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Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong

Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for 24-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?

©2014 Katie Ganshert (P)2018 Katie Ganshert

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Beauty is more than skin deep

Beautifully written story with carefully crafted characters. Each one is broken in a different way. Each needs to take hold of the redemption and forgiveness offered by God and move on with their lives letting go of their old beliefs and looking ahead to the new purposes God has in store for each of them. Fabulous story.

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Incredibly deep and realistic flawed characters

The story is wonderful but where it all shines is in the characters. they're very realistic. Not all of them are likeable some are incredibly shallow individual people that we would all hate to meet in real life.. And yet the authors skill makes us sympathize with them.

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Beautiful

Touching, captivating and so beautiful.
A Broken Kind of Beautiful is well written, the characters have depth and the dialog is very believable.
There is a very raw aspect of Ivy, a person who is jaded by the modeling world, old because the industry says so and hurt by rejection. All those things make her so real. Being so use to being used, Ivy thinks men are her drug of choice, a way to get what she think she wants that she has no idea of her own self-worth or what real love is.
There were times I really didn't like Ivy. She could be harsh and blind to those who really cared for her. And other times I found myself crying for the hurt in her.
There are so many great characters in this book, the loving step-mother, the using uncle and the photographer who could see deep into the real person of Ivy Clark.
My only criticism of this book is the epilog. With all the characters being so distinct, it would have made a nice series.

Stacey Glemboski does an excellent job narrating this book. Each of the characters has a voice. She is easy to listen to and adds nuances to the book making it so much more enjoyable to listen to.

I liked this book so much that I have already purchased another book from this author with the same narrator!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Beautiful

This book was beautifully written and narrated. The characters are real and I can relate to each one on some level. I highly recommended this book!

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Beautiful Inside and Out

Ivy’s story will break your heart... and put it back together again. Katie’s books always have a stunning depth that make her character’s redemption stories so moving and unforgettable.

I received a free copy of this audiobook. All opinions are my own.

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Worth the Listen

I had a hard time relating to the main character, Ivy, at first. At the beginning of the story she is selfish, vain, even dishonest at times. Yet by the end of the story I had real sympathy for her, and I thought the change in her character was well done. I was also pleasantly surprised at the attention given to her relationship with Marilyn. This was not just another secular romance novel dressed up with a few Christian ideas. Instead, there was real redemption.

I received this book at my request and am leaving an honest and unbiased review in return.