Modeling sensation Ivy Clark is what the world considers a success. She is beautiful on the outside, but there are serious hurts dwelling inside of her. They make her feel useless, worthless, empty and unlovable. Davis Knight is a strong and caring man who is loved by his family, but carries guilt around like a heavy burden. He is a man who loves and trusts in God, but won’t stop punishing himself for past mistakes. These are broken people. They aren’t broken in the same way, but they both need healing.
Although the main story revolves around Davis and Ivy and focuses on Ivy’s path toward emotional healing and her journey toward a God who redeems those who feel unlovable, I found beauty in this novel in all of the broken characters. There are many examples of broken individuals. Years ago, one character felt broken by her husband’s infidelity. The pain of infertility on top of unfaithfulness left her broken before God. She had to learn to trust in Him to carry her through. Another character lost a vital part of her life when her sight was taken from her. She felt broken, then God opened her eyes to a new way of trusting in Him. Still another character had a broken body, ravaged with cancer. Many people were trusting in God for her healing. God was in all of these situations and the author did a beautiful job of showing that through this moving story.
So much changes for Ivy through this book. She is nowhere near the same person by the end of the novel as she is at the beginning. But her transformation is believable. She does not suddenly change who she is. Healing happens slowly. This was a very good book that I really enjoyed reading. The characters felt very real and the hurts they carried were large hurdles to overcome. A beautiful story. (4 stars)
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Christy Award finalist and Carol Award winner, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website or author Facebook page.