I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton
About the Story
Here is the publisher’s description of the story:
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?
This is a great story line, and beautifully told! I greatly enjoy historical romance, although I tend to prefer a bit later period, this one in the late 1700’s is fantastic and I was so glad to get all the history that Benton included. It is clear that she researched thoroughly. Although there is a lot of fun history, it is woven expertly into the story without being cumbersome.
The characters in this book were very likable. They weren’t perfect, but they were very likable, and relatable. Tamsen displays a strength of character throughout her many trials that was really admirable. Jesse as well displays a strong faith and integrity throughout the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction, especially historical. I would also recommend this book to those who enjoy inspirational or lighter fiction, as the faith element was not overpowering in this book at all.
Again, I received a review copy from the publisher.