Saturday, August 02, 2014
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?
Having heard so many good things about this author (even before she won three Cristy Awards) I jumped at the chance to review this book! Thankfully it didn't disappoint. Though it wasn't quite as amazing as my mind hyped it up to be, I still completely enjoyed it!
Jesse was an amazing hero! I loved how he always fought to do the right thing no matter what it cost him, and how he was always looking out and caring for Tamsen. Tamsen was also amazing in her role. I liked the fact that she never gave up even if she had no idea how to do something or if it was incredibly difficult. And she never complained. She was also kind to people I would not be able to be kind to and I greatly admired that!
I completely did not see the events of the end coming and the author did a brilliant job of throwing little pieces that you didn't really pay attention to, but then they all fit together perfectly at the end and completely surprised me!
All in all this was a fantastic book and I can't wait to go read her first one now!
Meet the Author
Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back three hundred years. 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. When she isn’t writing, Lori enjoys exploring beautiful Oregon with her husband.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.