Author Jessica Nelson & The Strength to Feel Beautiful

Author Jessica Nelson

My first autumn guest is author Jessica Nelson who is going to explain what she means by The Strength to Feel Beautiful. She is also offering a BOOK GIVEAWAY of her latest Love Inspired Historical. Here’s Jessica:

Sometimes it’s difficult to feel beautiful.

For the last few years I’ve been dealing with my skin acting crazy. As in acne crazy. Having a condition that is hard to disguise at times can prove to be hard on the self-esteem. I realized that true beauty and true strength are deeply intertwined, and they have so much to do with what is inside us. This journey of remembering that my skin is not who I am has really influenced my work in progress.

a reclusive heiress

In my latest manuscript, the heroine Elizabeth begins the story as a reclusive heiress who loves to read and take care of her grandmother, an eccentric Duchess with a mind of her own. The heroine believes herself to be strong. She practically runs her grandmother’s estate and relies on no one. But when her parents finagle a betrothal to a man who hardly counts as a hero, Elizabeth realizes that her perfect world is about to unravel. And she feels powerless to stop it.

face the world on her own

Suddenly she realizes how truly weak she is, because to go out and face the world on her own, to leave the isolation of the estate, is something that terrifies her. When she looks in the mirror, all she sees is the birthmark covering her right cheek. Her entire life has been spent avoiding the stares of strangers and the talk of the ton, the uppercrust of English society. The circles where she belongs, yet loathes. Indeed, she’s avoided marriage for longer than most heiresses of her birthright. Now that her parents are forcing her into marriage, she needs to take preventative measures.

Matchamaker's Match

To purchase, click here. The Matchmaker’s Match (Love Inspired Historical)

until she can see the beauty in herself

But that involves facing the world, and in turn, facing the truth that until she can see the beauty in herself, she will never be as strong as she wants to be. Then Miles appears with a seemingly logical answer to all her problems. Her childhood nemesis has become her unlikely hero…But first she must learn to embrace all the parts of herself, to see herself as the beautiful woman God created, the woman who deserves a love based on more than the superficiality of an arranged marriage.

There is a strength to receiving love.

QUESTION: Have you ever looked in the mirror and not liked what you saw? Why? What steps did you take to change your feelings toward yourself?”–Jessica

Thanks, Jessica, for bringing up a topic that gets to all of us. I’ve never suffered with a skin condition but the foundling in my book THE BABY BEQUEST has a port wine stain on his forehead, which causes unkind comments that irritate my heroine. 


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PS: The winner of Jolina Petersheim’s book is Morgan Parson. Congrats!


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13 Responses to Author Jessica Nelson & The Strength to Feel Beautiful

  1. Diane Estrella says:

    I love how the tables get turned on her. Great premise to this story and adorable cover too!

  2. Abby Breuklander says:

    Oh this sounds so good!! I’ve definitely had days where I’ve hated to look in the mirror, and having to deal with chronic health issues for over 11 years hasn’t helped either. It took being blindsided by the guy who I thought I was going to marry to realize that I’m loved no matter what I look like or how I feel!! It’s been so liberating!!

  3. Linda Tillis says:

    Great interview! The Matchmaker’s Match sounds very interesting, great job, Jessica.

  4. Melanie Backus says:

    I often look in the mirror and not like what I see in my physical appearance but I don’t seem to do a thing to change my dislikes.

    • I think we all do that to some degree. Hugs! I hope you find the wisdom/balance in knowing what can be changed or should be changed. Some parts of ourselves we should just embrace, I think. 🙂

  5. Jessica, I had no idea you were writing Regencies now. What a switch from the West to England. The story looks good. And as for me and what I see when I look in the mirror, a big, French-Canadian nose. So I don’t look in the mirror all that often. 😉

    • I love regencies! lol The stories popping up in my head were regencies so I went with it. Too funny about the nose as I’ve got quite a bit of “French-Indian” (what my family calls it but what does it really mean? No clue!) in me and I have never, ever liked my nose. It’s fairly prominent. lol

  6. Diane Blaser says:

    I am a little disconcerted by redness and blue veins on my face that are the result of rosacea but it’s ultimately no big deal with the cosmetics we have available today. Thanks for the article and the giveaway!

  7. Sunnie says:

    Yes, sometimes. That is a hard one to answer. I think that as we reflect on our God-given qualities, we can realize as a Child of God, we are beautiful.

  8. Deana Dick says:

    I have always had a problem with my looks. Growing up my parents always told me I was ugly, would never amount to anything and that crying was a sign of weakness. When I was in school I was always made fun of because I was very skinny and my mom always permed my hair. I grew up thinking I was an ugly person that was not wanted by anyone. It took many years for me to start believing in myself. I was anorexic because I wanted to punish myself. I was ugly and didn’t think I deserved food. At my lowest point, I couldn’t go on and asked Jesus to help me. He brought people into my life that spoke of love, and that God made me in the image of Him. It was a long journey but I can say with confidence now, that without Jesus I wouldn’t be here today. His unconditional love has saved me from an image that the enemy tried to use to destroy me. I learned that inner beauty is with more than anything and God has to take the bitterness and unforgiveness out of my heart so I could feel beautiful from within. I am thankful for what I went through as a child, because it made me who I am today. I am strong, loving and have a heart for those who have self image issues. Through our test is our testimony. Beauty from ashes . That ‘s me. The ashes of a lie turned a young child into a beautiful soul that honors God and feels beautiful inside and out.

    • Deanna, as a mother, that absolutely horrifies me. I can not imagine ever making my child feel that way and I’m so sorry you lived in such a dark atmosphere but amen to everything you wrote! He is amazing and he is our beauty. Thank you for sharing such a painful yet lovely testimony!