Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn- Lori Benton
Description:Western North Carolina, 1787 ~ To escape a threatening stepfather and an unwanted marriage, Tamsen Littlejohn enlists the aid of Jesse Bird, a frontiersman she barely knows, to spirit her away from Morganton, North Carolina, west beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Trouble pursues, as the two men intent on seeing her recovered prove relentless in their hunt. Trouble awaits in the form of a divided frontier community. Across the mountains the State of Franklin has been declared, yet many settlers remain loyal to North Carolina. Chaos reigns, thwarting Tamsen and Jesse’s hastily cobbled plan to keep her safe.
With her pursuers ever nearing, the region in turmoil, neighbors grown suspicious of her presence, Tamsen’s safety is soon put in greater jeopardy. Gaining the freedom she longs for will mean running yet again, to the most unlikely refuge imaginable—the Cherokees, a people balanced on the knife edge of war.
But the biggest complication may prove to be Tamsen’s growing bond with her knight in greasy buckskins, Jesse Bird. Falling in love was never part of the plan.
My Thoughts: This is the second book of Lori's that I have read and I have to say that I have just fallen in love with her writing style. The amount of historical detail that she works seamlessly into the plot is beautiful. And she treats all of her Indian characters as people, rather than stereotypes. (I want a book about Catches Bears!).
There was never a moment that I felt jerked from the story, instead it seemed like I was there with the characters. I could perfectly see the forest with all of the animals and the people. The story of Franklin was one that I had heard of before, but she brought to life.
My one complaint was that the story seemed to a little too perfectly, with every single thread tide up, even those that I had not realized were loose. While I like happy endings, it was somewhat too perfect. Not that it will stop anyone from loving this story.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.