08 March 2014

A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

Begin reading chapter one here.
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“‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’” –Isaiah 43:1

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? Can Isaiah’s words possibly be true, even for her?

Katie Ganshert’s A Broken Kind of Beautiful is absolutely beautiful. Honestly, hauntingly, hopefully beautiful. A novel filled with authentic, vulnerable characters and raw, intense emotions that refuse to remain solely within its pages, it expresses a poignantly-truthful spiritual journey without blatant, unnecessary sermonizing. With her vividly mellifluous and tender storytelling, Ganshert captures the romance of redemption, the essence of God’s endless pursuit to restore our broken hearts. A Broken Kind of Beautiful is another novel with my wholehearted recommendation, definitely well-worth a read. What a privilege it was to receive a copy of this novel from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, with the opportunity to read and honestly review it.

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