Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Broken Kind Of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

 
About: Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

Book Description:

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?
 

My Review:

Ivy Clark has been a model from the young age of fourteen. She was raised to believe her looks are everything because that is how she has found her value. Her hurts run deep, from abandonment, to being used, and feelings of unworthiness. She was beautiful but empty. The closer Ivy got to being twenty five the less jobs she received. Having no where else to turn she takes a modeling job in Greenbrier, South Carolina, for her stepmother’s bridal shop Something New. Ivy does not believe she could ever be worthy of the white bridal gown, picket fence, happy ever after. She thinks she is to damaged. Davis Knight is now the church handyman and a photographer at heart. He stopped snapping pictures because he felt extreme guilt for his sisters injury. He feels he does not deserve better because of the hurt and pain he has caused. As Davis and Ivy work together to help his Aunt Marilyn with a fashion show they grow closer.

Because of the way Ivy is treated in this small town, she questions her beliefs. Is it possible God could want her, is she really worthy? She has watched her step mother carry deep hurts and still trust in God. Can Ivy be forgiven, redeemed and found worthy in God’s sight?
The author Katie Ganshert did an outstanding job of brining these characters to life. They experienced some of the same feeling me and you experience in our lifetime. I found Broken Kind of Beautiful to be thought provoking and pulled at the heartstrings. I highly recommend this 5 star book and any other by this author. A big thank you goes out to author Katie Ganshert and publisher for bringing thought provoking and compelling Christian books to readers like me. Books that are full of faith, clean and inspire me with hope. Blogging for Books provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
About the author: Image of Katie Ganshert
Katie Ganshert graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she's not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. She is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows