ONE WEEK from today, April 15, two novels will release from WaterBrook Multnomah.
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is set in 18th century western North Carolina. A Broken Kind of Beautiful is set in the South Carolina of today.
At a glance, these two novels would seem to have little in common (aside from their publisher!). But take a closer look.
What they have in common is a heroine who has been defined by her outward appearance, her life shaped by other people’s perception of her beauty, and how they can best profit from it. But for both Tamsen Littlejohn and Ivy Clark, all that is about to change…
A Broken Kind of Beautiful
Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong.
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year
old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred
truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as
long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy
knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even
if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South
Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an
irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in
If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of
Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away
from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local
church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis
sees through the façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a
cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe
about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained
and broken by the world—yet wants her still?
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The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
Frontier dangers cannot hold a candle to the risks one woman takes by falling in love
In an act of brave defiance, Tamsen Littlejohn escapes the life her
harsh stepfather has forced upon her. Forsaking security and an arranged
marriage, she enlists frontiersman Jesse Bird to guide her to the
Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. But shedding her old life
doesn’t come without cost. As the two cross a vast mountain wilderness,
Tamsen faces hardships that test the limits of her faith and endurance.
Convinced that Tamsen has been kidnapped, wealthy suitor Ambrose Kincaid
follows after her, in company with her equally determined stepfather.
With trouble in pursuit, Tamsen and Jesse find themselves thrust into
the conflict of a divided community of Overmountain settlers. The State
of Franklin has been declared, but many remain loyal to North Carolina.
With one life left behind and chaos on the horizon, Tamsen struggles to
adapt to a life for which she was never prepared. But could this
challenging frontier life be what her soul has longed for, what God has
been leading her toward? As pursuit draws ever nearer, will her faith
see her through the greatest danger of all—loving a man who has risked
everything for her?
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