The Broken Wings Duet was my first reading experience with author Gia Riley. I’m choosy when it comes to reading angst, so I was taking a leap of faith when I agreed to tackle the Wrong Side of Heaven, followed by The Edge of Heaven.
The books center on Winnie Dawes, a seventeen-year-old girl, who battles every day to survive. She fights for what few things belong to her and she has no one she can trust. A mysterious yet protective stranger moves into the trailer across from Winnie’s at just the same time she makes her first real friend, Jasper.
Although they recognize each other from school, Winnie’s friendship with Jasper is established when they end up working at the same place. He is kind, compassionate, and loyal. He offers Winnie nourishment, comfort, and safety whenever she needs it. But it’s the secretive neighbor across the way who captures her heart. What follows is a gripping and emotional love triangle between the three that put me on the edge of my seat.
I read the Wrong Side of Heaven last month, while flying home after a book signing, and loved it. Then real life interfered with my ability to sit down and compose my review. I felt awful for being late with it, but then within a few chapters of beginning The Edge of Heaven last week, it became clear that this was meant to be.
The Wrong Side of Heaven was an incredible read, ensuring that I would move on to the second book. The Edge of Heaven picked up right where the first book left off, and just when I thought the story couldn’t get any better, it exploded on me. By the time I devoured the opening chapters of the second book, I knew I was dealing with a 5-star series.
The Broken Wings Duet is not for the faint of heart. All of the characters are struggling with personal demons, some of which are more evil than others. Despite the tragedy, there is an unmistakable surge of hope that buzzes beneath the surface. This hint of anticipation keeps both the reader and the characters moving forward, in search of the elusive light at the end of the tunnel.
If you’re interested in learning what happens when the paths of these fascinating characters converge, I eagerly recommend this pair of books. This duet is for those looking for something mature, edgy, and suspenseful in their next read.