The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn was a good book, but the history put into it was a bit long and boring and at times I would not get what the point of the real history and the made up story had in common.
If all of that very long detail had been left out, it would have been a 5 star book for me. In The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn Tamsen Littlejohn escapes her wicked stepfather and marriage proposal of a would be suitor. She seeks refuge with a stranger who whisks her away to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. However, life becomes even more complicated. The story is filled with lots of intriguing moments and revelations as the two get to know each other and find the truth about their pasts.
I received this e-book free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN by Lori Benton is an exciting Christian Historical Fiction set in 1787 Watuaga settlement in the Western North Carolina.
This is Tamsen Littlejohn and Jesse Bird's story and what a story! A tale of danger, suspense, chaos, adventure, hope, faith,endurance, secrets and the pursuit of happiness. Well written with just enough, passion, suspense and adventure to hold the reader's intrigue and keep you turning pages. You can't help but fall in love with Tamsen and Jesse, their challenges, struggles and love will leave you in awe. Ms. Benton interweaves a beautifully written love story with historical details. Another beautifully written tale of the rugged American Frontier, the struggles, triumphs, danger and beauty of the rugged Western North Carolinas. A masterpiece! The characters are enduring and everlasting in your heart and mind.
If you enjoy historical fiction with twists and turns, than you will enjoy reading this title. An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Lori may be a new Author, but she is a wonderful story teller and a sweet lady ! Having already read her first Novel Burning Sky, I was excited to read this new book of hers. I was not disappointed ! Truth be told I really can't wait to see what she has in store for us next ! I am a real lover of historical fiction and Lori's books really fill that addiction for me totaly ! Now who doesn't love a woman who sets out on an adventure of a lifetime ? The adventure and dangers more then any proper woman would want to bear. Being a woman myself who doesn't settle for what is expected of her , I can really relate to Tamsen's desire to run away from an arranged marriage and heading out into the unknown where she meets Jesse Byrd who risks everything for Tamsen. Now you tell me, how can any woman not love a man who is willing to lay it all on the line ? Once I started reading I could not put this book down. I really love the way Lori allows us to live in this story, her words just transport you from where you are right to the heart of the time period and once there you just don't want to leave. This is what makes Lori's Books so awesome ! You will want to read this one, its not to be missed ! Lori is a talented writer, she has really done her research well and it shows in her work. I am blessed to read her books and to call her my friend and sister in the Lord.
This is a well written book with a great story. Actually it almost has three story lines. The first story is of course about Tamsen Littlejohn. She is a young woman living with her mother and stepfather. Her stepfather is trying to get her to marry someone she does not want to marry. At a certain point Tamsen tries to run away and she meets Jesse Bird.and he helps her to get away from her stepfather . They travel together and pretend to be married until they can really get married or get somewhere where Tamsen can be safe. There is also the underlying story of the state of North Carolina and the state of Franklin fighting each other. I really liked the way all of these story lines worked together. I had a hard time putting it down.
This was a really good book. I got an advance copy. I honestly couldn't put it down. I felt as if I was right along with the characters. seeing what they saw, feeling what they felt. Lori Benton did an excellent job with the details. I was immediately drawn to the character Tamsen. It was such an enjoyable read. But also an emotional one as well. Not in a bad way though. I don't find myself wanting to read many books more than once. Honestly I rarely do. But this book was so good, I find myself wanting to read it again. Once you get to the end you will know why. I don't want to give details about the book itself. You can read the synopsis for that. This book is a definite read for those who enjoy historical fiction.