A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert has written a novel that heartbreakingly reads like real life. Though very beautiful fashion model Ivy never felt love from her father or by her drug addicted mother. Her father had never acted like a father in her life. He was married Marilyn who had always tried to show Ivy the love that she deserved even though Ivy was the product of her husband's infidelity. Marilyn had even raised Ivy from the time that her mother could no longer do so because of her drug use. Ivy had learned over the course of her life never to trust that the men who from the age of 14 told her that they loved her really did not love her but only wanted something from her. Upon the death of her father though Marilyn has the chance to teach Ivy that she is loved. Marilyn is a clothing designer of bridal dresses. Her nephew Davis is a photographer who refuses to take pictures because he has promised himself that since the blindness of his sister, Sarah, is his fault he will not use a camera again. Marilyn wants to use both Ivy who at age 25 is getting too old to get the good jobs and Davis who refuses to forgive himself to both commit to a project of having a bridal show that would benefit a blind school for Sarah. Ivy's agent says that this is her only chance for work right now and Davis agrees to do this one thing for Sarah. Marilyn has her work cut out for herself--showing Ivy that she is worth loving and that she loves her as if she were her daughter and showing Davis her nephew that depriving the world of a great photographer is not going to make him feel less guilty or bring back Sarah's sight.
Ivy comes into her hometown feeling like this is the end of her modeling career. Davis is wondering if God will forgive him for going back on his promise never to pick up a camera again. Will Ivy learn that though the world may always take advantage of her for her beauty that God loves her for herself? Will Davis learn that God has already forgiven him and that he needs to accept his guilt in the matter and forgive himself? Read this book to find out.
I liked this book. Finally a Christian love story where the main love interest is the love of God for his people and the desire of God to have good for His people. I received this book from Waterbrook Press for this review.