A Broken Kind of Beautiful: A Novel

Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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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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Lovely Listen!

I read the print version A Broken Kind of Beautiful back in 2014, and "re-reading" a favorite read via an audio book is one of my favorite things to do. The audio version of this gem of a novel did not disappoint. I'm picky about my narrators, but Stacey Glemboski does an excellent job. Her accents for each character are almost always spot on. I think it can be hard to get a southern accent just right (I've heard some atrocious ones), but Glemboski sounds authentic. She also does a great job with the male character voices as well, especially book-boyfriend-worthy Davis Knight. Her inflection and tones for all of the characters just made me remember how much I loved this story, and truly sometimes it felt like I was hearing the story for the first time all over again. If you enjoy audio books, this one is well worth your time. If you've read A Broken Kind of Beautiful already and fancy experiencing this story in a fresh way, I highly recommend the audio book.

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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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  • 10-13-18

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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A must read

This was a great book and the narration was wonderful. I highly recommend this book. This audiobook was provided by the author, publisher or narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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  • 12-17-19

Great Overall Story!

This was a wonderful book to listen to with a powerful message. I gave it four stars because it was VERY slow and quite gloomy in getting the story to its point. The end was worth it, though!

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Beautifully written and read

I adored Katie Ganshert's other two books "Wishing on Willows" and "Wildflowers from Winter", so I was elated to devour "A Broken Kind of Beautiful". I was slightly worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much because it was about a model/modeling world. I am not a girly girl and I rarely wear makeup, but this book still resonated with me on a deep level. Ganshert has a way of developing characters and storytelling that makes it all come to life. It's so well written that by the end of the story you are disappointed it's over, because you feel like you personally know them. This is also a book of healing, hope, grace and mercy. God is close to those who are broken and He longs to redeem them. This is a wonderful book that has many applicable life lessons. You will not be disappointed. The performance of the reader was delightful as well. Her voice was easy to listen to and she did a fabulous job distinguishing between the voices in a seamless way.

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Every Girls Needs Their Knight

Ivy Clark is the girl who everyone wants to be, however if they really knew her, they would know that she is more than just a pretty face. Ivy was the product of an affair, an affair that her biological father wanted nothing to do with her, however, her father's wife, had always welcomed Ivy into her home, as she always felt Ivy was one of her own, since she was unable to have children. After the death of her biological father, her stepmother invited Ivy to model her wedding dresses for a Bridal magazine with her nephew, Davis Knight, a renowned photographer taking pictures of Ivy. Davis had put away his camera about 2 years previously due to accident that caused his sister to become blind. The guilt that he caused his sister's blindness overwhelmed him so he decided to give up his passion of photography, since his sister could no longer enjoy her passion of painting. Davis is a true gentleman, probably the one one that Ivy has ever known, even after Ivy virtually throws herself at him, he doesn't give in. Throughout this book, Ivy learns more about her true self and that there is more to life than just being the center of attention or turning mens heads, she learns about the act of loving others and how to bring a smile to a very sick girl by having her become a model for the day, she learns about true friendship, as her and Sarah (Davis's sister) connect and learn more about each other and about life.. Narration was wonderfully done and she made you feel part of the story. Great job! This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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A Beautiful Story of Brokenness and Redemption

Author Katie Ganshert has again written a novel that shares a beautiful story in a way that triggers thoughts, feelings, and discoveries of our own journeys. Her characters are so relatable that they quickly and easily become a part of our own lives for a time. Their experiences become something of our own. Their discoveries touch us deeply as we are there in the moment and in the aftermath. Ivy, Marilyn, Sarah, and Davis each have their own brokenness. The means and repercussions of each form lives we can recognize and individuals we can love, so that the message of the novel is for us as much as for them. The revelations seem our own and last long after the novel itself concludes. The narrator did a lovely and effective job of releasing the story in a way that pulls the listener in and carries them through. I highly recommend book, author, and narrator. I did receive the audiobook from the author and I promised an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Forgiveness

My third book by Mrs Katie Ganshert. I listened to the audio and the narrator was great. This story touched me deeply. Davis, Ivy, Sarah and Marilyn will stay in my mind for a long while. All about brokenness and forgiveness of others and yourself. Most of the time we all have to be broken at some point for God to work his healing on our hearts. It’s not all deep because there are some playful moments to lighten the times. Ms Ganshert put words of feeling into this story and I believe it will touch your heart too. I highly recommend this book. I received this audiobook from the author but I was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own.