What it's about:
(from publisher WaterBrook Press)
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?
Why you should read it:
Katie Ganshert's touching debut, Wildflowers from Winter, introduced us to a style of writing that gives voice to the tender places in a character's heart. In her sophomore novel, Wishing on Willows, she further proved her ability to invest readers in the outcome of the external circumstances that precipitated her characters' necessary inward change. Now, in A Broken Kind of Beautiful, Ganshert proves her staying power with a lovely story that redefines what is ugly and what is proven lovely through purpose.
Davis is a tender if reluctant hero with his own history and regrets, which makes him the perfect foil to melt Ivy's ice-temptress façade. And, although Ivy's need for inner transformation drives the story, Davis' journey is just as moving — and an easy one with which to identify. As love grows, unwelcome, between Davis and Ivy, truth paralyzes them through their own misinterpretation of it. Both are hurting, broken people, gifted in ways that allow them to see the other like no one else can. Theirs is a painful, wrenching path to wholeness, but as the title implies, it is ... beautiful.
(rec originally posted at USA Today's Happy Ever After blog)