A Broken Kind Of Beautiful
WaterBrook Press, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Jessica Maguire
elcome to the vicious world of modeling. At just twenty-four years old, Ivy Clark is in danger of losing her career to girls ten years her junior. And after an equally vicious upbringing, Ivy has come to believe that she is nothing more than a pretty face, beautiful but empty.
ate intervenes first at her father's funeral and again when her stepmother, Marilyn, wants Ivy to model the wedding dresses she makes. And Marilyn wants her nephew, Davis, to pick up the camera he abandoned, and take the photos.
ith no other job prospects, Ivy agrees to return to Greenbrier, South Carolina, and becomes more involved with Marilyn, Davis, and his sister, Sara, than she ever intended to be.
s Ivy spends time with the very people that she wants to avoid, she learns that Sara possesses an inner beauty far more gorgeous than the prettiest model, Davis is punishing himself for a tragedy that was long ago forgiven, and Marilyn may just be the only one who has truly loved her all along.
ucked back into the world she wants nothing to do with, Ivy discovers the secrets of family, loss, love, beauty, and herself.
nly after the first seventy pages or so did I want to keep reading. Only when the plot really gets going did I find it easy to become immersed in the novel. I was a little surprised to find that this book is considered a romance novel. The romance is rather tame for its genre, but to be expected for a novel that also falls into the category of a Christian read.
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