Review: A Broken Kind of Beautiful

A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert
WaterBrook, 2014

My Thoughts:
Katie Ganshert has written an insightful novel that explores the place where pain and hope mix to create something beautiful.

Every day of her life, Ivy plays the part that she is expected to play. She works hard to make people believe her façade. But inside, she feels empty and alone. A Broken Kind of Beautiful takes a real and honest look at the struggle Ivy faces in the modeling industry.

Other people don’t care about Ivy; they only care about what she can do for them. Not only does she feel alone, she also has deeply-rooted emotions of bitterness and anger. And underneath her anger is fear, pain, and sadness.

As Ivy is thrust into the small town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, she faces these emotions despite her opposition to acknowledging that anything or anyone in that town matters.

As Ivy goes on her emotional journey, will she learn that she is redeemed? Will she accept that she is loved and forgiven? Or will she continue to run from the good that is fighting to break through her walls?

Reminiscent of Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love, A Broken Kind of Beautiful is a meaningful story that will speak to your heart.

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from the back cover):
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?

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.*


9 thoughts on “Review: A Broken Kind of Beautiful

  1. Glad to read you enjoyed this one – and I second Juju’s comment, Cassie. LOVE the title – and I know Katie was delighted that her working title was kept for the book’s publication. It fits beautifully.


    1. Hi Bekah! So glad you found me through INSPY’s! I just checked out your blog, and can’t believe we haven’t crossed paths until now. Consider me your newest follower! So glad that you stopped by, Bekah!


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