chad Taylor had dreamed of opening a coffee and cocoa shop since before they said, “I do.” When Chad is sent to prison for murder despite claiming innocence, that dream—along with their family—is shattered.

After years of fighting for Chad’s release, Jennifer finally breaks free from her shame, anger, and hopelessness, and forges ahead with the dream the two of them once shared. With the help of their college-aged twins, she begins to move forward.

Without Chad.

When their lawyer arrives with news of evidence that may prove Chad’s innocence, a strange mixture of emotions overtakes her. Does she want Chad to return home? He isn’t the same man he once was, and she certainly isn’t the same woman. She’s worked hard to piece the remnants of their family back together, and his coming home could fracture the family once again.

It all comes down to one question. She loves her husband enough to fight for his release from prison, but does she love him enough to fight for their marriage?


The area was also far enough removed from where Chad had been convicted so that no one here would know her past. Once she found a teaching position and a home, she would be starting anew. She’d not only be breaking free of her parents’ home, but she would finally be free from the stigma of being a prison wife. 

Oh, she’d like to give a good tongue-lashing to whoever coined that term. 

She banished the label from her mind and focused on the scenery, still a luscious green. 

Older but well-kept homes now clustered on the sides of the winding road. It took a big S-curve around the church and past a fire station, then spilled onto a main street that was nothing to brag about. A post office, that was barely bigger than a postage stamp, and a dumpy looking bar occupied one side of the road. The other side might have been a retail area at one time, but what had likely once been storefronts were all vacant. 

This main street definitely needed some love and attention. Maybe that was why homes were more affordable in this Minneapolis suburb.

About Brenda S. Anderson

Brenda S. Anderson writes authentic, gritty, life-affirming fiction that shows God at work in people’s messy lives. She enjoys live music and theater, walking the shores of Lake Superior, and sharing hot cocoa with friends and family. She lives near Minneapolis with her newly retired husband. Together, they plan to travel across the United States, checking items off their bucket list, beginning with a bus trip to Niagara Falls.

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