To escape from her stepfather's controlling grasp, and an arranged marriage with the wealthy Ambrose Kincaid, Tamsen Littlejohn flees into the mountainous wilderness of Western North Carolina with the rugged frontiersman, Jesse Bird, as her guide. Pursued by her stepfather and Kincaid, who believe her to have been kidnapped, Tamsen and Jesse wade deeper into the wilderness as well as into the conflict brewing between the Overmountain settlers. The State of Franklin has declared their independence from North Carolina, and tempers are hot on both sides. Tamsen's faith and endurance are tested, but perhaps the biggest risk she'll face is falling in love.
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!
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*I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.