The Blessing of Brokenness

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Short Stories Challenge – The Blessing of Brokenness by Karin Slaughter (stand-alone)

Published September 20, 2013 by bibliobeth

The Blessing of Brokenness

What’s The Blessing of Brokenness all about?:

Mary Lou Dixon works at the Christ Holiness Baptist Church. She’s overseeing the repair of the cross above the altar in time for Christmas when things start to go horribly wrong.

What did I think?:

Karin Slaughter is one of my favourite thriller writers and so I was suitably thrilled when she began bringing out digital short stories which I could easily download onto my Kindle and zip through on my commute to work.  Once I started reading, the story was familiar and I realised that it has also previously been published in the collection Charmed, which was edited by Karin Slaughter. The Blessing of Brokenness opens on a woman sitting in a church pew watching the cross at the front of the church being repaired. She is visibly upset and fiddles distractedly with a charm bracelet on her wrist, while through her rambling thoughts she admits her secret to the reader. One thing we have to know about Mary Lou is that she is an incredibly devout, religious person, and this makes her guilt at a love affair with Pastor Stephen Riddell even more shameful for her. Especially considering his attitude to her now – as a general dogsbody for the church and nothing more.

The concept of this story, hence the title, is that “the part of you that is broken becomes all the stronger for it.” which is a thought-provoking statement and refers to poor Mary Lou, her faith almost broken through the affair, and then the result of the affair itself which leads Mary Lou to making some harsh, difficult decisions that questions everything she has ever believed in. And then there is the obvious symbol of the broken cross, and the repair crew making it “as good as new” again, and the less obvious head foreman who acts as Mary Lou’s saviour at the end of the story. This is a cracking short story that reminds me why I’m a fan of this author. I can’t wait to read more.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):


NEXT SHORT STORY : Crooner by Kazuo Ishiguro from the collection Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

WWW Wednesday #18

Published September 18, 2013 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, thank you MizB!

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?


This is an “add-on” novel from the Uglies series, which I have thoroughly enjoyed so far. Not sure about this one to be honest when compared with the other three books in the series, but I shall persevere!

What did you recently finish reading?


Karin Slaughter is one of my favourite authors, and this is one of her shortest stories, in keeping with my Short Stories Challenge this year. My review will be up soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?:


I’m ever so excited about getting round to this one. For anyone who has been living under a rock, it is a very famous author pseudonym!

What are you reading this Wednesday? Please leave your link and I’ll come visiting! Happy Reading Everyone.

Challenge: Short Stories August to September

Published August 1, 2013 by bibliobeth

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The Challenge:

The first two months of my short story challenge (please see my previous post HERE) have been quite fruitful! I have discovered new authors and an appreciation of the short story that I did not have up until now. Here’s to the next two months!

A Two Month Plan – August to September

Week beginning 5th August

These Hands – Kevin Brockmeier from the collection Things That Fall From The Sky

Week beginning 12th August

That Colour – Jon McGregor from the collection This Isn’t The Sort of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You

Week beginning 19th August

The Alibi – Daphne Du Maurier from the collection The Breaking Point

Week beginning 26th August

Leningrad Nights – Graham Joyce from the collection Tales For A Dark Evening

Week beginning 2nd September

Christmas in Silver Street – Michel Faber from the collection The Apple: Crimson Petal Stories

Week beginning 9th September

The Blessing of Brokenness – Karin Slaughter (stand-alone)

Week beginning 16th September

Crooner – Kazuo Ishiguro from the collection Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Week beginning 23rd September

The Little Green God of Agony – Stephen King from the collection A Book of Horrors

Week beginning 30th September

The Nameless City – H.P. Lovecraft from the collection The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft