Monday, July 06, 2015

Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant

Love Arrives in Pieces 

by Betsy St. Amant    
Contemporary Romance

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 her brokenness---so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but always falls short. So she keeps her passion for her secret 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 in a car crash. 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 learn former flame Stella is the designer for the project.
Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and their pasts as they struggle to compromise and come together on a vision for the theater. Chase doesn't understand why Stella is such a subdued version of herself, while Stella doesn't get why Chase thinks he understands her. 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, losing her trust in the process.
A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force both 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 the broken.

 Meet 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.

Find Betsy online: website, Facebook

Here is my review of this charming love story:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Betsy St. Amant and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Love Arrives in Pieces" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
"Love Arrives in Pieces" by Betsy St. Amant is the charming story of the renovation of an old theater that reunites two people after ten long years apart.  Stella has lived a lifetime since she last saw Chase.  The former beauty queen has been betrayed and broken by life and her ex-husband.  She is no longer inspired to look beautiful.  She would rather create beauty, so her job as Designer of the theater project is ideal to restore her somewhat.

Chase has also been broken by life.  Having moved away from Bayou Bend after breaking Stella’s sister’s heart (and Stella’s as well), he’s grown up quite a bit.  After losing his fiancée, he’s back home trying to start over again.  As the Contractor and Foreman on the theater project, he must work closely with Stella, with whom he really wants to restore relationship.  But that restoration isn’t coming easy.

This is a touching story of love and second chances, brokenness and healing.  The love story mirrored in the restoration of the theater is a well-crafted piece of symbolism.  What a wonderful summer read!

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