Book Review

Love Arrives in Pieces by Becky St. Amant

**I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

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.

“Nothing was ever too broken to be healed.”

-Love Arrives in Pieces

 

This is one of those books that is just all-around beautiful. Beautifully written, beautiful characters, but more importantly, a beautiful message. Love Arrives in Pieces is a story of a woman who through most of her life, has been valued for her physical beauty, and eventually, the beauty isn’t enough, and she’s shattered. This story tells all about how she had to pick up the pieces and find out that Christ is the only one who can fill her up.

Stories about worth, like this one, are some of my favorite. Personally, it can be a struggle to always feel like my physical appearance is coming up short–but stories like this spread a different message. One that is water for the soul. It reminds us that beauty is so much deeper than on the surface. It also reminds us that we also shouldn’t hide, but rather to take the gifts given to us and share them.

I loved this story for its message, but wonderfully developed characters and fantastic storytelling make it come alive even more. This was a story that I hope many will read and be touched by the message.

About the Author:
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.

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