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Love Arrives in Pieces

by St Amant Betsy

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I read Love Arrives in Pieces over a relaxing afternoon when I tried to beat the heat by staying inside reading and sipping homemade iced coffee. Triple digit heat has a tendency to make me a bit grouchy so I probably wasn't in the best frame of mind when I started reading this book.

By the end though, I was smiling and relaxed and felt all was right with the world. There is nothing like reading a good, clean romance novel!

Book Rating: 4 stars.

A big thank you to Booklook Bloggers for the opportunity to review this book. My review is an honest reflection of my reading experience and my feeling about this book. ( )
  mrsrenee | Aug 7, 2015 |
Betsy St. Amant takes her readers back to Bayou Bend, Louisiana in her second book, Love Arrives in Pieces. It is obvious that the subject of this novel — how God uses brokenness — is close to the author’s heart. Written with a depth of feeling not always seen in contemporary romance, Love Arrives in Pieces is perfect for those looking for a little more than just happily-ever-after.

Stella Varland feels like a failure in everything she thinks counts. Her looks once wowed the pageant judges, but wasn’t enough to keep her husband around. Broken and bruised she wants a new start, but sometimes staying broken is safer than becoming whole. Chase Taylor left town years ago but is back to prove he can be trusted, something he desperately wants to believe himself. Together Stella and Chase navigate the broken pieces of their lives to find hope and romance.

Love Arrives in Pieces has true-to-life characters and a good writing style, but its underlying theme is what makes it a really good read. Through Stella, St. Amant explores what true beauty is, a beauty that God can make timeless with broken pieces when His people surrender. Divorce is treated with grace and mercy, something that those who struggle with rejection and failure really need. She really opened this reader’s eyes to the emotions that many hide or that those on the outside dismiss.

Love Arrives in Pieces is sure to appeal to the contemporary romance fan looking for heart in the midst of love.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | Jul 6, 2015 |
For those who think being beautiful is everything, Stella Varland could certainly tell them otherwise. Love Arrives In Pieces, a novel by Betsy St. Amant, is the vivid portrait of Stella's life after the beauty pageants and after a failed marriage. Suffering from anxiety attacks and self confidence issues she struggles to earn enough money to continue living on her own. An unexpected job offer reunites her with Chase Taylor who is an old flame who had wreaked havoc with not only her life but that of her older sister. It had taken years to rebuild a relationship with her sister and now with Chase's reappearance old hurts resurface.
The author has created very human and complex characters. They are sometimes vulnerable, sometimes strong. It is obvious she understands people. Stella and Chase seriously struggle to overcome their pasts and to possibly make a future. Quite often they take one step forward and several steps back. Misunderstanding between them runs rampant. Yet, there is a mutual connection and an attraction, but it may not be enough.
The author has crafted a highly readable novel with important themes. It was written with wit and packed with emotion. I highly recommend reading this book.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review ( )
  SAMANTHA100 | Jun 15, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0310338476, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:03:52 -0400)

"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 ... 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 fiancee. 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"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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