A Broken Kind of Beautiful / by Katie Ganshert. 4.1.2016

Waterbrook ISBN 9781601425904

Adult Rating: 4

Ivy Clark is a fashion model, beautiful and poised in front of the camera–if only her beauty were more than skin deep. Ivy feels her brokenness and impurity so deeply, but when it comes to her line of work, only the outward appearance counts. No one really cares about what is going on inside her mind and heart.

Desperately, she agrees to be the new face of her stepmother’s line of bridal gowns, pretty ironic for a girl who is far from pure herself. But her current job is evaporating and she wants to continue in the fashion business, even though working for her stepmother and coming back to South Carolina is a very bitter pill to swallow for a big city girl who thought she had it made on her own.

Her future seems to be partly in the hands of the photographer, Davis Knight. He is an enigma, having given up the kind of fame and notoriety that Ivy has always desired. What is his motivation? What makes him do what he does and act as he acts? She is not used to being treated the way that Davis treats her nor can she understand a man who works in maintenance at his local church, a man whose goals are God-centered yet who is flawed himself.

Almost the entire cast of characters in A Broken Kind of Beautiful seems to challenge everything that Ivy has believed about herself and about the world in general. She has pictured herself as broken and cast aside. Could God view her differently–could he care for her and have a plan for her life?

Readers looking for a more unusual setting for a Christian read might find this setting of super models and the fashion industry an interesting change.

Ceil Carey, CLJ