Book Review

Review: The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton is the perfect blend of history, a surprising heroine and mysterious hero. Lori Benton is a master storyteller with depictions that drop the reader into the colonial era and characters who come to life straight off of the page.

From the 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?

From the beginning of this novel to the last page, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lori Benton is rich with details without being overwhelming with them, and her storytelling is superb.

The characters in the novel feel real. Tamsen is quite complex, being forced into a terrible situation and desperate to escape it. The changes in her character throughout the book are subtle, but they are there. The same is true for Jesse Bird. Even the minor characters, both good and bad, are quite interesting and feel real. They have more depth than what most minor characters seem to get.

Plot-wise, this book kept me guessing right up to the very last page. There were so many twist and turns that it was quite difficult to put down, and even easier to pick back up and jump in again. The history taking place in the setting is also quite intriguing, and I would also dare-say little known. I know I was completely unfamiliar with it. The idea of a new state forming that was never recognized creates an underlying tension in the novel in the ways that a situation like that seems to disrupt the character’s lives.

This was a wonderful book. I am definitely going to be adding Lori Benton’s other novel, Burning Sky to my list of books to read, as well as any future novels.

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**I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

 

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