13 April 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

★★★★★
Start the pursuit with chapter one here.
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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?

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, by Lori Benton, is an engaging frontier tale, reminding me of Laura Frantz’s wonderful novels. Benton sets the story well, sprinkling just enough historical details to set the context, showing me a glimpse of North Carolina history I previously did not know. Against this backdrop, Benton’s fascinating characters encounter adventures and romance and surprises, drawing me page after page with the nearly constant motion of the plot. Definitely a page-turner with a satisfying ending, I would recommend this novel to anyone with an interest in historical fiction. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a great read, and I know I’m looking forward to reading more from Lori Benton. I appreciate WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for providing me with a copy of this novel to read and review honestly.

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