Synopsis of the book: Ivy Clark is a model with a failing career. She was the “it” girl in New York City but is finding that age and time have not been kind. Her career is hanging on by a thread of bridal wear. In trying to salvage her career, Ivy is going home to Greenbrier, South Carolina. She is the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear. Greenbrier is a far cry from New York City. Ivy is finding out whether you can really go home. Will the career be saved or crumble under the hands of a photographer, who walked away from it all? Will Ivy be able to face the past that plaques her? Is there beauty in a broken woman?
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
My thoughts on the book: This book is the third of Katie Ganshert. I am a fan of her first two books. Her debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter, was one of my favorite Christian Fiction books. I was honored to receive an advance reading copy of the book A Broken Kind of Beautiful. I tore into the book with a somewhat open mind. I had fallen in love with Bethany and Robin, would I fall in love with Ivy? Ivy and I are completely different. I am a far cry from super model material. Could I relate to someone…so beautiful?
Yes! Ivy is as a real as they come. Ganshert does a nice of job of building the background tension in Ivy ‘s story. The struggles are real. Unlike many Christian Fiction, Ganshert, does not shy away from the reality of society. She does it with grace and humility. Ganshert clearly understands the world in which we live in that seems to be missing in some Christian Fiction.
What I did not like: I can honestly say there isn’t much about it I did not like. I wish she had left the ending at the last chapter. I believe that would have been more realistic.
I highly recommend this book to anybody. Ivy’s character is every woman’s struggles. At times, I could see myself in this character more than I liked. I enjoyed that Ivy was complicated. In reality, there are very few people who are uncomplicated.
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