The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, by Lori Benton, is a historical novel that opens in 1787. Tamsen’s stepfather, Hezekiah Parrish, has brought her and her mother to Morganton, North Carolina for purely selfish reasons. Even though Parrish was “reasonably prosperous” he wanted more and he believed Tamsen was his ticket to wealth. He arranges a meeting between Tamsen and Ambrose Kincaid who is a wealthy plantation owner. At first, Tamsen finds Kincaid reasonably attractive and charming, but his sudden abhorrent treatment of his slave appalls her and she knows she has to escape before Parrish’s plan for an arranged marriage becomes a reality. It is while she is trying to escape that she meets Jesse Bird-a man who lives in both the Indian and white world. Once he realizes she is in danger, he agrees to try to get her to safety. They are pursued by Parrish and Kincaid.
The author brings to the reader a truly exciting story. Tamsen and Jesse’s journey over the mountains is filled with danger and hardship, none of which Tamsen had ever faced before. Their survival is always in question. Their experiences and what they learn about each other are amazing. Suspense, historical fact and interesting characters come together in this compelling novel. I found this to be a well written book and I recommend reading it.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.