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The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

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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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by WaterBrook (first published January 1st 2014)
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When I read the title, I automatically thought it was a romantic pursuit. But no...Tamsen is fleeing from the man she refuses to marry and from her stepfather, who knows she is the only witness to his murder of her mother. Jesse Bird, a white man who was raised by Indians and has no clue who his parents were, is her only ally, and helps her flee Overmountain into the frontier (future Tennessee). Her only friends are his friends, and it will be their good hearts that do it if she can possibly hop ...more
MaryLu Tyndall
Jan 05, 2014 MaryLu Tyndall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the privilege of reading this for endorsement. Fabulous Book. Here's what I said:
Reminiscent of the Last of the Mohicans, and equally as stirring, In Pursuit of Tamsen LittleJohn is a rare book that kept me up late into the night. Ms. Benton is an exquisite story teller whose majestic descriptions, suspenseful plot, and passionate romance are not soon to be forgotten.
Amber Stokes
Jan 29, 2014 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is the epitome of what I long for in historical romance - fascinating characters, a fast pace, high tension, intriguing historical details (not overdone), gorgeous and sweeping imagery, engaging and excellent writing, points to ponder, and (of course!) a tender romance. The story is as soft, mysterious, and grand as the cover claims it to be, and I couldn't have been more thrilled with that discovery!

With most historical fiction, there's always the concern that t
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, simply put, is a story that I adored. I have a new favorite author and a new read on the favorite list!

Having not read Lori Benton’s first book, I had no idea what to expect – would the plot be unrealistic, the romance cheesy, the historical details overlooked? No, no and no! We meet Tamsen at a moment that she feels trapped by her future, in a bleak moment when her step-father holds all the control in regards to not only her future, but also the well-being of
Michelle Griep
Jan 05, 2016 Michelle Griep rated it it was amazing
Okay. I admit it. I am a super jaded reader. It takes a creative plot, larger than life characters, and some sweet turns of phrases to even slightly tickle my reader bone. THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN not only meets those requirements, it rockets right to the top of my favorite reads list.

And Lori Benton is one of my new favorite authors. I don't have many faves, folks, so this is quite the feat indeed.

So, let's get down to the nitty grittiness of why the heck I'm making such wild claims. I
Lori Benton
Jan 24, 2015 Lori Benton rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi Readers!

I'm often asked in interviews what inspired me to write The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. I decided to post that answer for you here.

Inspiration for The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn came straight out of the pages of history. While researching material for an earlier novel set in 18th century North Carolina, I came across mention of the “Lost” State of Franklin—an attempt of the citizens of western North Carolina to break away and form a separate state. Had they succeeded (and they n
Carrie Turansky
Jan 20, 2014 Carrie Turansky rated it it was amazing
I loved Lori Benton's first book, Burning Sky, so I was thrilled when I was asked to read The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn for endorsement. What a great adventure! I was captivated from the first page. The characters and their emotions were very believable. The plot moved along at a good pace, and this historical details were well woven into the story. The romance was very touching. Those who enjoy historical romance will be thrilled with this new story. Great writing! Wonderful story!
Oct 07, 2013 Cassie rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD! Review to come- favorite book so far this year.

Two words: NEW FAVORITE!!

I absolutely loved this book. Lori has a lyrical writing style that sweeps you into another time and place in history. Her characters are layered and complex. Her themes are woven throughout the book and tell a powerful message. And the plot and setting are riveting. The story is constantly moving forward, which made me eager to turn the pages.

Raised to be a proper lady, Tamsen Littlejohn is the example of gentility
Apr 28, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure there are accurate words to describe what I think of this book. I was captivated right from the start, and it has lingered with me since finishing last night. I truly didn't want it to end!

The characters in this story were so well developed. I saw each person as portrayed through the eyes of the other character, and then came to see them as they truly were as the story progressed and they were forced to confront trials. The entire book was just so deep, and yet simple. Gripping, and
Aug 13, 2014 Kav rated it it was amazing
I swear this author has a time machine and travels back to the 18th century at will just so she can get all the details right. There isn't any other explanation for the rich, evocative text that creates the ambiance of another world. The scents, the sounds, the very feel of the air...I became immersed in the story from the very first page. What an incredibly rich, captivating read.

The time period is fascinating and not as popular in historical romance so that alone makes it a refreshing read. I
Feb 14, 2014 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an exciting journey this book took my on! Before reading The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn I'd never read any of Lori Benton's books, but had always heard great things about her work, and wanted to. I enjoyed this book so much, that I'm pretty much deeming it my favorite book that I've read this year so far, and I'm sure it will keep this place even after I've finished reading all the books I plan to read this year. I was completely blown away with the story, which exceeded my expectati ...more
This book is really cool because it’s set in Morganton, NC which is just five minutes up the road from where I live.

It was very interesting hearing about Indian settlements and political uprisings for an area in which I live.

Also, I had never heard of the lost State of Franklin so that was a very interesting thing for me to read up on after I finished the book.

Overall this was a pretty good story. I will admit that I thought some of the innuendos or sexual content was a bit out of place or un
Apr 08, 2014 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
After reading rave review after rave review of this author, my interest was piqued to say the least. And I am quite happy to say that all the acclamation is well deserved! This being only her second published novel, Ms. Benton is most certainly an incredible writer. Her words flow so well that you forget you're reading a story and instead feel swept away into Tamsen's life. As if she's real and all the excitement happening around her is actually happening to you! I love when an author can do tha ...more
Andrea Cox
When I received The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn in the mail, I had no idea it would add depth to my character.

Tamsen Littlejohn “longed for the freedom to choose her own path”. In a courageous moment, she fled the life her harsh stepfather tried to force upon her. Enlisting the help of an Overmountain man, she trekked into the wilderness, leaving behind everything familiar, on a search for the freedom always held just beyond her grasp. Would she come to regret her first free choice? Or would he
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Wow. This book definitely lives up to its rave reviews and exceeded my expectations! It has all the elements I love in a great historical novel- strong romance, fascinating history, suspense and anticipation throughout the book to keep the pace moving. I had not known about the lost state of Franklin and the early American politics surrounding it, and combined with the turbulent Native American dynamic, I was biting my nails! The characters are so vibrant- it was easy to envision each one. The a ...more
Katrina Epperson
Apr 09, 2014 Katrina Epperson rated it it was amazing
Lori Benton brings us a historical adventure interlaced with romance and suspense. The adventure begins in western North Carolina in 1797 and leads across the vast mountain wilderness that will test her characters faith and endurance. Her well developed characters will grab you from page 1. I loved Tamsen and enjoy watching her grow and develop. Jesse is always trying to help those in need while maintaining his morals and values. The masterful use of imagery will transport the reader into the st ...more
Heather Gilbert
Sep 01, 2013 Heather Gilbert rated it it was amazing
Another gripping historical that brought Native American ways to life by Lori Benton. I loved learning more about the historic state of Franklin, and the characters of Tamsen, Jesse Bird, and Cade were deep and rich. Realistic depiction of the dialect of the area. Can't wait for the next book!
Courtney Clark
Jan 05, 2014 Courtney Clark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton is such an epic, beautiful, and breathtaking story, I feel that my meager review cannot do it justice. But, alas, I shall attempt it.

Tamsen Littlejohn finds herself subject to the schemes of Hezekiah Parrish, her stepfather. He plans for her advantageous marriage in post-Revolutionary North Carolina. Paired with his ill treatment of her mother, Tamsen at first attempts to placate the situation with her agreement to consider marrying wealthy Ambrose
Brooke Barenfanger
I have heard good things about Lori Benton and have been wanting to read her for some time. The cover of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn certainly promises much. It did not disappoint. I was impressed with it. Lori Benton has almost an elegance in her writing that was hard to miss. Her descriptions of some of the characters were so intriguing that sometimes I went back and read the description again just to hear how the words sounded once more in my head.

The character development was excellen
Feb 22, 2014 Tima rated it it was amazing
Tamsen is being forced into a marriage by her stepfather. Fearing for her life she places her life in another man's hands as she tries to run away. Was Jesse Bird the right person to help her escape? Soon it's a race across the country as her stepfather and would be husband chases them down. Her faith is the only thing keeping her together at times as the men close in on the two of them.

Drama, romance, and history are all complied together to make a fascinating story. The author mixed the perfec
Bluerose's  Heart
Jan 16, 2014 Bluerose's Heart rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, romance
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
Apr 01, 2014 Emilee rated it it was amazing
This story transported me back to the eighteenth century, which is my all-time favorite period in American history. The Appalachian Mountains is the perfect setting. Jesse and Cade start out the story and immediately drew me in. Tamsen Littlejohn is being forced into a marriage she does not want. She escapes with a man she doesn't even know (Jesse) from not only the man who wants her for his wife but also from her evil stepfather. Tamsen and Jesse head deep into the mountains. There are many adv ...more
rebecca drozdowski
Jun 20, 2015 rebecca drozdowski rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story. I was completely drawn into this story from the beginning when Tamsen's cruel stepfather was trying to make her do his bidding for his own personal profit. She by chance meets Jesse Bird, a young man with an interesting back story of his own that will eventually come out. Fleeing from tragedy with Jesse, Tamsen at first doesn't know what direction her life will take. But as they trust God, He turns everything out for good. This is a riveting story from beginning to end ...more
Shannah Mauney
Mar 18, 2014 Shannah Mauney rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewd-on-blog
From the first page of this book, I was captured by the story. Though there were parts in the middle that lagged a bit for me, I still enjoyed this book immensely. Tamsen's struggles and her pursuers, good and bad, made for an interesting plot line. As we move toward the end of the book, the story picks up with action, danger, and a love story that I found completely enjoyable. Read my full review here.
4.4 -- I loved this book, although not quite as much as LB's Pathfinders series. I did find one thing unbelievable, though(view spoiler). It didn't keep me from enjoying the story, though. Now I'm sad that I've read all of LB's books and will have to wait a long time before a new book comes out.
Lisa M.
Mar 04, 2016 Lisa M. rated it really liked it
It took a long time to work through this book. But it was almost 400 pages! The story was good. But I get it was much too long. I kept waiting for it to be wrapped up, but instead another twist. It dragged out just a bit too long.

The overall story was very good, which is why it got 4 stars, but it just took too long to get where it was going.
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 ...more
Where I got the book: review copy provided by the publisher.

My feature article on this book and another can be found on the Historical Novel Society website. It's called Faith on the frontier: two views of the American story.

I enjoyed the unusual setting of this inspirational romance, which takes place in North Carolina, starting in 1787. Frontier stories always hold a certain fascination for me because of the clash of cultures, and at that date the Overmountain regions—west of the Appalachians—
Lisa Johnson
Apr 23, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
Author: Lori Benton
Pages: 400
Year: 2014
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Lori Benton’s love of writing tales with her level of research leaves readers breathless and amazed. I first come across Lori Benton when her first novel was published last year. Burning Sky was in my hands and I lost myself in the story set in the mid to late 1800s. When people spend time enjoying the tale of a woman trying to find her way after witnessing her mother’s death and a man who co
Teresa Mathews
Feb 20, 2014 Teresa Mathews rated it it was amazing
Lori Benton has once again woven a hauntingly beautiful love story that drew me in from the very beginning.Tamsen Littlejohn is not happy with the fact her cruel stepfather is pushing her into a marriage with a man she knows little about but for her mother's sake she agrees to meet the man.

Ambrose Kincaid was not at all what Tamsen was expecting; he was handsome, even if he did have fiery red hair, quite charming with his Virginia accent and he was completely smitten by Tamsen's exquisite beauty
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 14, 2015 10:18AM  
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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 bond ...more
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