My Review: Having not liked Wishing on Willows, I decided I wouldn’t read any more of Katie Ganshert’s books. However, the beautiful and promising cover of A Broken Kind of Beautiful enticed me enough to give her another try. This book changed my opinion.
A Broken Kind of Beautiful was honest, heart-rending, and bittersweet. It held a poignancy in it that I rarely find in books written today. The characters were just so…human. Every character was so real I sometimes almost felt as if I could speak to the characters and they would respond.
Both Davis Knight and Ivy Clark were flawed, interesting, well-developed characters. Davis was trying to atone for past sins by denying himself of the one thing he loved to do best in the world. Ivy was trying to find love in all the wrong places. These two characters wrestle with these issues throughout the entire story. I liked seeing how it all played out.
The minor characters were just as developed as the main characters. They all really helped to build the plot as well as the story. I think that Marilyn, Davis’s aunt, was perhaps one of my favorite characters. She loved Ivy selflessly from the time they met, and continued to love her no matter what Ivy did or said.
The theme of this book is redemption. One thing I found interesting and somewhat distracting was Ivy’s character. I kept on having déjà vu throughout the story because Ivy reminded me so much of Angel in Francine Rivers’ famous novel Redeeming Love. I kept on wondering if the author had ever read it and had based Ivy off of Angel. However, the way the author carried out the theme of redemption was truly beautiful.
I give A Broken Kind of Beautiful 4 out of 5 stars.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers through Blogging for Books for my honest opinion, which I have given. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.*