Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong.
A Broken Kind of Beautiful, by Katie Ganshert, is the story of a twenty-four-year-old model, Ivy Clark. Having been exposed to the world of fashion and modeling since she was fourteen, Ivy has learned along the way the only truth behind it all—appearances are everything. No exceptions. As long as she looks beautiful, nothing else should matter, not even her broken past. Another fact hits Ivy hard, however. Her twenty-fifth birthday is nearing. In the modeling industry, no one wants a model who is getting closer to her mid-twenties. They want fresh, younger faces. Because modeling is all that Ivy knows, she pushes her uncle/agent, Bruce, to find her more jobs, any jobs.
An opportunity comes along when Ivy moves from the fashion industry in New York to a quaint island town in Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line. Although Ivy isn’t ecstatic about the idea, she takes the temporary job with her stepmother in hopes that she’ll be able to land a new modeling job in New York once it’s all over.
Little does Ivy know that her future will all depend on her photographer, Davis Knight. As she and Davis work together, Ivy realizes that–just like her–Davis has a broken past of his own. He walked away from the kind of success that Ivy longs for to end up doing maintenance work at a local church. Ivy becomes determined to get Davis to open up to her about the dreams he has given up, all the while Ivy works hard to keep her own past in the dark.
Do I recommend this book? As a matter of fact, yes. I really enjoyed the story. The story is emotional and provides some heartfelt moments. I liked reading all about Ivy’s life and how she was coming to terms with her own past, as well as what really defines true beauty. Although I’d recommend this book for fans of romance novels, I believe it’s worth the read. This book is now available, which can be found here.
Author info: Katie Ganshert is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows. She lives in Iowa with her husband and their son. 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.
FTC Disclosure: I received this free copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own, based on my own experience.