Katie Ganshert writes this story as if she lived it – better really because there is a stunning amount of insight that most people can not see in their own lives.
FAIR WARNING! There is a lot of reference in this book to alcohol, drugs and even sex but nothing really descriptive (too descriptive for me but most people wouldn’t bat an eyelash).
I suppose some people think it’s a necessity to see just how far a person can fall before God finds a way to bring them back up. That’s not giving anything away – you knew it had to happen.
Personally I don’t understand why this particular novel is classified as Christian fiction. It’s nice and all that Davis spends most of the book talking about trying to show Ivy about God’s love but there’s nothing Christian about Ivy until the last two chapters.
Oh well. Katie Ganshert‘s writing really pulls you into the story and even though you want to just smack Ivy through most of it (I did anyway) you can really feel her pain as she goes down this dark and disturbing road she is on.
Here is an overview of the book from WaterBrook Multnomah:
Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four 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?
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