Thursday, May 15, 2014

pretty is as pretty does

"A Broken Kind of Beautiful" by Katie Ganshert is a Christian novel about Ivy, a high level fashion model, who is becoming a has-been at the ripe old age of 24.  Ivy is the product of an extramarital affair and has spent her life either being ignored or used.  Marilyn, her step-mother, has been her only constant, and her love was not what Ivy wanted.  Ivy becomes blacklisted in the New York fashion scene and returns to South Carolina, where Marilyn, a bridal designer, hires her to star in a campaign.  She meets Davis, a photographer, while she is there and he becomes determined to show Ivy that there is much more to her than what the fashion world would like her to believe. 
I have a step daughter that tried her hand at modeling and I am really glad it didn't work out.  The modeling world will eat you up and spit you out.  This novel exposes the gutting of Ivy and girls like her.  The only thing I would change about this book is the repeated use of the phrase "so and so's blood drained from her face".  That phrase is used a little too much.  But other than that, the writing is done well.  Ganshert does a good job of seeing the broken woman and bring sympathy to her case without making you roll your eyes because of the poor little beautiful girl.  I would recommend this.  I received this book for free from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review.

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