Love Arrives in Pieces

Love Arrives in Pieces

by Betsy St. Amant

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ISBN-13: 9780310338475
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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 www.betsystamant.com Facebook: BetsySt.Amant Twitter: @betsystamant.

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Love Arrives in Pieces 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Love Arrives in Pieces is the second of Betsy St. Amant’s books about the Varland sisters, coming after All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes. After reading the first book a couple of months ago, I became a HUGE fan of Betsy’s, so I was extremely excited to be able to read this novel. I stumbled upon Betsy’s writing when I found All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes as a bargain book in one of my local bookstores, and the funny thing is, that’s where I found this one too. Only I was sure I wanted it immediately, and I knew what I was getting into by picking this one up. Stella Varland wasn’t my favorite character when I met her in the first book. I didn’t hate her, but she just didn’t seem like the type of woman I would like. However, once I started her story, she quickly became a close friend of mine. Her brokenness endeared me to her immediately, and I soon found myself anxious for her to find healing. I sided with her from the very beginning, constantly fussing at Chase for any argument, whether it was his fault or not—though usually it was—because I so felt as if Stella were really a close friend of mine. Betsy really brought her to life for me, and that was something that made this novel all that much better. Chase Taylor is another character I felt as if I knew immediately. Although I have to say a like Lucas a whole lot better, I still like Chase too. He certainly had a few rough edges to work out, and still had to deal with the consequences of his often impulsive actions, but he was also extremely sweet and caring towards Stella. He wanted to do what was right, at the right time, and in the right way, he just sometimes let his live-with-no-regrets attitude to get ahold of him. I also wanted him to find the healing he needed, though I didn’t see him as nearly as broken as Stella. And he wasn’t hiding. His job was to help Stella find how God could bring her healing. All in all, if I’m completely honest with you, even though Lucas is still my favorite hero, I think I may like this book even better than the first. It is definitely another book that I am so glad that I purchased, and I know that I will be reading it again and again. If you didn’t already know, I’ve decided to give this novel all five bookshelves, and it has a permanent place on my all-time favorites list. I highly, highly recommend it, but I would definitely read All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes first. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
When I first picked it up, I thought to myself "this book is utterly chaotic... in the best way possible!" I love Betsy St. Amant's writing style. This book is as chaotic as it's characters feelings and lives. I cannot even begin to describe how well I think this book is written. The more I read, the faster I wanted to read because I was so involved in Stella and Chase's story. The chemistry, banter, and all out anger Stella and Chase have with one another is captivating. The emotions this books takes you through will bring you down and build you up all at the same time. I was literally healing right along side Stella and Chase. I felt their pains, hurts, and especially their victories. The depth of these characters is absolutely amazing. I can relate to a lot of the feelings Stella and Chase were dealing with because of my personal experience with loss. However, even if you haven't experienced some kind of loss, Betsy St. Amant has written the story so realistically, you can definitely relate. The message of the story is about healing. It's about learning to lean on God to get you through the hard times and help you pick up the pieces of what you think is broken. There were several quotes in the story that punctuate that point: "God tells us to come to Him with faith like a child. I figure that means with our storms too. If it's going to rain anyway...might as well make something out of it." and "Beauty from broken." and my personal favorite (the one that resonated with me the most), "But God said 'Even though.'" Overall, I highly recommend this book and I cannot wait to read more by this fantastic author. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
This is a companion to All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes, following the story of Kat's sister. Stella was a pageant queen, but her glory days are over. Now, she divorced, and only a shell of the person she used to be. Until her former flame, Chase, comes back into town. After hurting both her and her sister, he is the last person she wants to work with on a project, but she has no choice. I wasn't sure if what happened with Chase was said in the first book. In fact, I even went back and flipped through it, but got nothing more than a vague sense. So we go through much of the story not knowing exactly what happened, only that he hurt both Stella and Kat, tremendously, harming the sisters' relationship in the process. So no one is exactly happy to see him. (I will point out, this can be read without reading Kat's story. I suppose there will just be spoilers for how Kat's story ends up.) Stella and Chase were very real characters. They have both been through a lot, they're both hurting. They had real flaws, went through real problems. They're relationship was so real, as they had ups and downs, learning how to trust each other after such a hurt. Stella has really drawn into herself, trying to make herself not as pretty. She's lost her brightness, her shine. Chase helped her to come out of her shell, become the bright, beautiful shell she used to be. I loved seeing her growth and change. This was a very fun story. I think it dealt with deeper and darker issues than its companion, but it was still sweet and cute. I loved these characters and this story.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I have not read the first book in this series, All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes, yet I had no problem following the story in Love Arrives in Pieces. It stands alone very well. I thought that this story, featuring two very broken people, was well done. Although I did get frustrated with the main character, Stella, and her tendency to overreact to some things, I understood that this reactionary behavior was a direct result of the things that had fallen apart in her life. I really liked the other main character, Chase. He returned to Bayou Bend a very changed man from the person who broke both Stella’s heart and her sister’s heart years earlier. This book is full of interesting characters that I liked, and one I definitely did not like! It has a sweet love story and plenty of angst to satisfy a die-hard romantic. I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
Meagan5 More than 1 year ago
We first met the Varland family in All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes, a novel about oldest sister Kat Varland. Love Arrives in Pieces tells the story of little sister and former pageant queen Stella who is back in her hometown of Bayou Bend. Louisiana, trying to put her life back together after a painful divorce. She feels defeated and broken, especially in the eyes of her always organized, always put together mother. Struggling to find a job she enjoys, Stella is hopeful when her mother finds her a position as the interior designer for a big project—breathing life into the old town theater, the Ninth Cameo. Imagine her surprise when the contractor and foreman on the job turns out to be none other than Chase Taylor, a guy she shares a painful past with. Chase Taylor is not the same person he used to be. He deeply regrets hurting both Stella and Kat. No matter how hard he tried and how many years have passed, he could not forget Stella. Chase returns to Bayou Bend to reconnect with his family and to live life to the fullest after a tragedy showed him that every day counts. Finding Stella, the girl he has always adored, as a shadow of her once vibrant self, makes him want to heal her wounds and help her find the Stella he once knew—colorful and full of sass and Moxie. Will Stella and Chase learn to forgive each other for their past mistakes? Can they trust God with their future? Is it possible to be too broken to be healed? I loved All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes, so I was surprised to find that I loved Love Arrives in Pieces maybe even a little more! There was something so real and poignant about the emotions Stella felt as she struggled to piece her life back together after it had been shattered. Then there was the scene where Stella asked Chase, "Do you see me?" Wow! What a scene and what a question. The analogy of our lives as a mosaic that only God can craft by using all of our broken pieces and healing us in the process was truly beautiful! The message of inner beauty being so much more important than outer beauty was powerful. Especially in today's society, women are pressured to look a certain way and to measure up to certain beauty standards. This book emphasizes that true beauty comes from within— trusting God, loving others, embracing the talents God has given us, and allowing him to heal our hurts and work in our lives. I highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I had mixed feelings about this book. It's definitely well-written, but it was hard for me to relate to and feel the chemistry between the main characters. In the beginning the history between Stella and Chase was alluded to as scandalous, but details were not shared which kept me guessing... and then later in the book it was only ever referred to vaguely, leaving me unsatisfied. Stella is recovering from anxiety and still experiencing some symptoms which she attributes to her dysfunctional marriage and divorce, but again, the details of her history are vague and it made it more difficult for me to fully connect with her. Perhaps it would have slowed the pacing down to include too much, but for me it was not enough. My favorite thing about the book is Stella's secret talent as an artist and how she relates her emotions to this outlet. When she isn't a falling apart mess she and Chase do have some fun banter and friendship, but both allow the past and the animosity of Stella's family to prevent a romance from developing again. The project of renovating the movie theater was a great setting- it provided a unique backdrop and challenges for the characters to deal with. I loved the insights of Dixie, a local homeless woman in tune with some spiritual realm, who shares little nuggets of wisdom with Stella. (Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Zondervan Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
VicG More than 1 year ago
Betsy St. Amant in her new book, “Love Arrives in Pieces” Book Two in the Bayou Bend series published by Zondervan brings us into the life of Stella Varland. From the back cover: 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. Betsy St. Amant has given us a wonderful contemporary romance. How do we deal with emotional devastation? Well, most of us don’t. That is exactly what Stella and Chase do: they don’t. So Stella pours herself into interior design and Chase into his contracting and you know at some point they are going to meet and be forced to work together. Two emotionally wounded, broken individuals. They cannot fix themselves. The good news is that God is the Potterer. He can take broken vessels and not only put them back together but He can make them new. Ms. St. Amant has given us two characters Stella and Chase who fill up the pages against a swirl of activities. The book is all about them and their relationship and how deals with their individual brokenness. And then, of course, there is the romance. Ms. St. Amant has a way of making the characters lives very real so that we feel that we are living the moments with them. We feel that we know these people. We enjoy spending our time with them. We root for them to win. “Love Arrives in Pieces” is a marvelous study of how God can fix what is broken in our lives if and when we let Him. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Love Arrives in Pieces from the first page. The complex characters. The emotion. The chemistry. The heartbreak. I felt it all as I delved into this story about Stella and Chase. Their mistakes and losses. Their hopes and dreams. And their journey, both for themselves and each other, as well as the way God worked to heal their hearts. I remembered Stella from the first book in this series (even though they can be read by themselves and aren't grouped into a series), All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes. Her sister, Kat, was the main focus of that first book. We see the beginning of Stella's story there when her sister first finds out that life wasn't as perfect as she thought. I didn't actually like Stella a whole lot in that first book, but like her sister, I didn't know all that was going on. In Love Arrives in Pieces Stella's heart is finally laid bare. To be honest, it broke my heart and I became invested in her story and wishing that she would find herself and her own happily ever after. It comes through family, an interesting homeless woman, God, and Chase Taylor. Thank goodness for Chase. He brought some honest good sense. He didn't let Stella continue to hide by bringing her out of the stale nothingness of life she had turned to. He also brought quite a bit of humor. I loved the chemistry, the romantic tension, and foremost the friendship between these two. They both had some serious challenges from their past that they were working through. I loved how Chase loved Stella's broken pieces, but also saw that she clung to some of them because they had become comfortable instead of fighting the fear of the unknown in beginning to truly heal. There were some inspirational moments as well as both Chase and Stella seek guidance and healing. It didn't feel preachy. There were some interesting moments with one quirky, but very genuine, homeless lady, which also added some humor. I felt like it all worked in the story and felt authentic, which I always appreciate in Christian fiction. Here's a quote that stuck out to me from the book:      But God said "Even though."      . . . Even though she had no idea what her future held, He did—and His Word promised there would be purpose for all the pain. Even though there were storms, there were plenty of puddles to stomp.      Even though she'd been broken—she was healing.      And it was beautiful. (p. 283) If you enjoy reading Christian romance I'd definitely recommend Love Arrives in Pieces. I loved the friendships and the family dynamics, the restoration of the old theater, the characters, and so many other things. It touched my heart, brought out all the emotions, and made me commit to more puddle jumping in my own life. Content: Clean Source: I would like to thank Zondervan and Litfuse for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.
simpleharvestreads More than 1 year ago
I love the name of this book Love Arrives in Pieces. It’s story is a reminder that wounds can be healed and brokenness can be mended.  With a style of writing that is unique to Betsy, she weaves a story of encouragement and hope for those who have been shattered by life.  This imagery is amazing; the beauty of what God can do shines through.  The characters in this book have much depth.  The wisdom shared through the character of Dixie is something that the reader can apply to their own life. Dixie is homeless yet adds so much to people’s lives. Many times people walk by a homeless person and think they have nothing to give. I loved the reminder that we are all loved by God and we should take no one for granted.  Love Arrives in Pieces is raw and deals with issues so many of us deal with in our everyday lives. The reader can take so much away from this book to apply to their own lives.  Encouragement, hope and love will work their way into your heart with this excellently written novel.  I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  A definite must to add to your TBR pile. Many thanks to the Litfuse Chicks for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
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 characters emotions very well.  I liked the 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. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from the publisher through BookLook. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
For most of us, we have had a past relationship that didn't end up the way we wanted and we both went separate ways. Sometimes they ended on good terms and often times, there is hurt and pain that accompanied that parting of the ways. But for Stella Varland and Chase Taylor, they are struggling in different ways to come to terms with a new future neither of them could have predicted. For Stella Varland, always the pageant queen, at least in the eyes of her mother, she perceived her beauty as something that would always keep her husband Dillion's interest. It was the one thing that attracted him to her, but after five years, something better come along in the form of a red head, and he felt he no longer loved Stella any longer. How can that be? She still maintain her beauty pageant looks and figure but now it seems that is no longer the basis for keeping your husband in your marriage. Chase Taylor, lost the love of his life when she died before they ever had a chance to get married. While others are insisting he move forward in his life, it isn't something Chase is ready to do quite yet. Funny how that happens, people always think they know what is best for you without knowing how you really feel on the inside. Now since moving back to his hometown of Bayou Bend from Texas, he is hoping that working on renovation of the town's old theater will give him the much needed break from the past and everyone who is connected with his former life. He just never dreamed the interior designer on the project would be the woman who held his heart so long ago, Stella Varland. But she is no longer looking like the beauty queen from long ago, and harbors a sense of sadness that he can relate to, and one that has taken the light she once had! Can he find a way to restore the light she once had and perhaps in the process give them a new future they had only dreamed about once upon a time ago? I received Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant compliments of Zondervan Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. This is such a wonderful heartwarming novel, because like Betsy's previous novel, All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes, we get a taste of romance in an unpredictable way. Kat and Lucas are both part of this novel as well so readers who remember them from that novel will be happy at the continuation of sorts we find in this one. I love that there isn't a one solution fixes all in this one and things are just tied up in a pretty bow and everything is perfect. Because that is not how real life is, and that is why I find myself drawn to Betsy's novels in the first place. In my opinion, this is just another winning novel that has found a permanent place on my library shelf and worth all 5 out of 5 stars. Discussion guide questions are included in this novel that makes it the perfect choice for book clubs as well.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
Betsy St. Amant joined my list of must-read authors with All's Fair in Love & Cupcakes, a fun (and sweet) romance. With Love Arrives in Pieces, she's solidified her place as a go-to contemporary romance authors. This story has a depth that will speak to many women. We so often confuse who we are with how we look. We either focus so much on our looks that all we see is what's in the mirror. Or we can become so damaged by the way we believe all we are is our looks that we avoid them all together. Neither is a healthy response. This book shines a light on the need to see who we really are - and that begins with recognizing our value as daughter's of the king.  Love Arrives in Pieces is sweet and unexpected, fraught with pain from the past. The baggage is deep and heavy. Yet the grace that comes forward is rich and filled with light. In learning to see the color in her world, Stella begins to rediscover who she really is. And the process is a gift for readers.Love Arrives in Pieces is a romance rooted in the real world where real hurts and questions grow. And the grace...oh the grace...the grace is a gift for readers. I have never been prouder of my friend that when I read Love Arrives in Pieces that offers joy and grace to readers -- all wrapped in the gauze of a romance. I highly recommend this novel.