A BEAUTIFUL MESS
Can she love the child who broke up her marriage?
Nearly four years ago, Erin Belden's happy life became a shattered mess. After her husband admitted to an affair and that a child had been conceived, he left her and their young daughter for his new family. Now she's finally ready to put the pieces of her life together. She's set to launch her own business and even thinks her heart might be open to romance -- should the right man come along.
But just when everything seems to be lining up, she receives a devastating call, her ex-husband and his wife have been killed in a car accident, and Erin is listed in their will as their daughter's legal guardian.
How can she be a mother to the child -- let alone love the child -- who broke up her marriage? Does she have the courage to start over yet again and turn this mess into a mosaic of beauty?
A single mother's journey from bitterness to forgiveness.
"Am I really your masterpiece, God? Have you made me new to do good things for you?" (p 113)
Aptly titled because this story is one beautiful mess of heartache and hope and so much raw emotion it'll churn a reader's insides out!
Be forewarned: this is a read-in-one-sitting kind of book! Since we're closing in to Christmas, I've been pacing my reading with other projects. My day goes something like this: read a chapter, do a chore, read a chapter, do some Christmas baking, etc. So, I dutifully sat down to read my first chapter of A Beautiful Mess...but then I read the second one...and the third and couldn't stop until the very end! I became so enmeshed in the story, so enthralled by the characters that I just couldn't leave them in the midst of all that mess! And now I'm feeling heart-bruised and stuffy nosed (I've never been an elegant crier) and bereft because it's all over. Heaving sigh.
Anderson excels at creating chaos when harsh realities collide with gospel truths. Erin's struggles are so honest. Nothing sugar-coated here. There aren't any perfect answers -- at least not without a tremendous battle. Because it hurts to move forward, to embrace change, to let go, to forgive painful betrayals. It seems easier to hold onto anger and bitterness. And that's where Erin has been stuck for years, though she's taking baby steps out of that dark prison. But then her already imperfect world implodes and absolutely nothing but God's grace can turn the resulting mess into something beautiful.
Another profound, thought-provoking and uplifting novel from an author who isn't afraid to get real with her characters' lives.
My thanks to the author for gifting me with a copy of this book.
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