Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Love Arrives In Pieces by Betsy St. Amant
For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.
Former pageant queen Stella Varland doesn’t trust beauty anymore after her divorce. Her appearance betrayed her and led to brokenness, so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but she always falls short. So she keeps her passion for art to herself and focuses on her interior design work. But if she doesn’t get another job soon, she’ll be stuck living with her parents.
Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancée. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he’ll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town’s old theater and is shocked to discover that the designer for the project is his old flame, Stella.
Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and past as they struggle to compromise and work together on a vision for the theater. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness—and their unresolved feelings for each other—until Chase discovers the hidden parts of Stella, while losing her trust in the process.
A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice—to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from their brokenness.
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Summer is the perfect time to sink into a great book. With that said, I liked "Love Arrives in Pieces." Besty St. Amant is a fabulous author and had me hooked immediately in her first book "All is Fair in Love & Cupcakes", which I highly recommend.
With that said, I wasn't in love with the plot of this story. Chase dealing with the loss of his fiancee and Stella losing her husband to divorce created some interesting dynamics. The character dynamic between Chase and Stella was spot on as they had tension and chemistry. When the sparks hit, they flew like the 4th of July! However, besides chemistry, the storyline has a deeper level then just romance, but trust, learning to let go part of their past, and ultimately surrendering the areas of their life to The Lord. I did also enjoy Stella's love for art therapy and the connection she had in helping her let go of some of her past, especially through mosaic tiles. I found this to be beautiful and it really brought some depth to her character. I can also identify with Stella's anxiety, which brought a huge human form to her, especially as she struggled through panic attacks. Although never personally dealing with them, I loved that the author was brave enough to go there with the reader. While this wasn't my favorite out of Betsy's books, I did really enjoy it and I think you will as well!
Thank you to Zondervan Publishing Company for providing me a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.
Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.