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Love Arrives in Pieces

Format: Paperback

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For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.

For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.

Former pageant queen Stella Varland doesn’t trust beauty anymore after her divorce. Her appearance betrayed her and led to brokenness, so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but she always falls short. So she keeps her passion for art to herself and focuses on her interior design work. But if she doesn’t get another job soon, she’ll be stuck living with her parents.

Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancée. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he’ll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town’s old theater and is shocked to discover that the designer for the project is his old flame, Stella.

Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and past as they struggle to compromise and work together on a vision for the theater. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness—and their unresolved feelings for each other—until Chase discovers the hidden parts of Stella, while losing her trust in the process.

A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice—to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from their brokenness.

Contributor(s) Betsy St. Amant
About the Contributor(s) Betsy St. Amant

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her young daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing. Visit her website at Facebook: BetsySt.Amant Twitter: @betsystamant.

UPC 025986338473
ISBN-10 0310338476
ISBN-13 9780310338475
Release Date Jun 9, 2015
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.38
Width 5.50
Length 336
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $12.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Overall Rating
“What in the world had happened to Stella Vanland?” Chase Taylor asks himself in Betsy St. Amant’s sophomore novel, Love Arrives in Pieces. As the contractor in charge of renovating Bayou Bend’s historic theater, Chase returns to his hometown with a few regrets and a new outlook on life after his fiancé’s death. When Chase realizes that Stella, an old girlfriend from long ago, is the interior decorator for the theater renovation, he struggles to recognize the bright and bold girl of his past within the consummate professional hiding behind neutral tones. Stella’s life after Chase and Bayou Bend took a direction she never anticipated, especially after her years as the shining pageant queen. Left broken after an unexpected divorce, Stella turns to her art as the one secret part of her life that remains untouched by her past. Through their work on Bayou Bend’s theater, Chase and Stella discover the ultimate beauty that comes from their brokenness.

Overall, I was surprisingly impressed with Love Arrives in Pieces. With a moderate pace and a story that took a while to gain momentum, the novel reflects the style of several works by Colleen Coble and Denise Hunter. However, Ms. St. Amant’s story and her leading lady’s artistic perspective on the world reminded me of Kristy Cambron’s novels, due to her art history background and art-oriented insights. The story’s resolution and its ties to Stella’s “secret” artistic efforts, as well as a scene-stealing encounter in an art museum, ultimately made the book. Some of the characters and themes seemed very familiar from other author’s works, but the artistic perspective and tragic experience that Stella’s character brings to the novel set it apart within the genre.

Special thanks to BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for the advanced copy of Love Arrives in Pieces!

Brittany at
(Posted on 6/23/2015)

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