Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong
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?
Katie Ganshert’s newest novel takes us to the Carolina Low Country, to a town where everyone knows each other, and where model Ivy Clark feels she will never fit in. How can she when everyone knows what her background is? She’s the unwanted daughter, the very real evidence of something that shouldn’t have happened. For almost 10 years she believed only her uncle cared, but as an agent in the highly competitive world of modelling, he only saw the dollars and cents he could get from her. Now that she’s starting to age out of the business, even this blood relation is walking away.
Once again, Ganshert has written a novel I could enjoy without too much thought. That isn’t to say this is fluff material. There’s an important message to be found within its pages. Ivy is a woman who needs to feel loved, but prides herself on the attention she can receive from her behavior. Unconditional love is an unfamiliar concept and God feels distant. But Ivy has some very likable people in her life who demonstrate that love through their actions toward her and others. When everything comes crashing down, these are the people who will stick with her and help her understand that God loves her simply for who she is.
Thank you to Waterbrook Press for my complimentary Advance Reading Copy of A Broken Kind of Beautiful, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: 15 April 2014
Page Count: 320