Thursday, July 02, 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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I somehow completely missed the fact that this book was a sequel to All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes so when I started this book I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I already was acquainted with the characters! Though I didn't have a very fond opinion of the two main characters after the first book! But the author did a fabulous job of showing us their side of the story and turning them into very likable people! Chase had made a lot of stupid mistakes and experienced such pain but I loved how he clung to God through it all and let it make him a stronger and better person. Stella had been broken by heartache time and again and it was awesome to watch her journey to discovering that God can make broken things beautiful. One of my favorite thing was how Chase wanted to help Stella but also realized that he could not be the one to fill her broken places only God could and their romance was all the sweeter for it! It was fun to catch up with the characters from the previous book and meet some new ones and all in all this was a fantastic book that I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend this book!
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.
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I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.