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The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Lori Benton
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Book Description

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?

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Praise for The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

“Reminiscent of the The Last of the Mohicans and equally as stirring, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a rare book that kept me up late into the night. Ms. Benton is an exquisite storyteller whose majestic descriptions, suspenseful plot, and passionate romance are not soon to be forgotten.”
—MaryLu Tyndall, author of the Escape to Paradise trilogy

“Founded on a fascinating little-known moment in early American history, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read. In this tightly paced flight into fear, hope, and mystery, author Lori Benton emerges as the quintessential artist, able to pull her readers into the story through her well-drawn, multidimensional characters, their emotions, motivations, and dreams.”
—Sue Harrison, international best-selling author of the Ivory Carver trilogy

“Benton has created another masterpiece. With rich historical detail, she brings to life the early frontier with all its beauty and danger. Her descriptions are unique and often breathtaking. She creates realistic dialogue, vibrant characters, and an intriguing plot. Benton has quickly become one of my favorite authors.”
—Jody Hedlund, best-selling author of Rebellious Heart

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a beautifully written novel, rich in historical details that will transport you back to the mountains of North Carolina in the late eighteenth century. The characters are so real and their circumstance so compelling, they jump off the page and into your heart. Readers of historical romance will be captivated, and those who read her debut novel, Burning Sky, will be thrilled with this new story.”
—Carrie Turansky, author of The Governess of Highland Hall and The Daughter of Highland Hall

“Seldom has a tale swept me away so powerfully that I’m left both breathless and bereft at its end, reluctant to let go. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is such a book, a gentle masterpiece destined to be treasured and acclaimed.”
—Julie Lessman, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

“With gorgeous prose and characters that will steal your heart, Benton has breathed live and passion into history. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a captivating example of excellence. Flawless!”
—Roseanna M. White, author of the Culper Ring series

“A breathtaking novel from start to incandescent conclusion. Lori Benton portrays the rugged North Carolina terrain in such vivid detail, readers will feel they’ve followed Tamsen’s journey every pulse-pounding step of the way. A must-read!”
—Ann Shorey, author of Love’s Sweet Beginning

“In this sweeping colonial saga, author Lori Benton has crafted a powerful tale wherein every element of storytelling is vividly woven together. Poetic, emotional, and rich in historic detail, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a stirring page-turner.”
—Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart Is Torn

About the Author

Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2052 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307731499
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G1IV9UK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! April 15, 2014
By Rosie
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is Lori Benson's sophomore novel, but it is my first novel I've read by her. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Generally I don't go for novels set in the late 1700s, but knowing Benton's debut was highly praised, I snatched up the chance to review it. Goodness, I'm glad I did! Benson's writing style is so fluid and the effort she put into research is obvious- but the information isn't shoved in your face. It was presented as the need arose.

There are so many reasons I adored Tamsen and Jesse, but I'll only mention a few each. I'll start with Tamsen. That girl is so strong! And I'm not talking about physical prowess here. She may have felt in shambles, or even like porcelain, for a couple weeks but she persevered. She never gave up. Jesse was a perfect hero. No, I don't mean his character wasn't flawed but the guy had his priorities straight. He was willing to give up Tamsen if God told him to. I love the trust he expressed and willingness to follow God's will.

All I can really say is: wow. I will definitely be going back and reading Burning Sky in the near future, no questions asked. Benton has an addictive style writing that captivates you until the last page. This one's a keeper! I recommend to readers ages fifteen and older who enjoy the late 1700s American setting. I also recommend to those looking for an inspirational read.

I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Historical Love Story August 30, 2014
Lori Benton's sophomore novel, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, came with sky high recommendations in the wake of her Christy Award-winning first novel, Burning Sky. I was eager to find out if Tamsen, Jesse Bird, Cade, and the other characters would leap off the pages and stick with me long after I closed the book as had the characters from Burning Sky.

I wondered if The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn would be filled with lyrical prose that enthralls and an intriguing plot that mesmerizes. Could it be just as good as Burning Sky?

Yes, yes, and yes.

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is what great stories are made of; a sweeping historical novel based around a short-lived and little-known period in American History when the State of Franklin was declared and upheaval threatens the mountains of North Carolina. It's a breath-taking romance and a thrilling journey into the rugged frontier and into two strangers' hearts as they battle together to outrun the danger pursuing them.

The author does a meticulous job weaving historical details of the unrest occurring in that timeframe (1787-88)without weighing down the story. Indeed, Lori's writing is so smooth and supple that it seems the perfect mix of thrilling storytelling and vivid description. The reader truly feels they're traveling through the North Carolina mountains right along with Jesse and Tamsen.

Much of the beauty of this story is in the relationships the author created between characters. Real, vibrant, emotional, Tamsen and Jesse's love story is truly captivating. As she did in Burning Sky, the author introduces an antagonist I would cross mountains to get away from, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Protagonist Tamsen, the author notes, has beauty enough to get torches to burn bright. She has a mind of her own, make no mistake. Expressive phrasing runs prevalent in a Lori Benton novel. Her previous "Burning Sky" (historical novel) was so delightful, getting this next book was mandatory. I begged and received an ARC, with no promise to review. But it's so-o-o-o-o good, I must. I review only the best, and this is one superior story. "The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn" vaults Lori Benton into my top-10 favorite Christian authors.

You should not make it a fast read--take it slow--savor each paragraph. Soak up the post-Revolutionary life. Embrace the romance of the times. The content is as historically educational as it is literary beguiling. It will touch all senses, like a tankard of sarsaparilla.
The story of Tamsen Littlejohn is as captivating as the fiery lasses name. Jesse Bird has the buckskin brawn to tame--or at least coral her. They race from death to the west's wilderness frontier, trailed by a ruthless man who would be her wedded. Action/adventure to the explosive end, and surprises I failed to expect.
Well done.

This young author will be around for a long, long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never wanted it to end! October 12, 2014
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Western North Carolina, 1787 - Tamsen Littlejohn knows that her life is destined to be aligned with whatever man her stepfather deems suitable, that is, the man who can socially advance him the farthest in society. When her stepfather's latest attempt at matchmaking runs awry, leaving Tamsen with a bitter taste in her mouth as she watches Ambrose Kincaid backhand his slave, Tamsen rushes to the consoling arms of her mother. Her stepfather, Hezekiah Parish, changes her world forever in a horrific act of violence, leaving Tamsen desperate to escape. Little did she expect that the young man she encountered in the barn one night during her first escape attempt, Jesse Bird, would this time assist her escape plans instead of foil them as he had unwittingly done before. On the run, Tamsen has no choice but to trust this stranger who now holds her life in his very capable hands.

Jesse Bird always suspected that when love came his way, if it ever did, that he would know it on sight. The moment Tamsen Littlejohn waltzed into his life, Jesse's heart informed him beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was the one. Now to convince her of this fact that is oh, so obvious to him, but not at all obvious to her, as he helps her flee the vindictive cruelty of her stepfather and the would-be suitor she has no intention of marrying. When he was merely a toddler, Jesse's parents, whose names he doesn't know, were killed, and the Shawnee, who had witnessed the burning of their house from a safe distance, swept the young boy to safety, raising him as their own. With Case, a half-Delaware Indian for an adopted father, and Shawnee tradition running through his veins, Jesse's faith, thanks to Cade, remains strong in the one, true God.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I just finished this book, there were twists and turns I didn't see coming and it kept me reading. Can't wait to read the next book by Lori Benton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting story!
This is one of the best Christian fiction books I've read in a long time. Well researched, vivid prose, realistic situations and relationships, and an exciting story. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Action of a Movie Wrapped Up In a Novel!
If you're looking for a novel that is like a movie where it has a fast paced beginning the immediately draws you in, "The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn" by Lori Benton is a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Second book--excellent!
I read Lori Benton's first book, Burning Sky, and absolutely loved it. I'd heard, though, that her second book was very different than her first. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sally
4.0 out of 5 stars A little long, but a good book.
The book started out really slow for me. It took me a while to actually want to read it. It seemed interesting, but it was a little boring. Read more
Published 4 months ago by PurplePixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediately pulled into the story!
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is filled with wonderful, multi-faceted characters. Each one seems to straddle cultural lines, never entirely certain to which group they belong. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Romance Story That Kept Me Captivated!
Time to review yet another book that has been graciously provided to me by Blogging For Books. The second book I chose to read is called The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benton Weaves Words into Historical Fiction
I had seen that Lori Benton had won for the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical Book, and Book of the Year for "Burning Sky" and was interested to read her next... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sign Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story with a shocking twist
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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 a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace.

Lori's debut novel, Burning Sky, earned the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.

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