What it’s about:
From the publisher: “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?”
Wow. I struggle for words to think of and write to describe this book. It took me a long time to read this book because for me, it was like a rich dessert that could only be handled in little increments. I am sure some others will devour it, but I’m just saying how it was for me. 🙂 I do think you would need to love historical wilderness books to really enjoy this book, which I do, they are my favorite! Lori Benton created a story that is rich in history with such descriptive, lyrical, detailed writing that I felt like story had lingering, almost haunting (in a good way!) effect on me. The descriptions of the land made me feel like I could feel the breezes and smell the soil. I think Lori’s writing style compares to a modern-day classic.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
About the author:
Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. 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.