“This book was great,” is a gross understatement.
While The Longest Ride sparked the fire for reading again, Love Arrives in Pieces really set that fire ablaze.
This book really got me back into my reading like crazy. It was the first book in a long time that I stayed up to read. Like I stayed up past 11pm reading for hours. It was fantastic.
There was just something about this story that had the perfect combination of the realness of human emotions and love, and all the emotions we may experience on that journey.
Stella is an interior designer who is an old beauty pageant star. She has endured some heartache over the past couple years, and is now trying to figure out her true self since she has hidden behind a marriage or tiaras for so long.
Chase is a contractor who just recently lost his fiance in a car accident. Because of this loss, he lives life in the moment and realizes he needs to move back home to reconnect with his family.
Chase and Stella start working together to rebuild a theater in their hometown. During this project they must face their past and overcome some heartache.
The story is about the two of them finding their way and also finding love may not come automatically.
What I enjoyed about this book is the realness. Sometime in romance fiction things may be over dramatized and show the air of a fairy tale set in modern times. This book highlights struggles and insecurities both individuals may face on the way to love. There are obstacles for each person to overcome to be in a place to really put down walls and let someone in like that.
I also really appreciated that God was the center of this book, and not in a overly pushy way. I think sometimes when you read Christian novels they can get preachy and make you think you can never attain that. Again the author was real with how a person would talk to God and look for guidance. It was a reminder that you don’t have to have a perfect life to seek out God’s help and faith.
I really enjoyed how St. Amant chose her words and the flow of the story. She would give you little pieces at a time of why each character was struggling. It was like she was slowly peeling an onion for you to reveal more layers. She switched between Stella and Chase’s point of view, so you could see both perspectives. It’s an honest and raw view of how God can take the broken pieces of our past and use them to put us in the right place for something beautiful.
It’s been a long time since a book got me good in the gut like this, so I don’t know if my heart was just itching for it, but I loved it all the same. I really enjoyed the complexity of the book, one page was deep but yet the next would be light-hearted, which I think sometimes how we portray ourselves in life.
If you are looking for something new, I would definitely recommend this book. There is another book with some of the same characters that I am not sure if it is a prequel since All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes details Stella’s sister’s love story. But from the excerpt it does look like the timeline of that plot-line proceeds this one. I will definitely be checking that one out.
I did receive this book complimentary from Litfuse Publicity Group for my review. These thoughts are my own.
Have you read any books that have kept you up late reading past your bedtime?