Monday, June 22, 2015

Love Arrives in Pieces

GIVEAWAY

ST. AMANT, BETSY
LOVE ARRIVES IN PIECES

Love Arrives in Pieces

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 why Chase thinks he understands her. 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, losing her trust in the process.
 
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.

 My Review:

A powerful and stirring novel that really touched me. St. Amant does an excellent job of capturing Stella's struggle accepting and moving on from her brokenness. Raw and real and such a necessary story to be told in the Christian fiction market.

I felt like I was in Stella's skin the whole read. The word choice, the pacing, the measured back story reveals all combine to make the greatest impact on the reader. I was close to an emotional wreck by the end.

But St. Amant's sassy, tongue-in-cheek wit brings light and gentle humour to balance everything out. Sometimes I was laughing and crying on the very same page.

Chase is a redemptive hero who struggles with his own brokenness. He's also the catalyst that wakes Stella up from her self-imposed Sleeping Beauty façade. Their journey towards self-discovery is awkward and uncomfortable and exhilarating. Such a gamut of emotions! And I felt them all.

A stunning contemporary romance that packs a punch.
 
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan for supplying me with a review copy of this book.
GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Love Arrives in Pieces please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 28
 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

38 comments:

  1. I'm not familiar with Betsy's writing, but this sounds good!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. She's a fantastic contemporary author, Patty. You'll love her. Good luck.

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  2. "Love Arrives in Pieces" but God can put them back together again.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. With your fantastic interview, I can't wait to read this one! Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  4. Sounds really interesting.
    karenskrayonsatgmail.com

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  5. Just reading the little bit oh it sounds good.

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  6. I have been wanting to read this book. It seems like something I would really like.
    donvelma(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. There are so many wonderful contemporary romances on the market these days and this one is the crème de la crème! Good luck, Velma.

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  7. We don't have many Christian fiction books that deal realistically with divorce. Having unfortunately gone through divorce myself, I am acquainted with the myriad of feelings this brings. I'm very interested in reading Love Arrives in Pieces to see how Betsy handles this.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I agree, Pam and this author does a tremendous job of capturing the emotions. I know from where I speak. Good luck!

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  8. I just ordered All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes today. I have been excited for Love Arrives in Pieces since I saw it on pre-order. I am looking forward to reading both of these books. I would love to be entered in the giveaway.

    tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes is wonderful. And so is Lover Arrives in Pieces. You can't go wrong with Betsy St. Amant. Good luck, trosado.

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  9. I have not read Betsy St. Amant yet, but your review certainly makes me eager to! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, Kav.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Britney. I think you'll love her books. Good luck.

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  10. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    mo1202007ATyahooDOTcom

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  11. Sounds so good! Thanks for the chance to win it!
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen at yahoo dot com

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    1. It's divine, Brittany. Good luck.

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  12. This sounds like a great read. I really enjoyed reading your review. !
    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl(at)sol(dot)com

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  13. Okay, Kav, you've done it again. I elected not to review this one, but in a few sentences you've convinced me that this is a story I would enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity, as always.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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    1. Glad I could twist your arm, Carole. LOL Good luck.

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  14. Love Arrives in Pieces sounds like a book I would enjoy reading this summer. Enjoyed your review.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  15. I enjoyed the review & this is going on my TBR want list!
    dkstevensne AToutlookD oTCoM

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    1. Those TBR want lists are getting soooooo long, aren't they? Just too many good books out there -- not that I'm complaining. Good luck, Deanna.

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  16. On my TBR! Thanks Kav. As always your review makes me want to read it RIGHT NOW!

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    1. So you better get started soon, Cindy! :-)

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  17. I ´ ve been wanting to read this for SO long. Love Betsy ´s blog and her honest way of dealing and sharing with her life.
    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Well, I haven't visited her blog -- must do that pronto. Thanks for the tip. Good luck, Janka.

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    2. Wonderfully descriptive review! I can't wait to read Love Arrives in Pieces.
      Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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