Here is another review for another amazing book!
A broken kind of beautiful was far from what I was expecting, and much better then I ever could have imagined. I thought it would be a feel good book, like a few of mine have been, and though in the end it does make you feel good there is a lot of stuff that makes me questions myself. Am I living the life God want's for me? Or am I straying from the path?
"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?"
As I read over this book i laughed and I cried for the main characters of this story, and it was interesting to see them from the male lead's point of view. It's hard to imagine what is going on through a guy's head, and he was a very very interesting character, and I loved how he saw the world through his Camera, it was truly inspiring. Now the stepmother of our main character Ivy. She wasn't the normal wicked stepmother I assumed her to be, not even close. As a woman whom could have no children she had to face many struggles, including a Husband who cheated on her in their earlier years of marriage. When she learned her husband had a daughter with his mistress she insisted that he bring her over, and the moment she met that little girl she fell in love with her. She tried to give the love Ivy didn't get from her mother or father. I think she truly remembered many of the promises God had given her, like this one in Deuteronomy 28:1-6 "If you fully obey the LORD your God by keeping all the commands I am giving you today, the LORD your God will exalt you above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the LORD your God: You will be blessed in your towns and in the country. You will be blessed with many children and productive fields. You will be blessed with fertile herds and flocks. You will be blessed with baskets overflowing with fruit, and with kneading bowls filled with bread. You will be blessed wherever you go, both in coming and in going."
She remembered God's promises, but she did not act to gain something in return, she acted with the love God placed in our hearts and only out of love, nothing else. I want to be like her so much.
Now be forewarned, there will be many tears throughout this book, but God can turn anything that has been broken into something beyond any kind of beauty we understand. So please pick up this book and read about a broken kind of beautiful.
Read Chapter 1
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.