Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton - Review

I received this book from the author in exchange for reviewing.

Western North Carolina, 1787
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
To escape a threatening stepfather and an unwanted marriage, Tamsen Littlejohn enlists the aid of Jesse Bird, a frontiersman she barely knows, to spirit her away from Morganton, North Carolina, west beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Trouble pursues, as the two men intent on seeing her recovered prove relentless in their hunt. Trouble awaits in the form
of a divided frontier community. Across the mountains the State of Franklin has been declared, yet many settlers remain loyal to North Carolina. Chaos reigns, thwarting Tamsen and Jesse's hastily cobbled plan to keep her safe.
With her pursuers ever nearing, the region in turmoil, neighbors grown suspicious of her presence, Tamsen's safety is soon put in greater jeopardy. Gaining the freedom she longs for will mean running yet again, to the most unlikely refuge imaginable - the Cherokees, a people balanced on the knife edge of the war. 
But the biggest complication of all may prove to be Tamsen's growing bond with her knight in greasy buckskins, Jesse Bird. Falling in love was never part of the plan.
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 About the Author:
Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of the turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace. 
When she ins't writing, reading, or researching 18th century history, Lori enjoys exploring the mountains with her husband - often scouring the brush for huckleberries, which overflow the freezer and find their way into her signature huckleberry lemon pound cake.  Find out more about Lori on her website at

I received this book courtesy of the author as part of her influencer team in exchange for reviewing it. 
Thoughts by Starr (who graciously agreed to review this book for me)
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a historical fiction that kept me on the edge of my seat. Tamsen Littlejohn runs from a marriage arranged by a tyrannical stepfather. She loses family, but gains unexpected relationships on her journey. Throughout the story she is being pursued by her stepfather and the man who wishes to marry her. The man that is helping her escape has a very mysterious past that even he doesn't know everything about. They all have many family secrets that are revealed in the end, including some resulting in good. All of this is set in the post-revolutionary war time. The historically true Indian "Dragging Canoe" is a haunting fear during their travels. Also, the threat of war is imminent when the state of Franklin attempts to be fully recognized as a real state. None of these dilemmas make traveling or hiding easy.  Only God can see them through all the obstacles.  There are so many good twists to this story. I don't feel like I can give any more information for fear that I will give a spoiler, and there is so much to tell...

This book will be available April 15, 2014 but is currently available for pre-order HERE

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