The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, by Lori Benton, was a marvelous novel. Set in North Carolina in 1787, it tells the story of a young woman whose life is not her own. Tamsen and her mother are victims of a cruel man, only using them for his own gain. In this time period, rebelling against such people was risky and dangerous.
Tamsen Littlejohn, after witnessing her stepfather killing her mother, is expected to dress formally, put on a charming disposition, and accept Ambrose Kincaid’s proposal. Instead, she enlists the help of Jesse Bird to guide her away from the situation and flees. Her stepfather, furious over this financial loss, as well as Mr. Kincaid—who thinks she has been abducted, goes out in search of the two, blaming the death on Jesse. As they travel west, avoiding those following, Tamsen and Jesse are sure the only way to hide is to marry. When Jesse’s minister refuses to marry them, they must learn to wait upon God’s will and trust Him in all things.
I enjoyed this book very much. The twists and turns in the plot kept my attention throughout the book. I found myself cheering Tamsen and Jesse on at every misfortune. I would not recommend this for young readers, as it contains some adult situations, nothing lewd or inappropriate, but adult nevertheless.
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy historical fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.