About the book:
Love Arrives in Pieces (Zondervan, June 2015)
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.
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MY THOUGHTS-This book evoked mixed emotions from me. I opened it expecting a kind of contemporary story with humor, thoughtful conversations and an overall fun book. But it is a very heavy book with characters depressed, battling emotional ties and plain out feeling sorry for themselves. Not to say that doesn't change close to the end, but totally different from what I thought I was reading at the beginning.
The main characters are Chase and Stella. Stella is the divorced party whose husband was a louse. She is now feeling sorry for herself while living in her home town, doing what she doesn't really want to be doing. Her designing has gone downhill and she isn't the flamboyant person she used to be, seeing colors in only black and white. Chase is the guy who used to be her sisters steady boyfriend but he also flirted with Stella at the same time. Eventually things came out, her sister Kat moved on to a sweet man(we read about their story in All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes) but when Chase shows up back in town and Stella has to work with him, she isn't sure she can do it. He brings out things in her that she thought were gone forever, but at the same time he steps into her personal space and pushes in where he doesn't belong. Of course, this all works out in the end after many fights, shoulder crying and hugs:)
For me, I just think from the cover and her previous book, that I was looking for a more light book. The stories are good and her characters are well written. Believe me, at times I wanted to slap Stella:) I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series when it comes out.
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