June 28, 2015

Love Arrives in Pieces


Love Arrives in Pieces, by Betsy St. Amant, is a touching, atypical romance. The characters are flawed, the storyline is moving, and I could relate to the myriad of emotions.

“It’s high time Stella realizes the past is the past. This is an anniversary worth noting but not worth grieving over.” She still hated that word. You have to grieve, Stella. Don’t fight the grief, Stella. Grieve it out, Stella. ~page 14.

Ms. Amant has a great voice. Her storytelling flows nicely and she conveys the character's emotions very well.

I liked Chase, as well as Stella, though I wished she were a stronger female. She irritated me at times and I wanted her to be a little tougher.

This story deals with grief, pain, love, and grace, causing me to delve deeper than I usually do in a sweet romance. The emotions are complex and the story is satisfying.

A touching read, with a lovely message.

4 Stars

Cover: Like it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 336
First Lines: Fairy tales lied. Plink. Stella Varland plucked another edible pearl off the glittering periwinkle icing in front of her and let it slip from her fingers onto the counter beside the others. Her cupcake might look like Cinderella’s dress, but there was no Prince Charming anywhere in sight. Plink.

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