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Shattered Glass

Orca Book Publishers | Secrets


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.

Part of the SECRETS—a series of seven linked novels that can be read in any order.

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"Toten gets the reader in the gut with Shattered Glass...It’s a compelling story...that is never obvious nor predictable but rather sweeping as it carries Toni and the reader along to a satisfying conclusion."

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"Toni’s character was likable...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."

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"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."

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"The story is at its best when Toni sifts through the clues to her past—uncovering the identity of her father, determining the sad truth about her mother, and finally learning details of the fire that left Toni emotionally and physically scarred...Recommended."

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"The setting is fascinating, and the dynamics of suddenly moving from a small town to a big city are well explored. Fans of romance and mystery will appreciate this book."

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"Toten’s strength is in the cast of characters and misadventures which her heroine encounters. Reminiscent of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Toni is engaging as the 'good girl' who is challenged to make her way in the big city."

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"The style in which this book is written and the mixture between humor and seriousness are entertaining. The plots of the Secrets book mix together well, and the different styles of writing work together to make these individual stories connect."

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"With their accessible themes, these short titles [in the Secrets series] are great for reluctant readers interested in the 1960s...Highly readable historical fiction."

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Teresa Toten is the author of the acclaimed Blondes series, as well as The Game, The Onlyhouse and The Taming (with Eric Walters). Teresa won the Governor General’s Literary Award for The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b, which also won the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the CBC Bookie Award, was the CLA Honour Book for 2013 and was nominated for the 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. For more information, visit www.teresatoten.com.

 
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