Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant

Can Stella discover who she really is and find hope and new love in the process? Don’t miss Betsy St. Amant’s new tale of love lost and love rekindled in Love Arrives in Pieces. A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force both 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 the broken.


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Love Arrives in Pieces (Zondervan, June 2015)

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.

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Betsy St. Amant

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Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter 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 daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

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    I love how honest Betsy is in her books and she makes the characters come to life in human form. The reader can identify with the struggles of the characters. I could especially identify with Stella and her anxiety. Unfortunately, the plot missed the mark for me, but I loved All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes. While this wasn’t my favorite, I can appreciate many elements of this book and I look forward to many more books in the future by Betsy!

    Written by Running Through the Storm on July 9, 2015
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    Usually I cannot stand books where the main character is so stunningly beautiful, I find it totally unrealistic, I mean how many people really are gorgeous? That being said, I found myself enjoying this book much more than I thought possible. I was willing to give it a try in the first place because I enjoyed the previous book in the series and this one did not disappoint. I love how the author talks about how looks alone are not enough, yes, Stella is gorgeous on the outside but she realizes that is not enough in the long run. I loved the characters development and found it to be a very engaging, easy read. My only gripe is that the romance was a bit much at times, but that is a personal preference. I receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on July 8, 2015


    Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant has a way to tell a story. I felt I really connected with the characters as felt this story had pieces that were similar to my life story. This story will teach you that beauty is not everything and sometimes you may fall in love when you don’t realize it.

    Written by Shortcut Saver on July 7, 2015
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    Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant is one of my favorite books of all time. With an engaging story line, great characters, and real Christian viewpoint,it takes a lot to convince me there is something better out there! For now at least, this is it!

    Written by Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm on July 6, 2015


    I liked that the story incorporated a homeless shelter and some of the homeless population into the story. The main girl character let others and what she use to be define who she is now. She had a hard time trying to get people to take her seriously. Both main characters worried to much about how others defined them and they wasted way to much time when they could have been living much happier lives. Both characters seemed to truly want to live lives that God would want them to live.

    Written by A Room Without books is Empty on July 6, 2015
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    The main character Stella is hired for a local job to decorate a renovated theater and finds out she has to work with an old friend who didn’t leave on good terms. They must figure out how to work together for the sake of the community and try to heal past wounds and misunderstandings.

    I couldn’t really relate to the main character and how “broken” Stella felt after her divorce. I liked that she used painting as her way to express herself and her emotions, but I didn’t understand why it was such a big deal to keep it secret. I felt like Stella was very dramatic and immature at times with how she dealt with Chase and some situations around her.

    Written by EmpowerMoms on July 6, 2015
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    I like Betsy’s books because they are fun, but not completely out of touch with reality. They’re funny because the premise of the story are ridiculous situations, like finding yourself working closely with a scorned girlfriend.

    She does deal honestly with the situations though and how relationships are never easy, cut and dried, but messy. Good relationships are worth working through!

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on July 6, 2015


    Divorce is like a train wreck barreling into your life that rips everything apart, and you find yourself standing among the rubble picking up the pieces of your life. Using her main character, Stella, Betsy shows the mess, along with all of the emotions that go along with it. This is not a somber book, but a book about healing and how God can put the pieces back together if we let Him.
    Highly recommended!

    Written by Radiant Light on July 6, 2015
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    As you can imagine…DRAMA. The Varlands hate Chase for what he did to the sisters and then just ran away. But it wouldn’t really be a love story if there still wasn’t a spark for both Chase and Stella. They have a LOT to overcome, but author St Amant weaves us through highs and lows in a very realistic manner. There are the fights, biiig fights, there are the touching, adorable moments, and there were the for real LOL moments. All the drama and tension kept me reading all the way through the end. Sometimes I wanted to facepalm myself, and the characters, but they do react in a very realistic way.

    A fantastic exploration of how God takes the broken pieces of our lives and stitches them back together into something more, ‘Pieces’ is full of grace and love.

    Written by Sunrise Avenue on July 6, 2015
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    I loved that this book was not necessarily a sequel to her last book but it contained some of the same characters and the story followed a different member of the same family. It was nice to connect some of the dots from the previous book. That being said, I don’t think you’d have to have read the last book, All is Fair in Love and Cupcakes, to understand this book.

    I loved the story so much. The lives of Stella and Chase crossed paths in high school and had some intense history are re-united for a job even though there is a great deal of tension between them from the past. I loved the rawness of the story between the two characters.

    I also really just loved the ease in which the story progressed. It’s well written and a quick read.

    Written by DId YOU Hear About the Morgans? on July 6, 2015
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    Love Arrives in Pieces has true-to-life characters and a good writing style, but its underlying theme is what makes it a really good read. Through Stella, St. Amant explores what true beauty is, a beauty that God can make timeless with broken pieces when His people surrender. Divorce is treated with grace and mercy, something that those who struggle with rejection and failure really need. She really opened this reader’s eyes to the emotions that many hide or that those on the outside dismiss.

    Written by By The Book on July 6, 2015
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    So, unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. I loved the idea of the book. I loved it in certain parts, when it actually ‘got going’..but i found with this book that I would pick it up, read an hour or so, put it down, let it sit for a couple days, try again, rinse repeat. It just didn’t capture my interest the way that I was so hoping it was going to! I noticed that there are soooo many great reviews for this book though, that I obviously must have missed something! I definitely related to the trying to build yourself again aspect, and that you’re always your own worst critic…now to just make that masterpiece…hmm..

    So do I recommend it? Absolutely! Everyone has their own opinion, and with a rating of 4.06 out of 5 on goodreads, I am obviously one of the ‘off’ opinions!

    Written by Home of OHM on July 5, 2015
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    I really loved this book. Betsy wrote in a way that showed the raw emotions behind heartache and how to move on. I really enjoyed her writing style; it was fresh and relateable. This was a fast and fun read for me.

    Written by Finding My Yellow on July 3, 2015
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    I really enjoyed this latest book from Betsy St. Amant. Betsy has done an incredible job with sharing a powerful message through this story, the message that God can make broken things beautiful. There are so many moments that we may feel defeated, broken, discouraged, things are not going right, but then other moments that show us that God is in control and things are good. This was a sweet love story as Stella’s fairytale did not turn out to be a happily ever after and she does not believe she will ever end up with that, but then things change. However, secrets get in the way and trust is broken. This is a powerful story with relatable characters.

    Written by Moments on July 2, 2015
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    I am sad because I wanted to love this book, and these characters. The cover was awesome and I really enjoyed All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes and was looking forward to Stella’s story. I really tried hard to like these characters. Oyy. Stella Varland made me want to scream, she was so over the top one minute and under the bust the next. I did like Chase, a bit, but he was too wishy-washy and indecisive. Even the feisty Kat from the previous book seemed unlike herself. So was there anything to like in this book? You bet, I loved Dixie and Howard, especially Dixie (would love to read her whole story). I loved the story of restoring the old theater. I am not giving up on this author, I just didn’t connect with this story. This book was provided for review purposes only.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on July 2, 2015
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    This was a great book — a good read. It was a little slow for me in some places, but all in all I enjoyed it. Anyone who likes Karen Kingsbury, Susan May Warren, or Becky Wade will appreciate this book.

    More than once, especially early on in the book, I found myself giggling at some of the things the characters said and did. I love a book that actually makes me laugh/smile, and Love Arrives in Pieces did that for me.

    Written by WordSmith on July 2, 2015
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    I somehow completely missed the fact that this book was a sequel to All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes so when I started this book I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I already was acquainted with the characters! Though I didn’t have a very fond opinion of the two main characters after the first book! But the author did a fabulous job of showing us their side of the story and turning them into very likable people! Chase had made a lot of stupid mistakes and experienced such pain but I loved how he clung to God through it all and let it make him a stronger and better person. Stella had been broken by heartache time and again and it was awesome to watch her journey to discovering that God can make broken things beautiful.

    Written by Christian Novels on July 2, 2015
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    There isn’t much to this book that’s not in the very thorough description. The author does a good job of illustrating how God takes the broken pieces of our lives and turns them into something new and beautiful. I appreciated that message. However, I did not click with the characters and had trouble really getting into this one.

    Written by Wandering the Pages on July 1, 2015
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    I loved the concept of making something that was devastated into a thing of beauty. The book was filled with beauty. The symbolism in the book was profound. I hated that I had not read the first book in the series because it took me a while to figure out who Kat and Lucas were and what impact they had on the new characters, Stella and Chase. I found the book a bit repetitive and lost interest occasionally but overall this book was good and solid. I would love to read the next book now that I have figured out some of the ins and outs of the characters.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on July 1, 2015
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    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 it was only referred to vaguely, leaving me unsatisfied. 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.

    Written by Heidi Reads… on June 30, 2015
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    While Stella and Chase have great chemistry and a compelling romance, Love Arrives in Pieces is more than a love story. It’s also a redemption story, showing how God can take the broken pieces of our lives and knit them together into a new story, a better story than we could have imagined. Dealing with real-life issues like divorce, death, and family approval, Love Arrives in Pieces is a compelling story that kept me flying through the pages, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes romance that’s grounded in reality.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on June 29, 2015
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    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.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on June 29, 2015
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    Betsy St. Amant has been one of my new favorite authors since I read All’s Fair in Love & Cupcakes. With Love Arrives in Pieces, she has secured her place as my go-to Christian contemporary romance author. This story has a depth that will speak to many women.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on June 29, 2015
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    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.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on June 29, 2015
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  • 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.

    Written by Wishful Endings on June 29, 2015
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    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.

    Written by Simple Harvest Reads on June 28, 2015
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    Author Betsy St. Amant just keeps getting better and better. I have followed this authors writing for awhile now and I must say that Love Arrives In Pieces may be my favorite that she had ever written….there is just something special about this story.

    Though this story is linked to its predecessor All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes (which I loved!) it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel.

    I love that the main characters are not your typical cookie-cutter Christians found in fiction. They have real issues, some that the church tends to shy away from. Im so glad that the author chose to take on a somewhat controversial topic.

    St. Amant’s writing style is so fun and entertaining, but she knows how to pull at those heartstrings as well….keep the tissues handy- Im warning you.

    I LOVE this story! It was a wonderful reminder that beauty is more than looks and that sometimes that girl who seems to have it all together is dealing with heart hurts we can’t fathom.
    If you enjoy sweet, soul-stirring contemporary romance…don’t miss this!!!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on June 28, 2015


    Summertime is the perfect time for grabbing books and enjoying the sunshine. Unless you live in Texas, then you better be by a body of water, otherwise you’ll melt. Anyway…Summer reads are always fun and Betsy St. Amant’s latest arrived just in time.

    I’ll start off by saying I really liked that this featured the journeys of Stella and Chase. Each had their own path of discovery and I thought that was done well (it fit well with Stella embracing her art along the way). Dealing with the rejection of a breakup/divorce is no easy web to fight through and St. Amant wasn’t afraid to show the messy.

    There were some characters that warmed me from the beginning (Dixie) and some I didn’t quite understand (the mom), but overall I thought this was a sweet tale about finding beauty in the broken.

    Written by Books and Beverages on June 28, 2015
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    I enjoyed this book. The interaction between the characters was fun and sometimes light-hearted. But the author also had them dealing with some heavier issues, such as forgiveness, self-esteem, and healing. The book doesn’t mention that it is part of a series, but I’m glad I’d read her first book since it shed some light on the relationships between some of the family members. There wasn’t really a plot to the book. It revolves around the relationship of the two main characters. It’s light on romance and heavy on dealing with the issues that both of them faced.

    Written by Book Reviews by Tima on June 28, 2015
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    Hiding from life, does anyone see the real Stella? Can the pieces of her broken life be put together again?
    Watch the sparks fly between Stella and Chase. Experience their love hate relationship in this delightful new offering from Betsy St Amant.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on June 28, 2015
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    I’m a Betsy St. Amant fan!

    What a wonderful story… I’ve been divorced and it’s an event I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Betsy handles the telling of how it affects people – especially the one who tried to hold things together.

    Written by Donna’s BookShelf on June 27, 2015
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    Betsy St. Amant delivers another fabulous contemporary romance as a follow-up to All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes. With a combination of heartbreaking, heartwarming and humorous moments, Love Arrives in Pieces is a well-written story of beauty, brokenness and God’s healing within a second-chance romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover.

    Written by Book by Book on June 26, 2015
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  • I enjoyed this book. The characters are well developed, and conflict is believable. There were several messages I found in the book, and I want to share with my daughter.Your beauty has nothing to do with your appearance
    Nothing was ever to broken to be healed
    Sometimes it takes a village to recover from divorce (or even the break up of a relationship)

    Sometimes love arrives in pieces. And God can make something amazingly beautiful from broken pieces. He is the Great Healer.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on June 26, 2015
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  • Love Arrives in Pieces is more than just a romance, it is a beautiful portrayal of how you can overcome the worst moments in your life if you can accept the broken pieces that make you who you are.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on June 26, 2015


    Wow. I really loved the first book of Ms. St. Amant’s I’d read All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes, as well as her novella in the A Year of Brides collection. I wasn’t sure at first how I’d feel about Love Arrives in Pieces since a beauty queen, pageant winner I am not.

    I have never been divorced, so I can’t relate there, but I did have a failed engagement and felt many of the same reactions Stella expressed, so I totally get the brokenness. I liked Chase and really felt for him facing an uphill battle. I did wonder how the relationship between him and Kat and Stella’s parents played out.

    I loved this book — especially since I have stuff in common with Stella and could relate. I loved a secondary character, Dixie. She was so sweet. I did guess part of her story, but not all of it.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on June 26, 2015
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    I have read one of Betsy St. Amant books All’s Fair in Love & Cupcakes and I really loved it so I was excited to read Love Arrives in Pieces. I was not disappointed. The story starts out sad and reminds me a bit of my life a number of years back. Stella is going through the after effects of a divorce and she is hurting. She needs to get on with her life or end up moving back home. That is when she meets Chase. He too is working things out and seems fine on the outside but inside he isn’t. You will want to read Love Arrives in Pieces to find out if they both find happiness.

    Written by Kaisy Daisy’s Corner on June 25, 2015
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    This is one book I could NOT put down. As with as waters gone by, the cast of quirky characters in this one keeps you guessing. One of my favorites is Dixie. While Dixie is the homeless one, she is also the one with great wisdom to share.

    Stella and Chase teach you that you shouldn’t be afraid of the storms, that you should learn to jump and splash in the puddles instead. Love is messy, life is messy, people are broken, but healing is ok.

    As Stella struggles to regain herself she finds that there is strength and beauty in the broken pieces and in putting them together to create something new. The creation she physically makes and the metaphor that goes with it are treasures you will hold onto long after you have finished reading this book.

    Written by Starts At Eight on June 25, 2015
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    While I enjoyed All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes, I found myself liking Stella’s story even better! This book has a lot of depth to it, as Stella struggles with the feelings that came from having loved and lost twice, once to Chase, and then again with her ex husband. When Chase stumbles back into her life, all her insecurities and feelings of brokenness come to the surface. Can she see the beauty God can create out of broken hearts?
    I loved the characters in this story! It is a gorgeous story with just the right amount of heart, sass, and romance. This is a must for your summer TBR list!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on June 24, 2015


    Being the sequel to All’s Fair In Love And Cupcakes, Love Arrives In Pieces has it all. The adventure, the romance, it even has some amusing parts. After reading Kat’s story previously, I knew that this book was sure to be an amazing read. And I definitely wasn’t wrong. I love Betsy St. Amant’s books! I can’t wait to see what she has in store next!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on June 24, 2015
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    I’ve read several, if not all of Betsy St. Amant’s books. I loved the premise of this one—two people with a past involving each other have to work together on a restoration project of a movie theater while having even more past the other one doesn’t know about. For Stella, she’s divorced and suffering terrible anxiety because of it. For Chase, he lost his fiancee.

    Like a mosaic, pieces are there for a great piece of work. I loved the umbrella aspect of the story, that really stood out to me. But I felt like a piece was missing. That we could get to know Stella a little bit better but we didn’t have access. Like her beauty pageant past we saw a beautiful glimpse of the outside, but didn’t get to know her beyond that. Chase was a bit more developed but I wanted to know and feel more from the both of them.

    Their chemistry is great and there’s a lot of conflict to keep the pages turning. It would be a great book to bring to the beach.

    Written by Julie Arduini on June 23, 2015
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    A powerful and stirring novel that really touched me. St. Amant does an excellent job of capturing Stella’s struggle accepting and moving on from her brokenness. Raw and real and such a necessary story to be told in the Christian fiction market.

    Written by Best Reads on June 22, 2015
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    This is a touching story of love and second chances, brokenness and healing. The love story mirrored in the restoration of the theater is a well-crafted piece of symbolism. What a wonderful summer read!

    Written by WORD Up! on June 19, 2015
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