Published by Zondervan on June 9th 2015
Genres: Christian, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance
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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.
“Love Arrives in Pieces” by Betsy St. Amant was well written but I found the characters to be lacking. They didn’t seem to have good chemistry at all. I think the interior monologue was in the story so much. I feel like as the reader I would go page after page of interior monologue in between the actual conversation going on. I just felt like I really couldn’t get to know these characters. They weren’t fleshed out like they should have been. This maybe would have made a good novella instead of a full-blown novel because I feel like there really wasn’t enough story to keep the reader interested.