About the Book
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 her brokenness—so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but always falls short. So she keeps her passion for her secret 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 in a car crash. 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 learn former flame Stella is the designer for the project.
Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and their pasts as they struggle to compromise and come together on a vision for the theater. Chase doesn’t understand why Stella is such a subdued version of herself, while Stella doesn’t get Chase’s constant need for productivity and speed. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness—and their unresolved feelings for each other—until Chase breaks through Stella’s walls and convinces her to enter her mosaic tile art in a contest.
A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force both 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 the broken.
About the Author
Betsy St. Ament has crafted a well-written story of life—loss, pain, forgiveness, and most of all love. This novel will touch readers’ heart’s and pull them in from page one as they follow the story of Stella and her somewhat complicated life as a previous beauty pageant queen and current interior designer. Life is not always easy and can be full of pain and suffering, as well as success. An excellently shaped storyline and characters that touch your heart will bring readers back to this heart-felt story over and over again. I would recommend it to those that enjoy contemporary-romance fiction that comes from the heart.
Genre: contemporary; romance; Christian fiction; Womens fiction
Publication date: June 9, 2015
Number of pages: 320
A review copy of this novel was provided by BookLook Bloggers.
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