On Tour with Celebrate Lit: Broken Together Book Review

Broken Together

About the Book

Book: Broken Together

Authors: Brenda S. Anderson & Sarah S Anderson

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: December 1, 2021

BrokenTogetherFinalSmallJPGFrontHow 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?

MY THOUGHTS: With the story’s themes I don’t know that I can call this story enjoyable, but I can’t deny it’s a beautiful one. The author does a wonderful job showing the highs and lows Jennifer goes through as she raises her kids as a virtually single parent. The struggles faced for convicts, ex-convicts, and their families are ones we may never have to face, but we could all do with a reminder that there are those who face the challenges the author describes on a daily basis.

With lighthearted and everyday moments mixed in with the touching and troubling ones, the author creates a balanced story that keeps readers turning the pages. She’s also give a story that opens eyes to real life issues without giving simplistic answers but prompting readers to consider what their part might be in helping those who face these challenges in everyday life.

Broken Together entertains while prompting readers to consider and start to understand those who they might otherwise push from their minds. I give this story five stars.


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About the Authors

Brenda_Anderson_08 - CroppedBrenda 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.

Readers can learn more about Brenda S. Anderson at www.brendaandersonbooks.com

A former barista, Sarah S. Anderson loves all things coffee, so when her mother asked her to help with a book set in a coffee shop, the answer was an enthusiastic “Yes!” When not creating imaginary coffee shops, Sarah spends much of her time at the theater, either on stage acting, singing, and dancing, or offstage as musical director. She lives near the heart of Minneapolis with her two cuddly kitties.


More from Brenda

Why I Wrote Broken Together

Years ago, I watched a late-night interview with a woman who’d fought to free her husband from prison, and she finally won that fight. Near the end of the show, when the interviewer asked how she and her husband were doing now, she replied that they were divorced. It shocked me that she’d fought so hard for him, but then couldn’t hold their marriage together. I knew then that I needed to explore, through fiction, how that could happen.

I’d put off the idea for years, fearing the topic was larger than I could handle, but the story kept pushing its way through.

My daughter, Sarah, and I had often talked about writing a story together, one that would be set in a coffee and cocoa shop, and Broken Together seemed to be the perfect match. As a former barista, Sarah brought the coffee expertise to the story. As a non-coffee drinker, I insisted equal billing for non-coffee beverages.

Then the legal director for the Great Northern Innocence Project graciously offered to walk me through the many the legal hoops someone has to go through to be released once evidence is found.

With her help, I could no longer avoid writing Jenn and Chad’s story. It was a difficult one to write, but it’s also a story filled with hope.


Chad’s Choco-Latte Recipe


2 shots of espresso

3/4 cup whole milk

3 tablespoons of milk chocolate (chips or sauce)

2 tablespoons English toffee sauce (Chad’s secret recipe)

Whipped cream



  1. Steam milk with chocolate chips or sauce to 150°F
  2. Pull 2 espresso shots (Make sure your shots don’t sit longer than 20 seconds or they will expire!)
  3. Add English toffee sauce to the bottom of your cup or mug
  4. Add espresso shots to your toffee sauce
  5. Pour steamed milk into your cup or mug, making sure the milk hits the far side of your mug to help incorporate the ingredients
  6. Stir if needed
  7. Top with whipped cream and extra English toffee sauce if desired

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 10

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The Sacred Line, January 13

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For Him and My Family, January 15

Spoken from the Heart, January 16

Inklings and notions, January 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 17

Texas Book-aholic, January 18


To celebrate their tour, Brenda and Sarah are giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a paperback book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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    The Conversation

  1. Brenda S. Anderson says:

    Thank you, Heather, for the lovely review of Broken Together. I’m blessed by your words!

  2. Eva Millien says:

    Broken Together sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fantastic weekend!

  3. Eva Millien says:

    Thanks for sharing your review, Heather! Have a fantastic weekend!

  4. Marisela Zuniga says:

    I enjoyed your review, this sounds really good

  5. Brenda S. Anderson says:

    Love hearing that, Heather! I hope your daughter enjoys the story as well.

  6. Sarah L says:

    Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  7. lakesidelivingsite says:

    Nice review on this powerful story.

  8. Megan Allen says:

    It sounds like this is definitely worth checking out! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Patty says:

    I usually enjoy a good true to life story, but this one sounds really difficult. But we all know it’s not always ‘happily ever after’

    • Heather Greer says:

      It has its light moments too. Like life, it has the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. A worthy read.