Anderson, Brenda S. A Beautiful Mess. NP: Vivant Press, 2019.
Summary from the Mosaic web site
Can she love the child who broke up her marriage?
Nearly four years ago, Erin Belden’s happy life became a shattered mess. After her husband admitted to an affair and that a child had been conceived, he left her and their young daughter for his new family. Now, she’s finally ready to put the pieces of her life together. She’s set to launch her own business and even thinks her heart might be open to romance–should the right man come along.
But just when everything seems to be lining up, she receives a devastating call: her ex-husband and his wife have been killed in a car accident, and Erin is listed in their will as their daughter’s legal guardian.
How can she be a mother to the child–let alone love the child–who broke up her marriage? Does she have the courage to start over yet again and turn this mess into a mosaic of beauty?
A single mother’s journey from bitterness to forgiveness.
This is the fourth book I have read in the Mosaic Collection. Each one has something that has made me think. For me the underlying theme of A Beautiful Mess is forgiveness and love. Brenda Anderson teaches her readers about loving and forgiving those who have wronged them through a touching story of a single mom who learns to forgive her ex and love his child who was the result of his affair. Anderson’s character development is excellent. I enjoyed watching Erin grow in her relationships.
Potential Area of Concern Anderson’s writing is quite raw at times and very real. Some descriptions are quite graphic and could offend some readers. There are some sexual encounter descriptions that don’t leave much for the imagination.
While it is a wonderful book with a great message, A Beautiful Mess is not appropriate for my K-12 Christian school library. I would also be hesitant about adding it to a church library unless I could guarantee young adults had parental approval to read it. There is “adult” content in the book that will be too graphic for some.
I want to thank JustRead Publicity Tours and the Mosaic Collection for the complimentary copy of A Beautiful Mess. This is my honest review.
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