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Selena’s life isn’t turning out to be the fairy tale she imagined as a kid.
That hope seemed to vanish long ago when her dad kicked her and her mom out of the house. This summer might finally hold the chance of a new beginning for Selena … but having to live with her snobby cousin in Lake Lure, NC while waiting for her mom to get out of rehab wasn’t how Selena was planning on spending her summer. She soon begins to wonder why she committed to give up her “bad habits” for this.
Things don’t seem too bad, though. Especially when Selena gains the attention of the cute neighbor next door. But when her best friend back home in Brooklyn desperately needs her, a secret that’s been hidden from Selena for years is revealed, and when she becomes a target for one of her cousin’s nasty pranks, she finds herself having to face the scars from her past and the memories that come along with them. Will she follow her mom’s example in running away, or trust that God still has a fairy tale life written just for her?
What people are saying about PURPLE MOON:
is a story of redemption as powerful as any I’ve read. Selena’s story is one of deep brokenness and healing redemption–the same story that can be found in so many teen hearts today. Tessa Emily Hall, a talented debut author, is one to watch. Writing for her contemporaries, Hall understands the delicate social lives of teens and the need to strike the right balance between role model and reality.”
– Laura Anderson Kurk, YA author of Glass Girl
and Perfect Glass
“Purple Moon radiates with a light of its own, offering YA readers relatable characters and an inspiring message to encourage teens everywhere to shoot for the moon–and never stop reaching.”
~ Betsy St. Amant, YA author of Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK
“Purple Moon is a story of ache and courage, of hunger and hope. Selena’s unflinchingly honest voice will keep teens flipping pages well into the night.”
~ Stephanie Morrill, YA author of The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet and The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series
“Tessa Emily Hall writes with an authenticity that is both compelling and original. I very much enjoyed this new voice in YA fiction. Hold on to your heartstrings—Selena will tug them all over Lake Lure!”
~ Rachelle Rea, freelance editor“I think Tessa Emily Hall is a very gifted new author…The book deals with very actual issues for teenagers today and I think the youth will be able to identify themselves with the main character Selena…The message is very deep and moving. This is the first book that really brought tears to my eyes since reading Nicholas Sparks’ ‘the Notebook’. All I can say is a big THANK YOU and AMEN to the author’s writing.”
~ Becca Maurino, freelance writer
“This is without a doubt the best Christian novel I have read in a very long time. It is common to assume that it will be mundane and ‘preachy’ because it has the label of Christian, but after reading the first few pages, you know that this will not be the case with Purple Moon. Tessa does a terrific job with keeping the action rolling and providing a great message while not letting it seem like you are listening to a sermon. I do not have enough words to praise this book.”
– Teen reader