Friday, August 7, 2015

Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant

  • ISBN-10: 0310338476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310338475

From the publisher:

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.

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.

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