The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
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?
Seems like a good story and the writing is really good, but...
I tried to read this book a few years ago, but thought a scene in it was a bit too inappropriate. I decided to try it again and only got a few chapters into the book when one of the characters referred to something vulgar that went a bit too far in its description. In addition, the character’s (not the main character’s) violent reaction to that statement was unnecessary. I feel as though it is important for writers to talk about hard subjects of history, but definitely not go as far, exaggerated, or vulgarly phrase it as Lori Benton did. I know this author has some great books, but that scene highly disappointed me and left a bad taste in my mouth. I realize that’s what she meant to do, reveal the revulsion of the slave’s condition back then, but with the historical context, the characters would have never phrased it that way, especially in front of a lady. And I know slaves were mistreated in a variety of ways, but having one after the other just went a bit too far too fast. It’s supposed to hit home, but in a subtle way as it was kept subtle in history (although Benton did do good w/the main character’s thoughts on the matter), at least on the outside. I know some may disagree w/me on this, but I truly believe the verse about being careful what your eyes see and keeping your mind on good things (clean things per say, although it is right to know about certain bad points in history so they are not repeated, but once again without such weird and vulgar phrasing). Therefore, this book is eloquently worded, has deep characters and story plot, but some wording and situations were too inappropriate for the historical context.