About the Book:
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?
There are so many things I enjoyed about this book! Tamsen and Jesse's romance unfolded at a slow and beautiful pace. I couldn't get enough of the tenderness, protectiveness, and patience Jesse showed toward Tamsen as he waited for her to untangle her own feelings toward him. Cade quickly became one of my favorite characters with his quiet, wise spirit. Finally, Benton wove an edge of suspense throughout the plot as secrets were revealed about connections between characters and long buried family secrets. Overall touching story with an insightful (and little known) historical angle.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the author or publisher in any way.
Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn't writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. To learn more, visit her website at http://loribenton.blogspot.com/.
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