A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert
Age Range: Adult
Genre: Contemporary romance/Christian
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 15, 2014)
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong
is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model
Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is
everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks
beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it
starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means
moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be
the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for
words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.
her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her
mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of
success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats
her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the
façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other
characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty
and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken
by the world—yet wants her still?
About the Author:
Katie Ganshert graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison
with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for
several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and
raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young
son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or
playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and
the waiting that comes with adoption. She is the author of Wildflowers
from Winter and Wishing on Willows. Visit her website at
This is an interesting story. It’s about Ivy Clark, a young woman that
has been a model for the past 10 years. Her career is evaporating, and
she’s desperately hanging on. She takes what might be her last chance at
solidifying herself in the industry by modeling for a bridal boutique
owned by her late father’s wife. Ivy is the product of an affair her
father had. Marilyn is his wife, and in spite of everything, loves Ivy
to pieces. Davis is a former fashion photographer and will be taking
Ivy’s pictures for the boutique. He is Marilyn’s nephew, so he isn’t
related to Ivy, but the almost-cousin aspect was still weird to me.
There are a lot of characters with a lot of back story. Everyone has a
history and they are all hurting in some way, although none of them are
as damaged as Ivy. I enjoyed Ivy’s journey of self-discovery. I wish it
had been more gradual, with more evidence that she was changing along
the way. She was hurt and bitter for the majority of the book, and it
wasn’t until the last 50 pages or so that we see any vast improvement.
Even then, it was mostly summarized in a few sentences. In that regard, I
didn’t feel like I got enough of Ivy’s transformation. I wanted a more
gradual change as the story went along. It was the same with Davis. He stayed in the
same spot emotionally until the very end when he realized that he could
change his situation without falling into old traps.
Otherwise, I really liked the book. The characters are flawed and
believable. They all have trials to work through and challenges to
overcome. Religion plays a big part in the book. Ivy has to discover
that she matters to God and that He sees her for the person she is and not just a pretty face or a great
pair of legs. It’s well written and engaging.
Fans of Christian fiction and romance will enjoy this book. It’s definitely worth the read.
Content: Clean, but there is some drinking (by adults) and a small bit of violence.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.