A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert
Synopsis from Waterbrook Multnomah:
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?
While this was a well written, very well-rounded story, it wasn’t one that reached out and grabbed me and really held my attention. It was a little slow paced to me. I wouldn’t describe it as boring, not at all. Just not gripping. The story unfolded with some predictable events, but there were a couple unexpected things that happened as well.
Ultimately, A Broken Kind of Beautiful is a story that is about forgiveness. Particularly forgiving yourself for past mistakes. It’s meant to also be a story of redemption but I felt like it fell short in that regard. There was a gradual growth and building to the characters ability to forgive themselves, but their feeling redeemed seemed rushed and like an instant change. The end of the story felt abrupt and rushed, like things were wrapped up quickly in order to meet a deadline. All that said, however, it was still a story that I enjoyed. It wasn’t amazing, but it was well written and reasonably enjoyable regardless of it’s short-comings.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.