Book Review: “Love Arrives in Pieces” by Betsy St. Amant

June 29, 2015 at 10:58 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Betsy St. Amant in her new book, “Love Arrives in Pieces book coverLove Arrives in Pieces” Book Two in the Bayou Bend series published by Zondervan brings us into the life of Stella Varland.

From the back cover:  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.

Betsy St. Amant has given us a wonderful contemporary romance. How do we deal with emotional devastation? Well, most of us don’t. That is exactly what Stella and Chase do:  they don’t. So Stella pours herself into interior design and Chase into his contracting and you know at some point they are going to meet and be forced to work together. Two emotionally wounded, broken individuals. They cannot fix themselves. The good news is that God is the Potterer. He can take broken vessels and not only put them back together but He can make them new. Ms. St. Amant has given us two characters Stella and Chase who fill up the pages against a swirl of activities. The book is all about them and their relationship and how deals with their individual brokenness. And then, of course, there is the romance. Ms. St. Amant has a way of making the characters lives very real so that we feel that we are living the moments with them. We feel that we know these people. We enjoy spending our time with them. We root for them to win. “Love Arrives in Pieces” is a marvelous study of how God can fix what is broken in our lives if and when we let Him.

You can find “Love Arrives in Pieces” at a discount at  http://www.deepershopping.com/item/st-amant-betsy/love-arrives-in-pieces-a-novel/6262352.html

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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