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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
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0307731499
ISBN-13: 9780307731494

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Publisher's Description

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 history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.

Editorial Reviews

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. Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
    August 22, 2017
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tamsen Littlejohn has traveled with her mother, Sarah and step-father, Hezekiah Parrish to Morganton, North Carolina for the purpose of meeting Ambrose Kincaid, a wealthy man who is enamored with Tamsen after seeing a miniature portrait of her. Her step-father is determined they make a match, hoping to gain from their marriage. After things go horribly wrong, Tamsen flees with the help of Jesse Bird, a young frontiersman, who she doesn't really know but who is willing to help. They embark on a journey fraught with hardship through the mountain wilderness, seeking help from friends of Jesse's as they near the mountain cabin he shares with his adopted father, Cade. Meanwhile, Parrish and Kincaid have enlisted the help of a guide to help them track them. Parrish has convinced them Tamsen has been kidnapped and her mother murdered by the same man. The characters of this book are complex. Tamsen has been sheltered, pampered even but has to toughen up pretty quickly. Jesse doesn't have much knowledge of his first three years; his memories begin around the age of three when he was found by Shawnee and taken to their village and adopted by a couple there. There is where he makes his acquaintance with Cade, who takes an interest in him and escapes with him several years later when it becomes necessary. Jesse straddles the line between the white world and his Shawnee upbringing. He is a tough, honorable man, who shows great tenderness to Tamsen from the beginning when she is overcome with grief. His fierceness is tempered by his Christian faith. This is more than a love story, though it is a great one. There are heart-pounding moments during the pursuit, a hilarious squirrel scene with Tamsen and Jesse's friend, Bears, and quite an unexpected twist near the end. THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN is an excellent book. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys an adventurous historical romance.
  2. Tricia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.
    November 5, 2015
    Tricia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
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    I could hardly put it down. What a great story!
  3. Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Page Turner
    July 27, 2015
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
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    One of the best Historical Fiction books I have read in awhile. Lori Benton knows how to captivate you from the get go and make you want to stay up all night to finish. Tamsen is a young woman who finds the strength to escape her step father and against all odds with the help of Jesse Bird make a new life for herself. Facing insurmountable hardships and looking over their shoulders for their pursuers makes for a great storyline. Tamsen finds her Faith to be her strength as she adapts from a sheltered life to life in the wilderness. A must read for all.

    I won this book in a FB contest and am so glad I did. I look forward to reading more by Lori Benton.
  4. ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton
    October 2, 2014
    ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My Review When Tamsen LIttlejohn escaped here home and horrible lifestyle, she thought life would be much better for her, but that wasn't the case for Ms. Littlejohn. Traveling across the mountain wilderness with Jesse Bird proved to be ful of hardships and difficulties that pressed Ms. Little to her limits, and then some. This is one of those books that make you go, WOW and WOW again! Tamsen was a lady that was as tough as tough can get! Her determination is one thing that kept me reading, and reading until the last page! I had trouble putting this book down, simply because I didn't want to leave the characters. Jesse was awesome! I loved everything about him! This is my first book by Lori Benton, but I will surely be picking up her debut novel and reading it as well.

    This is a great book for those who enjoy historical fiction, especially the 1700's era. You will be in for a big and enjoyable read when you pick this one up to read!

    I was provided a copy of this book by Blogging for Books. I was not required to write anything positive. The opinions here are mine only.
  5. Sqwiggles
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    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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