Lori Benton's "The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn" is a vividly portrayed historical saga. Colonial America is the backdrop for an epic love story of adventure and gentle romance. Benton's sketches of the East Coast's untamed wilderness and rustic towns fill with color and detail as the story builds, and her descriptions reveal scenes that bring the characters and setting to life. The novel begins with high emotion and ever-present danger. Tamsen Littlejohn's plight is gripping from the beginning as she breaks free of her stepfather's unyielding grasp. What occurs thereafter is a story of escape and pursuit as Tamsen and her rescuer, Jesse, attempt to outrun their trackers. Their journey reveals scenes of early America, from Indian villages to the conflict between the State of Franklin and North Carolina.
"The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn" is an undeniably rich novel, and I completely enjoyed the first and last quarters of the novel. The middle lagged in spots for me, though there were moments of action and tension interspersed throughout the entire plot. I was surprised by some of the revelations uncovered in the conclusion. Some unlikely turns of events left me fully satisfied; especially when details from the novel's beginning play unexpected roles in the outcome.
Benton gives readers a meaningful love story of restraint and sacrifice. Despite Jesse's almost immediate attraction to Tamsen, their feelings are not entirely mutual. Their relationship grows slowly and with restraint as Tamsen's feelings unfold from survival dependence to encompassing love. I am always glad when romance develops at an unrushed pace that allows characters to develop deeper emotional attraction. I also appreciated Benton's portrayal of the father-son relationship between Jesse and his adoptive father, Cade. The story of love and sacrifice that unfolds is just as beautiful as the romantic love that blossoms between Tamsen and Jesse.
"The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn" is a historical romance that will draw readers in with its resplendent detail and beautiful writing. Click Here to Read Chapter 1.
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Lori Benton brings us a historical adventure interlaced with romance and suspense. The adventure begins in western North Carolina in 1797 and leads across the vast mountain wilderness that will test her characters faith and endurance. Her well developed characters will grab you from page 1. I loved Tamsen and enjoy watching her grow and develop. Jesse is always trying to help those in need while maintaining his morals and values. The masterful use of imagery will transport the reader into the story. This is a story of love, trust and faith.
Author Lori Benton has penned an exciting journey of one young woman's dangerous quest to find freedom in the frontier wilderness of North Carolina â€” amidst snow storms, wild Indians, mountainous terrain, and shadowy, dense forests filled with wild animals. It is also a breathtaking tale of romance, long buried secrets, treachery, and abuse.
After her stepfather commits an unspeakable act, Tamsen Littlejohn makes an impulsive escape, enlisting the aid of frontiersman Jesse Bird to guide her to safety. The hawk-like beautiful Jesse was adopted by the Shawnee as a young boy, and Cade is the only father Jesse has ever known. Together they drive cattle once a year to Morganton and know the mountainous territory like the back of their hands. But Jesse's agreement to guide Tamsen to the Watuga settlement in NC is more than either of them have bargained for_as he is accused of kidnapping and murder and Tamsen is faced with hardships she never could have foreseen. And neither of them anticipated the shocking secret Cade has withheld lo these many years, nor did they expect to fall in love_
I can certainly see why Lori Benton's first book, Burning Sky, has been nominated in two categories for the 2014 Christy Awards! She is a phenomenal author; whose descriptive imagery and exhilarating storyline takes the reader to another place and time and leaves them there until the climactic conclusion! I fell in love with the loyal Jesse and the brave Tamsen, and when I finished their story I felt as though I was leaving good friends behindâ€”so admirably and realistically were they portrayed. I also was entranced by the mystical aura Cade exuded, and the historical events that took place in the story. Another winner by author Lori Benton you won't want to miss!
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn was a remarkable story with harsh realities, historical perspectives, emotional drama, suspenseful tension, scriptural wisdom and even more. Although this book started a bit slow, in my opinion, it quickly fueled up and never truly stopped.
Benton did a wonderful job of setting this story. Her attention to detail was evident not only with regard to the characters, but also with the descriptive settings. Every person in this story had layers, which provided a clear understanding as to why they were the way they were. The physical settings were so well presented that I could easily imagine them in my mind's eye.
An added treat for me was when Jesse spoke in a different tongue. I loved the interplay of language. I felt like I was learning, even as I was reading. One of the most touching moments in the story was when he spoke of Tamsen. (I could say more, but I won't. You will want to read it for yourself. Trust me. (Happy sigh.)
I can honestly say that as I read this book, I literally did not want to stop. It seemed that just when a possible pocket of question was about to emerge, another tension-laden challenge would come. All I know is that Benton paced this story very well.
As for Tamsen and her heart-wrenching, romantic tale of life, loss, and love, I am glad to have met her through the writing of Lori Benton. I have no regrets regarding making her acquaintance.
The Pursuit of Tamsen LittlejohnÂ by Lori Benton is a great story that is set in the post-revolutionary days of America. Tamsen Littlejohn's stepfather is trying to force her to marry wealthy Ambrose Kincaid and as a result she decides to leave her home and seek freedom in the unknown West that is located across the mountains of North Carolina. Frontiersman, Jesse Bird, is persuaded by Tamsen to guide her across the mountains to the Watauaga Settlement in Western North Carolina. Tamsen is unaware that she will face trials and hardships that will challenge her faith and her physical endurance. Ambrose thinks that Tamsen has been kidnapped so he enlists the help of her stepfather to help him find Tamsen and bring her back. Even as Tamsen and Jesse face many challenges, she is wondering if maybe this frontier life is what she has been searching for and maybe where God is leading her. Tamsen and Jesse both trust God to see them through all the trials that they will face on their journey.
Lori Benton did a superb job in the writing of this book and it is evident that she did a great deal of research into this period in history. When I finished the book, I felt as if I had crossed the mountains and wilderness with Tamsen and Jesse for the author developed their characters and described their travels so well that I was right beside them each step of the way. The storyline had many twist and turns and each one just made the story that more enjoyable. I liked that Tamsen and Jesse stayed true to their beliefs in God and sought His guidance in all that they did. There was also a good bit of suspense and I was not sure how the story was going to end but the ending was great. I would like to see a sequel to this book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a great historical story set in the post-revolutionary days of America.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.