Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

Book Description:  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?

My Thoughts:  A new author to me, Lori Benton writes about Tamsen Littlejohn.  
I was afraid that this read might be a tad too slow for me...well, I judged a book by its cover...but even though it's not a mystery/suspense there is a quite a bit to keep the reader interested and turning the pages.
Tamsen is one of those admirable ladies who has a mind of her own and knows how to use it.  No simpering, whimpering debutante here!  
Tamsen with a determination of a strong will arranges her journey to North Carolina.  But there is always a cost to change---good or bad.  And even though Tamsen's life change is for the better she struggles to adapt to her new life.
The irony of the story is that Tamsen's suitor (the one from whom she is running) believes without a doubt that she has been kidnapped.   
The journey, the life, the love, the problems all make for a great faith filled read! and a great pre-revolutionary story...filled with history!
A well written novel!
*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731494

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