Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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?
WaterBrook Press (April 15, 2014) 402 pages
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Last year I read, and loved, Benton's Burning Sky. I knew as I finished that book, I'd pick up anything and everything Benton wrote in the future. Even if it weren't for that, I don't think I'd have been able to resist a book with such a pretty blue dress on the cover. ;)
It took me a bit longer than I expected to get into the story, though I blame that more on my reading mood at the time. Even so, I fell in love with Tamsen pretty much from the start. She faces heartache and tough decisions, but ultimately she remains strong as she runs and hides from her violent stepfather. Jesse was a perfect gentleman to get her through. There are moments of sweetness, suspense, and mystery as the story unfolds. It's a beautifully written story, and I'm looking forward to reading more from Benton.
*I was provided a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.