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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Broken and Beautiful by Elizabeth Courtright is an emotionally intense, intelligently plotted, and masterfully written story in the genre of contemporary romance. Written in an absorbing first person, this story takes readers on a high emotional tide, exploring the dynamics of relationships between two couples. Readers are introduced to their fears and hopes, to the power of the friendship that keeps them going, and the tragedy that challenges everything they ever knew about friendship and love. Casey and Kyle are in a relationship and so are Aster and Matt, but they have been friends for a long time. However, their relationships are going through a period of emotional turmoil and when tragedy strikes, they have to make choices that will change everything. It’s for the reader to find out what happens and how these characters navigate life.
Things I loved about this book? A lot. A lot more than I can say in a short review. I was hooked from the very first page, hooked by the beauty of the opening, a pithy dialogue in which one of the characters promises to propose. From then on, it’s a strong and rollicking ride and I enjoyed the psychological and emotional depth of the characters, the insightful and fluid writing, and the realism that comes through the narrative. The conflict is strong enough to push the plot ahead and the pacing is just right to keep readers turning the pages. Readers will be enticed by the drama, delighted at the great writing, and enjoy the familiar voice behind the story. Elizabeth Courtright knows how to explore places and emotions most of us have experienced and Broken and Beautiful provides a wonderful escape for fans of contemporary romance. This is a story with great lessons for readers.