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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Fifteen year old Collie lives in Middletown and understands that to live in Middletown is better than living below in Ganty where people drink, fornicate, and do all sorts of unacceptable things. In Middletown, most residents are craftsmen and Collie's father is one of them, a tinker. So Collie loads her hand-drawn wagon with the pots he makes and sells them at the town market. Collie's mother has gained a belief in religion and preaches at Collie about drinking, having sex out of wedlock and just behaving herself and warns her that she'll never gain a nice husband if she does not follow that advice. Then, at the market one day Collie sees Dugan, who is a fisherman from Ganty and son of Harlo who is known far and wide for being a bad man. Collie and Dugan fall in love but their differences, the towns they live in, work against them. Collie's mother feels that Collie can do much better than having Dugan for a husband. Collie and Dugan go for walks along the beach as they delight in their love for each other, but when Collie goes looking for Dugan but comes upon his dreadful father, Harlo, tragedy strikes.
"Hope Flies on Broken Wings" is a tragic love story about choices made that will haunt the reader long after the story has been read. Collie and Dugan are star-crossed lovers and the others in the story, Collie's parents and Dugan's friends, Arrick who wants Collie and Dorn who sells weaving goods next to Collie at the market, are all totally believable characters who give meaning to "Hope Flies on Broken Wings". The plot line proceeds to the end and we learn a few lessons too, as Collie muses on page 232, "We cannot truly appreciate another's pain until we have felt it for ourselves,yet the lessons of suffering can be too much of a burden."