cover image Pretty Little Pieces

Pretty Little Pieces

Carmen Schober. Bethany House, $16.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-7642-3930-4

Schober (After She Falls) delivers a satisfying contemporary romance set in the high-stakes world of reality TV. Nashville couple Lance Broussard and Georgina Havoc live it up as the stars of home design reality TV shows. After Georgina has a miscarriage, Lance decides he needs a break from their relationship, leaving Georgina feeling abandoned by him and unsure of her faith in God. Their TV network asks Lance and Georgina to compete against each other for a spot in the lineup, and the less popular Georgina faces an uphill battle. She teams with her best friend Poppy and travels to Tarragon, Tenn., to fix up a cottage for her pilot episode. While there, she hits it off with Cassidy, a widower and recovering alcoholic, but Georgina isn’t sure if she agrees with his strict Christian fundamentalist outlook and has reservations about his career as a military sniper. Then Lance asks Georgina for another chance and offers her a huge career opportunity, pushing her to decide whether she wants him or Cassidy and what role God should play in her life. Schober excels at depicting Georgina’s growth as a person and how her relationship with Cassidy deepens her connection with God. This pleasing inspirational charms. (Dec.)