Sunday, September 7, 2014
A Broken Kind of Beautiful - Katie Ganshert
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.
If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?
First thoughts after…
This is how a stand alone should end!
How distracted did I get?
A Broken Kind of Beautiful is a wonderfully real and amazing story. Katie Ganshert has a talent for writing how life truly is. Not all rainbows and butterflies but struggles in faith and learning that there is redemption. Ivy learned very young that life is not perfect. Though at times I feel she's a bit judgmental of others looks (kinda comes with the modeling biz I guess) she truly has a good heart. I was emotionally attached to Ivy and Davis. Davis, he has a heart of gold. He forgives others easily, though he can't forgive himself for past mistakes. Sara, Davis's sister, is sweet and loving and a rock for both Davis and Ivy. Marilyn, I love her she's the mom that Ivy needs whether she realizes it or not. I wanted to wrap Marilyn up in a hug many times in the story. If you enjoy Christian romance I highly recommend this book. You can't get much more real in relationships true to life than in this story.
I give A Broken Kind of Beautiful…
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.