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.
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.
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.
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.