The Breaking Point

Successful florist shop owner Estelle Brickman feels trapped in a loveless marriage. Fifteen years ago when her husband Roger lost his mother, alcohol was the only way for him to ease his pain. They and their two children suffered spiritually, emotionally, and mentally which led Estelle to take the children and leave. She only agreed they would return to him when he stopped drinking. Though he loves his wife dearly, Roger just cannot seem to show her affection like he used to. Neither can their daughter Justine forget the pain her father's alcoholism caused, and those memories are now threatening to destroy her own marriage. Her husband Evan only drinks beer occasionally, but she cannot bring herself to start a family with him unless he gives it up completely--so she is keeping a secret from him until he does. Both mother and daughter want their husbands to change, but maybe the problems are not where they seem to be. It will take a great deal of faith and a willingness to truly open their hearts to help save their marriages--and themselves.

Synopsis
Successful florist shop owner Estelle Brickman feels trapped in a loveless marriage. Fifteen years ago when her husband Roger lost his mother, alcohol was the only way for him to ease his pain.
Maxine has enjoyed reading and writing as far back as she can remember. During her summer vacations from school, she participated in the reading programs at the local library and spent most of her time reading. She also likes to write poetry.

I had to run a few errands and decided to take my book along with me. The sun warmed my face and hands as I turned each page of Breaking Point. The book gently reminded me of the breaking points I have experienced in my life. Catina, one of the characters in the story, reminded me so much of myself-being old fashioned. I like how Maxine's description of everything in the book, enabled you to visualize and feel every moment, every emotion, every action and reaction. There were times in the story when I anxiously wanted something to happen, but I knew it was too early, so I continued to read not really wanting to wait to confirm what I thought was going to happen next. I'm a kind of person who looks at a magazine from the back to the front. I so wanted to do that with this book by the time I got midway. I didn't. On the front of the cover it says "Forgiveness heals broken hearts." There were multiple dilemmas and set backs in the marriages of the couples in the story, that will test this statement. Maxine Billings got my attention in this story and kept it to the very last page. She's a great writer! :) One day I will be like her!! Great job Maxine!!!