Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Review: The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Back Cover:
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?

The Positives:
WOW. THIS BOOK. This was amazing! I have to admit, it didn't seem like my kind of book from just reading the back cover. But the inside is a million times better than the back cover.
The emotions and the dialogue and the entire setting of this story was perfect.
Tamsen was exactly the kind of heroine I like. She was smart, courageous, a bit headstrong at times, but she is now one of my favorite heroines. Her stepfather was a hateful man and I cheered for Tamsen every time she evaded him.
Jesse wasn't exactly what you would call 'Prince Charming' in term of looks, but his character and faith make him the perfect hero for this story. His backwoods, mountain man/indian look gave him the appearance of a heathen, but he constantly prays throughout this entire book. He wants what's best for Tamsen and he will protect her whatever the cost.
The setting in the late 1780's in the middle of the fight between the State of Franklin and North Carolina was interesting. I had never heard of The Lost State of Franklin until I read this book. It presented some legal problems for the characters, because neither state could agree which was a real state.

The Negatives:

This was an amazing book and I highly recommend it!

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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