In Broken, by Peggy Blann Phifer, the reader meets Rozene Gentry fifteen months after her husband dropped dead from a heart attack. Filled with grief, she drags herself home from the restaurant that she and her husband had run together. Soon afterward, a social worker makes her aware of a needy part-native girl. The minute she meets Misty Keyes, the girl captures her heart. Through a series of trying circumstances, Misty becomes her foster daughter. Soon afterward, Rozie offers a home for the summer to three other girls from Youth Acres Group Home. Knowing the challenge she’s undertaking, Rozie enlists the aid of volunteer grandparents from Breckenridge Assisted Living as mentors to the girls. Before long Mike Carson, a minister at a neighboring church comes into Rozie’s life. Soon the summer ends and the three older girls head to college. Meanwhile, as Mike and Rozie get to know each other, they fall in love. Will wedding bells ring?
Broken by Peggy Blann Phifer is a sweet novella that portrays life as it should be, not necessarily as some people experience it. What a welcome relief from the plethora of violence plagued novels currently populating bookstores and libraries across this nation! A quick read for a rainy weekend day, this novella is only $2.99 cost.