The Bird With The Broken Wing



When Mortals Make Mistakes, They Re Forgiven When Angels Make Mistakes, They Re ForsakenGuardian Angel Rachael Finds Herself Trapped In Purgatory With Ben Taylor, A Young Soldier With A Secret That S Driving Him Insane Desperate To See Him Ascend Into Heaven She Breaks The Rules About Becoming Involved And Keeping Her Identity A Secret Her Decision To Stay In Purgatory To Help Ben Seems A Good Plan Except They Ve Been Stuck For Ten Years Already And Ben Is No Closer To Ascending The Unexpected Appearance Of A Feisty Teenager, Jet Jones, Throws Rachael S Wings Into A Tailspin The Instant Attraction Between Jet And Ben Means The Angel S Work Is Getting Ignored And Without Her Help, Ben S Soul Will Be Trapped And She Will Have Failed In Her Mission But Jet S Appearance Also Brings A Chilling Revelation Maybe Ben S Soul Isn T The Only One That Needs SavingThe Bird With The Broken Wing

D L Richardson is the author of Welcome To The Apocalypse series, She had also written supernatural thrillers and YA paranormal standalone books She is currently working on her next sci fi series Earth Quarantined When she s not writing, she is gardening, renovating the house, reading, or playing the piano and guitar.VISIT MYPAGEhttps www. D L RichardsonVISIT MY FACEBOOK PAGEhttps www.facebook.com DLRichardsonVISIT MY TWITTER PAGEhttp twitter.com DLRichardson1 CHECK MY BLOG the VIP list for updates on books and exclusive VIP member giveaways Details on the author website.If you liked this book, your recommendation is the best way for others to discover this title.BOOKS BY D L RICHARDSONSci fi series Welcome to the Apocalypse PandoraWelcome to the Apocalypse CyberNexis Welcome to the Apocalypse Primal ScreamSupernatural thrillers Danger in the DirtEvil in the EmbersPoison in the PondYA Standalones One Little SpellResident SpyThe Bird with the Broken Wing

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  • Paperback
  • 219 pages
  • The Bird With The Broken Wing
  • D.L. Richardson
  • English
  • 03 July 2018
  • 1502712873

10 thoughts on “The Bird With The Broken Wing

  1. says:

    I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.I m part of the We YA Books group over at Goodreads, and the description of this book intrigued me right away I like contemporary supernatural stories, but the setting being Purgatory is what really hooked me I m always interested in different authors takes on the afterlife, and let me start this review by saying that Ms Richardson s vision of Purgatory is brilliantly set in a rehab center I don t kn I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.I m part of the We YA Books group over at Goodreads, and the description of this book intrigued me right away I like contemporary supernatural stories, but the setting being Purgatory is what really hooked me I m always interested in different authors takes on the afterlife, and let me start this review by saying that Ms Richardson s vision of Purgatory is brilliantly set in a rehab center I don t know if that s ever been done before, but I ve never seen it, and to me it was original, unexpected, and perfect in its symbolic simplicity Once one of the main characters arrived there, I couldn t turn the pages fast enough.Her name is Julliet Jet Jones, and she just downed vodka and pills She resorts to suicide with a variety of reasons include a rumor spread about her at school potentially started by her boyfriend Meanwhile, her rich father travels the world but doesn t provide much beyond the basic necessities physical or emotional and won t even buy her a nice dress to school dances Her mother is withdrawn into accepting this life, though there may be an affair involved.When Jet awakens from her supposed failed suicide attempt, she s in a strange rehab center with two other inmates Ben and Rachael Ben is actually introduced in the prologue of the story in a war zone, and it s clear that he s suffering from some kind of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Though she avoids physical contact with the other, Rachael acts as the self appointed group leader and insists they write in their journals There are many stories out there of teens in some sort of rehab group, and the characters fall into types and have their specific quirks By having only these three characters, Richardson avoids such crowding and gives them equal development.From the book description, you know going in that they re in Purgatory, so some of my enjoyment came from the characters learning that They ask questions about the place Where are the doctors Why aren t there any meals Why isn t anyone s family coming to visit This one frustrates Jet to no end Why have they lost all track of how much time they ve been there And what s up with the creepy art therapy room I will confess that when I first accepted the book, I was reading another book, so by the time I finished that and started this one, I had forgotten most of the book description All I remembered was that it took place in Purgatory which was good enough for me to read I forgot the true identity of one of the characters, and I think not remembering that enhanced my enjoyment of the book Just as it was onemystery for the other characters to figure out, I was figuring it out with them.Though the book is written in third person, about equal time is spent in the headspace of each of the three characters Richardson handles this by changing the primary character each chapter, but making it clear whose chapter it was within the first paragraph I never had a problem knowing which of the three I was following, and for most of the book, this construction worked really well Towards the end of the story, where the stakes of the plot have truly built such that characters destinies are on the line, the changing POV gets jarring The events occurring are quick paced, but the switching POV scheme leads to some really short chapters Thus, the narration changes are abrupt and interrupt those gripping climactic moments.But once past that, the book s underlying theme of redemption really resonates in the final chapters, and the final moments filled me with warmth and hope, and even caused my eyes to water a bit I won t spoil the ending here, but it s quite beautiful how Richardson intertwines what the three characters have learned about themselves in Purgatory and where they all are headed afterwards.The book soars like a bird, almost to Heaven at FOUR STARS AND one broken in HALF

  2. says:

    Jet is not happy with her parents She feels unloved by her father who seems mean to her To get back at him she takes a load of sleeping pills down with some vodka Her cry for help sends her to a strange room with Ben and Rachael Rachael is an angel who is trapped with Ben, the mortal she was sent to watch She is torn between trying to help him without breaking the rules, when Jet mysteriously shows up This was a hard story for me The chapters are broken into the POVs of Ben, Jet and Racha Jet is not happy with her parents She feels unloved by her father who seems mean to her To get back at him she takes a load of sleeping pills down with some vodka Her cry for help sends her to a strange room with Ben and Rachael Rachael is an angel who is trapped with Ben, the mortal she was sent to watch She is torn between trying to help him without breaking the rules, when Jet mysteriously shows up This was a hard story for me The chapters are broken into the POVs of Ben, Jet and Rachael The chapters are short, but the jumps between POV felt rough Instead of breaking up the story it pulled me out Out of the three, Jet feels like the main character She is the one that comes in sparking emotions in Rachael she shouldn t feel, and emotions in Ben, Rachael wished he didn t feel Jet seems semi intelligent, but I didn t feel she asked the right questions about her surroundings She believes herself in some kind of health facility, but the lack of doctors should be a dead giveaway Ben is mentally damaged from being in the war He can t recall his memories, but just knows something awful happened He drifts through thinking he is in the house he grew up in, and the war Although it shifts through to his POV we do not see how he sees Rachael or his surroundings until the end, which seemed very strange to me There is also the instant love between him and Jet One day he is having a break down and attacks her, ten minutes later he is professing his love to her It is safe to say I couldn t get behind this.Rachael is the strangest of all, and the reason the plot didn t make sense GoodReads anddescribe this story the same, making it sound as if it might have a romantic twist An angel breaking the rules to save the mortal she loves That is not the case She didn t break any rules until she ended up stuck in the place wherever that is with Ben Then she only let him see her as human, so he wasn t alone Later it sounds as if being there was a punishment for her If her human form was not why she was being punished, it was because she felt human emotion Apparently angels shouldn t have emotion, just blind duty wait what And that is where my problem is It might border on the religious, I don t know, but I am not going in that direction.The story is a short feel good redemption story for all three characters One that s ending was lost with me There is a heap of narrative with each character, and what drives them emotionally, with a lot of inspirational messages It felt like it reached for depth in the reader, but found confusion with me Beth Guest Reviewer

  3. says:

    The Bird with the Broken Wing is one of the best stories about guardian angels I have ever read I connected with all three characters and I really wanted them to pull through at the end Rachael is a guardian angel who is determined to help Ben deal with his problems but the problem is her Jet is a troubled teen who thinks she is escaping overbearing parents only to realize that running away isn t the answer And Ben is a soldier who is haunted by the things he s seen during the war The story The Bird with the Broken Wing is one of the best stories about guardian angels I have ever read I connected with all three characters and I really wanted them to pull through at the end Rachael is a guardian angel who is determined to help Ben deal with his problems but the problem is her Jet is a troubled teen who thinks she is escaping overbearing parents only to realize that running away isn t the answer And Ben is a soldier who is haunted by the things he s seen during the war The story slowly unravels right up to the twist at the end which took me totally by surprise A unique novel and a must read for anyone who loves good fantasy paranormal fiction

  4. says:

    When mortals make mistakes, they re forgiven When angels make mistakes, they re forsaken.Guardian angel Rachael finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier with a secret that s driving him insane Desperate to see him ascend into Heaven she breaks the rules about becoming involved and interfering with his mortal destiny Her decision to stay in Purgatory to help Ben seems like a good plan Except they ve been stuck for ten years already and Ben is no closer to ascending When mortals make mistakes, they re forgiven When angels make mistakes, they re forsaken.Guardian angel Rachael finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier with a secret that s driving him insane Desperate to see him ascend into Heaven she breaks the rules about becoming involved and interfering with his mortal destiny Her decision to stay in Purgatory to help Ben seems like a good plan Except they ve been stuck for ten years already and Ben is no closer to ascending.The unexpected appearance of a feisty teenager, Jet Jones, throws Rachael s wings into a tailspin The instant attraction between Jet and Ben means the angel s work is getting ignored And without her help, Ben s soul will be trapped and she will have failed in her mission.But Jet s appearance also brings a chilling revelation Maybe Ben s soul isn t the only one that needs saving.This was such an intriguing concept for a novel.So very well written and engaging from start to finish.The book switches between the viewpoints of the three main characters, and the author has managed to give them each their own voice Each character has been so very well written and fleshed out.The plot and story line are amazing and very well written.Recommend reading.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review

  5. says:

    A highly unusual story I read a lot, so it s rare that I ever think that, and I think that s the first time I ve said that in a review If the author hadn t have said in the blurb that this takes place mostly in purgatory, I think I would have been as unsure as the human characters about their location What an intriguing concept, to have purgatory be a rehab mental hospital The characters had so much to do before they could move on, and it was a fascinating read as thesignificant issues A highly unusual story I read a lot, so it s rare that I ever think that, and I think that s the first time I ve said that in a review If the author hadn t have said in the blurb that this takes place mostly in purgatory, I think I would have been as unsure as the human characters about their location What an intriguing concept, to have purgatory be a rehab mental hospital The characters had so much to do before they could move on, and it was a fascinating read as thesignificant issues slowly unfolded The book switches between the viewpoints of the three main characters, and the author has managed to give them each a distinct voice The author was able to draw me into their stories with the first chapters that show the desperate circumstances the characters were in before they neared death You could really empathize with both Jet and Ben and what they were going through The idea of an angel stuck in purgatory added a whole other dimension to the story A well done and compelling read.I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.Read my other reviews at

  6. says:

    Richardson takes us on a rollercoaster ride, of self discovery, emotional turmoil, and personal beliefs and values in, The Bird with the Broken Wing This creative and thought provoking tale is set in Purgatory, which to its occupants appears to be a mental rehab hospital The main characters, Rachel Ben s guardian angel, Ben a soldier desperately seeking forgiveness but feeling he doesn t deserve it, and Jet a teenager full of self loathing This unexpectedly original storyline has such depth Richardson takes us on a rollercoaster ride, of self discovery, emotional turmoil, and personal beliefs and values in, The Bird with the Broken Wing This creative and thought provoking tale is set in Purgatory, which to its occupants appears to be a mental rehab hospital The main characters, Rachel Ben s guardian angel, Ben a soldier desperately seeking forgiveness but feeling he doesn t deserve it, and Jet a teenager full of self loathing This unexpectedly original storyline has such depth it s like nothing I have read before The Bird with the Broken Wing is told in 3 POV That of Ben, Rachael, Jet as they forge their own paths to forgiveness from those they had failed, including themselves This book is addictive and worth every minute of your time I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review

  7. says:

    Rachel, Ben and Jet find themselves in a rehab facility All for different reasons But in reality they are in purgatory with Rachel being Ben s guardian angel The three characters are on a course set for self discovery and forgiveness This story was so interesting and intriguing When I thought I knew what was going on, something else would happen Good and unique characters that really develop with the story.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a revi Rachel, Ben and Jet find themselves in a rehab facility All for different reasons But in reality they are in purgatory with Rachel being Ben s guardian angel The three characters are on a course set for self discovery and forgiveness This story was so interesting and intriguing When I thought I knew what was going on, something else would happen Good and unique characters that really develop with the story.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review

  8. says:

    The Bird with the Broken Wing is a great book to read that will haunt you long after you turn its final page.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  9. says:

    The bird with the broken wing by DL Richardson Guardian angel Rachael finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier with a secret that s driving him insane Desperate to see him ascend into Heaven she breaks the rules about becoming involved and keeping her identity a secret Her decision to stay in Purgatory to help Ben seems a good plan Except they ve been stuck for ten years already and Ben is no closer to ascending The unexpected appearance of a feisty teenager, Jet The bird with the broken wing by DL Richardson Guardian angel Rachael finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier with a secret that s driving him insane Desperate to see him ascend into Heaven she breaks the rules about becoming involved and keeping her identity a secret Her decision to stay in Purgatory to help Ben seems a good plan Except they ve been stuck for ten years already and Ben is no closer to ascending The unexpected appearance of a feisty teenager, Jet Jones, throws Rachael s wings into a tailspin The instant attraction between Jet and Ben means the angel s work is getting ignored And without her help, Ben s soul will be trapped and she will have failed in her mission But Jet s appearance also brings a chilling revelation Maybe Ben s soul isn t the only one that needs saving.A good read with some good characters This was different but a little slow Although it did surprise me 4

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    The Bird With The Broken WingBy D L RichardsonBen, Rachael and Jet have one thing in common They are all at a rehab center to get their emotional scars healed some embedded so deeply within their psyches that this may never happen Jet comes from a home with a domineering wealthy but tightfisted father, and a mother afraid to stand up to him not that Jet does either Now after what Jet tried to do, she s in a place where two people will listenAnd finds that she has nothing to say E The Bird With The Broken WingBy D L RichardsonBen, Rachael and Jet have one thing in common They are all at a rehab center to get their emotional scars healed some embedded so deeply within their psyches that this may never happen Jet comes from a home with a domineering wealthy but tightfisted father, and a mother afraid to stand up to him not that Jet does either Now after what Jet tried to do, she s in a place where two people will listenAnd finds that she has nothing to say Even her journal remains blank.Ben thinks enlisting in the armed forces was a good way to avoid his problems at home Now he zones out, trying to avoid his demons, wandering about like a robot, staring at past horrors only he can see Rachael is an angelic 14 year old who seems stable enough and is into helping them She too is woundedthan she s willing to admit What has life done to these three young people As Jet and Ben grow closer, even sharing their feelings, they begin to notice that this supposedly psyche center is not quite normal They admit seeing ghostly white shadows darting about but no people, feeling full but never eating or bathing Forgetfulness Or a scientific experimental project And there s no sense of time passing No visitors, no doctors Is it bad memories torturing them both, keeping them tipping closer into insanity Meanwhile Rachael is obsessed with fixing her broken companions as she convinces herself this nightmare will come to an end She deludes herself she s just as fragile, hovering near her own breaking point It s as if each of the three is being made to suffer rather than get well in a rehab hospital that feelslike Purgatory.Neale shows up, saying his father runs this place and sent him to observe it The others are wary, but then nothing is normal in this place of horrors Neale is as strange and different as Rachael Yet he exudes a confidence which has a calming effect on the others Author D L Richardson writes an intriguing YA paranormal spiritual novel which will captivate both YA and adult readers Her characters are typical young people, likable at times, annoying and exasperating at others Jet has no patience and a smart mouth, Ben, a temper and rage that rear up without warning Rachael, while loving, feels resentment under her motherly attitude, as she begins to wonder where she really is and why The author paces the story steadily, keeping one guessing as her plot culminates to an unpredictable, yet satisfying ending.This speculative fiction novel is similar to Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold due to its twists and turns that evoke emotional trauma Readers will long remember this excellent book and may want to check out the author s other works, Little Red Gem, Feedback, Curious, a three book collection, as well as other book collections written by this uniquely talented author.Micki Peluso, author ofAnd the Whippoorwill SangThis book was presented to me by the author for review

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