Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Litfuse Review: Love Arrives In Pieces by:Betsy St. Amant
About the Book:
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 her brokenness so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but always falls short. So she keeps her passion for her secret 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 fiancee in a car crash. 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 learn former flame Stella is the designer for the project.
Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and their pasts as they struggle to compromise and come together on a vision for the theater. Chase doesn t understand why Stella is such a subdued version of herself, while Stella doesn t get Chase s constant need for productivity and speed. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness and their unresolved feelings for each other until Chase breaks through Stella s walls and convinces her to enter her mosaic tile art in a contest.
A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force both 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 the broken. "
Stella Varland, former pageant queen, life took an unexpected turn when she and her husband got a divorce. Now she suffers from constant anxiety attacks and the chance of possibly having to move in with her mom. But amazingly her mom pulls off the unthinkable, and snags Stella a job as the interior designer for a local run-down old theater. The theater is almost like an answer to prayers, that is until she learns who the contractor and foreman is.
Contractor Chase Taylor knows he has done many things wrong to many people, especially Stella Varland and her sister Kat. But past is the past and he is ready to live his life to the fullest. After losing his fiancé, he decided it was time to have no regrets. Moving back home to Bayou Bend, he finds not many things have change, or at least he thought until he seen Stella after so long. Let’s just say it was love at first anxiety attack?
As the theater begins to get remodeled, Chase and Stella begin to butt heads, quite a lot. But with them both struggling from the brokenness that is trying to consume them, that maybe just maybe they better together than apart.
Being the sequel to All’s Fair In Love And Cupcakes, Love Arrives In Pieces has it all. The adventure, the romance, it even has some amusing parts. After reading Kat’s story previously, I knew that this book was sure to be an amazing read. And I definitely wasn’t wrong. I love Betsy St. Amant’s books! I can’t wait to see what she has in store next!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse.