Shattered Glass (Secrets)
by Teresa Toten
Summary from Goodreads:
Fake courage is better than no courage at all.
Toni has always had nightmares about fire, and she also has burn scars but no idea how she got them. So when fire destroys the orphanage she has grown up in, she is ready to make her way to Toronto, where she hopes to discover the truth about the mother she believes hurt and then abandoned her. Toronto proves to be both daunting and exciting for Toni, whose charm and innocence attract attention—not always positive—wherever she goes. Buoyed by the music she hears at the folk club where she finds a job, and encouraged by her glamorous landlady, Toni unearths shocking information that contradicts everything she believes and makes her re-evaluate what she feels for all the new people in her life.
When I started reading this book, I didn’t quite know what to make of it. The first chapter was confusing and I wasn’t sure if that was an indicator of how the rest of the book would be. It’s possible I was jumping to conclusions because I hadn’t had much luck with the last few books I read, and going through a slump is never fun. A couple of chapters later, the confusion and my prejudice faded away and I got hooked.
Toni was forced to go to Toronto after the orphanage she grew up in burnt down. When she got to the city, she realized that she knew nothing about the world outside the orphanage. For the first time in her life, she was on her own and of course she was very innocent which was to be expected.
Toni’s character was likable and I didn’t mind her naivete at all, although I worried it would get her in trouble in such a big city. The only time it bothered me was when she kept thinking -and convinced herself that every single man was her father. I expected more from Toni because up until that point, she had proven that she was smart about that kind of thing (if not street smart). So Toni was on a quest to find out where she came from and along the way she met people (both good and bad, but mostly good) and I must say that her journey was a really interesting one. I loved all the secondary characters and I was really invested in the story, rooting for Toni the whole time. I was pleasantly surprised with the romance, because I wasn’t expecting it and it was so sweet! Then towards the end I totally broke down and cried. I don’t remember the last book that made me cry but I was so glad to finally come across a book that made me FEEL. In the end they turned to tears of joy, because ultimately it was a beautiful story.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
4.5 out of 5 stars