Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Tamsen and Ivy

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 white.

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?


  1. Lori, I loved The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, so A Broken Kind of Beautiful looks like one I would like also. I liked how you brought out Tamsen's inner beauty in her story. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Katrina!

      I'm a fan of Katie Ganshert's writing. I've read her first two books and can't wait to read Ivy's story too. And when it comes to contemporary stories, I'm a hard to please reader. I think you'll enjoy Katie's books. Definitely check them out.

  2. I love the theme of both books and have Tamsen on order. I'm going to have to check out A Broken Kind of Beautiful too!

    1. Oh do, Joan. Have you read any of Katie's books?

      Thanks for ordering Tamsen. :)

  3. I LOVED this book. Did I mention that? I LOVED IT!!

  4. This is do perfect! I'm reading A Broken Kind of Beautiful now and loving Ivy' s story, and guess what is next - The Pusuit of Tamsen Littlejohn!

    Lori, I'm like you, I'm more picky with my contemporary stories, and I'm loving ABKoB!

    1. Awesome, Beth! I hope you enjoy it, and I'm so looking forward to reading Katie's newest.

  5. Both The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and A Broken Kind of Beautiful are on my TO READ SOON list. Can't wait!