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Review: Love Arrives in Pieces

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Review: Love Arrives in Pieces

Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amantlovearrivesinpieces
Reviewed by: Meagan Williford
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: June 9, 2015

We first met the Varland family in All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes, a novel about oldest sister Kat Varland. Love Arrives in Pieces tells the story of little sister and former pageant queen Stella who is back in her hometown of Bayou Bend, Louisiana, trying to put her life back together after a painful divorce. She feels defeated and broken, especially in the eyes of her always organized, always put together mother. Struggling to find a job she enjoys, Stella is hopeful when her mother finds her a position as the interior designer for a big project—breathing life into the old town theater, the Ninth Cameo. Imagine her surprise when the contractor and foreman on the job turns out to be none other than Chase Taylor, a guy she shares a painful past with.

Chase Taylor is not the same person he used to be. He deeply regrets hurting both Stella and Kat. No matter how hard he tried and how many years have passed, he could not forget Stella. Chase returns to Bayou Bend to reconnect with his family and to live life to the fullest after a tragedy showed him that every day counts. Finding Stella, the girl he has always adored, as a shadow of her once vibrant self, makes him want to heal her wounds and help her find the Stella he once knew—colorful and full of sass and moxie.
Will Stella and Chase learn to forgive each other for their past mistakes? Can they trust God with their future? Is it possible to be too broken to be healed?

I loved All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes, so I was surprised to find that I loved Love Arrives in Pieces maybe even a little more! There was something so real and poignant about the emotions Stella felt as she struggled to piece her life back together after it had been shattered. Then there was the scene where Stella asked Chase, “Do you see me?” Wow! What a scene and what a question. The analogy of our lives as a mosaic that only God can craft by using all of our broken pieces and healing us in the process was truly beautiful! The message of inner beauty being so much more important than outer beauty was powerful. Especially in today’s society, women are pressured to look a certain way and to measure up to certain beauty standards. This book emphasizes that true beauty comes from within— trusting God, loving others, embracing the talents God has given us, and allowing him to heal our hurts and work in our lives. I highly recommend it!

Rated G: This book is suitable for all audiences.

Reviewer copy provided by Publisher. Thank you!

 

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