Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert April 17, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:14 pm

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About This Book

Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.

If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?

My thoughts:

This is Katie’s third book. I have read all three. I really liked her first one, I liked her second one even more.

So what do I think about number three?

I. LOVE. IT. The best one yet.

Wow. This books is the cry of my heart for women.

I wasn’t sure what I would think of Ivy, a beautiful, skinny model. I have to say Katie did a fabulous job of making her likeable. I think, for me, it was because I saw her actions through her brokenness. This girl needs the love of Jesus in her life so badly (don’t we all?). You can see that she is torn by her actions but doesn’t know any other way to operate in her world. She uses her beauty to lure men to her and but never allows herself to feel loved.

Then there is Davis. What a guy. Katie did a great job of keeping me engaged with his story and why he left photography and what that has to do with his sister.

I couldn’t wait to see how Katie would get these two to fall in love and how Jesus would come into Ivy’s life and just wreck her for Him and His love.

There is also Ivy’s step-mom, Marilyn. I can’t leave her out. I love how Jesus uses her in Ivy’s life as well.

This is really a beautiful story, a story that is so many women’s. You don’t have to be a super-model to fall into the traps Ivy falls into, you just have to be a women in this broken world. A world that desperately needs the love of Jesus.

I am giving away my Advance Reading Copy (ARC) to one commentator. Leave a comment by April 23rd to be entered. (U.S. residents only)

Visit Katie’s website here.

Visit her Facebook page here.

For more info. click here.

Read chapter one here.

Read Katie’s bio here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.


23 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert”

  1. Ooh, I would love to win this one… I’ve heard great things! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Karen Spiegel Says:

    Hi. I’m back. This book sounds very interesting. Most of my life I have had a low self image until I was filled with the Holy Spirit and realized Jesus loves me just as I am. Would love to win this book so I can read it & share it.

  3. Grace Postorino Says:

    I’ve read Katie’s other two books, and look forward to reading this one as well! Thanks for offering a giveaway!

  4. It sounds like a great book
    Please have a terrific Easter
    God bless u

  5. Thank you for offering your copy! So Loved her first two novels, Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows; and she has An October Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella releasing in September too ~ Kindle and MP3 CD, both available now for pre-order. Hope I win a copy of A Broken Kind of Beautiful. Thanks, Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

  6. martyomenko Says:

    I just read another book by her, Wishing on Willows, today! I was looking for others by her as I really enjoyed it. Thank you for the chance to win! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

  7. Love Katie Ganshert, and I’m excited to read this!

  8. lib1lady Says:

    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway. If I win, I will give this book to my church library, after I read it first.

  9. Melanie Backus Says:

    Please count me in on this wonderful book. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  10. Hi Melissa. I love katie and would love to win her book. Sounds good. Been trying to get it. Hoping soon. Happy Easter. Thanks for the give-away. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  11. Martha J. Sturm Says:

    Don’t we all struggle with so many human frailties? I find that reading Christian books, whether fiction or nonfiction, help me to deal with the everyday problems.

  12. Judy Says:

    Melissa, is this a stand alone book or is it better to read the other two books first?

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