Having not read Lori Benton's first book, I didn't know what to expect. This being my first fictions book I'm reviewing for my blog, I had my fingers crossed that the book wouldn't be cheesy and the plot unrealistic. What if I dislike it, but can't explain why? What is I hate it so much, all I can say is I hated it? With high hopes (this book has been on my to-read forever!), I opened the book...
Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed!
Tamsen feels trapped in her life. Her step-father holds control of not only her future, but that of her mothers.
After tragedy strikes, Tamsen is forced to escape the grasp of her step-father.
With the help of a complete stranger, Jesse Bird, Tamsen treks into the wilderness, leaving behind everything familiar. Meanwhile, her step-father convinces Tamsen's would-be suiter, that she has been kiddnapped and they need to rescue her. On the run, Tamsen learns to survive on the frontier, and what ensues is a life changing journey.
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn had everything I look for in book. A historical christian romance, filled with suspense, a realistic romantic relationship development and a dialogue that seemed genuine and true to the character and setting. The characters are realistic and the plot like was well thought out. The author didn't create dumb scenarios or write day to day paragraphs just to add pages to the book, everything that happens in the book all ties together and adds a great depth to the storyline. As stated, it is a christian fiction, there are elements of faith all throughout the book, but it didn't come across as preachy, heavy or fake. The story is constantly moving forward, which made me eager to turn the pages. I'm so glad this book is now added to my bookshelf. 5 our of 5!
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. A positive review is not expected nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.
A Beautiful Story Far From the Beaten Path of Today's Christian Novels
July 24, 2014
Benton does it again! Much like her first novel, Lori Benton weaves together a beautiful story far from the beaten path of today's christian novels. Her writing flows smoothly, and is filled with such vivid detail it's almost as if you can see the scene unfolding before your very eyes. It is evident much research goes into these novels and Benton has a way of making history come alive. I truly appreciate how immersed her books are in the time period and culture in which she is writing. Set between western North Carolina and what is now known as Tennessee, Benton depicts an often unheard of view of colonial life involving the Overmountain settlers and Indians of this time. I love when I read and learn about a part of history unknown to me before, to me that shows the mark of a successful author.
While 'The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn' started out a little slower than Benton's first novel I was soon hooked after a few chapters. The characters had depth, the plotline was fresh and original, and there were several twists along the way that made for an unforseen ending.
Overall another success, and one I'll definitely recommend to others!
Want to know more? You can read the first chapter here!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.
Tamsen Littlejohn is being forced to marry a man she has never met by her step father, Mr. Parrish. Tamsen and her mother have never stood up to Mr. Parrish. Tamsen meets the prospective groom, Ambrose Kincaid, and is on the verge of going ahead and marrying him. But an incident with how he treats his slave has her not only running from the room but also out of town. She is caught and brought back. Tamsen's mother tries to stand up to Mr. Parrish in defense of Tamsen and is hit and killed by her husband. She is left on the floor and Tamsen told to prepare herself to marry.
Jesse Bird comes to see if Tamsen after being brought back to town and discovers her mother dead on the floor and her in tears. Jesse agrees to help her escape.
Convinced that Tamsen has been kidnapped, Ambrose follows in the company of the ever persistent Mr. Parrish. As they cross the mountain wilderness, Tamsen is faced with all kinds of hardships. The faith of Tamsen and Jesse were tested many times as they were confronted with their pursuers
I found this book to be a very good read. It showed the struggles of a new country emerging from the Revolution. It also takes you to Indian villages of that time. I would recommend this book to anyone who like mystery and romance and a history lesson all thrown into one book. I will be looking for other books by this author.
I was given this book by blogging for books for an honest review. I was not compensated in anyway.
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