Talk about uncomfortable. Summers at her father’s with Marilyn- married to her father when Ivy was conceived- were never comfortable, either. Ivy always knew her father didn’t love her; didn’t want anything to do with her.
And now here she was, back for his funeral, on the explicit request of her agent uncle, who holds her modeling future in her hands. Not only is Ivy aging- almost 25- but now it appears she can’t keep her opinions to herself, which are affecting her contracts.
Learning she’s been dropped from her cosmetics contract, Ivy escapes home, leaving the town to gossip without her. Nobody cares about her broken past- or her broken future.
As Uncle Bruce relays the latest to Marilyn, Marilyn senses an opening. She’s been contemplating what to do with her latest bridal wear line. She needs a model. Ivy needs a job. Ivy can’t help but to note the irony, since she’s nowhere close to the pure bride wearing white.
Davis Knight has secrets of his own. Now working as a church maintenance man, he was resolved to never pick up a camera again, especially not to do any fashion photography. And then Ivy comes back…..
Ivy, who he can still see as the sad and tortured young girl during their childhoods all those years ago. Ivy, who he sees as way more than just an empty head and a pretty face.
Davis is intrigued by Ivy. Intrigued enough to pick up his camera and be the photographer for Marilyn’s bridal line photo shoot?
Can they work together and keep their secrets intact?
For me, this story revolved around redemption: redemption for past sins; redeeming relationships. Initially, I thought I was reading an author new to me, but with a little digging, I realized I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed another of Katie Ganshert’s titles, Wildflowers from Winter.
When I got this book, I thought the premise might be too far-fetched to enjoy. Characters were so well-written, though, that the occupation is really just a job, and secondary really, to the plot. I particularly liked the Marilyn/Ivy relationship development.
Now that I know I consistently enjoy this author, I’ll make a point to be on the lookout for addition titles. I give this one 5 out of 5 stars. Don’t miss it.
I received this copy for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.