7/02/2015

Love Arrives in Pieces Review

My thoughts:
I am sad because I wanted to love this book, and these characters. The cover was awesome and I really enjoyed All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes and was looking forward to Stella's story. I really tried hard to like these characters. Oyy. Stella Varland made me want to scream, she was so over the top one minute and under the bust the next. I did like Chase, a bit, but he was too wishy-washy  and indecisive. Even the feisty Kat from the previous book seemed unlike herself. So was there anything to like in this book? You bet, I loved Dixie and Howard, especially Dixie (would love to read her whole story). I loved the story of restoring the old theater. I am not giving up on this author, I just didn't connect with this story. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. 3 stars from this reviewer. 

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About the book:
Love Arrives in Pieces (Zondervan, June 2015)

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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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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