The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn   -     By: Lori Benton
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To flee a brutal stepfather and unwanted marriage, Tamsen Littlejohn enlists backwoodsman Jesse Bird to help her escape over the mountains. But trouble pursues in the form of scorned suitor Ambrose Kincaid---and uncertainty awaits in a settlement divided by unrest. Is it possible her growing attraction to Jesse could prove the greatest risk of all? 400 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0307731499
ISBN-13: 9780307731494
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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?

Author Bio

Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace. When she isn’t writing, Lori enjoys exploring beautiful Oregon with her husband.

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Praise for The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

"Reminiscent of the The Last of the Mohicans and equally as stirring, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a rare book that kept me up late into the night. Ms. Benton is an exquisite storyteller whose majestic descriptions, suspenseful plot, and passionate romance are not soon to be forgotten."
—MaryLu Tyndall, author of the Escape to Paradise trilogy

"Founded on a fascinating little-known moment in early American history, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read. In this tightly paced flight into fear, hope, and mystery, author Lori Benton emerges as the quintessential artist, able to pull her readers into the story through her well-drawn, multidimensional characters, their emotions, motivations, and dreams."
—Sue Harrison, international best-selling author of the Ivory Carver trilogy

"Benton has created another masterpiece. With rich historical detail, she brings to life the early frontier with all its beauty and danger. Her descriptions are unique and often breathtaking. She creates realistic dialogue, vibrant characters, and an intriguing plot. Benton has quickly become one of my favorite authors."
—Jody Hedlund, best-selling author of Rebellious Heart

"The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a beautifully written novel, rich in historical details that will transport you back to the mountains of North Carolina in the late eighteenth century. The characters are so real and their circumstance so compelling, they jump off the page and into your heart. Readers of historical romance will be captivated, and those who read her debut novel, Burning Sky, will be thrilled with this new story."
—Carrie Turansky, author of The Governess of Highland Hall and The Daughter of Highland Hall

"Seldom has a tale swept me away so powerfully that I’m left both breathless and bereft at its end, reluctant to let go. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is such a book, a gentle masterpiece destined to be treasured and acclaimed."
—Julie Lessman, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

"With gorgeous prose and characters that will steal your heart, Benton has breathed live and passion into history. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a captivating example of excellence. Flawless!"
—Roseanna M. White, author of the Culper Ring series

"A breathtaking novel from start to incandescent conclusion. Lori Benton portrays the rugged North Carolina terrain in such vivid detail, readers will feel they’ve followed Tamsen’s journey every pulse-pounding step of the way. A must-read!"
—Ann Shorey, author of Love’s Sweet Beginning

"In this sweeping colonial saga, author Lori Benton has crafted a powerful tale wherein every element of storytelling is vividly woven together. Poetic, emotional, and rich in historic detail, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a stirring page-turner."
—Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart Is Torn

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  1. Sqwiggles
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Starts slow, but a good book
    September 8, 2014
    Sqwiggles
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The book started out really slow for me. It took me a while to actually want to read it. It seemed interesting, but it was a little boring. The book get better after a few chapters. The author is very descriptive with her writing. Some readers may like this, but for me it just made the book longer. Although the story was good, I felt like it took a long time for me to finish it. It also started to get a bit repetitive because they constantly would have to be on the run again. They would stop at one place then leave, go to another place, then leave. I just wanted them to either be caught or escape for good. The journey was dragged out. My favorite aspect of the story were the Native Americans because I find it interesting to read about the culture. That is what brought my rating of the book up from a 3 to a 4. Another positive were the characters, I liked them all and they were well developed. I also enjoyed the ending. It was very creative and unexpected and it tied everything together well.

    I received this book for free from Blogging For Books for this honest review.
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    Immediately pulled into the story!
    September 5, 2014
    BookLoverKaren
    Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is filled with wonderful, multi-faceted characters. Each one seems to straddle cultural lines, never entirely certain to which group they belong. I found myself wondering how I would react if I were faced with a similar situation, and thats always a good clue that Ive been pulled deeply into a story. This book is a gem!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Missy
    TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A good read!
    September 2, 2014
    Missy
    TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It is about a young lady who is being forced to marry a man she does not know. Another man she has just met helps her escape. For the first time Tamsen has a chance to learn who she really is. Does she want to get married and who does she want to get married to? What does she want to do with her life? Does she want to be a the wife of a rich plantation owner or a penniless trapper? She learns to lean on God for her direction. I highly recommend it for a good read.
  4. Donna W
    Hamilton, OH
    Age: 55-65
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love this book!!!!
    August 22, 2014
    Donna W
    Hamilton, OH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Love this author!!!! I knew from her first book, Burning Sky, that she would be on my list of authors I never want to miss a new release. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn confirmed I'd better make room in my library. Excellent!!
  5. Gazpacho
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exciting historical fiction romance
    August 20, 2014
    Gazpacho
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The term pursuit is apt for this historical fiction romance because it describes the many facets of the story's events, beginning with the first chapters.

    In spite of her pampered background, Tamsen was not the type of woman to allow others to take her over and control her. She wanted a voice in her destiny, contrary to the custom of the day. So when her stepfather arranged a suitor for her, she would not cooperate with the arrangement unless she wanted to. Her stepfather only cared for his own gain, without thought to Tamsen's welfare. After only one meeting with Ambrose Kincaid, plantation owner, she saw only entrapment and decided to flee the village of Morganton as soon as possible. She would have done it sooner but for her mother. It was not soon enough to escape her stepfather's cruelty to her mother. In a fit of rage, he struck her mother down in Tamsen's presence. Horror stricken, she fled with the aid of a young man she'd met briefly in the stables.

    Jesse Bird and his pa, Cade, were rugged men of the North Carolina mountains--trappers, drovers, hunters, wagon train guides, sometimes wanderers. They'd arrived in Morganton at the tail end of a cattle drive and were soon to embark on a trek out west guiding a group of settlers. Jesse caught a fleeting glimpse of Tamsen in town and was struck by her beauty. It was no wonder when she asked him to help her escape a day later that he was ready to move the world for her.

    It was a good thing Jesse and his pa were Godly men with principles. Jesse knew exactly what to do. Cade would guide the wagon train while Jesse traveled a parallel but lesser known trace to avoid being seen. Tamsen, grief stricken about her mother's cruel death and the abrupt circumstances depended completely on their good will. It was unfortunate then, when they encountered Charlie Spencer, a trapper on the trail with his pack mules who stopped to talk with them. Jesse claimed they were a newly wed couple, but Charlie didn't think Tamsen looked like a blushing bride. She looked haggard. And once Charlie arrived in Morganton, he learned what he thought was the truth, that Tamsen had been abducted by her mother's murderer. The trapper agreed to guide Tamsen's stepfather and her would-be suitor in the search for her. The pursuit was on.

    While this book is a historical fiction romance, the history by no means overtakes the major plot, Tamsen's escape from her stepfather. The history is interesting, plays an important role in both aiding and thwarting the trio's efforts to find a refuge. I enjoyed that element of the story because I had never heard of the state of Franklin and the struggles in the Carolinas of the late 18th century before reading this book. I so much appreciate the research the author put into it, especially for the tidbits that made this book come alive. The author also included an Author's Notes and Acknowledgments section at the back of the book detailing her research. I enjoy this as much as I love commentaries on my favorite movies. More authors should include this in their writings.

    In this book there is more than one type of pursuit within its pages. The first is obvious and accounts for the exciting action. The second is the romance developing between Jesse Bird and Tamsen. Jesse believed she was the one for him, sanctioned even by God. From the first day of their flight, he was determined win her trust and convince her of his dependability to care for her. The author didn't portray Jesse as a perfect man. He knew his failings. You can't help but admire his patience and determination, his strength of character and his skills. The development of their relationship from rescuer/damsel-in-distress, to companions, to romance is a lovely story in and of itself. I came to care for these characters, even the mysterious Cade.

    Finally, the author provides a twist of circumstances at the end that I had not anticipated. While this is secondary to the main resolution of the story, it provides a very satisfying conclusion with a touch of irony. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys historical fiction romances. This book has much to offer.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Blogging for Books on behalf of Waterbrook Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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