Book Review: A Broken Kind of Beautiful

I have three book reviews coming up and they all were excellent! Looking forward to sharing them with you. :)

First up is A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert. I enjoyed her book that I reviewed previously, Wishing on Willows, so I was looking forward to reading this one as well.

A Broken Kind of Beautiful is the story of model Ivy Clark. She's been a top model in New York City for years, but at the age of 24, she is beginning to lose her command of the industry. There are always younger girls ready to be the "next big thing" and replace her. She never expects to end up back in Greenbrier, South Carolina modeling for her stepmother's new line of wedding gowns. She's willing to do this to try and remain a model, but she is surprised at the revelations she uncovers in this small town. She doesn't anticipate meeting a top-notch photographer, Davis Knight, while on this project and she's amazed that he used to be an up and coming photographer in the industry as well, but chose to leave the field and give up taking pictures.

This book was a wonderful contemporary Christian offering. It gave a great deal of insight into the fashion industry and shows how damaging it can be to focus only on our outward appearance. I think the story creates a compelling picture of God's love toward us and shows us that no matter what our past is like, it can be redeemed. I think it is a good reminder to realize that our worth doesn't come from our appearance or accomplishments, but instead our worth and identity comes from being a child of God. I really liked the characters in this book and felt that the whole book was very realistic in the way it conveyed the characters' emotions and struggles. I really found myself rooting for Ivy, Davis, Sara, Marilyn, and other characters throughout the course of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to readers that enjoy contemporary Christian fiction.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review; all opinions are my own.