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.
— CanLit for Little Canadians blog
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.
— CM Magazine
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.
— Resource Links
Toni’s relationships are awkward, and she is often clueless as to what goes on around her. 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.
…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.
— LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program
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.
- Nominated for OLA Red Maple Award 2016