Review of A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

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Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance

Highly Recommended.

Seasoned 24 year old model, Ivy Clark, faces the harsh reality of the fashion industry as she is pushed aside for younger, upcoming models. With her broken past and cold interior, the rejection she faces is almost too much for her. It is when she is forced into a “lesser” gig as the face of her Stepmother’s bridal shop that she encounters the unusual kindness and respect of photographer, Davis Knight, who is struggling with some identity issues of his own.

Written from the diverse yet parallel perspectives of Ivy, Davis, and the stepmother, Marilyn, this novel captures the struggle and beauty of discovering and trusting ones identity and destiny within God’s purposes. I related in some way or another to each character, and was entranced with the underlying thematic messages of grace, forgiveness, regaining innocence, abandoning pride and shame, and embracing love.

This is a “romance,” but not the kind where the characters fall all over each other. Rather, Ganshert gracefully reveals the distinction between love and lust; and the heroine learns to receive not just the love of a suitor, but the love of family, of friends, and of God. And–yes–there is chemistry between the “love birds” as well! It just is not the primary focus.

This is not specifically young adult fiction, but is one I think young women and teens will really relate to and enjoy. The characters run deep without the writing being too intense, and the positive themes are ensconced fluidly and unobtrusively within the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah.

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