A broken kind of beautiful

A Broken Kind of BeautifulA Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

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

My rating:

4 of 5 stars


A beautiful kind of read.

This book deals with faith very well. There is no surprise or point when this suddenly shifts to a “god book.” Although some Christian novels seem to feel as if they are trying to push or persuade you, this book doesn’t do that. You know from the beginning that it is a Christian book, but the author leaves you free to come to your own conclusions about belief.

In the beginning I wasn’t all that excited about the main character. She came off as a selfish, spoiled brat with an agenda that seemed at first like it would prevent her from forming a real relationship with anyone. I am now certain this was intentional on the part of the author as it allowed for great character growth later in the story.

The relationship between the two main characters is the main focus of this story. There is a lot of tension and I thought the author did an excellent job of making the story line between the two of them both realistic and complicated.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was compelling enough to keep me turning pages and never dulled or hit boring spots. The love story is layered and interesting and the type that you are never quite sure will succeed until the end.

If you enjoy books where the characters feel very real and the issues at hand are things you can relate to, this would be a great choice.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

4 thoughts on “A broken kind of beautiful

  1. This sounds like an good book. The love story being layered adds interest and I like a good love story. I also like the prominence of your rating system. Too often this vital part of the reviewing process is hidden away.


  2. Great review. You make me want to read this book, and I probably wouldn’t have read it otherwise. But I like the idea of someone who has the appearance of having it altogether, but is really broken inside.


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