Review – Pieces of Granite

Anderson, Brenda S. Pieces of Granite. Minneapolis, MN: Vivant Press, 2020. 


A distressing diagnosis

A retreating husband

A prodigal brother

Marriage counselor Debbie Verhoeven excels at piecing broken families together, so she never imagined her own perfect family could be fractured.

When Debbie learns the child she’s carrying has Down syndrome, she takes the news in stride, but her husband, Jerry, begins suffering debilitating panic attacks that strike at his marriage, family, and faith.

Struggling to hold her family together, Debbie turns to her older brother for support, but he suggests the unthinkable. With no one else to turn to, her once-strong faith begins to crumble.

For the first time in her life, Debbie needs someone to lean on, but who is left to be strong for her?

My Review

Brenda S. Anderson is a great author. She knows how to draw her readers in and get them involved with her characters. She creates relatable real-life situations within her plot. In Pieces of Granite, a Mosaic Collection book, we meet Jerry who has a lot of baggage from his family of origin as well as his first marriage. We also meet Debbie, a family counselor who left practice to be a full time mom. She has always been the “perfect” daughter/sister/wife/mom but she is finding she can’t hold everything together as well as she used to. Pieces of Granite deals with the struggle of failure, the struggle of facing the birth of a baby with Down Syndrome, the struggle of not being able to “be God” but having to rely on Him. Brenda S. Anderson tells the story with feeling that readers will empathize with, even if they haven’t found themselves in the situations the characters face. 

Pieces of Granite is the prequel to the Coming Home series. I look forward to reading more in the series. 

Pieces of Granite is an adult novel and, while there is nothing in it to prevent its addition to a K-12 Christian School library, I’m not sure it would find an audience in such a setting. If added it would probably only appeal to faculty/staff and a few older high school students. It would be a great addition to a church library. 

I received a complimentary e-copy from the author because I am part of her street team and the Mosaic Collection Launch Team. This is my honest review. 

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