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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 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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Lori Benton
Jan 24, 2015 added it  ·  (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
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 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
Carrie Turansky
Jan 20, 2014 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!
A full pursuit, followed by a happy ending. I cannot fault the gorgeous book cover, the gentle, vibrant descriptions, the thoroughly thought out plotline, or how happy I am that I've read all this author's books save one!

I went into this book a little hesitant. I'm not really a fan of bad father tales, so perhaps my feelings on that made it harder to be pulled into this story. Tamsen was a little bratty, but she improves as hardships come her way and she must make many tough choices.

The pursuit
Oct 07, 2013 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 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
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
It always takes time to recover from a Lori Benton book, doesn’t?

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a tender hearted story about finding one’s self, story, and heart.
Aug 13, 2014 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
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
Feb 14, 2014 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 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
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
I LOVED this book! I could hardly put it down and when I was forced to I spent the entire time either thinking about the story or imagining what might happen next.

I am a fan of historical fiction and have been for as long as I can remember, Laura Ingalls Wilder managed to hook me when I was about 5, and I also love history. Too often historical fiction differs so far from what the history books teach that I get a little frustrated. That did NOT happen with The Pursuit Of Tamsen Littlejohn at all
Katrina Epperson
Apr 09, 2014 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 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!
Loved it. It definitely got more thriller-ish and slightly too perfect at the end with all the drama cumulating into one big happy ending but even in spite of that, I really, really, really liked this book. I read Burning Sky by this author last month and all the reviews mentioned to read this one and I AM SO GLAD I DID. I really liked Tamsen, I liked the woman she became by the end and her interactions with everyone (especially Cade) was awesome. But Jesse Bird? Oh, Jesse I just fell hard for h ...more
Grace Hitchcock
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Non-stop action, great description, likable characters and a unique story. If you are looking for a book that keeps you reading until 1am to find out what happens next, you'll find it in Lori Benton's The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, ownedpb
Another terrific read by Lori Benton. For those that read Many Sparrows, you might want to read this next! 😊 A beautiful historical read that truly comes alive! All of this authors novels are must reads!
Courtney Clark
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Update: upon rereading, I found this story to be equally as riveting and beautiful.

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 attemp
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

This book was quite a surprise to me.

First, I thought it was about a romantic pursuit... such as Tamsen is a woman that a man, maybe several men, are romantically wooing. Couldn't have been more wrong. This was a in she's running, and men are traveling hither and yon to catch and return her.

Second, the story is based in the very area I live. I glazed over names like Sycamore Shoals, Roan Mountain, Watauga, Jonesborough, and when it mentio
2.5 stars.

I'm having a hard time rating this one. While historically rich and engagingly written, this story was a little too gentle for me. Given that there were political uprisings, skirmishes between Native Americans and white settlers, kidnappings and the overall roughness of frontier life, I was surprised to find this book boring. And I'm absolutely positive that this is a classic case of "it's not you, it's me" because I felt the same way about the other book that I read by this author, Bu
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 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely wonderful book; extraordinary historical research; rich, enduring characters, and a story line that just kept getting better! And the ending; nothing short of brilliant!

Loved at first sight by two men, Tamsen Littlejohn is pursued by many things; a would-be suitor, a vicious stepfather, a horrific memory, secrets from her past, and a variety of scurrilous characters. Along the way she was found . . . . . by the love of her life.

Leaving Morganton, North Carolina in the middle of th
Feb 22, 2014 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 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
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